Letters to the editor: Oct. 31, 2017


To Council Member Alison Alter,

Regarding the proposed development at Great Hills Trail and Jollyville Road, adding 400 apartments and more business space in an area where traffic is unmanageable now is abhorrent.

Presumably new residents will have one or two cars; together with the active adult housing under construction on the other side of Jollyville Road, the situation will be untenable. Combined with proposed, though not decided, changes on Jollyville, it will degrade the quality and home values in the neighborhood.

Other areas of Austin are more crowded, but my husband and I live in this part of Austin because it is not as crowded; we’ve given up easy accessibility to UT and downtown to have open air and peace. This development is unacceptable. I believe you were swept into office on the coattails of an anti-growth movement in the neighborhood. I hope you will stick to those beliefs and your core constituency.

RUTH YANOFF, AUSTIN

Re: Oct. 25 article, “Capital Metro’s plan for more frequent routes will leave some behind.”

Include Route 5 bus riders in South Austin as losing service. The 105 will replace the 5 south of downtown, but it will run only three hours during the morning rush, and only northbound. The afternoon rush will have three hours of southbound only service. So that’s only six hours of limited direction service versus the current 18 hours in both directions, a loss of 15 hours northbound and 15 hours southbound each day.

As is typical of Austin’s noncontiguous streets and hilly terrain in South Austin, getting to the nearest alternative routes will often take 15 minutes or more and can involve some strenuous exertion. Additionally, this will add more pedestrians to traffic-choked streets with less-than-friendly sidewalks. Ridership along this corridor will be negatively impacted in an area of South Austin that has provided reliable long-term bus riders for many decades.

OSCAR GAYTAN, AUSTIN

Re: Oct. 27 letter to the editor, “Proposition 2 could raise costs for borrowers.

I read this letter with interest. The way I read it, it seems setting the cap will have some exclusions. The shiny Proposition 2 flyer that we got in the mail looked really nice and impressed us.

However, I equate it to when I went to Macy’s with my 25 percent off coupon only to find that everything in my hand was listed in the long list of fine print as being excluded.

Not as good a deal as we had hoped.

KATHRYN EVANS, PFLUGERVILLE

I am addressing the issue of the NFL owners and fans who are majority white.

The black players are protesting the injustices of people of color by disrespecting the country by kneeling. It would be more honorable to protest and say they won’t play because they don’t want to receive millions from white people — so much for moral standards, they receive money to play for the very racist system they decry.

Colin Kaepernick says he refused to stand to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people. Well, if it does, leave the country. But I would prefer to tell Mr. Kaepernick that what he needs to do is address the following issues: gangs, poverty, family values, drugs, the high rate of black men killing other black men and work with police as all lives matter.

MARIA RUTLEDGE, AUSTIN

Re: Oct. 27 article, “Trump declares opioids a public health emergency.”

President Donald Trump’s new opioid plan is like a fire chief standing in the middle of a burning building and yelling, “Fire!” while at the same time refusing to deliver any water to put the fire out.

His plan does nothing to address the pharmaceutical companies that swamp the drug markets with opioid elixirs like huckster medicine men. His plan does nothing to stop the plague of overprescribing these deadly drugs. He asks the victims themselves to be their own cure, to just say no, to prevail against the pain that drove them to the drugs and the rivers of money that drive the drugs right back to them should they try to leave. We need to stop pharmaceutical companies from pushing these drugs. We need to create drug programs for everyone who wants to participate. We need action, not more hot air.

BEKI HALPIN, AUSTIN



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