Letters to the editor: Nov. 3, 2017


Re: Nov. 1 letter to the editor, “Library parking anger will swell before long.”

A possibly perpetually negative letter writer moaned — for want of other valid complaint — about the shortage of parking at the magnificent new library. Perhaps the city should have waved its magic wand and caused parking to materialize. Or the library could have been built more conveniently in a Leander field. Sorry folks, this is a heavily populated city with limited space. Faulk parking was not very extensive, for that matter. Take a bus, ride a bike, walk there if necessary.

This library is unquestionably good for the city. It’s a beautiful and innovative construction that expresses everything good about Austin. It needed to be situated centrally, ergo somewhat crowded. Did the writer ever visit the central libraries in New York, Chicago or Seattle? He certainly wouldn’t find his personal parking space there. If you must whine about something, focus on the yahoo who graffitied the building on its opening day.

JOHN ROBEY, AUSTIN

Re: Oct. 28 article, “What you need to know about the opening of Austin’s new Central Library.”

From what I can tell, the only significant improvement is that the new building has double the space of the “old” building. The public should be made aware of the fact that the original building was designed to be expanded to six stories. This is double.

This might have been done for less than the $125 million spent on the new building. If my math is correct, that works out to be $625 per square foot. Ouch! It seems like the amenities outlined in the article could have been incorporated in the old building at much less expense. I think that someone just wanted a new building.

SAM S. WHITE, WIMBERLEY

Re: Oct. 30 letter to the editor, “Trump being treated unfairly by the media.”

In regard to the letter about President Trump being treated unfairly by the media: First, he knew what he was getting into. The fact that Trump’s ego and brash ways are being reported only reinforces what America has seen in the first few months of his presidency.

Secondly, please don’t ever use Trump’s name and “Vietnam veterans” in the same sentence. I guess you forgot that Trump was a draft dodger.

L. A. MARTINEZ, ROUND ROCK

Re: Oct. 28 article, “Are you putting out the teal pumpkin for kids who can’t have candy?

We have “no gluten,” “no peanuts,” “no latex,” “no cheeseburgers,” “no artificial sweeteners,” ad nauseam. Now, I read in last Saturday’s Austin360 section that we’re not to give candy on Halloween. Instead, it is best to give kids kale, parsley and a tomato or two. You’ll find these food groups at the houses with teal pumpkins out front.

I bet you didn’t find a single teal pumpkin as you made your rounds with your kids. We have Halloween to keep the dentists in business. Now is not the time to change to something as bizarre and awful as a stick of celery on Halloween.

LESTER G. FRAZIER, GEORGETOWN

Nov. 2 marked the 100th anniversary of Britain’s 1917 Balfour Declaration, viewing “with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” This was an intervention that gave permission to a foreign group to settle and colonize another country.

Palestine in 1917 was a fully-settled and fertile land; in fact, it was the “land of milk and honey.” Palestinians, both Muslims and Christians, had lived there for at least hundreds of years. In fact, some of the original Christians from the Holy Land had never left. What would you think if some country gave permission to a foreign group to settle in Texas and make it “their national home?” What would you do?

BERNICE HECKER, AUSTIN



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