Letters to the Editor: January 12, 2017


Live a Great Story’ posters mar scenery

Re: Dec. 31 article, “‘Live a Great Story’ reminders pop up around Austin — and the country.”

I can’t believe you published a glowing article about a common vandal. I have been wondering for a year or two who it was that keeps slapping his posters on the columns supporting MoPac over Lady Bird Lake. These “Live a Great Story” posters aren’t inspiring; they are just mass produced graffiti visible from the Hike and Bike Trail bridge. The city is constantly having to spend precious public dollars removing this twit’s — and lots of other’s — idea of art in order to restore what is really inspiring: the unobstructed view from the bridge itself.

RUSSELL GRAHAM, AUSTIN

Women’s club shouldn’t mix firearms, alcohol

Re: Jan. 1 article, “Local women bond over firearms fashion.”

I have been a responsible gun owner and sometimes hunter for 65 years. I have also enjoyed adult beverages for more than 50 years. That said, paramount to gun ownership is respect for firearms and firearm safety. Although apparently not all gun owners agree with me, I am opposed to mixing guns and alcohol. Who ever thought a “holster happy hour” was a good idea? Or how about, as the article stated, “the sharp clicks of a gun being unloaded can be heard” as the “magazine makes a chunk as it falls onto the table next to cups of sangria?” Really?

Organizations supporting firearm ownership should also demand strict firearm safety training, making certain the need to keep a clear head when handling firearms. I like that the club in question is encouraging firearm ownership by women; however, I think these folks should reconsider the mixing alcohol and firearms.

RICK LANDWEHR, AUSTIN

Sandy Hook Promise has anti-bullying materials

Re: Jan. 5 commentary, “Supportive, not punitive practices help prevent homophobic bullying.”

Jack Day’s commentary says supportive — not punitive — practices help prevent homophobic bullying in schools. Sandy Hook Promise is an organization formed by the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook. They’ve developed free materials for schools to train staff and students to prevent tragedies before they happen. They have a program, Know the Signs — including Start With Hello Week — available to schools across the country. I think we all agree that this organization has earned our respect and attention. They do not want any parent to ever feel the loss of their own sweet butterfly child, as they have. If you are an educator, please honor the efforts these parents are making to prevent horrific acts by considering this program. It would make a wonderful addition to a Character Education program. These parents have earned your attention.

SUSAN SNELLER, AUSTIN

Just how low can corporate tax rate go ?

During the recent election cycle, I tended to avoid watching any of the candidates speak. I preferred reading what the extremists said about each other — and then what moderates thought. However, I did tune in for a few moments to one of your debates with Hillary Clinton.

I caught you, Mr. Trump, saying that youwanted to lower corporate taxes to 15 percent from 30 percent. What puzzles me is the fact that after averaging in tax breaks, subsidies and loopholes, the average corporate tax rate is already at about 15 percent. So, if you lower the official corporate tax rate to 15 percent, how low will the real tax rate be?

No wonder Wall Street stocks started going up after Election Night. And now with a capital gains tax cut as a stocking stuffer, it seems that there really is a Santa Claus.

(Editor’s note: This is the correct version of the letter that ran in print.)

ROANEY GILES, AUSTIN

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