Letters to the editor: June 21, 2018


Re: June 16 article, “Owner’s plan for Lake Austin site: elevator tower, restaurant, marina.”

The proposal by the developer is vastly inferior to the 1986 approved plan for the property that included up to 64 single family homes.

The developer is wanting a change that will create a commercial and residential development that will add about 300,000 square feet of commercial development, a hotel with up to 80 rooms and a big restaurant.

Not only that, he wants to despoil the natural beauty of Lake Austin by building a 624-foot wide marina, a cliffside 18-story lighted elevator, and a lakeside private club that will have to contend with wastewater disposal. All of this would be visible from the iconic Loop 360 bridge and scenic overlook.

Let’s keep what has been in place for more than three decades. It is vastly superior to what this multimillionaire developer is planning.

DAVID DEMING, AUSTIN

Hoping to recruit new riders, CapMetro has made a huge mistake by changing routes that served Austin well, displacing those dependent on buses.

Before the changes, those with visual impairments were able to walk a reasonable distance from home, board the No. 5 bus and get off at a reasonable walking distance from a final destination.

Those utilizing the No. 5 route must now transfer from one bus to another — and walk many times further, crossing busy intersections that are challenging even to those who do not have vision issues. Travel time has doubled. The fare has increased because even though a rider may be traveling only one way, a day pass — at the cost of two fares — must be purchased to complete transfer.

What for many years was a convenient continuous ride, now takes twice as long, costs twice as much, and requires twice as much time in the hot Texas sun.

SUSAN SIMMER, AUSTIN

Re: June 17 letter to the editor, “Illegal immigrants are a scourge” and article, “Tenn. town steps up after ICE takes 97 in plant raid.”

The writer states that “legal immigration is a blessing for the nation, but illegal immigration is a scourge” that needs to be eliminated.

I don’t get it.

What’s the difference between a “legal” and an “illegal” immigrant that makes one a blessing and the other a scourge? How does the Cuban fleeing Castro’s regime who managed to get his dry foot ashore in Florida somehow bless America, while the Salvadoran fleeing MS-13 who steps across the Mexican border and requests asylum scourges it? Are Cubans natural blessings while Salvadorans are natural scourges?

In a recent raid, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested about 100 people working at a meat-packing plant in Tennessee, including one American citizen. Was that one worker a “blessing,” while all the others were “scourges”?

There is no way to explain this utter silliness except for overdosing on the Trump Propaganda Channel, otherwise called “Fox News.”

JANET L. LACHMAN, AUSTIN

In the 1930s, mothers and young children were separated at the gates of brutal Soviet gulags — the mothers to workers’ barracks, the children to orphanages — and Americans spent their treasure to counter the ruthless Soviet premier.

In the 1940s, mothers and young children were separated at the gates of hellish Nazi concentration camps — some mothers to workers’ barracks, the remainder and the children to gas chambers — and Americans spilled their blood to topple the murderous German chancellor.

In 2018, mothers and young children are separated at the gates of sweltering American immigration centers — the mothers to prisons, the children to “shelters” — and too many Americans still support and accommodate the megalomaniacal president and his shameless enablers.

You Trump supporters and hard-core conservatives think you are safe because the current focus is on “others,” but history shows unequivocally that despotic regimes eventually come for you and your children, too. Wake up!

ERIC FONKEN, AUSTIN

I when I was growing up, one of the only TV shows our mom allowed us kids to watch was “Mister Rogers.”

How lucky we were to have such a smart mom who monitored what we did. As a retired elementary teacher, I wish there were more shows like this today. Mister Rogers was genuinely kind, loving, thoughtful, inclusive, caring and desirous of making the world a better place! He was a very sensitive man who challenged toxic masculinity. My father played on the Men’s PGA Golfing Tour, but was a sensitive and kind man, just like Mister Rogers. Mister Rogers taught his viewers to love people just the way they are. He tackled difficult subjects, like death and divorce. Most of all, he taught us to be kind and caring.

JEANNE MURRAY, AUSTIN



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