Thanks for Helping Make Austin Safe for the Likes of Stratus, Trammell Crow ...

RECEIVED Tue., May 16, 2006

Dear Editor,
    First, thanks for the editorial addendum to my last letter to the Chronicle [“Postmarks,” May 12]; you know, the snide comments you assured Rob D'Amico that you were going to be "more careful about" in the future [“Postmarks,” April 28], since it's unfair to letter writers, who have no opportunity for rebuttal.
    My concerns about Clark-Madison's potential conflict of interest were characterized as a "hysterical and venomous personal attack.” Clark-Madison works for TateAustin, which represents many large corporate interests that might have been financially impacted by Props 1 and 2. In politics, when in doubt, follow the money! I will leave it to you to look at the anti-Prop contributors and put two and two together. Next time perhaps you might check your facts a little more before using the final word to trash a correspondent.
    Also, thanks for helping to make Austin safe again for the likes of Stratus, Trammell Crow, and the HBA. I doubt it would have been possible without the thousands of lines of editorial content you devoted to the defeat of Props 1 and 2. William Randolph Hearst would have been most proud. A real newspaper might have tried to provide a little balance, perhaps by giving up some editorial space to the opposition; but we all know nothing of the sort exists in modern America.
    Finally, I suggest you take a good look at the list of people and organizations you refer to as "Bunch Davidians": www.cleanaustin.org/endorsements.php. When I look at this list, I see a lot of folks who have worked long and hard for many years trying to make Austin a better place for everyone. I think these people deserve better than the disrespect you've shown them over the course of this campaign.
Patrick Goetz
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