Support Michelle Ryan for state representative

Do you have internet access? Many rural areas in Central Texas have inadequate or no broadband internet services available. Michelle Ryan, Democratic candidate for state representative for District 17, wants to make rural internet access a state priority. Ryan has been meeting with citizens of Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes and Lee counties over the past year to learn more about rural internet access and find ways to make it happen.

Since Ryan raised public interest in the issue, Rep. John Cyrier, the incumbent District 17 representative, all of a sudden has discovered the issue and has promised to make changes. Where were the changes over the past two years? During the legislative session, when representatives introduce new laws to bring about change, nothing was done.

Ryan’s priorities include adequately funding public education, protecting our water and providing affordable health care to all Texans. What has Cyrier done about these important issues? What will he do to protect our groundwater from being stolen away from us? Apparently nothing.

Instead, he has supported things like discriminatory bathroom bills while state aid to our schools and health care services falters. We need some big changes in the Texas Legislature. We certainly need a change in District 17. We have heard enough hollow talk and no action from folks like Cyrier.

Let’s elect Michelle Ryan as District 17 state representative. I have heard her discuss issues of concern to millions of Texans. She knows what she is talking about. More importantly, she is ready and willing to fight to solve our problems.

Steve R. Chamberlain

Cedar Creek

Vote for Eric Holguin for Congress

I would like for all to consider the candidacy of Eric Holguin for the 27th Texas Congressional District. Holguin favors creating jobs through infrastructure repair and improvements, which our county desperately needs. This creates high paying jobs for workers here in Bastrop that cannot be shipped overseas. Holguin will stand up for Social Security and Medicare rights which we have paid into all of our lives and we deserve to reap those benefits, unlike the Republicans who are poised and ready to take away “entitlements.” Holguin believes that health care is a right and not a privilege and wants to ensure everyone has access to health care including those who can’t afford it. Holguin knows the vast majority of illegal immigration is from people who come here legally and that no border wall is going to solve the problem, it will just be another massive spending bill. Holguin will stand up for a woman’s right to equal pay, the environment, education and civil rights for all.

Incumbent Michael Cloud, R-Texas, claims in his website that he is against out of control spending. Really? We all know the Republicans are ratcheting up the nation’s debt and cutting revenue in favor of the richest 1 percent, all the while they are deregulating the banks. Cloud appears to me to be in lock step with Trump in out of control spending, science deniers who are damaging the environment and don’t care about the middleman. Therefore, I am voting for Eric Holguin.

Mark Timerman

Bastrop

Oust Michael McCaul, vote for Mike Siegel

Rep. Michael McCaul has been attached at the hip to fellow one-percenter President Trump. McCaul represents U.S. Congressional District 10, which runs from Austin to Houston. He voted for Trump’s massive tax cut that benefits rich people like themselves while adding trillions of dollars to our budget deficit. He has voted repeatedly to cut or eliminate affordable health care for millions of Texans but strongly supports Trump’s border wall.

At home, McCaul — who lives in an Austin mansion — has been outed as the No. 1 residential water user in Austin at a time when Bastrop County is caught between the effects of increasingly frequent droughts and water profiteers looking to ensure that guys like McCaul can keep their lawns green and swimming pools full. How can we trust McCaul to spend our tax dollars wisely and to protect water quality and our local supply? Clearly, he is out of touch with the people he serves.

Fortunately, voters in Texas’ 10th Congressional District have a competent alternative in the Nov. 6 election. Mike Siegel has made a career of public service as a school teacher, civil rights lawyer and community advocate. He is part of a new wave of bright, energetic political newcomers who want to bring change and who want to fight for citizens whose voices have not been heard during McCaul’s tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. Siegel shows up for public events; McCaul meets only with fat cats, and has steadfastly refused to meet with Bastropians. In the mold of U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, Siegel makes it clear that he will focus on fighting for the little guy rather than the ultra-rich and multinational corporations.

Vote Siegel yes, McCaul no in November.

Carole Marmell

Elgin

Advertiser columnists help raise public consciousness

I would like to thank Joni Ashbrook and Carolyn Banks for the columns they wrote about sexual assault recently for our Bastrop newspaper. Ms. Ashbrook and Ms. Banks both wrote from their own experiences and I appreciate their courage in speaking out. Both of their columns help raise public consciousness.

Kate McCalley

Bastrop