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Probably Not Doctors

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 26, 2015

Dear Editor,
    In recent coverage of the Austin Convention Center [“Pushing for Expansion,” News, Oct. 23], Richard Whittaker writes "the building hosted over 9,000 dermatologists for the annual gathering for skin care company Rodan + Fields." Please note that Rodan + Fields is a multilevel marketing operation that advertises "dermatologist-created" products alongside its "proven business system" for recruiting new sellers. I would expect the 9,000 in attendance were what R+F calls "consultants" striving to build a "legacy of success" as opposed to medical professionals.
Mike Hennessey

Vote No on Bond

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 26, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Vote No on the new Travis County courthouse bond. I have been in Austin for 17 years, 12 of which I rented (and currently rent). In every year that I rented, my rent went up. I am not stupid, and I know that my rent increases when property taxes increase. Property taxes are used to repay loans. In the case of the $287,000,000 courthouse loan (bond), the property taxes where I live will be increased by $88 per year ($550k house that is a teardown in 78704). The $88 will be passed along to me in the form of a rent increase. I cannot afford this courthouse-caused rent increase. Here is the one time that we, as renters, have a chance to control the amount of rent we pay. Vote No on the new courthouse bond.
Kasie Joseph

You Buried the Lede

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 23, 2015

Dear Editor,
    [Regarding “Playback: Trailer Space Closing October 31,” Music, Oct. 16]: This story is good news wrapped in a teary snot rag: East Side Pies to expand out of shoe box and into a space that can fit and feed several humans at once. And more importantly, the fetid "retail" outlet of Trailer Space (since 2007!) will cease to exist. Trailer Space makes Waterloo look like Neiman Marcus. Frankly it's amazing that a record store/dump that rarely, if ever, advertised in the Chronicle is being eulogized so completely and thoroughly, but that speaks to the power of nostalgia, I guess. It's also amazing that anything founded in 2007 attracted a following, as that is the year Austin stopped being cool. And the risk of even greater "loss" to the "community" keeps on coming. The Chronicle is currently subsidized by a music fest that drives most locals out of town – maybe the extra "dough" from the ads East Side Pies will surely place will help out? Of course it won't. Just as all your precious stuff is just clutter that someone else will throw away after you die, the places we love and the people who go there (and the papers we read online) are similarly doomed for the trash pile. It's sweet on its face to see the memorializing of the Austin music scene that is currently circling the drain with zero hope of not being replaced by condos, but one has to wonder: Why does the Chronicle bother? The writing is on the wall – or IS a wall, being constructed by a huge fucking crane, that everyone can see as it blocks out the sun. Spot was right to quit. Why can't more people be like Spot and get out while the getting is good? This isn't Tiananmen Square, relax and let the tanks roll over you. Resistance is futile. I for one welcome our new, slightly larger East Side Pies overlords, for as long as they wave and until they are replaced with condos.
    Also, fuck Anthony Bourdain for ever filming in Trailer Space. It's probably that hambone's fault that Spot decided to quit. It's the Bourdain-condo curse. We are powerless in its thrall.
Alex Richmond
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