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Would a Sane Person Want To Be President?

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 23, 2011

Dear Editor,
    Oh, to be elected president … to ride herd over millions of self-righteous assholes, not to mention multitudes of out-and-out scumbags and -bagettes (you out there – you know who I'm talking about). Can this be the ambition of a sane person? I tend to think not.
    But sure, I'm gonna vote. Don't think I won't, as though it mattered. Har-har.
A vaguely concerned citizen,
Kurt Krantz

Address Correction: 'West' Not 'East'

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 23, 2011

Dear Editor,
    In your review of Panaderia Chuy in the Aug. 19 issue [Restaurant Review, Food], the address is wrong. The correct address is 801 East William Cannon, not "West" as listed in the review. I went looking for it and never found it. Had to search on the Internet for the right address. Your readers (and the business) may appreciate a correction of the address. Thanks.
Gus Baron

The 'Chronicle' Is the Whore

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 22, 2011

Dear Editor,
    So you're gonna take the money and run the "calling all whores" [have you ever had sex with Rick Perry] ad. No need. We've found the whore. It's you.
Jim Haskins
   [Editor's note: The Chronicle received several letters critical of the Perry ad from readers who did not want their letters considered for publication.]

Open Contests Up to Non-Austinites!

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 22, 2011

Dear Editor,
    Your periodical is widely distributed in Austin and the surrounding areas, however, your contests are only open to residents of the Austin metro area. I think that is offensive. What if we outsiders stopped patronizing Austin businesses? There are several of us out here who see your promotions week after week and know that we are not allowed to participate. I work in Austin and thought about using my work address, but decided against it since it would be dishonest. Like I said, I work in Austin, do most of my shopping in Austin, and think your policy really sucks! So do a lot of my fellow "outsider" Chronicle readers!
Denise Askea
Cedar Park

Cap Metro, Please Restore MetroRail Connection Service

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 22, 2011

Dear Editor,
    I am writing to express my deep regret that Capital Metro, as of Aug. 21, 2011, has cut the MetroRail connection bus service. At a time when gas prices are high and job availability is low, public transit should be one of the city's biggest concerns. We hear the phrase "lessen our dependence on foreign oil" often, but rarely do we stop to think how to accomplish this in our daily lives. One clear solution is public transit. Cap Metro needs to understand the importance of the MetroRail connection bus service; the service makes the train a viable option for daily commute, allowing people to get to their jobs and destinations quickly and efficiently. As a MetroRail commuter, I have heard other commuters complain that the elimination of connecting bus service will make it so they cannot rely on the train service to get to their jobs on time.
    The solution that Cap Metro provides: use Car2Go. Anyone who has a Car2Go account will realize that this is an impossibility. Though an admirable service, Car2Go is unreliable, expensive, and impractical for daily use. Personally, I have experienced numerous technical problems trying to access a Car2Go with my membership.
    Cap Metro, please reconsider the importance of public transportation in Austin. Please work to build it up, not tear it down.
Dana Perrotti

The Middle Class Drives the Economy

RECEIVED Sun., Aug. 21, 2011

Dear Editor,
    The only class of people which really creates jobs is the middle class. Supplying the demands of our middle-class powers this country's economic engine more than global trade or Wall Street.
    It should be easy to create infrastructure jobs to grow the middle class: Offer "infrastructure bonds"(like war bonds) with tax incentives good enough to bring back to the USA the trillion dollars that American corporations have parked overseas to avoid taxes. This could provide all the infrastructure jobs that are necessary without requiring more spending from the budget, but it won't happen. It will never happen, because Republicans know that unemployed people don't vote, so they will work as hard as they can to prevent any new jobs. While our infrastructure is crumbling and children are crying from hunger because their parents can't find work, Republicans are laughing. Maybe they will change before they find out how the rich live in the rest of the world, with the daily threat of kidnapping, torture, and murder. Maybe they will discover the value of a large middle class before it is too late.
Michael Noren

It's Time for Austin To Ban Plastic Bags

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 19, 2011

Dear Editor,
    I see you printed a letter from a representative of the largest plastic bag maker in the USA [“Postmarks,” Aug. 19]. He thinks Austin shouldn’t ban plastic bags. No big surprise there.
    Then he makes all kinds of claims, including the suggestion that banning plastic bags will actually increase litter. Wow, they really must be running scared. Can’t blame them, seeing as how everyone from the Chinese to the Australians to the Irish are getting rid of them. And here in the great plastic land of America there are more and more cities joining the ban. Even Brownsville has done it. Brownsville! Meanwhile, our intrepid City Council once again timidly approaches the subject, ready to punt on first down, as usual.
    Seriously, it’s time for Austin to ban these stupid bags. They festoon Waller Creek and flutter from a million fence posts. They use up oil and clog landfill machinery. The “recycling” claims are nonsense, since the tiny portion that ever make it that far are not made into bags again but into fencing material or whatnot. Let’s get rid of these “urban tumbleweeds” once and for all.
Chris Jones
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