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Municipal Campgrounds

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Dear Editor,
    While still a temporary solution for many of Austin's homeless, we should follow cities like San Diego and San Clemente who have set up large municipal campgrounds. Offering more humane conditions could mean a safer environment for our urban refugees; sanitation facilities, medical and social services could be offered in a centralized, municipal setting while more permanent housing options are explored.
Kathleen Weager Coyne

More to Prop 4?

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I'm glad that the Chronicle has endorsed voting against Prop 4 ["Chronicle Endorsements for the November 5 Election," News, Oct. 18]. Although I've heard there's even more to it than the state income tax issue. There is a video going around that explains that the second part of the proposition also calls for changing the words "Natural Persons" to "Individuals" so that corporations, which are now considered individuals because of Citizens United, will be able to sue and be exempt from paying taxes to the state, taxes that are much needed for schools, parks, etc. Does the Chronicle have more info regarding this? If so, it seems much more important than just the state income tax issue, which isn't really even a threat!
Thanks,
Jeff Farris

Reinvent & Expand Transit

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Dear Editor,
    For carless students like myself, long bus rides in bumper-to-bumper traffic wastes time that we could otherwise spend in study groups, at office hours, or participating in extracurricular activities. It’s clear that Austin has too many cars on the road, and still, our city’s population is expected to double by 2040. It’s time we stopped trying to fit more vehicles on our roads and started thinking about how we can more efficiently move people from place to place.
    Cap Metro’s Project Connect, a comprehensive plan that aims to reinvent and expand transportation in Austin, is a great place to start. By adding new buses, bus lanes, routes, and railways, Transit for Austin can build us the convenient, affordable, and efficient public transportation system that our city needs.
Sincerely,
Sofia Chapa

Leave Bumper-to-Bumper Behind

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Dear Editor,
    For Austinites like myself, the sounds of screeching brakes and honking horns are all too familiar. We’ve all been there, staring out at a sea of red brake lights, waiting for that green light so that we can move an inch before stopping again. Unfortunately, Austin’s traffic problem will only get worse. Experts predict that the city’s population will double by 2040, which is why we need to get people out of cars and into high-capacity transit.
    Cap Metro’s Transit for Austin project can help us do exactly that. By adding new buses, bus lanes, routes, and railways, Transit for Austin can help all of us avoid our grueling commutes – even as Austin’s population rises.
    It’s time for Austin to make a choice. By supporting efforts like Project Connect, we can leave bumper-to-bumper traffic behind, and make our transit system exactly what it should be: public.
Sincerely,
Henry Le

Seems Hypocritical

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I don’t understand this – the City Council wants to promote affordable housing but is demolishing 3,700 units of rent-controlled housing for a what is really a massive gentrification of the area ["After Much Shouting, Riverside Deal Gets Done," News, Oct. 25]. Oh, I forgot, there are 100 units for homeless families. This seems hypocritical to me.
Cynthia Sechrest
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