A VERDICT ON JUSTICE
WE, THE undersigned, wholeheartedly agree with your endorsement of Judge Patrick Higginbotham’s appointment to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals [“Inside Dallas,” August]. However, we resent the “hatchet job” comments about Judge Justice of Tyler. We think Judge Justice is one of the finest judges in the nation, and the American Trial Lawyers Association is apparently in agreement as they voted him “The Best Trial Judge in the U.S.” for the past year. When it was not popular to uphold and certify the rights of poor Texans, of minorities and of people in prison, Judge Justice sought to guarantee their rights as American citizens. We appreciate Judge Justice’s attempts in civil rights and other matters, since by guaranteeing the rights of the “least of citizens,” he makes all of us truly free.
We would hope that you would realize that fact. Instead, in matters such as school desegregation to neighborhood development to downtown revitalization, your magazine seems to believe that the only people that matter in Dallas/Fort Worth are the residents of North Dallas. Since we don’t subscribe to that notion, we encourage you to take a good look at this city and at this state to realize and appreciate all of the diversity that is there.
Mark S. Lenz
DON’T DOUBLE-DECK CENTRAL EXPWY.
I AM WRITING regarding the article “Expwy. Lanes Obsolete When Complete?” [“Inside Dallas,” August]. Supervising planning engineer of the highway department, Don Walden, says, “We will be saturated pretty much from the day that we open [the new lanes].”
Common sense tells all of us (or should tell all of us) that the answer is not in creating new lanes for the traffic we now have and the projected amount of 110,000 additional automobiles by the year 2000. Common sense tells us that we need an effective rapid transit system -something that will eliminate the cars from the freeway.
I have attended many neighborhood meetings with various city councilmen, and every one of the citizens who attended those meetings would be willing to ride a rapid transit if it were effective, relatively easy to access and fairly inexpensive. But it is understandable why Robert Dedman (chairman of the state highway commission) views rail systems as expensive failures. Anyone with any degree of intelligence could see that he is only concerned with “his highway department” and not with our welfare and well-being. To “double-deck” Central Expressway would be an insult to the intelligence of the people of Dallas.
The idea of HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes is good, but must be used in conjunction with an effective rapid transit system. (Why settle for only that when you know the needs are great now and will be greater in the future?) Dedman says the HOV lanes have worked in Houston. Evidently, he hasn’t been to Houston in 10 years -otherwise he would know that the HOV lanes haven’t worked there.
The answer is not more concrete, but to have a system whereby the cars are taken off the street – not given incentive to add them.
Gail N. Sloane
WHAT MAKES AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Robert Wilson hits it on the head [“Insights,” August]! I needed this to bolster my courage -sometimes in this economy we “survivors” must retrench. That article should be required reading for all small-business men. They might become big-business men.
A VERDICT ON JUSTICE