Dear Editor, The latest AP/Ipsos poll shows that Americans have low regard for the Republican-controlled Congress. Recently, even two old political foes, former speakers Newt Gingrich and Thomas Foley, agreed there needs to be some housecleaning in the legislative body. Let's start with Lamar Smith in District 21. He has a zero rating from such environmental groups as the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. That fact alone should make Austinites fear for our beautiful city. And Smith has consistently voted with the GOP majority to extend tax credits for the wealthy and reduce the estate tax on those poor millionaires, even as the minimum wage has not been raised in almost a decade. John Courage, Smith's Democratic opponent, will work for a budget that reflects the values of mainstream Texas families, not special interests. I encourage all voters in District 21 to take a look at John Courage's credentials and consider supporting him for a new day in Congress.