Who Is He to Tell Someone to Throw Away His or Her Dream?

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 8, 2006

Dear Chronicle staff,
    I was sitting down today to relax and read the current issue [Aug. 4] when I flipped to the "After a Fashion” column. I feel disgusted that you would publish such an immature rant.
    It would be wonderful to see the Austin fashion scene actually covered in the Chronicle. It is one area that is truly lacking coverage in your publication. Mr. Moser's column is a gossip column, and nothing else.
    Yet again, Mr. Moser has proven that he takes great pride in writing nasty, personal attacks on persons in the fashion community. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, for sure. But what good does it do anyone to read such a mean-spirited column? The only person enriched by this is Mr. Moser himself – whose self esteem is obviously shaky enough to need the firm footing of someone else's back.
    I, for one, am glad there are many upstart designers in town. Not everyone wants to shop in overpriced boutiques where the size range stops at 10. Not everyone cares if his or her items are perfectly stitched, or 100% original. Many people, gasp, purchase locally designed clothing, accessories, and art to support someone else's dream.
    Who is Mr. Moser to tell someone to throw away his or her dream? Wouldn't positive and uplifting coverage of this subject be more beneficial to everyone? Wouldn't it be nice to extol the stars and upstarts of Austin's fashion community and give them the credit they have worked so hard to earn?
    For all your open-mindedness in so many areas, it is saddening and frustrating that your editorial staff refuses to put a real effort into supporting the Austin fashion community. What a pity.
Anne Marie Beard
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