Mr. Whittaker's statement that Paul Robbins “thoroughly, categorically and at great length lambasted” Prop. 6 on Oct. 17 is false [Postmarks
, Nov. 15]. Also this large forum was less than 50 people.
It was I who invited Mr. Robbins, and while he was not asked to articulate any position pro or con, he was also not enjoined from having a position. Specifically, the invitation said, “I understand that you are good at articulating the everyman position as well as being knowledgeable about how we intersect with the city on issues of water.”
Mr Robbins did say that he would not vote for Prop. 6; otherwise his comments focused on the issues surrounding water and not the issue of the proposition. There was no “lambast[ing],” and to state that there was is untrue.
Had Mr. Robbins expressed such avid opposition to Prop. 6, the conversations of the group would have reflected that. The comments that I heard were along the lines of, "Well, I still don't know how I am going to vote." For the record, Prop. 6 passed overwhelmingly in Northwest Austin.
I believe Mr. Whittaker owes Mr. Robbins an apology, and preferably in the Chronicle