Dear Editor, Austin has become a real live version of Monopoly. There remains increasing pressure on locals to "sell out" their homes to the highest bidder. The disappearance of familiar surroundings accompanied with the lure of money makes selling out very enticing. The almighty, worthless dollar has enslaved our city government and turned Austin into a lame caricature of California. Contrary to popular belief, it is this that has sparked concerned interest and passion in the upcoming local elections – not the carnivalesque presidential race. What a joke Austin has become, with an egocentric mayor who uses Earth Day as a career booster and flocks of overpriced IKEA condos appearing smack in the middle of our poverty-stricken Eastside. There's no time for finger-pointing. Three City Council seats are up for grabs, and local elections are just two weeks away. In an effort to regain control of our city's future, we must vote out all incumbents. It will be interesting to see if the (free) local, liberal press remains unchanged as the city it represents descends into permutation.