Belo bashing
Burl Osborne's interference in the News' reporting on the Trinity River plan as recounted by Jim Schutze is disgraceful, but it is not surprising ["Unfairness doctrine", May 14]. The leopard has not really changed its spots.

I have never subscribed to the News in my 29 years living in Dallas, precisely because of a continuing inclination by the senior editors and the publisher to tilt the news to favor the downtown establishment. Like others on the Trinity River Corridor Citizens Committee who opposed the Trinity plan, I had long been frustrated because our message that non-structural solutions to flooding problems were the way to go was virtually ignored by News reporters, month after month and year after year. Then Jim Schutze's penetrating report "Flood money" appeared in the Dallas Observer last January and triggered an attempt by the News at least to appear to be "fair".

It is encouraging to know that staff reporters at the News finally are worried about all this, but they should have been worried a long time ago. And kudos to Robert Ingrassia for standing up to the powers that be in Belo-land.

Campbell Read
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Re: The Morning News and fairness covering the recent bond proposal.
When I was reading Jim Schutze's story in this week's issue, I recalled reading somewhere that the newspaper that evolved into the Morning News began as a circular promoting the original Trinity River levee bond issue. I tried without success checking the Observer's archives to see if I read it in your paper. Anyway, if it's true the News started out as a shill for a levee bond issue, it would be ironic that they are still at it.

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Those were the days, my friend
Jim Schutze's article on the Morning News'' lack of coverage on the bond election should have held no surprises for anyone. It is no secret that Mr. Burl Osborne is more interested in being accepted by the wealthy non-entities of the Dallas power structure than in fostering the free exchange of ideas on which democracy is based. What most people do not realize is that at one time, the Dallas Morning News was a fearless champion of a righteous cause. In 1928, the Dallas Morning News, according to a speech a couple of years ago, by a DMN editor, was the only one of 14 newspapers to take on the Ku Klux Klan. I regret the absence of detail, but my wife went to the luncheon and didn't remember the name of the gentleman who spoke. I think it says quite a bit about a paper that its management has to go back 70 years to find something of which to be proud.

Tom Stewart-Gordon
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The shelter people
Being an avid reader of your weekly, I was greatly disappointed after reading the recent article by Christina Rees titled "Dog's best buddy" [Night and Day, April 30]. The fact that she took the time to write an article promoting the annual Pet Adoption program that is carried out on a national level is an indication that she has some knowledge of the animal population problems that the city of Dallas faces. However, her reporting lacked a thorough investigation of the shelters in our city. She mentioned Operation Kindness being the only local shelter with a "no-kill" philosophy, and although Operation Kindness is one of the better shelters in Dallas County, it is, in fact, located in Carrollton.

The Humane Society of Dallas County has been promoting responsible pet ownership for more than 26 years and has been successfully operating the only no-kill shelter in the city of Dallas for the last nine years. Also noticeably lacking was the mention of the Animal Adoption Center of Garland, which also has a no-kill philosophy in regard to its animals and is located in Dallas County as well. The citizens of Dallas are fortunate enough to be living in a city where many of the shelters work closely with one another to save and provide homes to as many homeless animals as possible. The tremendous amount of work and commitment performed by staff and volunteers alike should be applauded and mentioned in any future articles by your staff.

Sandra K. Luhring, Asst. Director
Humane Society of Dallas County

Hispanic panic?
Thank you for the article titled "The g word" [May 7]. As a parent and member of the chosen minority (other cities target blacks, gays, etc.), I strongly feel it is important to keep educating the public about civil liberties or the lack of them. I live in Oak Cliff near the south Zang and Saner area. That is the area of Oak Cliff where police visibility is nonexistent. If you drive up and down my neighborhood at any given time, you will always find groups of men and women openly using or selling drugs. Along with that are the constant break-ins and theft of property. Such older thieves have become so bold that they are not afraid to steal in the presence of the property owners.

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