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Old 09-11-2007, 12:32 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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Great comments, austin-steve. I don't think Travis Heights is as intolerant of dissent from the leftist norm as you portray it, but perhaps it is becoming that way as Austin gets flooded with extremists of all varieties from places that don't believe in the central Texan "live and let live" philosophy.

Even back in 1992, the election results from that neighborhood had the Republican candidates placing third, after Democrats and third-party candidates. It's been like that for a long time, which I like, but I always loved the fact that conservatives could freely express their opinions without fear of the reprisals they could expect in San Francisco or Eugene, Oregon.

Times are changing in Austin and it's not as tolerant of diverse opinions as it used to be. I don't know if this merely reflects a polarization of ideas in America or if it's a symptom of the influx of Californians. But it's sad that things aren't as laid-back here as they used to be. I'm a far-left guy who loves to hang out with ANYONE as long as they're decent human beings who are kind to others. That's been my general experience of Austin, a place where left, right, Green, Libertarian, and every other type of personality can all get along well and have a good time together. We all have so much in common, why focus on our differences? The only people who need to be ostracized are those who advocate hatred or who intentionally cause harm to others. Aside from that, I'll listen to any idea and I'll enjoy whatever kooky outfit you wear and whatever conspiracy theory you believe in. It's the old Austin way of life and I beg newcomers to embrace this lifestyle rather than getting so angrily politicized that you would vandalize the property of those who have differing opinions.

Travis Heights is a good place to focus in this struggle to preserve the Austin tradition of open-mindedness and tolerance. It's near the epicenter of everything that is Austin.
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