Opposed to 'Chronicle' Position on Prop. 2, Will Rethink Advertising Contract

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 17, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I am writing to express my concern about the fact that The Austin Chronicle has endorsed the "No" to Proposition 2 on the upcoming ballot ["'Chronicle' Endorsements," News, Oct. 17]. While having read your reasoning, I am, as an independent business owner and someone that has advertised with The Austin Chronicle every week for the last 18 years, very opposed to the everyday citizen having to subsidize shopping for the wealthy. Also, the awful misuse of the terrific "Keep Austin Weird" logo is just unbelievable. Talk about misleading and manipulating the voter. Also, the manipulation to have the "No" to Proposition 2, giving the Domain huge monies, also reflects that the voter will think he or she is saying "No" to giving the money, when in fact they will be voting to give the money. Originally, I believe these subsidies were optional. Has that changed? If it is optional, we should opt out of giving away huge sums of money to wealthy developers now or at any time. When do I as an independent business owner get a subsidy? The answer will be never!
    I know I am just one little advertiser, but I feel at this time I will have to rethink giving my hard-earned dollar to a publication that endorses this type of spending of Austin's tax dollars.
Very unhappy and disappointed,
Missey Morgan
Urban Living Furniture
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