Rhaving Mad in Rhome

Life in the slow lane: Why in the world would you write such a hateful article?? ("Get Wise," by Jim Schutze, June 26.)

First of all, the city of Rhome is named after Colonel Byron C. Rhome from the 1940s. Wise County is a beautiful place to live. I moved out here 10 years ago to get away from the crime, traffic and pavement. My children enjoy growing up with land to run on and play with trees and nature. All the teachers and the principal know my child's name at his school. Not because he is a bad student--he has made honor roll every semester--but because he is in a smaller school, and they care enough to want to know my son and my family. Unfortunately, crime is everywhere, and it's a fact of life. But you failed to mention crime in Dallas and Tarrant counties compared with Wise. The crimes you mentioned all happen in surrounding counties but go unmentioned in the media. I worked for a police department in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 10 years. I should know! In Wise County, your neighbors wave "hello" when passing you on the street. Can you really say that living in Dallas? Wise County is populated with numbers of highly educated people. Your comments are extremely offensive and invalid. If you love living in the fast pace of Dallas, then that's where you need to be. But don't put other people down because we do not agree with your way of life.

P.S. I hope your attorney is as good as you think you are.

Suzanne Kennedy

Men in tights: Before lashing out at a whole county with a growing population of 50,000, maybe you should do a little more research on the history of the area. First off, Rhome is spelled Rhome because of B.C. Rhome, who it was named after. Not Rome, Italy. Now that I got that out of the way to prove the intelligence of the author, I feel better. I am from the metroplex and moved to Wise County in the late '70s. I grew up here and wouldn't have had it any other way. I experienced everything our schools had to offer. Yes, we had drugs in our schools, but those kids weren't the "in crowd." You could inspect all the cars on campus and find guns and needles--for vaccinating cattle and horses. I played all sports and still graduated in the top 10 percent of my class and went on to a major university and graduated, as do most in our county. Yes, we have some who break the law every once in a while, but do I need to point out that one of the highest crime rates in the nation is in Dallas?

We are cultured enough to attend ballet and the arts at the Bass Hall (safer in Fort Worth than Dallas). Our school districts can divide their districts up without arguing, and our local government can balance and make surplus with the funds. So maybe we shouldn't be looking at destroying Wise County. I think the state government should be focusing on real matters that affect Dallas County.

Davey Edwards
Via e-mail

Bad Apples

Down and out at the library: I just read the article about the conflict between the homeless citizens of Dallas and the central library ("Make Yourself at Home," by Charles Siderius, June 24). As a homeless citizen of Dallas, I was both shocked and appalled at the things mentioned in the article. I would agree that there is a definite gap in services for the homeless here in Dallas, and I would also agree that there are a few "bad apples" that make the rest of us look bad to the public. The proposed new shelter will essentially only be another resource center--a place to go during the day, but at night...well, as the Led Zeppelin song was titled, "The Song Remains the Same." The city needs to build more overnight shelters for its homeless citizens, and the homeless citizens need to stop acting like animals. Courtesy is a two-way street; remember that.

David McLaughlin

Pay to play: Wouldn't it be better if the main library downtown were to charge a user fee? After all, the Dallas Zoo is not free. This might keep some of the homeless out and yet still keep the library open to the serious user.

Dennis Garwitz Sr.

Never Forget

The real victims: I learned about the impending release of Coral Watts back in February and cannot urge people enough to get involved in stopping this from happening. I thought Glenna Whitley's article ("Evil Eyes," June 19) was a much-needed comprehensive article about Coral Watts. It is so important to keep this in the headlines to increase awareness! But I was very angered by Sharon Watts declaring her family to be victims. Of course, no blame for Watts' actions can be placed on his family. But they did not lose a family member--they can still talk to Watts, even visit him if they like. The families of Watts' victims are not allowed this luxury. They can never see the face or hear the voice of their loved one again, and this is because of the actions of Coral Watts.

Let us not forget who the real victims in this situation are. Watts chose to take the lives of many innocent people. Therefore he doesn't deserve anything but, at the very least, to spend his entire sentence in prison.

Becky Snyder

A shiv in the night: My God, what can I do to make sure he never leaves prison alive?

Barb L.

Intense: Glenna, you did an extraordinary job on this story. Your research is some of the most intense I have ever seen in print. Good job!

Dianne Clements
Justice for All

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.