By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
While I appreciated Jim Schutze's article "One honest man" (June 22), he did reveal his own racist nature. Dr. Rojas has not been referred to as a black man since he's been here. In fact, the black board members have been his most consistent critics. (Jose Plata brags of being responsible for finding him.) And when he claimed his first trophy to prove how tough he was, he selected a black man as his target. His first derogatory comments about community people were to tell African-Americans to stop being victims. Se-Gwen Tyler has consistently criticized him publicly in board meetings for favoring Hispanic children (in most news articles he is featured only as visiting schools with large Hispanic populations). His project, Edison, is provided only for schools with large Hispanic populations. And, most recently when Tyler criticized him about black students' performance, his comments were that black children were last in math, in reading, and everything else. He has not proved to be a black man and endeared himself to the black community. Dr. Rojas adopted black administrators and politicians only after the people he brought here with him turned on him.
Please tell Jim Schutze, "Don't incite a riot." We don't want to claim Rojas either.
The death penalty is certainly a serious issue. But, I have a problem when the Dallas Observer or any other media organization seems to vilify the city of Huntsville by mentioning only the existence of the prisons ("Killing machine," June 29). One thing you definitely forgot, in particular, is that Huntsville is also a college town! A 121-year-old state university, Sam Houston State, which had an enrollment of more than 12,000 students last year, exists only blocks away from the death chamber.
There are cities and towns all across Texas that are not as cosmopolitan as Dallas, Austin, or Houston. Don't you understand that? But what Huntsville has is beautiful scenery, history (Sam Houston, himself, did reside here), and of course a solid educational institution.
Also, the people in Huntsville are not bloodthirsty. Our governor does have his faults, but when it comes to administrating this difficult task, he is clearly doing his job by simply upholding the law. It seems that the media forget the reasons why these people on death row are executed. Many of these people had led lives of crime, juries convicted these people, judges sentenced them, and after that they get their cases reviewed again and again, which leads to the inevitable.
What a cute title Jonathan Fox penned for his article. ("Granny get your gun," June 29). And if blatant death threats against elected officials and homosexuals and the assassination of physicians who practice in certain areas are now amusing, then Fox should win an award for his sharp wit.
Fox correctly links Freerepublic.com to the "Second Amendment Sisters." However, he fails to inform his readers of serious concerns that have been raised about Freerepublic and the "Second Amendment Sisters."
Persons associated with Freerepublic have used its message boards to issue death threats against numerous elected officials. There have been multiple investigations of "Freepers" by the U.S. Secret Service. Did Fox inform us that Freerepublic's owner has publicly threatened to lead an insurrection against the government of the United States, should the "liberal" George W. Bush be elected president?
Perhaps Mr. Fox should have done some research before he wrote his promo piece on the "Sisters." Did Fox inform us of a recent posting by a certain "Second Amendment Sister" who uses the pseudonym Basil on Freerepublic, wherein she openly wishes the best recovery to an ailing, apparent would-be domestic terrorist, using the pseudonym "Gonzo"?
Perhaps Fox is just a young and inexperienced writer. Perhaps he needs to learn how to perform basic Internet research.
Oh, and here is one more tidbit. Fox makes reference to another of the other "Second Amendment Sisters", whose Freerepublic pseudonym is PistolPaknMama. Here is this Sister's take on African-Americans and the civil-rights movement: "The Communists realized early on how easily led the blacks are as a group. Read any documentation on the early beginnings of the Communist Party in the U.S. and it is easy to see how they have targeted blacks as a useful tool, and named most of the groups "Christian" this or that."
Name withheld by request
As a longtime resident of Flower Mound, I was deeply offended by this narrow-minded article ("Good fences," June 15). While it's one thing to report on the activities of a city council or a political action committee or even a revenge-seeking attorney, it's another thing to say these groups represent the entire community.
As your article indicated, there are more than 50,000 Flower Mound residents, while only 3,000 are members of the Voters United to Preserve Flower Mound. That's like saying that the people of the city of Dallas are reflected in totality by the Dallas City Council or the Dallas school board. We know this is simply not true. If it were, why would anyone want to live in Dallas?