Kudos for heroic act
On Oct. 22, I saw Charles Cliatt II, a sales representative for the American-Statesman, perform emergency first aid on an H-E-B customer who had fallen. Cliatt ran over and stabilized the victim’s head, told someone to call 911 and said he had military medical training.. He began to ask him routine questions and his medical history. He gave the medical history to EMS technicians over a phone held to his ear by an employee. He then kept the victim’s head immobilized for approximately 15 minutes before help arrived. Cliatt is a truly great young man representing your brand. As a American-Statesman consumer, I appreciate this local hero. Please send him my praises and allow others to do the same.
Rail system overdue
Thank you Lone Star Rail Chairman Sid Covington. I have never understood why we can’t get a decent commuter rail up and running here. Adding more and more lanes to our highways will never catch up with our growth. When my husband and I left Los Angeles, we saw the city there struggling, at great expense, to go back in and install a rail system. It was painful to watch, but so badly needed. We need to move on this now, not wait. We have been too narrow-minded about this for too long.
Tired of waiting,
Less trouble than the tree
The concern over a “roughly 100-year-old” Live Oak interests me. Speaking in “roughly” terms, I am as old as that tree. Therefore, I’m wondering if Rancho Alto homeowners would please chip in and pay for moving me to Westminster Manor. My chances of surviving the move are better than the tree’s. I’ll require no follow-up care. And donors can talk to me and sit in my shade.
A trifling fiasco
Re: Oct. 29 letter to the editor, “Voter ID fiasco.”
I feel compelled to address the author’s issue with his voting experience. I don’t know why he felt that his ID situation was, in his words, such a “fiasco.” There is nothing in the law to “nearly deny him the opportunity to vote,” again his words. Under standards adopted by the Secretary of State, the election officer determines if the names are “substantially similar.” In his case, everything matched except that his voter’s registration card had his middle initial and his driver’s license had his middle name. This is one of the simplest “substantially similar” situations to address. The most difficult “hoop” that the writerhad to “jump through” was to place his initials on the combination form (used in every election) in the affidavit column indicating that he was one and the same person. I think the author used this forum to express his opposition to a policy created by a political party that he does not favor.
Llano County Precinct 102 Election Judge
Obamacare no surprise
Nobody should be surprised by the high insurance premiums under Obamacare. For those who can afford to pay — mid- to high-income participants — you are subsidizing the low-income participants. You are subsidizing the high-risk insured, who are a costly add-on to any insurance program because their need is greater. You are also paying for a wide range of health care issues that may or may not apply to you but are now required in the insurance package. Who did you think was going to pay for all these subsidies? You may be happy that everyone can now have health insurance but don’t whine about the high cost. Particularly if you voted for the candidate with a (D) behind his or her name.
Give New York a chance
Re: Oct. 29 commentary, “Thanks, Texas, for ripping off your poor to assist ours in N.Y.”
Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas tea party are so generous in spirit that they have denied our state’s needy citizens free health care and thereby helped New York’s poor. You have no idea how generous they have been to us Texans, and we would like to propose that, in a spirit of giving they know not of, we give all of them to New York.
Please! Take them! New Yorkers might know how to get rid of them. We hope our changing demographics will eventually do the job of mitigating their uncaring leadership, but I bet you New Yorkers could do it sooner. It only seems fair. We’ll throw in Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, too. How’s that for generous?
Harvest Lake Austin
The LCRA has proposed a plan to periodically lower Lake Austin, their complicated calculation for capturing those beneficial rains that sometimes do not help the upper Highland Lakes. Another approach they should consider is to install industrial pumps on Lake Austin which would be put to use during rainstorms like the kind experienced in October. The pumps can divert some of the flood waters into Lake Travis. One cubic foot per second of pumping would equal two acre feet per day. New Orleans uses these industrial pumps to control flooding, and each pump can divert several thousands of cubic feet per second. It makes more sense to harvest Lake Austin in this manner than to just release the water downstream on its way to the Gulf.