Natural selection
Thomas Korosec's article ["Honky-tonk from hell," August 8] was just what I needed. The idiots who drink and drive and then crash deserve nothing. Drink, drive, crash, burn, sue.

Die you redneck white trash, die. As for the unlucky soul who got run down in the parking lot, if I had been driving you'd still be a stain on my tires. The redneck populace needs to be thinned in this area.

Daniel Huskins

Let go of Robin
I hope to honky-tonk hell that the ambulance chasers will refrain from accepting these kinds of cases.

As a health-care worker, I have much sympathy for innocent third parties, but little sympathy for those commode-huggin', knee-walkin', low-life rat-soup-eatin' sons of bitches that dare to claim the clubs or bartenders made them drunk.

This appears to be yet another exploitation of the "poor, poor, pitiful me--the world owes me a buck" syndrome.

If you are a clear-and-present danger to yourself and others, stay the hell home for your own sake so we don't have to worry about kissing your rear bumper or, God forbid, the front one.

Keep in mind what [Larry] Stelck said before you head out to Kamikaze or Hot Damn heaven: "You ain't gonna get jack shit."

Larry Holliday

Let go of Robin
I understand Arnold Wayne Jones' premise that Jack as a movie falls flat ["Weird science," August 8]. I read his description of the far-fetched story line, poor acting, and implausible direction, so I will take Jones' word that Robin Williams stank in the role of Jack.

However, I was not pleased with Jones' treatment of Williams as an actor in a larger scope. Williams has never been "seriously convincing?" Oh, thou Salieri, never say never.

And when did someone draw a Venn diagram around the serious actors of the world to try to compare Williams specifically with Robert Duvall and Jack Nicholson? I don't see how Duvall or Nicholson could play the role of Jack any better. Nor do I see that Williams could have overcome the shlockdom of the Duvallian Handmaid's Tale or Nicholson's horrid Heartburn had he been cast in either of those roles. These movies stink because the Hollywood money makers rolled the dice and lost, that's all.

Someone older than 18 who discusses the concept of serious acting with quotation marks around the word "serious" may not have witnessed enough quality Williams to differentiate between serious and fluff. Williams is a mighty Julliard comic-improv god. As an actor, he also happens to have effectively tackled diverse serious roles, including The World According to Garp, The Birdcage, The Fisher King, and Dead Poet's Society. So say other critics and so says the box office.

If a critic is going to a knock an actor for a shoddy job in a particular film, I say carpe diem. The guy probably deserves it. Seize the day if you must, but don't seize a well-respected actor by his balls just to make an article two paragraphs longer.

Elaine Anthony

Et tu, Frances?
I read with interest your story ["Vary messy business," August 1]. I thought it was well-written and provided a genuine service to the small-business community of Dallas by publicizing this person's abuse of good will and trust.

Vary magazine and Ceslie Armstrong also owe me money. I printed the first issue of Vary, and have never received a penny of the $16,915 owed to me. I know there are many others, both suppliers and employees, who are still owed money by Armstrong.

I appreciate the fact that the Dallas Observer makes an effort to bring light to these issues.

Frances Crosby-Montoya

Ann's backbone is rare
I want to compliment you on your article ["Trail of tears," August 1]. Usually, situations like this should be corrected by a "sit down and talk about it" session. But when one side won't talk--and the issues are statements of assurance that turn out to be lies, and not having the ability to verify where solicited funds have gone--the problems grow to this point.

Most authorities and media are not interested in a story until after the problem is taken care of, but the Dallas Observer and Ann Zimmerman have spent many hours investigating, helping to protect more innocent people from being pulled into this labyrinth of uncertainty.

You have made people aware of what is being so shamefully done. If people continue to support [Ruth Smith] and her web-weaving, then at least we have the knowledge that they have made their decision with all sides known.

Most important, you have allowed the problem to be made public, and possibly someone who reads your story will know how the land can be taken care of in the manner which it deserves.

Please know we appreciated the backbone the Observer and Zimmerman have shown in printing the truth, something very few are willing to do when it is an unpleasant or controversial issue.

Tami Paschke


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