Letters to the editor: Sept. 29, 2017

    3:14 p.m Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 Opinion

Re: Sept. 25 article, “Amid Austin budgeting and Amazon talk, debate over incentives rises.

I’m astonished and concerned by the position City Council Member Leslie Pool is taking on existing incentive agreements.

Specifically, an agreement with the Domain, a highly successful retail/hotel/office/residential project in her district. If it were up to her she would back out of this lawfully binding agreement claiming that one council can’t obligate a future council.

Then, explain how can employment, vendor and other contracts remain binding beyond the council term under which they were approved? In the business world, her approach is called bad faith. It can be perceived as a form of dishonesty or a lack of integrity. Judging from her own comments, “commitment” seems to mean very little to Pool.

Someone with this apparent lack of character is unfit to hold public office. Hopefully voters will take notice


As a Vietnam veteran, I consider my 21 years of service to my country as having protected our Constitution for all Americans, regardless of skin color. This would include protecting the First Amendment in all its many forms.

Kneeling during the national anthem still shows reverence and respect to our nation and its flag. It merely breaks with establishment as a show of protest.

Conservatives who foolishly think they own the patent on patriotism don’t like it — not because it’s disrespectful to our country as they falsely claim, but because the protests are for the betterment of those pesky, uppity black Americans. I assure you, if white conservative Christian players were taking a knee to protest abortion, all of these bigots we now see howling would be quiet as church mice.


Fifty-four years ago, I started a relationship that carried me through the toughest of times, as well as the best of times. It started with the Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams in 1963 and ended with the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. It was a slow, painful end these last 10 years with the cancer of political correctness setting in both on the field off play and off.

The game at one time was the greatest in the world — and maybe on pee wee fields, high school and college campuses it can continue to be so. Games are just that and should be left out of the arena that makes everyday life the drudgery it is. Games are where we go — you know us, the fans — to escape. Not anymore. No more Fantasy. No more Sunday ticket. No more Super Bowls. RIP NFL.


A start to fixing the disaster that it is Austin commuting is simple and relatively inexpensive.

First, return all lanes to their originally intended use of facilitating commerce. Second, require the Capital Metropolitan Money Flushing Authority to replace its mostly empty, traffic impeding and pavement destroying behemoths with vehicles commensurate in size with the ridiculously few passengers it carries. Third, prohibit costumed clowns on bicycles from exercising on public roads while running virtually every red light and stop sign they encounter.


My vote for renaming Robert E. Lee Road is an obvious choice: Umlauf Drive!

Since the road parallels the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, and Charles Umlauf’s former residence. A vote for an Austin art treasure!

I live in Zilker and drive this road daily. It seems like this option was grossly overlooked.