By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Regarding the "Buzz" last week about NAACP [leader] Lee Alcorn: Your suggestion that Lee Alcorn "staged" his "painful-to-watch" appearance at the City Council meeting on April 22 was not paranoid but absurd and mean-spirited, and reflects laziness on the part of your staff.
First, having watched his speech, as well as his interchange with the mayor and Larry Duncan, he was the one who remained calm throughout the shouting match. (It was Roy Williams who was raising his voice in the background) No, Lee Alcorn did not provoke the mayor, he did not try to out-shout Mr. Duncan, but he did keep on speaking, and in the end, he made his point. Was it unusual for him to calmly ask Mayor Kirk for more time to speak? Maybe so.
If anyone on your staff tried to answer this not so interesting question in a real way, they would have found that Lee Alcorn's sister had died that very day. Since when did you "offer any facts" to support your views? What exactly are your views? And that photograph...it looks like it came from a 1978 David Duke flyer. What was it supposed to say to us? Perhaps it is to your credit that this column lacks a clue as to its own agenda. With friends like you, who needs enemies?
Your remarks on the Trinity River project are confusing to me. [Buzz, April 30] I was in Dallas just before the election and had an opportunity to hear first-hand some of the complaints of the Cadillac Heights Community--lead poisoning, etc. And I believe you do a terrible injustice to center your news items on the personalities rather than the citizens of the area's real problems.
My daughter is a graduating senior at Bryan Adams High School. Everything Julie Lyons says about Bryan Adams' computer labs (and DISD's computer programs for the district students) in her article is right on target. ["Life in the Slow Lane," April 30]
During the fall semester, she learned Framework 3 in her required computer class. Has anyone ever heard of Framework 3 before? From her description, it sounds like an Ashton-Tate creation. Anybody besides me been around PCs long enough to remember those programs? Knowing Framework 3 is really going to help her in her future life!
This semester her class learned Lotus 1-2-3. For DOS. At least they're learning something about spreadsheets! Fortunately, she doesn't have to depend on her school to teach her how to use a computer. Her mommy can do that quite nicely, thank you.
I've maintained for years that our children don't get the education we pay for. Good thing. Otherwise we'd have illiterate children. It's obscene that our culture thinks nothing of paying a pro athlete millions upon millions of dollars, but we balk, scream, kick, and throw temper tantrums if anyone suggests we pay teachers competitive (with industry) wages, or provide our schools with up-to-date equipment.
Jo Francis Byrd
I am writing in regard to your issue concerning your nominees for Best Blues Band in the metroplex, particularly the "blurb" on Hash Brown [1998 Dallas Observer Music Awards issue, April 30]. I would like to list a couple of suggestions for Jimmy Fowler before he attempts to write another article on musicians in this town:
1. You may want to actually go to see the talent that you are giving a review on before attempting to give your personal opinion on them. Better yet, do not even give your personal opinion, base it on the facts.
2. Research topics such as history, contributions, influences, accomplishments, and so on.
Not to sound cynical, but why would a magazine nominate an individual then completely deface them in a review section of the paper? Didn't your organization pick these nominees? It is not only his "blurb" that was so contradictory; others got the wrong end of the stick too. Just to make a point about Hash Brown...Dallas Blues would not be what it is today if he had not moved here and worked his butt off. Whether it be his consistent jams or his regular gigs, the man has paid his dues.
More music cacophony
Maybe you haven't noticed, but there aren't a lot of icons or culture left. I respect anybody who still has the guts to stand up and perform to an angry, bored, and jaded culture. I won't admit to being a huge Missing Persons fan, but it's articles like yours that make people want to turn off to mainstream media and go underground. By the way, stay the hell away from there too. We want you to build Dallas up, not tear down those that come here to entertain. You journalists have certainly done your part this decade in taking some fun out of life.
The crap I read in your overview of the nominated groups in the last issue nearly made me laugh--and explode. How can anyone write the b.s about Andy [Timmons] that was written? Is there an editor at your paper? Timmons is one of the most incredible guitarists in the world, let alone Dallas, and just going by your review, I wouldn't even bother to see the band. Besides, he has always come across as down-to-earth and real. Has the reviewer ever really gone to the Blue Cat and watched Timmons? If so, you need another columnist.