Levy Responds

RECEIVED Mon., June 20, 2005

Dear Editor:
    This is being written in response to Mike Blizzard's characterization (among other charges) in last week's Chronicle of me being a "bully" [“Postmarks,” June 17]. My initial reaction was simply to say that I resent Mike's perceptivity. Then I realized that perhaps Mike was simply being disingenuous in choosing to mislabel the same passion for Austin that he has, and that in a democracy reasonable people can disagree. So I called Mike, and after a lengthy conversation it appeared that there is probably not a nickel's worth of difference in how we see the problems facing a community we both love very much. (Where we do differ: Mike trusts Robin Rather Murray, and I do not, which I attribute simply to Mike's being young and naive.) Mike's criticism of my style is fair, but his implication that I am anti-women would be challenged by a large group of females ranging from my 90-year-old mom, to my three daughters, to the Texas Monthly staff, which is 85% female, most of whom will probably attest to the fact that I have created a great place for women to work, widely recognized as a firm with maximum flexibility for working mothers, no glass ceiling, and promotions based on merit. Mike also conveniently failed to note that Beverly Griffith lost her race to Betty Dunkerley, and Margot Clarke lost to Jennifer Kim. I must sign off now, because the Ace Brass Knuckle Company catalog that I was eagerly awaiting just arrived in the mail.
Mike Levy
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