When he first appeared in your pages, I was miffed at the loss of Mary Brown Malouf. But I had not even half finished his debut review before I knew that he is the only one worth reading on a weekly basis. Why did The Dallas Morning News promote from within to put the queen of Pillsbury bake-off reporting in the food-critic throne at "The Guide?" I guess the Pillsbury training is where her '50s-style obsession for portion management comes from. A recent review had her filling space by determining for her readers how many people should be sharing each dessert item she had sampled. Brilliant. Your Dish editorial choices beat theirs too.

I quit reading ["The Guide"] after the hundredth $4.95 Chinese lunch buffet review. And how many Ma-and-Pa taco-stand enchilada plates do we really need to know about? Aren't cheap, high-volume, low-concept eats something we can scout on our own in our own neighborhoods without the benefit of a trite discussion in newsprint? I think you have made that call quite accurately.

Carolyn Hankins
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Dallas' crummiest team
I'm glad someone in the Dallas-Fort Worth media isn't letting Don Nelson get off scot-free [Who's the boss?" January 22]. Since becoming the GM/coach of the Mavericks, Nelson has made trades and decisions that fall somewhere on a scale between horrible and laughable. When Nelson's latest move, the hiring of his son as coach for the year 2000, garnered only a raised eyebrow from the local sports media, I was prepared to indulge in conspiracy theories (Mavericks brass must be paying off the media to not be critical of the organization).

Upon reading Mr. Wilonsky's article, some of my faith was restored; I savored every questioning, derogatory paragraph. Thank you for saying what some area basketball fans (not necessarily Maverick fans) have been thinking for some time.

Steven Dalton

Dallas' only good team
For those who don't believe that Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars are for real ["Center ice," January 29], I have a few words for them...1998 Stanley Cup Champions. Anything less will not be tolerated. GO STARS!

Michael Cauldwell
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More arena regrets
The Arena itself may be good for Dallas, but the current package it's wrapped in isn't. The owners of the teams say "they" will pay for all the environmental cleanup of the site. Has anybody made sure that "they" will not access the state funds that the TNRCC has to assist in environmental clean-ups? Hmmm...

So if they access and use any portion of some state or federal fund, are we not as taxpayers paying them for the arena? This current package is kind of like the story of the Trojan Horse. Watch out for that trap door.

Greg Johnson
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Miller's made-up mind
Let's see: First she said the Dart Light Rail was a bad thing, and now she says it's a good thing. Then she said the Meyerson was a bad thing, and now she says it's good. Laura Miller at first said Ron Kirk was a good mayor, and now she says he is not. And now she says she wants you to vote for her for city council? Well, if she says that the city council can't make up their minds, why would I or you vote her into office? I do know one thing--that it's wrong to put Laura Miller on the council when she herself can't decide what's right or wrong. Laura Miller, do all of us a favor and quit trying to do something you know nothing about. Laura Miller for city council? I say that's a bad vote.

Cedric Green

Sonny Bono, the better half
I just read your article on Sonny Bono ["The beat goes on," January 15], and although I found it to be true to the man, I didn't see the need to crucify Cher every chance you got. I really doubt her relationships with Greg or Gene had anything to do with her career, and I think she deserves respect now while she is still with us, rather than waiting until she dies and some writer (like yourself) looks back over her life and decides she wasn't such a joke after all.

Cher has had fewer relationships in the last two decades than Winona Ryder had in 1997. Why don't you guys get off her ass?

Nadine Reeves
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Vance Miller's memory
Thank you for your article on Vance Miller ["Deadbeat," January 15].
A side note about your jab at Ronald Reagan and his "can't recalls": No one in history has more "can't recalls" than Bill and Hillary Clinton! Ronald Reagan shines compared to the current slimeball in the White House.

Mark Carroll

Blues brother
Thanks for the excellent write-up on Bob Kirkpatrick ["Behind the lines," January 22]. I had the extreme pleasure to meet and listen to him and his band last week at TD's. And now, here I sit, back home in frozen New England...and you can be sure I'll be watching for any news of them venturing up this way. It's always great to learn of a musician's background; your article was enlightening!

Meri Farnworth
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