Austin needs more parking spaces
What’s going on? Who’s making the decisions? Who’s responsible? Many drivers can’t safely do back-in parking. Surprise? It takes about the same time (holding up traffic) for a driver to back in as it does to back out. Apparently, the city solution to reduce backing-in damages is to reduce available parking. Unfortunately, that also reduces patronage. Adding rail to University of Texas, Mueller and the airport is not the answer to induce more of us folks downtown. Stop the “Austin Weird” stuff. It’s not funny. We need more parking spaces, not less. Businesses and residents, help please. Speak up!
Build rail intelligently
Re: Oct. 6 commentary, “Finding urban rail’s way.”
The Insight section featured a debate on which urban light rail route to build. While the discussion was informative, it addressed the wrong question. Both downtown routes have merit, as does the proposed line to the airport. Over the long run, all three should be built. So the proper question to ask is: Which route will generate the most revenue the quickest, money which can then be put to work building out the other lines? This is how the Metro system in Washington was financed. It would be a good model for Austin to follow.
Ross A. Smith
Congress out of touch
It has been going on too long. Our so-called representatives are out of touch with the people’s needs and apparently concerned with party affiliation and power and money. You have all set yourselves above the people with special privileges and pay. Our congresspeople should be subject to the exact same things we are. Like depending on Social Security for retirement, Medicare, private insurance, salary, etc. As for this bickering over government funding, each item of legislation should be individually hashed out and not be snuck through on the coattails of other legislation. Also, right now, your salaries should be on the list of nonessential government services. I wonder how long your bickering would go if you weren’t getting paid.
We are not a republic
Have you noticed the subtle metamorphic “change” of our constitutional republic to an unconstitutional democracy, which acts adversely to our economy and standard of living? The founding principles of personal freedoms and limited government are regressing to majority (mob) rule and incremental government force. A salient result of “progressive” policies, The (Un)Affordable Care(less) Act(Tax), moves us from liberty to servitude. In 1787, when Benjamin Franklin was asked about what form of government was created, he replied: “A republic … if you can keep it.” I certainly “hope” we can.
Cruz is the new McCarthy
Sen. Ted Cruz’s crusade to revoke the health care act reminds me of another senator who 60 years ago grabbed the spotlight with wild accusations. That senator was Joe McCarthy. Of course, most Americans do not remember him or the damage he did to individuals and government. The word “hypocrite” in the dictionary should be followed by a picture of Sen. McCarthy and his minions. Cruz’s staff should remind him of McCarthy’s downfall.
It seems incredible that the Republicans who avowed not to work with President Barack Obama blame him for not working with them. Sounds to me like a motion picture of “Dumb and Dumber VI.” But then, as one comedian said, Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.
Start over with Congress
Today’s young adults are not familiar with World War I. It was a power struggle among the world powers of the time. It was expected to end in 90 days. Many millions of people died as the result of this man-made catastrophe. In Washington, there has been a power struggle since the election of President Barack Obama. How many of our citizens will become destitute as its result? Everyone in this country should revolt against the Democratic Party and Republican Party. How? Recall every member of Congress and elect new members that do the duty of representing the views of their constituents.
Heart in the right place
Re: Sept. 30 letter to the editor, “We can make life better.”
The author’s heart is in the right place when he writes that humans can indeed take action that will save the planet. However, his examples of actions taken involve several wars and the expenditure of millions in taxpayer money. A better solution, which the author ignores, is for all nations to place limits on population growth so that each family would be allowed to have only two children. This is fraught with political and religious choices. Earthlings must face the inconvenient truth that the Earth is finite, with finite resources, and cannot sustain rabbit-speed population growth forever.