By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Narrow and intolerant: Bravo to Dave Faries for writing this article ("Being Avi Adelman," June 28). I, and many of my neighbors, are tired of the media portraying Avi Adelman as the "voice" of Lower Greenville. He isn't.
Many, if not most, of Mr. Adelman's neighbors were attracted to the neighborhood precisely because of the eclectic mix of businesses and residences and have enjoyed increased property values because of the area's growing popularity. The relative silence of this group of reasonable homeowners has allowed Mr. Adelman to portray himself as a spokesman.
Fortunately, Mr. Faries has seen through this fiction and been able to see Mr. Adelman for what he really is--an extremist who seeks to make the rest of us conform to his narrow and intolerant worldview.
If Mr. Adelman doesn't like all that comes with living in an urban environment, he can move to the suburbs. There are many of us who would be happy to throw him a going-away party.
Wendy R. Hilgers
No savior: What on God's green earth has gotten into Dallas Observer writers lately? To accuse Becky Oliver of sensationalism and to run a front-page article on it ("Warrior Reporter," June 28), at that, is to try to say that you are not guilty of being a hypocrite. The very act of writing a story about Becky Oliver constitutes sensationalism.
Furthermore, what would possess Mr. Wilonsky to even hint that Marilyn Manson is a savior ("The Nobody," July 5) by anyone's semantics, however twisted they may be? What would cause someone to believe that he is actually someone other than himself, that all of these years he has been working under a carefully constructed pen name, believing that he shouldn't have to take any responsibility for the filth that he writes and performs?
Little Brian Warner chose to be who he is, and no attempt to dislodge the mantle that he carries will ever work, so let's all take a moment of silence as we ceremoniously rip the New Testament out of The Bible and set it on fire, wiping out the fire of vengeance with fire, so to speak. Let little Brian wallow in his performance as much as he wants, but giving him the time of day, the chance to whitewash his act with some PR, only works to your discredit, Mr. Wilonsky and company.
On another note, it would almost seem that the Observer is guilty of anti-sensationalism--in other words, helping the city cover up the pertinent facts about the demoted policemen story ("Hold That Five Mil'," June 28). Maybe this is just a job for the likes of Becky Oliver. Why would you give us just a taste of the story and then shy away from the details? Since the Observer is really just a very large, impersonal pimp, maybe we need some new competition for you, such as a revival of The Met.
Unspoiled Texas: I just read John MacCormack's "Run Over" (July 5) and found it to be somewhat disturbing. For those who have never had the pleasure of visiting the Big Bend region, it might be a bit difficult to grasp the true scope of the problem with La Entrada Al Pacifico. I know that Presidio, unfortunately, is very economically depressed; however, one could truthfully say the same for Terlingua/Study Butte, Marfa, Alpine, Lajitas, Fort Davis, Marathon, Valentine, Balmorrhea, Pecos and every other little town between the Rio Grande and Fort Stockton.
The fact is, every town can't be a big city. There are more small towns across America than there are big cities, and all of these towns aren't necessarily striving to become a bigger player. For example, the article left the impression that the towns that will be impacted the most and will likely benefit the most, economically, don't want it. Imagine that--a small town that doesn't want a Wal-Mart or a McDonald's!
For those who do visit the region, we know that there is definitely a certain kind of special charm, an ambience; it truly is one of the last, good unspoiled places in the United States. I cannot imagine Fort Davis, or even Marfa or Alpine, withstanding more than 1,000 heavy trucks a day. The most disheartening thing about the situation is that TxDOT and the feds don't seem to care about the impact that it might have on the region. This "wait and see" approach is particularly disturbing because it says to me that they will do something about all the increased traffic only after it has absolutely devastated the region, and, by then, it will be too late.
Respecting the dead: As a staunch supporter of civil rights movements here and around the globe, I find myself in a precarious situation. I am all for a day honoring Cesar Chavez ("A Day of His Own," July 5), but to have his legacy lumped into Labor Day even after the family requests that we rescind that arrangement is absolutely wrong. I think the story ends: We fought for it. We deserve it. We're not giving it up. If people don't give a damn about the Chavez family or its wishes, then how can they say they are honoring his tradition with a straight face?