Mack Brown is a winner
The clowns calling for UT Coach Mack Brown to step down — American-Statesman Sports Columnist Kirk Bohls, et al. — be careful what you wish for. Brown has one of the finest coaching records in football, including a national championship, which 99 percent of the active college coaches do not have. When finally confronted with a bad defensive coach, he fired him and brought in a winner, as any CEO would have done. Had Greg Robinson been there for spring practice, we would be 10-2 or better and heading for a BCS game.
Like it or not, a couple of bad seasons do not warrant a hanging. It is a shame the naysayers continue to spread rumors of Brown’s demise. As for Nick Saban, who opted for a field goal from a loser and blew the national championship, maybe Alabama should fire him. Folks and clowns — chill out and let Brown do what he has shown over his UT career that he can do better than most, and that is to be a winner.
James Jolly Clark
Clean judicial house
Re: Dec. 6 article, “Dan Keller out of prison in child sex assault case.”
Regarding the Keller case and the prosecutors’ refusal to support the Kellers’ claim of innocence: Their names should be published so they may be removed from office for the crime of being a “Ken Anderson.” The Kellers’ case combines elements of both the Todd Cameron Willingham case as well as the Michael Morton case. Judicial reform is direly needed in Texas from top to bottom.
Too many incentives
Re: Dec. 11 article, “City to pay $12.5 million to spur conference center.”
It is worth noting that this heavily subsidized project also includes 228 luxury multi-family apartment homes, in addition to the 114 single-family urban townhouses. It’s ironic that the recently added multi-family aspect of this project is often omitted from news articles, considering that the Georgetown City Council only last week was presented with a study that projected a shortage of 3,000 apartments for workforce housing.
In 2008, the tax breaks and incentives were considered on a vastly different project. The Summit at Rivery Park was once a high-end hotel convention center project with office towers, office condos, restaurants and park improvements to Rivery Park, but after many delays, the $25 million in tax breaks remain, but the project is less office and more about apartments and townhouses. If Wilco is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States , why are we giving millions away?
Keep Austin Energy ours
We do not need a independent board, isolated from the voting citizen owners, controlling Austin Energy. Looks like a slippery slope toward turning over Austin Energy to corporate interests of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas. Austin electrical rates are very competitive with other cities, lower than most, and we are not paying corporate/board executives’ exorbitant salaries. True, the city does use some of the money for city services like streets, parks, etc., which gives Austin a lifestyle that is the envy of the nation — and world. If that funding went to executives, we would have to pay more in taxes to maintain our lifestyle. Google “electric rates” in cities with “competing corporations,” like Dallas or Midland, and compare to Austin’s rates. Be careful what you wish for. I am very happy in Austin and our city.
Stop the tech pushers
Re: Dec. 4 article, “UTeach program exploring better uses of mobile devices.”
Won’t we learn? Here is another example of high-tech companies pushing their products on kids, with no clear purpose other than making profit. There is no evidence that a tech fix (if there even is such a thing) will make education easier. Sounds like other pushers we read about. Why do these folks get away with this? Why are taxpayers supporting their efforts?
Grouches ruined run
Re: Dec. 13 article, “City OKs Auditorium Shores plan.”
I run the Town Lake trail three times a week, and running along Auditorium Shores always brightened my day. It was filled with happiness: parents and their kids throwing balls to their dogs, young couples taking out their new puppy, people getting out from in front of their TV and enjoying time with their pets. The occasional dog running in front of me was part of the experience. Every once in awhile I’d see a person with a scowl walking through. Obviously the person that writes letters to the editor and hands checks to the parks department. Scrooge won, but there will be wine flowing again soon at the Food and Wine Festival. Get your VIP tickets now!
Fight transgender bias
Re: Sept. 22 article, “Transgender teen makes history, wins homecoming queen.”
During a recent article where a transgender teen works hard to win homecoming queen, she is almost immediately bombarded by “a flood of negative reactions.” Even though we, as a country, have taken giant steps forward in our ability to accept everyone as they are, we still must work even harder to prove that we are better than those that came before us. The suicide rate among transgendered individuals is higher within their specific community than any other group or subculture. Instead of waiting for the percentages to pile up, we need to step outside of our comfort zone and be the mature adults who can help fight bullying, discrimination and all kinds of hate.