"Just Say, 'No, Thank You'" by Kimberly Thorpe, June 25
boys will be boys
Where's the corresponding program for boys? If you expect teenage girls to abstain from sex, you'd better have a similar program for the boys, complete with a ring asking them to pledge their bodies to God.
This sounds sweet on the surface, but the underlying message is one of sexism. Girls give their bodies to God until they turn over their bodies to their new owners (husbands). Apparently, boys are still free to be boys.
CaroJ, via dallasobserver.com
"But teaching proper manners to kids is a controversial approach in some academic circles. 'Sometimes what is acceptable in the mainstream is not necessarily culturally appropriate,' says Dr. David Chard, dean of SMU's Simmons School of Education and Human Development." Excuse me? Does this SMU dean expect middle-class behavior out of his students at SMU? Does he expect them to shake hands and greet people? Exactly why wouldn't he expect this behavior to be taught to children in poverty? Is this dean confused over the mission of public education, or is he just stupid? If he has children, has he socialized them into the "culture of power" or the culture of those who are disempowered?
Does Chard confuse understanding different subcultures with practices that keep people in the under classes? What does he think the mission of public education is but to encourage a fluid class structure in the United States?
Anon from Dallas, via dallasobserver.com
Having these girls pledge their bodies to "God" is fine and everything, but face it, abstinence rarely is reality. Why not encourage them to wait, but teach safe sex and birth control in case they "fall"?
TJ from Dallas, via dallasobserver.com
"Buzz," by Jim Schutze, June 25
Angela Hunt is a nut when it comes to the city of Dallas and its improvements. She is not consistent in the way she thinks or stands for the bettering of the city, but is rather like a monarch that wants to do things only her way. Nobody in the neighborhood she lives in can stand her because of her support of limiting homebuilding and improvements of houses in the M Streets district, which is why values have stayed stale. (It's because of this that new homes and lots to build on are selling in the Vickery Place district and are becoming more valuable than the M Streets per lot as well!) She's never been able to hold a marriage, probably because she always has to be on top (both mentally and physically)!
If the city wants to improve, let's hire a conservative mayor that won't spend like a maniac and get new reps that won't be kleptomaniacs. This is why Dallas pays higher taxes per square foot than Highland Park, but still looks like Detroit. You want our taxes, Angela? Then learn how to redistribute them to the neighborhood you live in so we can upgrade it and make it worth our taxes. Funny, the plans you had for improvements on your home in the M Streets historical district were approved three times as fast as others.
SDMP from Dallas, via dallasobserver.com
Because sometimes people believe what they read, even comments written by people making nutty accusations, I apologize in advance for wasting anyone's time with the following response to SDMP's comments:
Our conservation district was overwhelmingly approved by neighborhood homeowners. Home values in the M Streets have gone up significantly since our conservation district was enacted, and many new homes have been built and old homes renovated.
Vickery Place is also a conservation district.
I'm married to my high school sweetheart. As far as I know, we're still married.
We haven't made any improvements to our home, other than putting up a backyard fence several years ago. I did paint a room this weekend, but let's keep that between us.
Back to the budget...
Angela Hunt, via dallasobserver.com