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Your article on the voter registration system being ruled to be illegal was wonderful ["Judge Finds Texas Violated National Voter Registration Act
," Daily News, April 10]. I am a full-time employee and full-time student so I do not have time to change my voter registration every time I move. Every year I move because my rent is constantly going up after every lease ends. Online voter registration would resolve this problem and allow me to vote in my elections again. I hope you do continue to publish articles about this issue as I feel it needs to be spoken about more.
Every week I hear about the need for an affordable housing program in Austin. You reported that the city staff is proposing $161 million for affordable housing in the next bond election ["Council: The Bird Is the Word
," News, April 13]. It appears to me that it would be good journalism to investigate how the affordable housing programs in place are actually working. Who ends up with the units, how are they selected, are they resold at market rates, etc. With so much ink spilled and how much money is involved it would be nice to know if past efforts have had any impact.
I am not a regular KEYE watcher, but I never will be now that I know the news coverage on that station is manipulated by Sinclair Broadcasting. [See "The Propagandists in Our Backyard
," Daily News, April 6.] I will avoid all media owned by this conglomerate which "struck a deal" with President Trump's son-in-law for favorable coverage, or a deal with any politician or special interest group. Forcing their employees to read a prepared script is the PERFECT example of "fake news." It is unsubstantiated information [disseminated] for the purpose of influencing public opinion against their competitors under the guise of being "news."
I also believe the employee contract restrictions imposed on reports and producers by their Sinclair Broadcasting employer, should be challenged. Your article made it sound like blackmail; i.e., paying the company 40% of their salary if they quit. That's ridiculous. AND, an employer should not be allowed to abridge the freedom of the press any more than the government, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Margaret M. Denena