By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
"Let's Talk," By Pete Freedman, February 5
What do you really think?
Amazing. Inspiring. Pete Freedman, "Music Editor" at the Dallas Observer writes an article in the latest issue that is about Pete Freedman.
Congratulations, Pete. While local bands are struggling to keep their day jobs, pay rent at the rehearsal space, fill the van with gas, get people out to their shows and record locally, you're writing another worthless article about yourself.
When will you get the point? Get your ass off the couch and to the shows. Get a tape recorder and go talk to the artists here in Dallas about what they're doing. Go to Bishop Manor on a weeknight and talk to a few bands after they finish sweating in a $400 a month room, doing what they believe in.
Try rebuilding and nurturing the local scene instead of praising bands from Austin. If you'd only look at what talent lives here and help. Dammit, we might have a chance to make Dallas turn into what it used to be: a thriving community of artists and supporters, venues and entrepreneurs.
Your job as "Music Editor" is not to write about yourself. It's to write about Dallas music. Get it?
Gabe Cardinale, Dead Twins
"What Woodshed?" by Richie Whitt, February 5
Different Strokes For...
Great article. I think a lot of people feel the same way you do. I'm one of them. I've been a Cowboys fan since they were playing in the Cotton Bowl. But since the Jerry Jones era, my loyalty is fading fast. My biggest concern is that I don't see any hope for the future. Oh well, there's always the Texans? NOT! Keep up the good work, Richie.
Pat Keeney from Austin, via dallasobserver.com
Please tell Richie Whitt to SHUT UP. He knows nothing about football. I'm a 71-year-old white grandmother, and even I can see how wasted T.O.'s talents are. Jason Witten is a klutz. So if all you can do is put down T.O., then SHUT UP!
Francy from Anderson, via dallasobserver.com
"The Young and the Restless," by Sam Merten, February 5
I have been a Rangers fan since they moved to Arlington. I love baseball in general. I've seen the Rangers through good seasons and bad. Eventually, they will win. There are teams that took a lot longer to put together a winning team. I say, support them, be patient, and we will see the kind of winning that every team supporter wants.
Frances from Dallas, via dallasobserver.com
"Getting to No," By Jim Schutze, February 12
My suspicion about what has changed is that [Mayor Tom] Leppert's buddies are no longer running the federal government, and the Army Corps of Engineers is aware of a new level of accountability—big time.
Gangy from Dallas, via dallasobserver.com
Buzz, By Sam Merten, February 12
Tennell, we hardly knew ya
And we really needed a city councilmember like [Tennell Atkins]—one who has successfully sued our city. Just another South Dallas ex-athlete political opportunist who can't do math.
Hampton Ledberry from Dallas, via dallasobserver.com
"Buyer Beware," by Melissa Anderson, February 12
Hey Melissa, just in case you forgot this little factoid, people go to movies [Confessions of a Shopaholic] to escape reality, not to be reminded about how shitty the economy is. It is for this reason that movies will always do fine in a tanked economy. If it's a crappy movie, then fine, it's a crappy movie, but lighten up and talk about things like the acting and the plot rather than harping about how far removed from reality the thing is; I think that's the entire point.
CP from Dallas, via dallasobserver.com