'Chronicle's Endorsement Missed the Mark

RECEIVED Tue., April 29, 2008

Dear Editor,
    First I want to thank Wells Dunbar for his coverage of City Hall and the upcoming elections – a job well done [“Beside the Point,” News]. I don't always agree with the Chronicle's endorsements or takes on issues but can always count on getting more local news on Thursdays than what has been reported elsewhere during the entire week. Thanks.
    I do have to agree with Ray Reece (“Postmarks” online, April 28) that y'all missed the the mark in not endorsing Robin Cravey for council Place 4 [“'Chronicle' Endorsements,” April 25]. Both he and Laura Morrison would make good council members, but I believe Cravey has distinct advantages concerning his knowledge of the business of City Hall, and his love for this town has been proven over many years of volunteer service. And to quote Reece, "To fail to elect him to Place 4 would be to miss a rare opportunity for a critical upgrade in the quality and wisdom of city government."
    My own endorsement was simple: I’m happy to stand behind Robin in his bid for City Council. Having known Robin and Jane for more than 30 years, it is a simple matter of trust. I trust Robin's basic integrity. I trust his abilities to work with city staff and neighborhoods – earned by experience working with both. I trust his vision for this city we both love. And last, though we have had differing opinions on occasions over the years, I trust his ability and willingness to listen to all parties with respect and due consideration before making decisions. This is a much-needed ability in this often contentious town. It's just a matter of trust, but in politics as in life, it is pretty fundamental.
Gary Hyatt
Bouldin Creek Neighborhood
39-year Austin resident/neighborhood activist
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