Dah-veed's cojones
It's ironic that after recently celebrating the local Rock en Espanol scene, your magazine would print a feature that criticizes David Garza for insisting "that his first name be pronounced Dah-veed in honor of his Mexican heritage" ["Deifying Dah-veed," March 12]. It's even more ironic that such a criticism would come from a guy named Hobart...now, that takes cojones (ko-HO-nays). However frustrating your writer's comment may be, it is by no means surprising to those of us who try to maintain our ethnic identity. In the future, just remember--it's not a "minor egocentric detail," it's a name...one that you'll be pronouncing for some time to come.

Thank you, though, for finally giving David Garza the substantive coverage he has long deserved. I guess the Old 97's and the Toadies must've had the week off.

Joel (ho-EL) Garza
Via e-mail

To say that it is egocentric of David Garza to insist that his first name be pronounced Dah-veed reeks of racism, but you probably don't even realize that. The name his mother and father gave him at birth is pronounced "Dah-veed." That is all he knew until he started first grade and a teacher called him by the Anglo "David" pronunciation. Why is it egocentric to ask to be called by one's given name? The pronunciation "Dah-veed" is, quite simply, David's name. Day-vid is not his name. Why do so many non-Hispanic journalists have such a problem with that?

Who am I to be telling you this? An Anglo woman who has known David Garza for seven years. I signed David to Joe Priesnitz Artist Management way back when and worked with him for almost four years. I never had one single problem with David's supposed "pretentiousness." He has always been nothing but pleasant and a true joy to have for a friend.

Kristen Nagel
Via e-mail

Do you have a degree in psychology, Hobart? I think you need to stick to what you claim to know--music--and stop trying to analyze musicians for who and what they are. I happen to know David and am quite positive that what you wrote has been misconstrued. He is anything but "pretentious, grandiose, and self-indulgent." I also find nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage. So, in short, I am very disappointed in your attack on David Garza as a person, as well as your poor attempt to review his music.

Martita Short
Via e-mail

Lament for Judge Gandy
I enjoyed Muriel L. Sims' article about the race for the judgeship of County Criminal Court 10 between Judge Marshall Gandy and David Finn ["Choosing sides," March 5]. I assumed after reading this article that Judge Gandy would be easily re-elected. My mistake! That other paper had endorsed Finn, and the sorrowfully uninformed and disinterested voters of Dallas--if they voted at all--voted what they were told to vote by the equally uninformed Dallas Morning News.

In brief, let me say this: As a former senior detective in [Dallas police] Crimes Against Persons, I remember on many an occasion contacting Judge Gandy in the middle of the night to arrange a search or arrest warrant for numerous felons, including murderers. Judge Gandy never complained; he took the time to discuss the facts of the case; he even made coffee in his bathrobe. His reputation with the police departments throughout the city as well as prosecutors in the District Attorney's office and employees of the respected Family Place Center is excellent. His innovative management of the domestic-violence court has been a model nationwide. He's backlogged because he takes the time on these cases to make certain they are all well-handled.

The voters have unwittingly done a disservice to their community. David Finn is known as an ambitious but inexperienced young attorney, trying to ride on his father's coattails. These old-line defense firms resent Gandy's attempts to bring justice into the courtroom for their deep-pocketed clients who happen to beat their wives. Any women out there who did not take the time to look into this race and vote accordingly should be ashamed of themselves for the outcome.

Bill Walker

Glorious war
Is it possible that interests wishing to preserve the image of a gloriously victorious 100-hour war ["The war over Gulf War Syndrome," March 5] do not want an additional 100,000 casualties added to the butcher's bill?

Robert Bunting
Via e-mail

First of all, an excellent story. I myself was in the Army but did not go to the Gulf. However, I was involved with the USA's stockpile of chemical weapons on a little-known island in southwest Hawaii called Johnston Atoll (Island on some maps). I have experienced some of the symptoms described in the story, plus the addition of radiation from nuclear weapons testing. It makes me worried that the long-term side effects may yet effect me and my offspring. I have also witnessed firsthand how different symptoms affect people in this environment: sudden baldness, no energy, can't eat, and skin irritations. Maybe I'm paranoid, but this was the same reaction Gulf veterans reported after coming home.