By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Officer unfriendly: I'm so glad that you have brought to the public's attention DART's "blind eye" attitude toward the public ("DART Guns," by Jim Schutze, July 8). I've been riding DART off and on for about 15 years (depending on my car situation). Although my experiences were not as serious as those of Mr. Ordaz, I felt compelled to contact you, because a lot of DART's employees have not been friendly--especially the drivers--and please don't get me started on the transit cops. I just wanted to let you know that I'm so happy that some light is shed on DART, because they should hold their employees accountable for their actions. Failure to do so only makes them feel like they're above the law. I look forward to your future articles.
Lollapalooza fizzles: You seemed to touch on some of the relevant points about the Lollapalooza cancellation (Across the Bar, by Sarah Hepola, July 1). I think the real issue was the finances. Fans of Morrissey and Sonic Youth don't want to pay a high ticket price to see a short set, nor do they want to attend an all-day festival. The organizers had an expensive ticket (and charged the promoters a lot of money) in a tough economy with lots of competition. When Lollapalooza first launched in the early '90s, there were no other festivals. Now there are many choices. Acts like Britney and Christina and tours like Lollapalooza all charged high ticket prices and have paid the price by having to cancel this summer (some have excuses, but ticket sales are the real reason). The concert business in general is having a terrible summer season, and the majority of successful acts on the road are those charging reasonable ticket prices.
I personally won't pay more than $50 for a good seat. There have been acts that I wanted to see but would not go for the crazy prices. I would rather spend my money to see a few concerts than blow it all on one or two. I wish the greedy concert industry would see that.
Mockumentary: Your reviewer must really hate George Bush to find value in this film ("George of the Bungle," by Gregory Weinkauf, June 24). And to refer to Bowling for Columbine as a documentary is a bigger stretch than Moore himself has the cojones to make.
Obvious lies: While I have been an avid reader of your newspaper in the past, Jim Schutze's work being my main reason, I would have to say that this is no longer so. I used to enjoy fine insights into local politics and good, concise entertainment reviews. Lately, though, it seems as if your movie reviewers can't help but let their personal politics drip all over their reviews. Nowhere is this more evident than in the film reviews. This brings me to the point of this letter.
While I may not share the views of certain documentarians, I expect their films to be truthful. If not, I would expect a reviewer to point out the most obvious lies and distortions. But when it comes to Michael Moore, your reviewers see fit to give him a pass. I read reviews not to look for love letters to an author's particular hero but for a thorough analysis of a film. This approach no longer seems to hold sway in your newspaper. As such, and with many alternatives available, I will no longer be a reader of the Dallas Observer, and I will advise my friends to do the same.
While I expect to get no response, I am still glad that I have made my opinion known. So long, and thanks for all the fine work in the past.
Better than the local nutcase: I'll admit Michael Moore has ambush interviews and context manipulation down pretty good, even better than local nutcase Becky Oliver, so he deserves some props, I guess, but calling his films documentaries is a joke...at best.
I am moderate, hear me roar: I think Reagan was one of the greatest presidents, Clinton possibly the worst. Carter is probably the greatest ex-president ever. I am an extreme moderate! I am pro-life and despise government spending. I love the Dallas Observer, find Rush Limbaugh hilarious and definitely love the O'Reilly Factor. In the July 8 issue, you printed nothing but letters praising the movie Fahrenheit 9/11. For shame. Usually one or two toss in opposing viewpoints. There was no mention of the obvious lies and points taken out of context. By not saying Mr. Moore is an extreme liberal is akin to saying Limbaugh is a moderate. Get real. I am an extreme moderate; hear me roar. P.S. I hate extremists.
Deep doo-doo: Your story "Up the Crick" (by Paul Kix, June 24) gives new and even funnier meaning to the mayor's "new vision" for it. Think big, as in floaters, live large on our dollars and "Gee, we're in deep doo-doo." Couldn't resist.
One tiny correction: There is no Bellview levee pump station. That is a natural flow pressure stormwater outfall through the levee. No pumps are involved. The pipe flows under the area shown in your photo on page 30.