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Houses That Go Oink

Decrepit and lovin' it: Just wanted Jim Schutze to know that his article about East Dallas ("Goodbye, Groovy East Dallas," January 25) brought tears to my eyes and laughter to my throat. I miss the bones on the porch, the "salons" at Colin Jefferson's (met Laura Miller there years ago), the bohemian feel (the New Bohemians who lived here too). I have been in East Dallas for more than 40 years, my grandparents used to live down the street from the original Minyard's, my mother had a horse at her window in the morning on occasion; later, the Section 8 housing was over the bridge and East Dallas had the kind of panache I loved. If somebody had a car problem and needed help, you helped, even if the person was missing lots of teeth. If a bad storm knocked the power out, your neighbor was handing out oil lamps. As for the snout houses, I will never love them, and Jim, you should rent David Byrne's movie True Stories and maybe you will remember why you didn't like them before—new kitchens, closet space and toilets that work without the "East Dallas jiggle" aside. Thanks for describing the real East Dallas.

Barbara Clay

Dallas

Country club: Do you not feel your animosity toward this changing in your neighborhood could be a form of elitism? You swing the fence, but you make points that seem to be leaning toward a view where those who bring improvement in are taking away your "club." In other words—is it a country club or a neighborhood?

Stephen Rodriguez

Dallas

Tomato Lady speaks: So glad Jim Schutze wrote about East Dallas. I've lived here for more than 50 years and love it! Yes, I'm OLD, damn it, but I write a lot about Dallas, East Dallas, Lakewood, etc. I wrote Street of Dreams about the Elm Street theaters. Young people used to say, "They HAD movie theaters all along Elm Street?" Then I co-authored two books documenting how things used to be in Lakewood/East Dallas. Lots of great pictures and memories in those. I miss a lot of the businesses and homes that are gone now. Sad. Have raised tomatoes and flowers in my backyard for 47 years. Oh no, a backyard veggie garden! It ain't landscaped!

And since 1987, after six burglaries, my small house has had burglar bars. Before that I actually didn't always lock the doors! Now we have some really unusual McMansions all around. One large glass barn at Clayton and Brendenwood is the strangest structure. I'm waiting for the upholstered cows to appear. Our little Gastonwood/Coronado Hills area has 525 homes and no conservation district designation. The folks didn't want it. So now we have many megaliths. A few have some style, but they are huge!

I'm sad, I tell you, sad!

Jeanette Crumpler

Dallas

The Cock Crows

Time-honored tradition: While I do agree some aspects of cockfighting ("Chicken Man," by Jesse Hyde, January 18) are cruel, there are also many people who dearly love their birds. Not all cockfighting is done with razors and slashers. The sport of bare heel is no different than two men in a boxing match. It is also a tradition that has spanned many generations. I would much rather have two men fight their birds than duke it out themselves. For anyone to say ALL cockfighting is cruel is narrow-minded, in my opinion, and I think this newspaper is taking a one-sided stance.

Seems silly to me that people can get drunk or get marijuana legally and potentially hurt someone while under the influence, and yet a person can't participate in a long-standing tradition, even while doing it on your own property.

Cathlina K.

Amarillo

Animal fundamentalists: Read your story, found it interesting. The thing is, no one that hasn't been involved in chicken fighting is going to understand it. It is not for everyone. But it shouldn't be taken away from those that want to do it. I would like to read just once in a daily paper about what the Humane Society and other animal rights groups really want so that the general public would know how dangerous these people are. Every person who owns a pet, uses an animal to assist them in their daily lives, hunts, fishes, rodeos, races dogs or horses, breeds or shows animals should be against the Humane Society and all animal rights groups. Because they want to take it all away from us. They spread lies and deception, and yet we don't see that printed in our daily papers. There are places that print it, but the general public doesn't see it. All those celebrities that support animal rights groups either have no clue or don't care what those groups' true agendas are. Those that pose with their beloved pet all decked out in jeweled collars and are loved as much as their owners' kids—how would they like to be told they couldn't own that sweet baby dog anymore because pet ownership is considered enslavement—according to remarks from PETA? Animals do not come before people; there is something wrong with those that think they do. The public needs to know the whole truth about the animal rights groups. The more I learn about them, the scarier they become.

Val Kizzar

Jal, New Mexico

Blood sport: Wonderful piece. Let the world know what really goes on.

Merna Bishop

Dallas

 
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