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Had Ms. Morrow or Gallier and Wittenberg bothered to attend any community meetings before producing a piece depicting Albertson's as "Responding to Community Concerns," they would have known that the community concerns were land use, traffic, scale, truck routes, impact on nearby commercial areas, spot zoning, commercial creep--all serious land-use and planning issues that result when a large anchor store generating 34,000 vehicles and 175 trucks per week is plunked down on an island surrounded with residential zoning. None of these serious issues was addressed by Albertson's. Nor did Ms. Morrow and Gallier and Wittenberg make it clear that many of the "community quotes" in this same PR piece came from those with a direct financial stake in the outcome of the upzoning request.

Albertson's has been highly successful marketing itself with an "It's Your Store" campaign for many years. This seems to have made them feel that spending enough public relations and advertising money will make the public believe anything. I believe that Gallier and Wittenberg is the one being misled, and is, in turn, being paid to mislead the public on behalf of its corporate-giant client. Hats off to the Dallas Observer and Ms. Farley for not buying into the spin.

Pedro Vaca

Voucher wars
I have been enlightened by your information on Dr. James Leininger ["Holy handouts," January 21]. Supporters of public education are in a David-and-Goliath struggle with Leininger's money and marketing machine over the issue of public funds being given to private and parochial schools.

We will never have the kind of money that Leininger and his buddies have, but we do have lots of people that can and will write letters, make phone calls, and get the message to the Legislature in Austin.

Public funds should be spent on improving public schools, which serve 90 percent of the children in Texas. Public schools are improving dramatically, and with more than 7,039 schools in the state, only 281 have been listed as "low-performing" in the last three years. We are on the right track, and now is not the time to try some scheme that would siphon off our tax dollars to support private education.

Mary Duty
Consultant to the Texas PTA
Voucher Task Force

I would like to point out to Mr. Korosec, who apparently is a left-wing liberal, that I feel for him. We "right-to-lifers" feel the same way about Mrs. Clinton's announcement this week about all the money the president is going to put into making abortion clinics safer. Of course we strongly object to our tax dollars being spent for this. At least the government is going to get tax dollars back from the business of Winning Strategies. What do we get back from the money that we will spend for the safety of abortion clinics, for the killing of more babies?

Midge Douglas

Love letters
Dear Christine Biederman: Hi. Would you marry me? I swear, I don't think I've had a more entertaining read in a long time. Your ION Storm piece ["Stormy weather," January 14] is just wonderful, and I applaud you and the Dallas Observer itself for being so unbelievably kick-ass--even the response to the subpoena is priceless. I don't see how it's possible not to love you guys. Anyway, I'm free pretty much anytime, if you'd like to get married or something. Heck, I'll even change my name to Biederman. And I promise not to hog the covers.

Via e-mail

No, I am not an ION Storm fan. I would just like you to know my opinion about Ms. Biederman's article.

I am a game player, an avid one. I love computer games--the good ones at least--and love the inside scoop on what's hot and what's not. Unfortunately, Ms. Biederman's dirt-digging on ION Storm is about the lowest form of journalism I've seen a "journalist" (snicker) write about. Company e-mail, whether it be from a ma-and-pa shop or a huge company like Microsoft, is simply their property. That e-mail was not outbound through any source other than internal ION Storm mail servers, which makes that e-mail the sole property of ION Storm. It seems Ms. Biederman doesn't like ION Storm, or thought this kind of illegal activity would bring her some kind of publicity.

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