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Stanning for Siegel

RECEIVED Tue., June 30, 2020

Dear Editor,
    In the TX-10 Congressional race, the 314 Action Fund PAC has spent $437,026 to support Pritesh Gandhi and defeat his opponents and donated $10,000 directly to his campaign. (Center for Responsive Politics, https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cycle=2020&cmte=C00633248). The 314 Action Fund website says that they support candidates who are scientists and that they are progressive, but I suspect they are more interested in supporting centrist candidates. Why would they spend so much trying to defeat Mike Siegel, who is a trained lawyer and educator with years of experience in the public sector? Siegel is a clear progressive and has won the endorsement of all of the local progressive groups. Dr. Gandhi brags that he is not a politician, but success in politics requires skill and experience, like any profession. Mike Siegel is more qualified both to take on Michael McCaul and to serve in Congress.
Sincerely,
Susan Pantell

Austin's Aunt Jemima?

RECEIVED Fri., June 26, 2020

Dear Editor,
    I was an Austin guy and a Chronicle contributor for 35 years before I fled to Mexico. For years, I've thought that the Stubbs brand was similar to other unfortunate ethnic brands like Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, or Rastus, the character on Cream of Wheat. I had the pleasure of meeting Stubbs and eating his 'cue in the back of Antone's many times. Stubbs brand sold to McCormick for $100 million in 2015. McCormick is a Baltimore, Md., based company with $3.6 billion in annual sales. How much cash did Stubbs or his family see from that sale? Do they get any residuals from the use of Stubbs' image on the world's leading premium bar-b-que sauce brand? If there was and is a big payout to the Stubbs family, hooray. If not, Stubbs is Austin's Aunt Jemima ...
Saludos,
Bill Crawford

Duel of the Dual

RECEIVED Thu., June 25, 2020

Dear Editor,
    So proud to be casting my vote for Sarah Eckhardt for State Senate next week - because we desperately need people who have actual experience responding to COVID-19 and the economic devastation it has wrought.
    No one who will serve in the Legislature next year has that experience. The only people that do are leaders like Judge Lina Hidalgo and Judge Clay Jenkins. Think about it.
    I want someone who can speak to this disaster and what we need to do to live through it. No amount of Eddie Rodriguez's lobby money or campaign checks he's received from Gov. Abbott's former chief of staff convinces me that there will be more COVID tests available in Eastern Travis County. Sure - you can get craft beer delivered, but ... you know priorities!
    But the story is always the same for working women. If you're good at your job - they want you to train your manager and never leave. If you're good at your job, and want to be the manager - people complain that you're letting everyone down by leaving. It's sexist. It's stupid. And in this case, Rodriguez's campaign seems to be using Gov. Abbott's own talking points blaming local government for the COVID-19 spike. Not only is it not true - it speaks to the kind of ambition and self dealing that cripples substantive, progressive change in the Texas Legislature.
    The Chronicle made a dual endorsement - so, in my mind, they were half right. Be all the way right and vote for Sarah Eckhardt for State Senate!
Genevieve Van Cleve

Open Up? Nnnot Yet!

RECEIVED Thu., June 25, 2020

Hello Favorite Paper...
    I am wondering how Robert Rodriguez can begin to think that he can film a movie here and keep social distancing, mask wearing, and rule abiding in check.
    I know he is happy to have the plug in your paper, but how in the world can movies film with actors in such close proximity to each other … not to mention the rest of the cast and crew.
    I don't suppose you had a chance to ask him?
    He says open up … nnnnnnot yet! And yes it does make me sad, but it's the reality we live in.
    Thanks for bringing us the news.
Thanks for bringing us the news,
Liz
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