By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Shock the Monkey
Let me get this straight. Three or four (is it that hard to count in the single digits?) people showed up to speak against the Monkey Bar ("Autopsying the Monkey Bar," by Jonanna Widner, November 15). Two of them were quoted, named and had their identifying street address reported. On the other hand, 80 to 90 people in favor of the Monkey Bar showed up. You named only one of them, who was hardly a disinterested party, but gave no street address or any other info on this person or any of the other "80 to 90" (well, one lived in McKinney, and supposedly loved the Monkey Bar—yeah, right). That's called getting some sick type of revenge, not reporting. Is it any wonder that people like Schutze and you have caused most Dallasites to deem the Dallas Observer about as transparent as lead and as completely irrelevant as the Fox News Channel? The truth—the Monkey Bar was on its last legs because people like you did not patronize it on a regular basis. It went for quick bucks, and it lost big. Why don't you bother to talk to the cops who patronize the Meridian Room (within earshot of the Monkey Bar) on a nightly basis and see what they think of all this? Or would that just screw up your angle?
BoHan, via dallasobserver.com
Unfortunately, this is what we get for living in a nepotistic, Republican-run city that seems every day to be running backward. Sometimes, I think the problems they used to have, politically, in Houston have got nothing on us. Why don't they re-do the Dallas series on TV again (except they'd have a lot more material if they went for the reality TV venture)?
Brandon Sorenson, via dallasobserver.com
It's a shame that this article (Girl on Top, by Andrea Grimes, November 8) was written by someone so afraid to face their own truth that they made a joke out of a modality (and a practice is all a modality is) that helps many people.
I took the basic Theta class—for informational purposes mainly—to broaden my horizons. While this isn't something I practice regularly, it does have enormous potential for people who are looking for a way to take the next step in their lives. Theta, like any spiritual practice, is not the "end all be all," and they don't claim to be. It is a profound and simple way to help people who are seeking to find which beliefs are holding them back from creating what they desire in their lives. It's something you can do once or many times and you will get some benefit.
But you can also choose to simply dismiss it as foolishness. And in doing so, you may miss something that would have helped you accelerate getting to where you want to go.
You don't have to pay $395 to experience Theta. Find a Theta healer such as Alyce, and she can probably tell you of one in your area and try it for yourself. You might come away with that same sense of calm that this columnist did, but hopefully you won't let your ego talk you out of why you're feeling it.
Jeff, via Dallasobserver.com
Folded, Spindled and Mutilated Code
A few facts are missing here ("Lots of Bother," by Matt Pulle, November 8). This and other sections of West Davis are overpopulated with mechanics, car lots and related businesses that skirt the code requirements daily with vehicles on the sidewalks leaking fluids and generally adding to the already congested business environment. That is, taking more than their share of space from other, less messy businesses—and it appears that they are not always the best business neighbors.
In this particular case the business started working on the properties before any permit or permits were issued (on weekends, as is frequently the case of marginal code-related activities). If someone at the city told him his project was OK, then they did not know their business. Our city has ordinances that apply in this situation and quite a few were bent, broken or mutilated. There is a right way and a wrong way to do business, and this was done the wrong way.
Jack, via dallasobserver.com
I live right where all of this is playing out and have to say that I am a bit upset that folks are trying to prevent a young man from simply making a living. There are several used car lots on Davis that are so trashy that it makes me wonder why they are going after Sean Segura, when his is one of the cleanest lots on the street. While I can understand that there are folks who want Starbucks and Barnes & Noble to be opening up in North Oak Cliff, the facts are that this is Mr. Segura's property and he should be able to open up a legitimate business of his choosing. Plus, so many of the yuppies over here forget that Oak Cliff is still predominantly Hispanic. Their idea of "urban renewal" is more like "Mexican removal."