'Chronicle' Sides With Liars

RECEIVED Mon., May 15, 2006

Dear Editor,
   Anyone who has lived here in Austin for 20 years or more can see and feel the damage done already to our beautiful ecosystem. Even with the protections afforded now, which are vastly not enough to save what is left, we know the damage is done. This damage is almost irreversible already! At the whim of developers and their allies in our city government, just to make a bigger buck for themselves or for their campaign war chests and the promise of a job in the private sector after their so-called civil service. It is a shame that the voting public is just a fraction of the population and is becoming more and more one-sided. These people lie and propagandize to get the dollar, all the while professing they are for the people and environment. Balderdash! The Statesman backs the issue with lies and half truths because the biggest advertisers are developers, the current mayor and council for the most part don't want to lose their gravy train either, and the rest are realtors and businesses that gain from the destruction of our proud hill country. Why the Chronicle sides with these people is beyond me. But the fact remains we have been led down this path of destruction that is fraught with rolling blackouts, polluted creeks, and rivers that you can't even swim in and drinking water that smells as bad as it tastes and is for you. If this is what intelligent progress is it stinks just like the water and the Snydley Whiplashes that create it. Save our aquifers now and turn the damage around or we all are in the treatment plants. Austin has always developed faster than the proper infrastructure could be placed, and that has always been very shortsighted. To keep developing the same way is just wrong and is of no benefit to the community but a few. Vote yes on Props 1 and 2 and help put a little life back in our beautiful Austin, and some controls on our deceiving politicians.
Robin Johns
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