Mayor Miller, please help us: Your article put into words what my family and I have personally experienced ("No. 1 With a Bullet," by Jim Schutze, July 31). In the three years that we have lived in Dallas (a city that I dearly love), we have had a car stolen from our driveway, had our financial identity stolen (twice) and shook our heads over the many incidents of vandalism to the cars and homes in our Lake Highlands neighborhood. We don't leave the house or go to bed at night without setting our alarms. Laura Miller, I voted for you...please...if Rudy can do it, so can you!
Rebecca J. Bailey
She's the boss: Jim Schutze has laid it out and nailed it on every point. It crossed my mind while reading the article that my, my, we surely do need more people to vote so we could at least outnumber the victims. It also occurred to me that these statistics will likely adversely impact homeowners' insurance rates, which are already the highest in the nation. The added expenses of insurance and losses to crime will discourage any businessman in his right mind from relocating his enterprise to Dallas, resulting in fewer jobs at lower wages. The capper is Chief Bolton's response, where he denied the results and slandered New York City. Let's send him there. Let's not leave the city manager out of all this--or better yet, let's. New York City has a strong mayor system, which allowed Giuliani's success. Without a similar system in Dallas, it's just apples and oranges as far as his solutions go. Meetings with the chief won't amount to much unless he's aware that he's meeting with his boss.
Read my lips: In response to "No. 1 With a Bullet" and the writer's view that a tax increase would help solve the problem, I'd like to say that it seems an increase would have no significance in stopping the increasing crime in Dallas. Yes, the police force might grow some in numbers and in their abilities to counter violence, but it seems to me that the root of this rise in crime in the first place is that people are poor and have no money! So we are going to tax them even more? Would it truly be wise to take more money from Dallas citizens, hire more police and let them coast on the hopes and wishes that the DPD will execute successfully the task set out for them? We can't afford to hurt our community out on the streets and in the pocketbook--the two will just continue to play off of each other.
Mean streets: Thank you for this article. I have lived in Dallas for seven months and have twice experienced what Dallas has to offer in the way of crime: My car has been broken into, and I was nearly raped while walking on Oram Street near Greenville Avenue, and, unfortunately, near my residence. Here I thought I was just unlucky.
Texas Hold 'Em
What a bunch of morons: Man, I was laughing my ass off reading your column ("Decked," by John Gonzalez, July 24). We took a vacation to Aruba and stayed at an all-inclusive hotel simply because they had a casino and I wanted to play poker. I had to wait five hours to play with a bunch of rude Venezuelans. I got news. Venezuelans are just as rude as the French. They didn't even know what Texas hold 'em was! What a bunch of morons. At least I pretty much broke even, even though I was certain one chick was cheating. They had a small balcony above the table, and I know she was getting signals from some dude above (no, not the Big Guy). And the worst thing...they didn't even give free drinks! How do you expect people to shell out bucks? Your columns always make me crack up.
Legalize it: Loved the "Decked" article. I totally agree with your assessment of Shreveport. What a cesspool. I play a lot online and in a home game every couple of weeks. I've considered playing in a local game but just wasn't sure about it. Might have to give it a try now.
Why don't you start a campaign to get poker legalized in Texas? Just a couple of points: 1) It is called Texas hold 'em. 2) What would the cowboys have done in the Old West without poker? 3) It's legal and considered a skill game in California of all places.
City of Dope
I had no idea: I just finished reading the article about the bathtub shootings ("The Girl Who Played Dead," by Julie Lyons, July 17). I must say I experienced many emotions throughout the read. I was disturbed, shocked, even frightened. I honestly had no idea, nary a clue, that such things happened on the very streets of my city.
I am approximately the same age as the subjects of the story. Only at 16, I was in a suburban high school, a suburban house, working my pizza-place suburban job--far from dealing drugs in a South Dallas crack house. Part of me is embarrassed at my own naïveté. Another part of me realizes just how lucky I am in that naïveté--how lucky never to have known such tragedy.
Thank you for an excellent article.
Go DO: Very nice piece of reporting and writing. Stories such as "The Girl Who Played Dead" are the reasons I read the Dallas Observer and ignore The Dallas Morning News. Keep up the good work.