Letters to the editor

Wade through this

Since no one from The Dallas Morning News responded to your calls regarding last week's Buzz on Norma Adams-Wade, I guess you didn't know that not only was Cheryl Smith flooded with e-mails and phone calls, but so were Gilbert Bailon, Chris Kelley, and other DaMNewsers. By the way, they all sent out the same response, which makes us wonder whether there really is a conspiracy to get rid of Norma.

What makes the African-American community irate over this suspension is that it came just before Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and Black History Month. We depend on Norma's column for both news and information year round, but particularly during this time. Since her suspension, there has been little coverage or promotion of events scheduled for these two celebrations. However, this is not surprising, considering the dearth of coverage the DaMNews gives to subjects of interest to or about African-Americans (or any other ethnic minority group). I, for one, have canceled my subscription. After all, they're online for free!

Name withheld upon request
Via e-mail

It's a damn shame you are ridiculing Norma Wade. The target should be the Morning News. C'mon, the assault was a paper cut on a 26-year-old editor! The joke is on this woman who was not born when Wade was breaking into the biz. This high-strung editor ought to learn some social skills.

You got the story wrong, Patrick Williams. Wade is not pining to be a cause célèbre, but her journalist friends around the country are upset. She is one of the 44 founders of the National Association of Black Journalists and one of the gentle members. Wade being a problem child is not impossible, but it is highly unlikely.

Wayne Dawkins
Black Journalists: The NABJ Story
Newport News, VA

The art of teaching

Annabelle Massey Helber's article "Artless" (January 20) was e-mailed to me by a friend, and I must say the actions of the Fort Worth school district doesn't surprise me. In its efforts to protect these children, it has demonstrated to them how to judge without being informed. It must teach its kids to think independently and creatively. This isn't the way to do it. Visit the museums so the kids will get to know their culture and that of others. How frustrating for those poor teachers to be blindsided. I know how it feels; I have also been a teacher of children. Good luck to them all.

Gary Hernandez
Via e-mail

Havin' a Dragonball!

Editor's note: We received nearly 80 e-mails regarding Jimmy Fowler's story on Dragonball Z ("International incident," January 20) and Fort Worth-based FUNimation. What follows are a handful of those missives, more of which will appear next week.

When I read Jimmy Fowler's feature on Dragonball Z, I was deeply satisfied. I happen to be a 13-year-old girl fan, and I love all the blood and gore that it has to offer. Now, don't get me wrong -- I don't go out and pick fights with people or just like the story for the blood-and-guts part of it, and I am not abused or extremely aggressive. I like to watch the show because it is always changing, and you really can't predict what's going to happen next in the story line.

This is by far my favorite anime, and I have a bit of information that I have picked up as I pass through various DBZ Web sites: Some of these people actually go out and contact the voices of the characters. That is how some may know who is who in the show. I can admit that I wasn't pleased with the third season's dubbing, partly because I love Piccolo's voice (Scott McNeil) and Vegeta's voice (Brian Drummond). I wanted the new seasons to have the same voices, or to at least have a man to do Frieza.

I have some points on the new season that are still sore, but I didn't know how much work was actually put into this show by FUNimation. I had originally thought that FUNimation was a large corporation and that they just didn't try very hard to make a good job on this show. It must have been very exhausting to clear up scenes frame by frame, because in every second of animation, there are 24 frames. I enjoy watching the show, even through some of the corny dialogue.

I liked Dragon Ball Z the way it was originally, uncut. I think that (considering the gigantic task that they took up) FUNimation did a very good job in light of all the crap they put up with. Keep up with this story, because it's a hot topic.

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