Letters to the editor: Dec. 23, 2017


Re: Dec. 13 commentary, “Proposed downtown soccer stadium will need parking options.”

I couldn’t agree less with Gissela SantaCruz’s observations regarding the lack of parking at the proposed Major League Soccer stadium at Butler Shores Metropolitan Park.

I’m not a soccer fan, but if Precourt Sports Ventures gets the necessary approvals and moves forward with the project, I see the lack of parking as the best thing to come from it. Precourt Sports is not likely to invest in a losing proposition, so I assume they’ve done research that indicates there will be adequate options for carting fans to and from the new stadium, sans the family truckster. Why would we screw that up by requiring that they build infrastructure so more people can drive into what is already a traffic-snarled area?

If we ever want to truly promote public transportation in Austin, we need to quit catering to people who can’t seem to function without their cars.

GEOFFREY WOOL, AUSTIN

Austin has no need for Major League Soccer, especially if the soccer team requires that Austin give the for-profit team a piece of land for the stadium.

Mayor Steve Adler and the others on the 10-1 City Council talked about affordable housing. Now, they consider giving Precourt Sports Ventures a prime piece of Austin real estate for nothing. This would be a massive subsidy that hurts taxpayers.

FRANK CONIGLIO, AUSTIN

Re: Dec. 7 article, “Columbus Crew owners offer sketch of potential Austin soccer stadium,” and Dec. 17 article, “Viewpoints: Why Austin voters may have the last say in MLS turf deal.”

Alas, they’re b-a-a-a-ck! — those people who can’t stand the sight of undeveloped open space, aided and abetted by a prominent lobbyist. Thanks to the Statesman for pointing out that the city charter requires voter approval before dedicated parkland can be commercialized.

Wake up, you folks who enjoy walking, jogging, sitting or biking on the wonderful open space of Butler Shores Metropolitan Park. Since a stadium would destroy six ballfields where 500 children now play baseball, softball, soccer and fast-pitch, those families are also paying attention.

Please, try to visualize a sunken 20,000-seat stadium “tucked in” to the western half of Butler Shores and occupied by 20,000 folks who did not have a place to park before being seated. Please also consider all the noise from loudspeakers and screaming soccer fans.

Here’s hoping our city leaders will nip this in the bud before it goes much farther.

SHUDDE FATH, AUSTIN

I’m writing concerning the gentrification of Austin. It’s welcoming innovative businesses and new houses and apartments, appealing to upper-middle-class young professionals, drawing in residents from across country. I understand the appeal of cute coffee shops and trendy housing, but is this new environment worth the destroying of lower income communities?

Austin wants to be a thriving city with more businesses and residents, but to make room, the first to go are old, financially burdened communities. Money is offered to residents for their land, but it’s not enough for them to comfortably relocate. Additionally, you’re asking families who’ve been in those communities for generations to remove themselves, like that land means nothing. Our efforts should be in improving these communities to serve the residents already there.

Though Austin is moving up on the list of the best cities in the country, I urge readers to consider at what cost.

MONICA MIRELES, AUSTIN

Re: Dec. 19 letter to the editor, “Evangelicals have good reasons to back Trump.

A reader wrote that the Evangelicals in this country supported a pathological liar, a bully and a morally bankrupt man for president so he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

I wonder if these folks even consider the actions taken by the party they supported to do as little as possible for those who live on the margins of society. I think if Jesus showed up tomorrow, he would be appalled by the behavior of some of these Christians.

JUDY DANIELS, CEDAR PARK

Re: Dec. 19 letter to the editor, “Evangelicals have good reasons to back Trump.

A recent letter said evangelicals will use Trump to pound the rest of us into the ground. This is like a radical statement by the Islamic State, except they are Christians.

White Evangelicals wish to force their religious beliefs onto other people. They don’t believe in evolution or that the earth is more than 6,000 years old. They don’t respect women enough to hold them equal and wish to deny them reproductive rights — in other words, they endorse slavery. They don’t want to do anything about climate change because it is scientific and not religious. They are homophobic to the point they may disown their own gay children.

It should say something that white Evangelicals and Trump are widely disliked. Their views are not conservative; they are a radical fringe group steeped in ignorance and authoritarianism. We have many better Christian denominations that respect the rights of others.

JOANNE BRININSTOOL, AUSTIN



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