Devil incarnate: Let me get this straight...this subterranean pond scum of a worthless turd is "like the guy from Catch Me If You Can"? ("The Devil Next Door," by Glenna Whitley, October 21.) Nope, don't think so. He represents the most reprehensible, apathetic and destructive qualities that Dallas has to offer. And the SMU police should be reprimanded, especially for the delays. If the wheels of justice move slowly in Highland Park, they must move at the pace of a dead snail. What does SMU really stand for? Sadochistic & Malpractice University? The girl made some bad choices, but the adults assigned to guide her through this traumatic time had the professional abilities of P.T. Barnum on horse trancs. They should be flogged and displayed naked with apples lodged in their backsides in the coffee lounge, to be displayed like avant-garde pieces erected by that other Dallas emblem of atrocity, Edie Brickell.
Doug Havard is the devil incarnate and should suffer a maggot-infested eternity.
I'll show you how: This article is cheap, stinking, substandard, misleading, misinformed and all-around stupid. It is written on such a level of cliché that it's not even worth explaining why. I hope you enjoy the credit you receive in writing this article, because that's obviously why you did it. I think that you should quit your job and never compose an article again. I can't believe this nonsense was published. If this dreadful article will be published, then so can anything else. If you'd like to take this up with me at a later date, I'd rather you didn't. I don't get anything out of speaking to pop journalists such as yourself. Feel free to call me if you absolutely need to and if you'd like to learn how to write better articles in the future.
A lot to learn: I thought "The Devil Next Door" was written really well. Living in Dallas, I had heard a little bit about the story, but you were very detailed in the writing. There is a lot to learn from the many things you wrote, and I hope a lot of people take these things into consideration.
Via e-mail Life at Perkins Hall:
I'm a journalism student at SMU and read the Dallas Observer weekly. I absolutely enjoyed your "The Devil Next Door" piece. It cleared up a lot of holes for me, because I was a resident in Perkins Hall, second floor, the year after Doug and Meghan.
Not buying it: Gonz is not sure he buys into the sports culture, so when he thinks about it, he tends to personalize everything (Letters, October 21). Same as me. Keep it up, Gonz. I'll bet you and Jim Schutze have some interesting discussions.
Sacked for a loss: Believe me, John Gonzalez, Marcellus Wiley ("Sad Sacks," October 21) is an average defensive end. During Marcellus Wiley's 13-sack season with San Diego, Wiley did not have one sack that was meaningful.
After Wiley's 13-sack season, Wiley had an excuse after every season why his production declined. After the season is over with the Cowboys, Wiley will have excuses why he had zero sacks.
Wiley has already initiated an excuse by saying it has taken time for him to adjust to the scheme of the defense. Wiley used the same lines in San Diego when he had zero sacks (may have had one sack) leading into the second half of his final two seasons there by saying sacks tend to come in bunches.
I thought on obvious passing downs the defensive line attacks the quarterback and disregards the run. Perhaps his teammates should inform Wiley when it is third and long; then again, Wiley did attend Columbia. So much for Ivy League schools.
When Wiley reviews the sack leaders at the middle of the season or the end of the season, he will not have to worry about seeing his name among the leaders in sacks. Hopefully for the Cowboys, Wiley will at least have half of a sack.
If the Cowboys are a smart organization, the organization should release the bum either now or at the end of the season.
Finally, the only reason Wiley is accessible to the media is he wants a career in television.
You're fired: I disagree with Jim Schutze's roundabout support of Beth Ann Blackwood's petition effort to give the mayor more power ("Do Something," October 28). We've all known mayors with a Caligulan sense of self-importance, a simmering temper easily brought to a boil and a vindictive nature. We don't need someone like that going through City Hall with Donald Trump's cobra-like hand gesture saying "You're fired" to every clerk who inadvertently wears a tie like his or dares to share his elevator.
And we certainly don't need to give the mayor the power to appoint all members of all boards and commissions, as called out by Blackwood's petition. However unlikely, it would be possible for the mayor to favor one part of town, one race and/or one interest group in making these appointments.
Blackwood's petition also calls for the mayor to be able to abolish or create entire city departments at will. So if the mayor has a problem with the smoking ordinance, he could simply do away with the city's health department. Too much mustard on the sandwich he got at City Hall's cafeteria? Zap, they're gone. Feel like we're spending too much on street repairs? Bye-bye.
If the current City Hall is like the Titanic, per Schutze's comparison, then City Hall under Blackwood's scenario would be a freakin' Pearl Harbor!
Gary E. Lawler