"You too? I must say I'm impressed with your amazing loyalty. But what did she fire you for?"
"Pregnant?" I gasped. "Well, didn't she know you were making medical history?"
"She said... 'You're pregnant if...I say you're pregnant.'"
At this I was moved to offer him some help, but he said he refused to be corrupted by the white man.
Upon seeing he was adamant in his refusal, all I could do was sigh and say, "OK. Have it your way, Mayor Kirk."
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Being tough isn't wrong
I really liked your Eddie Bernice Johnson story ["U.S. Reprehensible," October 31]. You know, Johnson is pretty hard on people because she doesn't like "flopwork." A lot of people think they can sit under her and do nothing, but it ain't gonna happen. Whether pregnant or not, they have to work. Yes, she is tough, but who wants a weak congressperson? We put her in there because she gets things done. Now, some latter-day wannabes are upset because they can't curl Johnson around their little fingers. They want to be where she is. It's jealousy.
You may not publish this. But if you do, remember that if 50 staffers tell their side of the story, Johnson has hers. I remember when Johnson hardly had any support. Everybody was happy with her then. Now that she's prominent...well. She's not trying to be above the law or better than anyone, or to abuse staffers.
But she is not going to sit by and have them run her post into the ground.
Did someone pay the Observer to come out with this story? We like Johnson. We like you, too. We don't attack you because you promote homosexuality in your paper--that's your prerogative. Well, stop attacking Eddie. She's running her office as she sees fit--just like you! And she's doing a better job of it.
Bill "Courtney" Blassingham
If WRR's broke, fix it
Your recent article on WRR radio deeply disappointed me ["Static Quo," September 19]. I always have felt that the Observer had a feeling for all artistic venues.
WRR is the only outlet in this area that consistently plays classical music. Must we lose the only classical station to greed and the mighty buck? Sure, the station has some faults. Is the Observer without fault? It would seem that the Observer would support the underdog in this case.
In the great and vast wasteland of Dallas commercial radio, why shut off the only station that airs something different? If we are to be a truly cosmopolitan city, we have to have a diversity of the arts, even if the station is owned by the City of Dallas.
If the station is so valuable, why not hire some good salespeople and make it really profitable? They certainly would not be taking business away from the other stations. Just a few thoughts on my part, since I felt your story was so unfair.
Our crown of thorns
As a classical music buff, I thoroughly enjoyed your article ["Promise keeper," October 24]. For this I say thanks.
Everything you say about WRR is correct. Obviously, because of space limitations, you couldn't talk about the Jesus freaks that take over the station early every Sunday morning for what is in reality a massaging of the ecclesiastical ego. Then Bruce Certes and friend make inane commentary involving such observations as whether a certain soprano actually hit a high C, above C, or was merely clearing her throat. This is followed by arts calendar--all of which prompts one to ponder as to just where, on the radio dial, you turn!
I am in favor of broadcasting the Dallas City Council meetings, permitting a listener to ascertain just who the bigger nitwits on the council might be.
As for Donna Blumer's assertion that WRR "is the city's crowning jewel, its most stellar asset," she had to be referring to a crown of thorns that was dive-bombed by an irate pigeon. If WRR is the city's most "stellar asset" then the city is bankrupt beyond one's wildest imagination.
Let's look at Houston. They have two classical radio stations and neither would ever entertain the idea of selling Sunday to religions (organized or unorganized) or pseudo-classical music jockeys.
Mayor Ron Kirk exhibited the behavior of a spoiled child who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar ["Tough choices," October 10]. Kirk had committed to be the keynote speaker months in advance. He did not buy a ticket, promise to attend, and then decide at the last minute not to. Mayor Kirk had been prominently featured on the invitation.