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LET’R RIP

By D Magazine |

Frequent letter-to-the-editrist Jane Goodwin makes an interesting point this month, whack-ing us for listing, in our March events calendar, the annual rattlesnake roundups in Taylor and Big Spring. Seems that we are guilty of not noting that snakes-slimy, venomous creatures that they are-have their place in the increasingly fragile ecosystem. And snakes-slimy, venomous creatures that they are-can also claim their defenders, Ms. Goodwin obviously foremost among them.

Even so, this does seem to be a prime opportunity to make an editorial disclaimer: our quarterly events calendar should not be read as a ringing endorsement of every activity listed therein. Go to the refrigerator door and look again at that fold-out guide to spring. Note the entry for April 9, which mentions a 130-foot water tower disguised as “the world’s tallest strawberry” in Poteet. it’s our job to inform you that’ the world’s tallest strawberry is indeed in Poteet; if you want to see it, there it is. Beyond that, we take no position as to the ultimate wisdom of disguising your water tower as a giant straw-berry, as long as zoning ordinances allow it and, environmental impact statements have been filed. Hope we don’t get letters from someone who thinks the tower should have been disguised as a giant rutabaga. Or a giant snow pea. Or. ..



The Aura of Murder



I was surprised and dismayed to find such’ sensationalism and judgment in your coverage of the life and murder of Jill Bounds [“The Aura of Murder,” March]. To inpugn the integrity of this remarkable woman is highly irresponsible and inexcusable.

She was surely a complex individual whose struggle to find her niche in life led her along what many people would consider strange and unconventional paths. But, instead of going off the deep end and opting out of filling a useful role in society, she gleaned what was of value from different approaches to living and used them very effectively in enriching and healing herself as well as her beloved family, friends, and patients.

Even if the facts in your article were accurate, the smirk that comes across from the grotesque illustrations, and such remarks as “had no qualms about dating married men” and “petite, well-dressed femme fatale,” smack of turn-of-the-century yellow jour-nalism and do not belong in a publication for the city of Dallas.

JACQUELINE W. MARTINEZ

DALLAS



Glenna Whitley refers to Jill Bounds as a psychologist. She was not a psychologist or even a psychological associate. She may have been a licensed professional counselor, as is also suggested in the article, but the two are hardly equivalent, as is implied. Bounds may have had training in psychology, but that does not constitute being a psychologist. This is an area of great confusion to the general public, and, obviously, to Whitley. Your article misrepresents an entire profes-sion, if not Bounds, as well.

MICHAEL WHEELER, PH. D.

BETTE MEBANE, PH. D.

HARRY P. BAKER, PH. D.

FORT WORTH



Positive About Vance



I want to thank you for writing and print-ing the positive article “Judging John Vance” in the March issue. I do not know Vance personally and have only heard him speak once in public, but I believe we are most fortunate to have a man of his beliefs ready to stand up against pornography and child abuse. He may not be flamboyant, but he is so dedi-cated to justice!

MRS. HAYDEN PITTMAN

DALLAS



Dallas Together: “A Valuable Friend”



Your “Thumbs Down” in the March issue implies that I have joined with Eric Moyé and Bob Ray Sanders in criticizing the efforts of Dallas Together. This is simply not true.

Quite to the contrary. I, as well as the Anti-Defamation League, have been very supportive of their work. The final report of Dallas Together reflects a serious two-year effort by many fine people to develop some solid recommendations for our community in response to many complicated problems.

As you know, the ADL recently launched the “A World of Difference” project with the goal of improving ethnic, racial, and religious relations in the Metroplex. Dallas Together was a valuable friend in helping us bring this vital program to our city. Dallas Together has pointed the way and laid the foundation that we all need to build upon.

MARK L. BRISKMAN, DIRECTOR

NORTH TEXAS-OKLAHOMA

REGIONAL OFFICE

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE



Rattling Our Cage



I’m puzzled. Why would D Magazine en-courage people to attend the rattlesnake roundups in Taylor and Big Spring [“Spring Calendar,” March]? I think it is interesting that more people die each year from insect, spider, and scorpion bites and stings than snakes. Funny, we don’t have scorpion roundups.

JANE GOODWIN

DALLAS



At a time when most Americans are naming destruction of the environment as their number one concern, I was appalled to see D Magazine advertising for the annual rat-tlesnake slaughters that occur throughout Texas.

Thumbs down to your magazine for its failure to realize that such macho, wanton displays of destruction carried out against a vital link in the ecology should be and are becoming a thing of the past.

LEE J. SCHMITT

DALLAS



Muncy: Nowhere To Hide



Your extraordinarily silly article on Analeslie Muncy [“A Question of Com-petence,” February] once again proves that if your magazine can find no muck to rake, it will cheerfully bring its own. Boiled down to its essentials, your complaint against Muncy is that she doesn’t always win her cases and that her clients don’t always listen to her. Far be it from me to disabuse your reporter of his romantic notions about the practice of law, but all lawyers run into these problems from time to time. If they are more noticeable in Muncy’s case, it is only because her prominence gives her no place to hide from them.

PAUL STROHL

DALLAS



Culture, Not Cult



When Barbara Horowitz of the Cult Awareness Council slandered the Hare Krishnas in April’s letter section, was she aware that the Hare Krishnas are the largest Hindu denomination in the Metroplex? Was she aware that our Food for Life program feeds 300 people a week in Dallas and has fed millions worldwide? Was she aware that the Vedas, our scriptures, predate the Bible and that nearly every college comparative religion class in North Texas comes to our temple to learn about the Hindu religion and Vedic culture? And most importantly, is she aware that her ignorant comments breed continued hatred and bigotry within our troubled world?

DIRISHTA DAS/B>

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR

KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS

DALLAS

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