The turkey leg goes to...; Funny lady; Hanging on a KLIF; More epistles to the Jews; Dry summer days

The turkey leg goes to...

About damn time somebody addressed Lee Hancock's tactics ("Let's talk about sects," April 27). I was a reporter for the Beaumont paper at the time of Byrd's dragging death. I covered his murder from the time it happened until the beginning of the second trial, which is when I took a new job.

The Beaumont Enterprise is the closest daily Jasper has. It's shitty enough to wake up in the morning and discover Lee Hancock whupped the bejesus out of you--especially when you're the local reporter who thought you had a damned good rapport with your sources. It's a far worse feeling to find out how she did it. I, too, witnessed what Mike Lout and others described. And like them, I was appalled.

The turkey legs, the whiskey, the flowers, all the promises (some she made good on, others she didn't)...all true. I know. I was there.

As for Ronald King, I spoke with him frequently. The conversations were quite enlightening. What's most sad is that I still don't think he realizes just how badly she used him.

The little incident with Barry [Shlachter], well, that pretty much speaks for itself. No one was terribly surprised.

The true shame is that Lee is damned good at what she does. I mean that both ethically and unethically speaking.

Thanks for printing what a lot of us have been thinking for a long, long time.

Cathy Frye

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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Funny lady

I have been for years--and will continue to be--a huge supporter of the Dallas Observer. However, I must take exception to your characterization of Clarice Tinsley as "humorless" in the Kevin McCarthy piece ("Last call," May 11). I feel she is unfairly vilified in the article. After you cleverly gloss over Kevin's (who I am a big fan of) drinking, carousing, and other irresponsible behavior with a boys-will-be-boys wink, Clarice is portrayed as overly sensitive. Let us remember that she was the hapless victim--who couldn't swim and did not like the water--who was thrown in the pool against her will by two "grown" men. Furthermore, Clarice has never been linked to any type of scandal. For Kevin, however, this was the final straw in a long line of childish antics.

Christopher Brown
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Hanging on a KLIF

Thank you for the fine article about Kevin McCarthy. I have been listening to KLIF-AM 570 (no, I still can't call it Big 570) since 1993. I have been listening through all the changes since then, including the "hot, hip, and happening" spree, the alternate sports/talk stint, and the current blow-up and rebuild. The one constant was always Kevin McCarthy. Kevin's style of humor, inquiring mind, and confidence to go boldly where others had no business going are what have kept many listeners tuning in.

Prior to his health problems, his on-air staff meetings with Connie Enriquez Herrera and Donovan Lewis--plus his ongoing repartee with them during the show--were truly some of the best moments on the radio.

Unfortunately, the station has taken a turn that I believe it won't recover from even when Kevin returns. The changes the management had made to Kevin's show before his health problems essentially cut the legs out from under his show. This is evidenced by the regular callers that are not calling in now.

Again, thank you for the piece on Kevin. We loyal Kevin listeners do miss him and look forward to when we might hear him on the air again.

Jeff Peploe
Via e-mail

I share the loss of Kevin McCarthy's show. His interviews with celebrities; his banter with Connie (his producer) and Donnie (his board op); his handling of local, state, and national events; his style with the callers and the general easy talk that made you want to call to express your opinions and made you laugh.

I also miss the movie critic Gary Cogill--he gave us a movie critique that either made you want to see the show or saved you the ticket price.

The changes at KLIF have been rough. Change is sometimes bad. Hopefully, Kevin can right the ship and make the listeners return.

James Hardiston
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More epistles to the Jews

Concerning Jonathan Fox's "Epistle to the Jews" (May 4): In a society like ours, committed to the free competition of ideas, there seems to be something unseemly in the rabbis' objections to efforts by the Southern Baptists to win Jewish converts. To be in America is to be confronted with a vast variety of religious choices. We have access to a spiritual bazaar where everyone from Pope John Paul II to D.T. Suzuki pitches his point of view in the hope of gaining adherents. That is where the future lies, not in some demand for exceptional treatment--which suggests an inability to cope--but in the toe-to-toe of critical evaluation, disputation, and dialogue. Those who waver will gravitate to other faiths where they feel more at home. The true believers will remain with whatever tradition attracts them, and that tradition will be purified and strengthened. Good competition is a wonderful thing. Rather than objecting to him, the rabbis should thank Jim Sibley.

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