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Letters to the editor: Nov. 9, 2017

Re: Nov. 4 commentary, “We failed Austin with overbuilding.”

Professor Thomas Palaima’s elegiac piece concerning Austin feels off the mark to me. We can mourn what we no longer have, but we would then be mourning everything that grows and changes.

Although the CodeNext effort has its critics, it represents a sincere effort to cite the principles that ought to guide the city’s growth and proposes methods for achieving growth governed by those principles.

If we care about Austin, we should be contributing substantively to the CodeNext effort — expressing specific concerns about the proposals we disagree with, what the impacts of these “disagreeable” actions will be, and making suggestions for alternative approaches. This is an opportunity, not a threat.

We would be wiser to act than to lament.


Re: Nov. 4 commentary, “We failed Austin with overbuilding.”

In response to Thomas Palaima’s op-ed about “overbuilding Austin,” I suggest that next time you go to a grocery store, you take a look at the young people there.

They may be renters. They may not vote in City Council elections. They may not know what a building code is. But are they best served by a low-growth “small university town” or a dynamic, growing economy with lots of jobs? I would not be so mean-spirited to say, “Go find your opportunities somewhere else. We don’t want you here!”


As a 73-year-old health care worker, I will soon retire after 45 years in Diagnostic Medical Sonography having spent 22 years in the “trenches” of hospitals, emergency rooms and clinics — and the last 23 years educating sonographers at Austin Community College and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I have long observed the various members of the health care teams, their work and their education.

It is my considered opinion that emergency medical service and first responders are among the least appreciated and underpaid in our health care system. EMS workers are often saving lives in dangerous situations, from tending the injured at the side of high-speed highways to domestic violence situations that may include firearms or knives. These are some of the most unimaginable situations.


Re: Nov. 6 article, “Julián Castro will decide whether to run for president by end of 2018.

Go ahead, Julian Castro, take a shot at running for president of the United States. Make mine and the Republican electorate’s day.

For your benefit, I suggest you first consult with Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, since all three of you mirror the same rejected liberal views. Conservative Texas and the rest of the country has no place for your ideology.

Texas voters will vigorously oppose you and will ultimately reject you, just as we rejected your two Democratic colleagues in their quest for public office.


My home church is 10 miles from Southerland Springs, near where my mother taught school. We bleed for First Baptist Church members.

“Big John” Connally, the former Texas governor from rural Wilson County, hunted, even in Africa. I would guess he never needed as a sportsman an assault weapon with multiple clips. He was almost killed by the high-powered rifle that shot President Kennedy. Congressman Roger Williams was shot earlier this year.

Congress, my home county is watching. Your “thoughts and prayers” for the over 300 similar victims so far this year are not doing it. We hope we don’t have to skip church or all other public gatherings. We wish for your own safety from assault weapons. You are our hope. We are watching, and we are voting — seriously voting.


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