"Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor."
A couple of other local bloggers have posted must-read pieces with which we fully concur.
First, Andy from Travis Tracker raises good questions about a 'racial reconciliation' event held last night:
If you watched or attended the "ATX Together" forum hosted by KLRU-TV on Monday night, you may have noticed something wasn't quite ...together about it.
It was a noble, town hall-style event, and we stand behind any and all efforts to discuss plans for how to counter the kind of violence we've seen over the past two weeks. No problem there.
Many friends of this publication cheered it on, including Maura Phelan, Republican candidate for District Attorney, who took to Twitter to share her vision of a brighter future for the Travis County justice system. And we were grateful for any effort to seek common ground and bridge a deepening gap between the community and law enforcement.
But there were serious gaps in the patchwork of voices at the forum -- whatever the reason for the oversight may be.
There were no Republicans or notable conservative leaders seen in the audience, which isn't unusual for many Austin events given the local political climate. Yet the Travis County Democratic Party Chairman,Vincent Harding, was one of the emcees.
There was no shortage of back-and-forth regarding "checking your privilege," but nothing much said of creating jobs to help the poor improve their economic conditions.Next, Bill Oakey at Austin Affordability uses a personal anecdote to illustrate how CapMetro's bus service has gotten worse over the past couple years:
Seriously, do read the whole thing(s) here and here.