Vote Cheaters

Keep reading: Basically, I think you guys are a bunch of knuckleheads, and then out comes an article like Jim Schutze's piece on Dwaine Caraway's run for a seat on the Grand City Council of Knuckleheads ("The Real Cheaters," June 7). It's what keeps me reading.

Lee Fischer

A local jolt: Alarm call...and waking up to find the world is not what I thought. The "election" was the big face-slapper. For the first time in my life, I'm politically active. And I am angry. I find myself sending letters to senators, signing petitions and calling up Governor Perry every week. How could I have ignored all of these things for so long? Jim's article is a local jolt that has my attention. Is voter reform going to improve in Dallas? How are we to know when these city elections are going on? So many times, the ability to vote becomes clouded by the lack of information. Keep this kind of article coming. We need the wake-up call.

Eric Bombardier

Journalistic cowardice: A beautiful story. Schutze told it plainly and clearly, and most important, pointed out why The Dallas Morning News can't justify its existence--cowardice. The sad thing is they probably do it to avoid making waves.

Derek Carson
Miami, Florida

Great victory for Dallas: Kudos to Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, Dallas City Council member Laura Miller and Dallas Observer columnist Jim Schutze. We all are responsible for cleaning up our community, both literally and figuratively. Whether it's the noisy neighbor, the drug dealer, the hooker on the street corner, the corrupt DISD head, the major newspaper that won't publish the truth or the wannabe corrupt politician, we get what we allow. A bully or thief will continue his harmful activities until people of courage stand up against these destructive activities.

It takes both the community and its representatives in the political, media, legal and law enforcement communities to maintain order and decency. The recent defeat of Dwaine Caraway, with the significant help of Price (who says he's a racist?) and Miller was a great victory for our city, as was so eloquently chronicled by Jim Schutze.

Rich Sheridan

Trinity Really Works

Life-saver: This letter comes in reply to your article on the Trinity Works program ("Locked In," May 3). I realize that negativity sells in the editorial field, but I believe your report was misleading.

I have been a participant in Trinity Works for more than a year, and I write this with sincerity and honesty. Trinity saved my life through its program of rehabilitation. I am a 70-year-old who entered this program because I had no other choice at the time. I have remained with it because it has shown me how to deal with myself both mentally and physically, and it has added a new dimension to my life through counseling, work ethics and guidance by devoted workers and staff.

I came to Trinity from the hospital, and I brought nothing but myself to this group. I had spent all my money on hospital bills, and I had lost my home and most of my hope for the future.

When Trinity began working with me, I was not able to work in a 9 to 5 situation any longer. After reviewing my needs, they set to work rehabilitating me. Day by day, my hopes increased, and I began to feel a renewal of my ability to cope with my age and physical limitations. Understanding counselors encouraged me to use what talents and capabilities I had and restored my foundering faith in myself.

Every day these workers attempt to do that for anyone who comes to them for help. Theirs is not an easy task, and I'm sure they must feel very disheartened at times. The people who come to them are not always ready to put their problems behind them and feel that Trinity is just a stop-over to obtain food and shelter but are not willing to give up their destructive lifestyles. This is unfortunate, because it is individuals such as these who complain about the rules and regulations necessary to protect them from themselves. They accept all the benefits offered and fail to see the values offered.

In my year in this program, I have never felt limited, only safe. I have never felt abused by any rules of conduct or authority. I have enjoyed gaining a new respect for myself and my abilities.

Thank you for your interest in Trinity Works, and I hope this letter might encourage you to look a little deeper into the good this caring and devoted group offers.

Fran Smith

The Cookie Crumbles

Dissin' the Chinese: It's true that fortune cookie sayings have become less and less profound over the years ("Chinese Cookie Torture," June 14). But before you start dissin' the Chinese, remember that they gave us--besides a "gazillion" other useful things--medicine, printing, noodles and civilization when we in the West were still living in tribes.

A few more points for Dave Faries to ponder: 1. He might have more respect if he'd ever had his ass kicked by a 5-foot-4, 125-pound kung fu expert. 2. What do you think we Americans would have done if we had shot down a Chinese spy plane? 3. We and our environment would probably be a lot better off if more of us rode bicycles, and more of us would if our annual salaries reached a measly $1,000 a year.

Furthermore, to set the record straight, fortune cookies do not and never did exist in China. They were invented, ironically, by the masters of ethnocentricity themselves--Americans (San Francisco, circa 1840). Go East young man!

Kevin J. Rosser