By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Hypocrisy begins at home: Nicholas Bredimus ("American Sex Tourist," by Thomas Korosec, February 20) could probably have gratified himself and avoided the hassle of trying to obstruct justice in the first place if he'd only settled for what's closer to home, where a man with practically any budget can pay for his pleasures and only rarely have to pay his way out in legal terms.
Granted, pedophilia isn't tolerated here, but he can easily find others--never children, but those of consensual age who still look pretty fresh--of all descents, including Thai, who will allow him to molest them for a fee. And he wouldn't necessarily have to hire a pimp either. Why, sex for sale is so rampant right here that this very paper, while exposing him (that is, shaming him) for his involvement in the destruction of life that inevitably accompanies the buying and selling of sex, has in the same issue over a dozen full pages of thinly veiled sex ads. Bredimus can start right here shopping for new leads.
Space cadets: I spent over a year illustrating the Orbiter graphic novel ("The Bleeding Edge," by Robert Wilonsky, February 13), finishing the 100 pages of the book only a few days after the Columbia shuttle disaster. I appreciate your mention of our work. Warren Ellis and I are both lifelong dedicated space program enthusiasts. Both of us treasure as our earliest memories Apollo's triumphs on the moon.
Orbiter will be released April 23, not in June, as your article states. I hope people will see in Orbiter the respect we both hold for the men and women of NASA: the scientists, engineers and astronauts.
Newport News, Virginia
Highest praise: Hey, man! Great bit...In a world of crackhead monkey opinions, you stand tall. I think it would be cool to sit down with you, enjoy a refreshing adult beverage and talk about anything. All the best.
Low-life thug: Ludacris is a low-life thug who profits from pushing attractive but destructive music ("Gossip Folks," by Zac Crain, February 27). His music is a prime example of the kind of rap that is corrupting the misguided individuals who buy into it. Mr. O'Reilly is not perfect, but at least he doesn't profit from promoting barbaric behavior. I'm wasting my breath, however, because you obviously are just as lacking in a thing called integrity.
Quite a package: Ludacris, Willie Nelson and the fate of the local music scene all in a neat little package? It can't be. Kudos, sir! I guess I'm just burned out on mainstream reprints and "Overnight" reviews on Matchbox 20 that run in that other publication. Thanks for heading the only relevant music section in Dallas. You must have grown up on the best damn kolaches in the world.
Too much meddling: What's next, prohibition? Your article was very enlightening ("No Smoking Gun," by Dave Faries, February 27). It should be up to business owners how they want to run their business. Ms. Miller and everyone else has the freedom to go where they want to eat, but we don't own the businesses. I don't take my family to the Doll House for lunch and tell them they need to put clothes on the girls and not smoke because I want them to run their business the way I think they should. The government is meddling too much in our lives.
Hold the soot: Thank you for your enlightening article on the new smoking ban and the objections to it from several restaurant owners. As someone who likes his meals with a minimum of dirty and sooty flavor, I try to patronize businesses that share my belief that smoke and good food don't mix. Mark Maguire, owner of M Grill and Maguire's, and Bob Sambol, owner of Bob's Steak and Chophouse, may be sure their vocal opposition to enforcement of the clean air ordinance has been noted, and I'll be sure and take my business to other restaurants.
Paul von Wupperfeld
Osama bin Bunny
New kind of "terrorist": Thank you so much for your article on HB 433 (Buzz, by Patrick Williams, February 27). Keep up the good work of bringing this sort of nonsense to people's attention. We just can't let this one pass.
Sheila K. Dixon
Constitutional threat: Thanks for bringing HB 433 to light for Dallas readers. I do want to point out some other features of the bill that were not mentioned:
1. Any reporter who films or photographs in a place of business with the intent of exposing animal cruelty without the business owner's permission can be prosecuted as a "terrorist" and be added to the state database. This bill clearly threatens the freedom of the press.
2. The bill also allows nonviolent civil disobedience actions such as disrupting businesses in a nonviolent fashion to be classified as terrorist activities. I guess that makes Martin Luther King and Gandhi terrorists in today's world.
3. It also violates the 14th Amendment of equal protection under the law for people affected by this bill.
Maybe state Representative Ray Allen should head over to the nearest college and take Civics 101--since he clearly doesn't have an understanding of our most precious and cherished document, the U.S. Constitution.