STEVE BARTLETT: OUR MAN IN WASHINGTON
SPECIAL thanks to Chris Tucker for his article “Mr. Bartlett Goes to Washington” [March]. Having worked for Mr. Bartlett for more than three years, I found the article to be the most accurate portrayal of the man that 1 have read. The new congressman from the 3rd District of Texas is truly dedicated, hard-working, witty and wise.
THE ONLY reason I keep my D Magazine current is Robert Wilson – as I sit in my Calvins and admire Ralph’s Polos in the newest catalog [“Insights,” February]. If, as one reader suggests, you tire of D’s focus on food, flip over to “Insights” and discover Wilson’s wit.
BOB WILSON’S logic in “Insights” [March] leads to a necessary conclusion: that wit and courtesy in Texas are mutually exclusive. He leaves the impression that he has not studied Texas Letters, which reveal a modestly witty heritage.
It is no surprise that witty Texans are discovering a likeness between Eastern experts and the hemorrhoid condition: When they come down for a visit, they are a mild irritation; when they come down to stay, they are a pain in the ….
Anne Ponder Dickson
DALLAS’ MAYORAL RACE COSTS ARE A BARGAIN
I READ – and chuckled at – the article by Philip Seib in your March issue [“Marketing a Mayor”]. Sorry, Dallas, but your political public relations expenditures aren’t even in our ballpark.
Mr. Seib mentions, in his words, “an exorbitant” campaign budget of $400,000 in the Dallas mayor’s race. Hell, Shreveport – about one-eighth Dallas’ size – recently lived through a mayor’s race costing some $850,000, which was spent between two major candidates.
Come on, Texas! Join the big boys! Come to Louisiana, where there are no campaign financing laws to speak of and where everyone has a great time spending other people’s money.
CISTERCIAN: OLD VALUES FOR A NEW ERA
KUDOS TO Chris Tucker for his article on the unique Cistercian School in Irving [“The Abbey on Highway 114,” April]. He has captured in print a glimpse of something ageless yet ever-changing: the centuries-long preservation of Western values by Cistercian monks and the communication of those values to young men of an increasingly valueless era.
Will Ford Hartnett
I WANT to compliment your magazine on the fine job you did gathering relevant information and writing a basically warm and sympathetic article on a rather difficult subject. You got the essence of both our school and our abbey.
Fr. Bernard Marton, headmaster,
Cistercian Preparatory School
WE ARE always a little afraid of interviews, because newspapermen usually look for something exciting or extraordinary and, thus, it often happens that something improper is said – especially about a religious community. You did an excellent job [with the story] and we want to thank you for it.
Abbot Anselm Nagy,
Order of the Cistercians