Letters to the editor: Jan. 15, 2018


Re: Jan. 9 article, “Austin barbecue brothers face backlash over planned wedding venue.”

In response to your article on the Mark Black wedding venue, I would like to say a venue this size has no business in a quiet little rural community. The Friendship Alliance has had several meetings already. In addition to the noise and traffic, I believe wholeheartedly this venue will greatly reduce property values.

This is a neighborhood filled with children, the additional traffic adds to their risk. We are also an active community with many walkers and joggers. Sharing the road with even more vehicles will provide more danger.

They simply need to back away from our quiet little countryside, and respect the Goldenwood and Friendship Alliance communities.

VICKIE STRONG, AUSTIN

Re: Jan. 9 article, “Austin barbecue brothers face backlash over planned wedding venue.”

Being one of the residents to be severely affected by this problem, and with the history of these people and other neighbors of another Mark Black location, excuse me if I’m less than comforted by Black’s words.

Crystal Hills Drive is smaller than most two-lane roads, with expected traffic to cause residents an additional 10 to 15 minutes just to enter or leave our homes on weekends. One road in and out of our area. This doesn’t even address the issue of emergency vehicles or evacuations, nor does it address the problem of drunk driving on a downhill street facing FM 1826 when guests are leaving.

I’d like to ask the Dripping Springs City Council how any of them would like this venue situated right next to their homes, with music blaring at 85 decibels three days per week. Hopefully, these issues will properly affect their final decision.

ERIC DREHER, AUSTIN

I had the great privilege to attend my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday party. Her four daughters from very different political views pulled off this great event. We greeted people from all spectrums: diverse in age, religion, cultural and economic backgrounds. What I discovered was that we were one.

Not once did the name of the president come up. It is unfortunate that the absence of the president’s name united this celebration of a woman who devoted her life to providing a welcoming space for her children and their friends, creating a circle of people who care about each other. It is my hope that I can take what I observed from this party — seeing the humanity in each individual — into my neighborhood, city, state and country. Only then can we make America great again.

PAT XIMENES, AUSTIN

Why in the world is Pat Buchanan allowed to spew his biased lies in our Austin American-Statesman? He was involved in the Nixon White House.

Pat has no credibility to be lying to Texans about cockamamie ideas that he has been fabricating in his little head. He is merely trying to desperately divert attention away from Mueller’s very important investigation of illegal activities committed by Trump and his administration. Please allow more intelligent and trustworthy commentators to grace your pages.

RAY DEHARO, AUSTIN

Considering the urgency of the destruction that threatens our country, why is there nastiness and terrifyingly dangerous behavior at the center of every news program — at home and abroad — from the equivalent of a 4-year-old tantrum throwing, myopic, uninformed bully?

Most among us would take the basic steps to ensure a 4-year-old would not operate machinery or balance checkbooks.

What does it take for a nation of many hard-working, caring, intelligent men and women to jerk a petulant 4-year-old from the dangers of his folly?

We cannot remain inept adults standing frozen in a room ruled by a myopic bully.

Where is our outrage at this infantile behavior?

SANDRA HUSTON, AUSTIN

Re: Jan. 9 article, “Austin barbecue brothers face backlash over planned wedding venue.”

I am writing in regard to the planned Black Wedding Venue in Dripping Springs. I live in the area — and the Blacks are using their money to buy up land and potentially destroy the peaceful neighborhood. They have not agreed to any noise limits, light pollution, rain water collection systems or traffic mitigation plans. They also have not followed proper city guidelines and failed to provide property notification to residents.

The Black family is from Lockhart. Maybe it is OK to treat neighbors in Lockhart this way, but not in Austin or Dripping Springs. Let’s send them back to Lockhart.

TODD ERDNER, AUSTIN

Re: Jan. 9 article, “Austin barbecue brothers face backlash over planned wedding venue.”

Thanks very much for your article.

We, neighbors of the proposed Black Wedding Venue have tried to communicate with Mark Black through multiple channels to offer a face-to-face friendly and civilized conversation between him and his neighbors — but thus far he has not replied or even acknowledged the offer.

Given all the hardship and pain that he is going to push on his neighbors, couldn’t Black at least take the time to meet with his adjacent neighbors to work on a friendly way of coexistence?

CARLOS TORRES-VERDIN, AUSTIN

In the past few days I’ve gotten to thinking of stable geniuses that I know of. I’ve come up with a pretty short list. The stable genius that jumps right out at me is Mr. Ed.

Go right to the source and ask the horse

He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.

He’s always on a steady course.

And in the equine vein, I can think of several highly intelligent donkeys … and a few wild asses.

GARY GRAFEL, BUDA



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