What a surprise. East Austin could become the dumping ground for another project that everyone thinks is a great idea — but that nobody wants in their backyard. Council Member “Pio” Renteria is ready to sell us out by keeping Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park on the table as the site for the proposed major league soccer stadium.
He says letting the voters decide would be “democratic.” What about the 10-1 City Council system? He was elected to represent the interests of District 3, not kick the decision back to the whole city whenever his political interests are threatened. Take a stand, Pio! Either support the residents of your district or admit that you only support the big developers who couldn’t care less about the families who have only had this lovely park in which to play and recreate for less than five years. Public parkland should be sacred. Please don’t take ours away.
PAT GRIGADEAN, AUSTIN
Re: Feb. 3 article, “MLS stadium search gets delayed again, pushing it to spring or summer.”
It’s appalling that city staff would include Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park on a list of “desirable” sites for the soccer stadium.
Let’s face it: Major League Soccer is a business, just like Walmart. It makes no more sense to put a soccer stadium in Guerrero Park than it does to put a Walmart there.
FELIPE ROSALES, AUSTIN
Re: Feb. 4 article, “Amazon’s HQ2: Where in Austin could it land?”
I suggest Amazon set up its operation in another area of Texas that needs thousands of new people and tens of thousands more vehicles.
Fort Stockton? Maybe another state, like the Dakotas or Montana? How about Wake Island? Last thing we need around here is more people, vehicles, bond issues and taxes.
BILL HOGLAN, GEORGETOWN
Re: Feb. 4 commentary, “UT’s uneven responses to sexual misconduct raise questions.”
I applaud the Statesman for its investigative report and subsequent editorial regarding the University of Texas’ possibly inconsistent and unconsidered accountability practices involving faculty and staff criminal behavior.
However, the university should expect nonviolent and otherwise civil speech and behavior and establish consequences for those who fail in this regard — not because the university should not be embarrassed, but because such expectations are the hallmark of institutions that represent and promote the best of our culture: inquiry, curiosity, critical thinking and expanding horizons.
I trust that those charged with reviewing current policy and practice will engage in their work from the position of what is right and not “what will people think?”
STEPHANIE FROGGE, AUSTIN
I am very passionate about energy — quite an odd topic for a high school kid, but an ever-looming issue for both our nation’s power supply and our economy. An article in this paper the other day noted that a majority of our energy comes from natural gas rather than coal. Despite this, the president continues to support “clean coal” when not only does it produce a plethora of carbon dioxide but also simply isn’t feasible to sustain nonrenewable resources.
The Roscoe Wind Farm in Texas has 634 wind turbines and is one of the largest wind farms in the world helping to create a sustainable future for all who live in Texas. The only real negative effect of wind farms is an increase of bird deaths — but nonetheless, the energy that is produced is clean, efficient and 100-percent sustainable for dozens of millennia, because the wind doesn’t simply stop.
ZACHARY HOUDEK, AUSTIN
Re: Feb. 3 letter to the editor, “Republicans join Trump effort to subvert probe.”
President Trump doesn’t need to fire Robert Mueller and his partisan team. They have nothing after all this time and wasted money. Their warrant was obtained fraudulently and can be withdrawn by the FISA Court ending the “investigation.” Any pleas made under the “fruit of the poisonous tree” cannot be used in court. If Mueller, Comey, Strzok, Page and others took part in this fraud, they could all go to prison.
I agree that we need “to purge Congress of members who cannot avoid party loyalty to do what’s right for the country,” but then we wouldn’t have any Democrats there to amuse us.
Face it: Trump and the Republicans are outplaying the Dems at every turn. Their tax reforms are putting thousands of dollars in people’s pockets. Trump’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals proposal has the Dems in a box. Anyone suspect that a Schumer Sellout will abandon the “Dreamers”? I do.
KEN LAWRENCE, GEORGETOWN
The first author of a letter about the State of the Union address asked, “who pays of guests?” — and then stated, “he shamelessly used these folks as props to add credence to his so-called policies.” Apparently, this was the first time this person watched a State of the Union speech. Had she in the past, she would know former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton used similar props.
The the author of another letter said, “it is an insult to call it a speech.” Why? Because he used two teleprompters? Again, must be the first time this person watched the subject speech. because former President’ Obama, Bush and Clinton used them. The writer goes on to say, “he does not make eye contact.” I believe our president constantly made eye contact — and just as much if not more than former presidents.
ROBERT VARSHAL, AUSTIN