When I read Christine Biederman's piece "The Jones Boys," I thought to myself, "This is something I'd expect to see in The Dallas Morning News. The Observer is really slipping."

Then I remembered: April Fools!
Mitchell Crenshaw
Via e-mail

How ironic. You published Christine Biederman's laudatory story on Rader, Campbell, Fisher & Pike the day Paula Jones' lawyers fell flat on their faces.

Ms. Biederman seems to have been completely unaware of the legal weaknesses of the frivolous Jones case. So what if Bill Clinton exposed himself and propositioned Paula Jones? As Judge Wright pointed out, the allegations do not amount to sexual harassment.

Numerous lawyers have said this all along. All of the sleaze dredged up by the pious, well-scrubbed hypocrites at Rader, Campbell, Fisher & Pike was just a sideshow. Their flimflam distracted Ms. Biederman from seeing that these boys were taking a bogus case to court. It did not fool Judge Wright. More ethical and more competent lawyers wouldn't be found within a thousand yards of the case Rader and Campbell were trying to make.

Paula Jones' previous lawyers, who reached a $700,000 settlement with the President, knew what they were doing. They made a silk purse out of a sow's ear of a case. Jones, flattered by her newfound right-wing friends, didn't have the smarts to take the deal and run.

Charles Barton

White Bluff's goat slaughter
Thank you for your informative article about the goats that were slaughtered in the White Bluff Resort area south of Dallas, as reported by Muriel L. Sims in the March 26 issue of the Dallas Observer ["The goatslayers"].

Indeed, as Edwina Gibson stated, "if you don't like being around critters, why the hell would you move to the country?" Has our society gone mad? As quoted in the article, "These goats were obviously making a nuisance of themselves..." How can an animal native to the area in which it is found be a nuisance? I would like to suggest that the people who moved into the region were more inclined to be making a nuisance of themselves than the animals were. The goats were there first!

There were alternatives to killing the goats. One of the residents, Mr. [Dick] Van Tyne, did some research and planted his garden with the kind of vegetation that goats found unpalatable. Why couldn't Mr. [Bryant] Aiken and Mr. [Jerry] Jones do the same?

And what kind of a game warden is Kenneth Holder? He sympathized with Jones and Aiken, saying that if he had been in their situation, he would have shot the goats as well. He stated, "you have bunny huggers and tree huggers--they want to protect everything that's out there." This is a game warden? A man who is supposed to protect our wildlife? Why in God's name wouldn't we want to protect everything out there? This is our environment, our planet, our world. Is he totally callous?

Isn't it a sad commentary when no so-called laws were broken by killing the goats? Why should deer and other wild game be protected by a governmental agency but not goats? If anyone can tolerate the image of a mother goat being brutally murdered and her two innocent babies left to die, then I suggest you should move out to the White Bluff Resort and become a neighbor to Jerry P. Jones, a retired trial attorney at the prestigious Dallas firm of Thompson & Knight, and Bryant Aiken, a dentist from Cleburne. They will ensure that no goats, or any other animals for that matter, will bother your property.

Annette Lambert
Via e-mail

Editor's note: The Dallas Observer has received numerous letters protesting the slaughter of 20-25 feral goats by two White Bluff residents, Jerry P. Jones and Bryant Aiken. A sampling of these letters is printed below.

I was sickened and dismayed to read this article. I've owned goats and a variety of other livestock over the years. Yes, buck goats do stink, but the does and kids do not. Yes, they eat shrubs--but as some of the neighbors did, why could these people not use sensible landscaping to lessen the problem?

I've worked as a paralegal for a number of years, and I see a lot of attorneys with the attitude that they're bigger than the law and can do what they want because they can manipulate the system. Unfortunately, this attitude carries over into their private lives as a little-god complex. If it doesn't suit them, change it, and anyone else's opinion be damned.

There were other options available--if these people had contacted any goat rancher or legitimate animal-control or rescue organization, they could have found help. It is unconscionable that the local game warden has so little empathy or respect for animals. Was this, by chance, a political appointee?

Valerie McCready
Via e-mail

What is wrong with you people? Did it ever occur to anyone to ask for help to remove the goats? There are many goat breed clubs as well as humane societies. What a senseless waste. God will forgive--but I'm not sure I can.

Lis Bishop
Via e-mail

It is sad to read about what can only be considered irresponsible actions of those who chose to slaughter those goats in the fashion they did. Goats can become a nuisance when not confined to an area where one does not want damage done. This is something that the owners of the land holding probably should have considered.

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