Austin Is an Uncaring City

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 8, 2003

I am responding to the letter from Betty Benton ["Postmarks," Aug. 8], who is apparently the guru of reality when she responded to Anita Quintanilla's letter about ageism in the Austin workforce. Ms. Benton, do you really think that every Hispanic female over 30 who (sob) can't get a job at Hooters should then become a friggin' nanny? Great! Anita can go push a double-buggy around affluent neighborhoods, as I grit my teeth about how people think racism/ageism/sexism doesn't exist anymore, but wait, those blond kids certainly aren't hers! Would Anita then be in her rightful place to you? Were you offering her a job, or what? Did you completely overlook the fact that she was applying for administrative work, which she is well trained for? Your response, Ms. Benton, was only an affirmation of her view that Austin is an uncaring city – what a shallow, callous response on your part! Anita was expressing agreement with the article about Austin's social ills – I suggest that you read it over and respond to that!
Fumingly yours,
Tonatzin Barragan
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