Leading Off (5/20/13)

“We Could Hear it Coming. It Was Like Thunder That Wouldn’t Stop:” The stories out of Granbury are horrifying and heartbreaking, awful reminders that we live in a strange, unforgiving world in which, on rare occasion, the sky can just come down and rip you right out of your closet:

The closet door flew open, and the tornado yanked her oldest son, Brandon, into the air.

Green’s body twisted and bent, and she began to pray.

“Please let this be over. I can’t take this anymore,” she remembers thinking. “I asked God, ‘Is this really the way I’m going to die?’”

The Legacy of Mary Suhm vs. the Legacy of Dallas’ Super Donors: Two features in the local daily frame two perspective on the shaping of the city. Sure, as Mayor Ron Kirk puts it in this profile of outgoing City Manager Mary Suhm, “Her fingerprints are all over the city.” But what is the legacy of any powerful member of city government versus the “thousand families,” the philanthropists whose Texas-sized generosity (sorry) make Dallas one of the nation’s most charitable cities:

The city’s wealthiest philanthropists are also sometimes called the new Medicis, and there’s something to the comparison: Not a single major cultural institution in Dallas would exist in its current form — or exist at all, in many cases — without their help. . . . The philanthropists’ generosity extends beyond cultural organizations.

Fort Worth Figures Out Trinity Project: And speaking of big ticket city items, while Suhm’s legacy contains the unrealized Trinity River Project, Fort Worth seems to have figured out how to have simple fun down on the river with a much more modest, accessible investment. This, ahem. Not this.


  • Randy Zimmerman

    Peter: I think you meant to say “versus” and not “verses” in the Suhm story.

  • Daniel

    An “unforgiving world”? Nature doesn’t have the capacity to forgive or condemn. Its indifference is immaculate.

    I don’t mean to belittle anyone’s suffering or trauma, but mobsters are unforgiving — not nature.

  • Pegaso

    There should be a TV show called ‘The New Medicis’

  • Ghost of Dealey

    The Suhm and “Medici” articles were embarrassing for their lack of critical thinking and insight. It’s way to early to say that either were good for Dallas.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    Irving seems to have the Trinity River figured out, as well. Following the path of the Trinity upstream, as soon as one exits Dallas and enters Irving, there are plenty of parks and recreational amenities offering a wide variety of activities to be found.

  • Cara M

    Peter – I don’t agree that Sunday’s DMN, “features [on Suhm and wealthy donars] in the local daily frame two perspective on the shaping of the city.”

    To the contrary, those love letters showed an amazing display of short-sightedness and smelling of one’s farts.