'Chronicle' Needs to Print Truth for a Change!

RECEIVED Mon., May 2, 2005

Dear Editor,
    Ms. Reeves' article on Comptroller Strayhorn and Sal Costello and his group AustinTollParty.com shows yet another media grab-ass for the politicians who have controlled Austin's destiny for the past several decades [“The Sal and Carole Two-Step: Toll Party Throws a Party,” News, April 29].
    The people continue to be abused in their wallets and instead of focusing on that real issue, Ms. Reeves writes a skewed version of the main issue.
    It's obvious that neither Ms. Reeves nor Editor Black have a clue what has been going on regarding toll legislation that will tax our children's children for generations to come. Do you mean Strayhorn is the only politician who lobbies or "plays the crowd"?
    You can call it politics and put down the efforts of the anti-toll activists; however, the truth is the truth.
    One very real truth is that Central Texans already would be paying a toll on South MoPac to crossover William Cannon Road if it weren't for Strayhorn, Costello, and hundreds of other vigilant legislative watchdogs. They couldn't sneak this toll by us because we were watching their every move!
    The Chron and its reporters can continue to use their sharp tongues without thinking, but the truth is that the bridge toll would have been a double tax. That project was already paid for in gasoline taxes.
    Hey! Why didn't the Chron point that out to its readers?
    Instead of continuing to put down those who don't bow down to wealthy special interests or turn the other cheek, why don't you print the truth for a change?
    You quoted Mike Krusee. Krusee certainly is no angel. He's been instrumental in veiling the toll facts from other legislators, agencies, and the public in the drive to implement tolls behind closed-door meetings. Focus on that individual with all your sarcasm. Krusee deserves it.
    The Chron needs to give credit when it's due – and focus it on the right people.
Merle Osmond
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