True grit: Where did you dig up this Dave Vance (Letters, January 10)? He must have been living in a cave for the past 100 years. The North Dallas businessmen who have been running this city since my advent in '57 have driven it into the ground with outrageous playgrounds for the rich, disrespect for the working classes and neglect of the poor--to say nothing of the streets. Finally, people are recognizing a person with moral fiber, extraordinary grit and first-rate intelligence. If Ms. Miller is a madwoman, let the madwomen rule.
Trashing Laura Miller: I read with great interest the one, page-long letter about the mayoral election in your newspaper. Here is another take.
I sent Laura Miller a thank-you for her work helping to educate people on breast cancer. She responded, and we e-mailed back and forth. She never gave me advice on how to proceed with my fears, but she did pay close attention and gave me a lot of support. Laura Miller probably doesn't even know the influence she had with me. I was able to make my own decision about several things on this subject. There are five women in my family who had breast cancer.
My main reason, however, for giving her my vote (which I already have) is her putting the police and firefighters' raises as one of her top two priorities. As for the funding for this, I am personally willing to pay more in taxes to fund the raises for these dedicated public servants. Anyone who didn't feel this way before September 11 should feel this way after.
I pray this letter is published, but I don't hold out a lot of hope since the Dallas Observer has derided Ms. Miller so much since she left their employ, but then I can be surprised at life.
With all this, how would the Observer possibly think Laura Miller would be civil to them? Think how you would feel if your former employer trashed you as much as the Observer has Ms. Miller. Of course, until you are in that place you will never know.
I have a very strong feeling that my precious Momma and Auntie are probably directing this election from heaven. They both loved Laura Miller so much. They both have a lot of influence!
I know you are a reporter, but try to have some of that "humility" of which you spoke. What goes around comes around.
Meow: Now wasn't that ugly? Suddenly Ms. Miller ("Woman in Gray," January 17) should metamorphose into a humble Southern belle? You are as transparent as candidate Dunning's "contrast" ads. Meow, Ms. Lyons, meow.
Sheila M. McKay
No absolutes: Thanks, Julie Lyons. I love Laura Miller, too, but the "absolute" drives me nuts, as well. MLK Jr. was a man of integrity, as was Gandhi, but neither would tolerate such a description of his person in such a manner. I want more from our politicians, but in such an environment as we have in this country we are unlikely to find it in our elected representatives. I believe Noam Chomsky explains well why we may never see it within our borders.
Let's subpoena God: Julie Lyons' piece on Laura Miller left me concerned. I was worried when Ms. Lyons quoted "a pastor's wife." Could it be that rather than asserting that God's lips were pressed to her ear, Ms. Lyons modestly chose, instead, a religious intermediary?
In any event, the irony of the oftentimes raucous and irreverent Dallas Observer appealing to "a pastor's wife" for guidance to resolve Ms. Lyons' unease at the correct interpretation of the word "absolute" left me conflicted. Should I chuckle at the (un)intentional paradox, or should I observe a moment of silence in awe of the indisputable wisdom of "a pastor's wife?"
No harm done. In my view, Ms. Lyons was simply engaging in the ever-popular political gambit of citing Higher references. After all, even readers of the Observer wouldn't dare challenge such authority. And while Ms. Lyons expresses concern about subpoenas, we know we can't subpoena Him (or Her). Of course, that's the beauty of it: It is a source beyond the reach of mere mortals.
Maybe it's just me, but I get the impression that the relations between Miller and the Observer are...uh...strained, shall we say. It's starting to appear like juvenile petulance to me.
Sure, if Miller becomes mayor, then the Observer will cover her actions as mayor. But one hopes that Ms. Lyons can: 1. get over it; and 2. embrace "balanced" along with "fair."
Some ethics: I read your story...You wrote this article to tell everyone who would read it how you question her ethics. She asked you a question; you evidently lied to her...says worlds to me about you.
Julie Lyons responds: I didn't lie to Ms. Miller about anything; I simply declined to answer her question on behalf of Fred Baron. She had asked whether I'd talked to a private investigative firm that was looking into the affairs of Baron's law firm, Baron & Budd. Perhaps I caused some confusion in my column by failing to mention that when the investigative firm called me, I refused to answer their questions, too.