A vote for Paul
I am still shaking my head as I re-read the lead article about the Honorable Paul Fielding ["Should Paul Fielding go to jail?" December 26]. You should be pleased to know your publication is so carefully read; I've been over this copy six or seven times.

In modern American culture, where everything is couched in sound bites, it seems slanted to say "Everyone...hates [Fielding]." That would be irresponsible hyperbole in any case. Remember first impressions? Your job is to report, not to make, the news.

It appears to me that Laura Miller is disappointed that Fielding was accused of something, which in our modern society happens a lot. Miller has been accused of a number of things herself. However, these charges often come from unreliable sources and are often said for spite or shock value.

There aren't very many people on the city council who haven't been accused of all sorts of malfeasance, whether by disappointed business partners, unsuccessful political competitors, or whatever. As we all know, it takes an especially tough hide to be in politics in Dallas.

I am quite cross with the Dallas Observer and the editors who pulled out so many drop quotes which appear to damn, ram, or spam Fielding. What about other quotes that appear only after the average reader is fighting falling asleep and starts reading faster and faster?

After discussing this article with dozens of locals, with dozens of different takes, I am still confused. Some say this article was supportive, and I say what about all the negative, sniping comments? I would like to see more about the FBI's waste of taxpayer dollars. How about mentioning that the U.S. Attorney here in Dallas declared the government had no case? Why did they run off to Sherman to file the case?

There are always detractors waiting for something to drag down. I am disappointed that Miller wants to be in that claque. Assertions that Fielding is friendless are wrong: despite his failing to heed my advice that he is too young to be a curmudgeon, he is still a valuable voice of fiscal conservatism and reason that we too desperately need on the council.

Without him, Lord knows if they will build a sky-dome over downtown. Miller needs to concentrate on this and leave Fielding to his day in court. And plan a follow-up on how silly the Feds look afterward.

P.D. Sterling

Benji's fan club
In regard to the article about Benji Bollox, or whatever the hell his name is ["The little punk that could," January 2]. I think the column should have been entitled "The little punk that can not, will not, and is mentally and physically incapable of performing any task over a third-grade level."

This low-quality piece is the most self-righteous, name-dropping, I'm-the-punk-icon-of-Dallas piece of crap I've ever read in your publication. Most of the time I enjoy the articles that are written by ya'll, but I don't understand why this was written! It's as if this guy Benji had his mother write this. I looked to see if this is one of your staff writers, and I didn't see his name. Well, I hope it wasn't one of your people, because he did not research his info very well.

If Bollox is playing with the Subs, why is he here in America playing with Fallout? Word on the street is that Mr. Benji Icon played with the Subs once and that they blew him off after that. I've been in the Dallas punk scene for 12 years, and the only thing I've heard about him is that he couldn't play his way out of a wet paper sack. Personally, I think this guy wants some recognition and applause. Again I ask, why the hell the article?

Steve Anderson

I wanted to issue a complaint against the article entitled "The little punk that could." I think it is absolutely ridiculous that your magazine would publish a story that is so untrue. Do you research what you print at all? I know this is not true because I'm friends with the person who went to England with Benji Bollox. He is a liar and a complete fool who is trying to prove to the world that he's not just a loser who lives in Richardson with his mommy. He obviously doesn't support local music.

Riot Squad is one of my favorite local bands, and I know they play much better without him. He's not a musician, he just wants to be a rock star really bad! It's people like this clown Bollox who ruin the music scene. I believe that you should find out who wrote this article and make damn sure he has his facts straight, because he might just have a lawsuit on his hands if the UK Subs management finds out about this little brat claiming that he's the new drummer. Can I pretend to be the new singer for the Cranberries and have an article written about me?

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