Well-lit, clean stations used by numerous commuters really can be a hub for a community. Having used mass transit for more than 20 years in more than 20 countries, it is comforting to realize how vital commuter stops can be. One of the keys to low crime incidents is the frequent use by travelers of the stations. Since the stations need to be used, this is an additional reason to publicize and encourage commuter travel. Many countries have acknowledged that mass transit is a modern way to travel.
Re: Nov. 8 letter to the editor, “President dishonest.”
The writer states that he believes that President Barack Obama is the most dishonest president in memory. He must have a really short memory, as the previous president told 935 confirmed lies just to get us into Iraq.
Moving old oak tree
By all means, let the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation inherit the expense of moving the old oak tree. Or, better yet, replace it with smaller oaks that have a chance of surviving. Relocating the old oak is risky; it may not live, and cost is prohibitive.
Cycling in Austin
While driving my car and taking a left turn at a light today, I almost hit a bicyclist. I swerved, he swerved, we managed not to collide, and the car drivers in front and behind me managed not to hit me or any other cars despite what must have looked like really erratic driving on my part. We were all fortunate. The only lasting damage is that I am pretty sure my toddler now knows an age-inappropriate vocabulary word.
I commute to work by bike, and I feel that I am pretty aware of other cyclists when I drive my car. However, I just did not see this particular cyclist. The intersection was busy, the cyclist wasn’t using a light or wearing bright clothing, and it was still dawn.
I ask cyclists to use lights and wear bright clothing. I also commend the city of Austin’s efforts to create cycle tracks — bike lanes that are physically separate from car traffic. Cars and bikes just shouldn’t mix — there just isn’t enough room for error.
Re: Sept. 30 article, “Cyclists rally, lens their legs.”
I live in the Allendale neighborhood. I have nothing against cyclists in our area, and I do my best to abide by the three-foot rule. That being said, did anyone notice in the good work that members of Social Cycling Austin did, they did not follow cycling etiquette? What is with no helmets and other recommended safety gear; what does that say about the club?
Did anyone notice that the lead rider in the photo is hugging the cycling lane versus the second rider who is at least in the middle of the cycle lane? Both lead riders could have been over closer to the curb to let traffic pass safely and avoid putting their tandem passenger at peril. I work with special needs children, so I know the need to introduce recreation and special outings, but please keep everyone safe.
Health care law
How disingenuous and outrageous could Sen. Orrin Hatch be? He bashed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, while saying, “We’re not here to just give you a rough time, we’re in it to try and hopefully get it right.” Most of us already know about the troublesome start of the health care website, but we also know a fix is on the way, as many encouraging reports continue to increase.
The problem with Hatch’s comment is that he said nothing about how he proposed to get it right. It seems he is headed down the same old worn-out road of attempting to delay, halt, or even abolish the health care law, while also not offering any definitive idea on how to assist in reaching a solution. Unlike Texas, states which accepted the exchange option are off and running with their programs. Unfortunately, in Texas our government’s decision leaves many of our most needy citizens behind with far less medical coverage or none at all.
It is indeed sad that UT has cut funding to one of its prize possessions, the Texas Memorial Museum. The education that it has provided all of our citizens over the past 70 years is not measurable. Isn’t education what the university is all about?
Re: Nov. 1 article, “Memorial Museum set to take $600,000 hit.”
How is this possible for a university that has an endowment of about $6 billion and $18 billion systemwide? The museum’s budget this year was $840,333, or roughly one-hundredth of 1 percent of UT-Austin’s endowment. How can we not find proper funding for a great educational resource? The museum is a great asset to students of all ages. It is also a great training resource for science teachers. It is the only museum of its kind in Austin. This museum will enrich the lives of many future Austinites as it has done for previous generations. UT’s fundraising webpage for “The Campaign for Texas” states that this comes down to a simple idea: making Texas and the world a better place. This is a great opportunity for Austin’s philanthropic society to step up and save this 74-year-old Austin science and academic treasure.
Austin attorney and author Jack Woodville London writes about the war on three fronts in the autumn of 1918.
Arizona State University professor and author Kyle Longley on the emotional toll military service demands from the families of the troops.