I am fearful that the folks involved with the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan are as bad at designing roads as they are at designing a public survey.
I found their survey at asmp.metroquest.com to be extremely marginalized and horribly biased. It makes me think they are working in a very narrow window of options — more bike lanes, for example — and missing the bigger picture of the need for more cars able to get from A to B affordably.
I urge them to take their responsibilities of expanding infrastructure more seriously and leave the ambiguity of cultural change of our communities out of their day to day business.
JEFF KOCH, AUSTIN
Re: May 6 letter to the editor, “Leash laws apply to progressives too.”
A letter writer recently displayed the mindset of certain armed civilians, poised to take out the unleashed dog lunging for her throat during a hike.
Are the virtually nil odds of an attack from a dog romping in the woods — or a coyote, grackle, or rabid squirrel — truly worth bombarding the mind with such fearful and terrorizing thoughts? The world, particularly nature, is actually a wondrously beautiful place.
My own fear is that one of these folks drops a weapon that discharges into my young daughter at the H-E-B, fulfilling a prophecy that will surely exceed the carrier’s wildest imagination.
KENT SANTORIELLO, AUSTIN
I am heartbroken and devastated that a close friend who has been an active and extremely valued member of the Austin community is suddenly not welcome because she is from Honduras. She has been in Texas for decades under a program that is now being revoked. She has a graduate degree; she is gainfully employed; her kids are straight-A students; and she and her husband are loved dearly by Texans, from College Station to Austin to El Paso.
We are turning our backs on people who have been here so long that they are our friends, our loved ones, our fellow Texans, our fellow Americans.
Rep. Lamar Smith, and Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn must defend the wonderful, law-abiding Hondurans who have devoted so much of their time and love and sweat to our country and communities. They must be allowed to stay.
GENEVIEVE FRISCH, AUSTIN
Re: April 29 article, “Is Austin training police to be too aggressive? 10 ex-cadets say yes.”
While interim Police Chief Brian Manley did a credible job during the recent bombing terror acts, there were some missteps. I am also deeply disturbed by the report on police training by Tony Plohetski in the Statesman and Brian Manley’s response. Additionally, there are ongoing concerns that people of color are not always treated fairly.
Policing is a very difficult job. We need the best chief. Our city should do the national search for the best police chief possible.
ANITA PRIVETT, AUSTIN
I have never been more concerned about the future of our democracy than I am right now. The federal government is heading toward catastrophe: isolation, war, financial ruin and environmental destruction. I wonder if this is part of a plan to dismantle democracy and replace it with fascism — or if it is simply arrogance and stupidity. Either way, the result will be the end of the United States as it was meant to be.
The only recourse is the November election. I encourage everyone to seriously consider the consequences of a Republican administration left unchecked with the current leaders. We must elect those who are willing to stand against this government and hold its leaders accountable. Texas has an opportunity to change the future by its voting this year. May we all recognize the seriousness of this time and act accordingly.
NANCY MOSSMAN, AUSTIN