Monthly Archives: October 2012

Is Asking Residents to Pay for a Medical School Moral?

(Community Matters) I’ve had an interesting online exchange with an acquaintance who resents the extra $25, $50 and $100 in taxes for most Travis County residents to establish a UT medical school in Austin. He notes that this is in addition to taxes for Obamacare. The guy is a good guy – a creator of jobs and a socially engaged citizen. The exchange is in response to my earlier posting supporting the Healtcare District 5 cents tax increase. Thought I’d share the exchange:

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Yes for Central Health Prop 1. Yes for Austin Bonds. Yes for Austin Props 1, 2 & 4. No on Prop 3.

(Community Matters) I voted yes for the Central Health Tax Ratification Prop 1, yes for all City of Austin bonds (city of Austin propositions 12 – 18), yes for City of Austin Propositions 1, 2 & 4. I voted No for Prop 3.

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Mine’s Reopening Causes Water Concerns

(Community Matters) West Texas (Presidio County) residents concerned about the reopening of Shafter Silver Mine. MPR’s Lorne Matalon reports.


Racial Prejudice

(Community Matters) The poll’s finding of conscious & unconscious prejudice against Blacks and Hispanics (51% of Americans express some level of prejudice against Blacks) is no surprise, and it is almost unproductive to consider when reconciling political positions. There are real philosophical differences in play in most people’s presidential political decisions.

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Alisa & Lynn in Out & About

(Community Matters) Michael Barnes’ profile of Alisa Weldon & Lynn Yeldell.

David Brooks: What Moderation Means

(Community Matters) This is probably his worse essay this year – David Brooks self-congratulating the imaginary, all knowing and always right “moderate”

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President Obama, the Progressive Firewall

(Community Matters) Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview

[Pres] Obama represents a new type of 21st-century politician: the Progressive Firewall. He is the inheritor of the Progressive movement’s agenda, the last line of defense that prevents America’s hard-won social contract from being defunded into oblivion.

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New Restaurants

(Community Matters) Culture Map on five fall restaurant openings

Happy Birthday, Steven

(Community Matters) Happy Birthday to my husband, Dr. Steven Robert Tomlinson

What’s Behind the Numbers?

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Lorne Matalon for Marfa Public Radio

(Community Matters) Lorne Matalon has long created excellent pieces for NPR and the BBC. He’s now doing so for Marfa Public Radio too.  Mexico and the Border Region: Hopes, Fears for a New Mexico

other pieces by Lorne: Mezcal Creates Jobs in MexicoDesert Bighorn Sheep and others on our MPR site

The Dwindling Cult of Authority

(Community Matters) “It is hard to care about what makes Goya great if you are reduced to eating Goya beans five times a week.”

Hat Tip: Politico Playbook