Texas' Dark Ages: I just read "Boxed In" (by Keven McAlester, March 11). Stories like this really unnerve me--the kind in which people are blamed even when much evidence goes to the contrary. We'd like to think that things like this can never happen anymore. They're an act that occurred in a distant medieval past. But how true is that?
Capital punishment is wrong. And I know it's wrong in that part of my soul that is connected to the rest of the world. Thank you for publishing this story. It was so insightful I'd like to think of it as a minor religious experience.
Between a lie and the truth: The last paragraph summed it all up: contradictions--between the races, between the good guys and the bad guys, between a lie and the truth. The article was very well-written and kept my interest to the end. I was disappointed that we didn't learn in our technology-sophisticated era who actually committed this crime. What a travesty for the families to endure.
Heartbreaking: This story was amazing--truly heartbreaking. Thank you for investigating the facts and reporting them. This is excellent journalism.
Boo-hoo: I can't believe that anyone believes that Adelita Schule is entitled to download music illegally because she's poor ("Screwing the Man," by Robert Wilonsky, March 18). Last time I checked, people have to do without all sorts of stuff because they can't pay for it, and I see nothing in Ms. Schule's situation that makes her exempt from this harsh rule of life. Ms. Schule did enough downloading to catch the eye of the RIAA; perhaps her time would have been better spent working in a job or something other than stealing. Then maybe she could afford such "luxuries" as auto repairs, which I suspect she does without only because she can't figure out how to steal them.
Junkies: Using terms like "civil disobedience," Marc Freedman and his contemporaries seem to fancy themselves advocates of social change. I've got another name for them: junkies. Is the point that the recording industry makes an egregious profit (obvious), or that so many people can't seem to go on without having the music they love with them at all times? When you have to steal ("take a few cents from musicians") to get your hands on luxuries that you can't/won't otherwise pay for (out of "fiscal necessity"), it's called an addiction.
Yet somehow I'm supposed to feel righteous indignation over the fining of a penniless working mother in Austin who somehow has managed to afford a computer, an Internet connection and the time to "share" music files. Shouldn't we have the same sense of moral outrage for the legal plight of those caught stealing satellite signals and cell phone codes?
If the recording industry is so egregiously robbing you, Mr. Freedman, do what I do: Be indifferent. Don't buy music, don't listen to it, don't watch MTV or VH1 and don't go to concerts. Don't you think that concept would put sweat on the RIAA's brow? However, by "sharing," it's only being proven to the recording industry that many are willing to go to great lengths to get hands on their product, in spite of the steep risks. What does that sound like to you?
Buzz vs. Bubbas
Mesquite's Ministry of Truth: Sorry for not responding enough when you needed it, Buzz (March 18). When the cops are wrong they should have the balls to admit it. In the Mesquite case the cops seem to have violated basic freedoms. Mesquite seems well on its way to becoming a Nazi-like police state. By the way, I'm an actual Vietnam vet--former Army captain--with another 25 years of working in the DEA lab before I retired in 1995, and I find that the Bushies are taking the country in directions toward repression and loss of freedoms that I couldn't have imagined 35 to 40 years ago.
Spread the word: Hey, maybe this'll help you feel better about Mesquite: I am a card-carrying ACLU member whose son attends Poteet High School. I cut out the article for him and advised him to take it to school and spread the word, since young people need to know what's up in Mesquite (the old folks having long ago given up on free-speech stuff). So...I think one of two things will happen: 1) He'll forget all about it by the time Spring Break is over (computer games having taken precedence over civil rights); or 2) you may see a new headline appear: "Mesquite cops arrest high school student for 'spreading bad ideas.'"
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Hart's beloved golf cart: John Gonzalez hit the nail on the head ("Rained Out," March 18). The Rangers never do anything with the fans in mind. I'm sure the picture of John Hart in the golf cart was the only picture available, because that's all he does when he's not in his office. I think he was in the ballpark for about one hour total last year, even though Mr. Hicks put in some special seats so he would have to be near the fans.