Cheer and Jeers
January was our annual Best & Worst issue, a recap of the year’s highlights and lowlights in local politics, media, sports, dining, crime, and life in our fair city.
I always look forward to your Best & Worst issue. I was so pleasantly surprised to see our new McZoo McDonald’s highlighted as a “best” [Food & Drink: “Best Animal Food”]. Thank you so much for the mention. I hope our customers enjoy the restaurant as much as we did creating it.
KAREN SKINNER, OWNER/OPERATOR
Shame on you for the low blow against Prego [Food & Drink: “Worst Doggy Bag”]. One does not need to be a connoisseur to know fine food. The chefs, kitchen, and staff present excellent food to their customers who often wait in line to get in. On my next visit to Dallas, I’ll enjoy another good meal at Prego.
EDWARD C. BOLDT
Special Report Strikes a Chord
Also in January, we published a special report called Race, Ethnicity, and Class in Dallas, in which we posited that class distinctions are sometimes more important than race.
One of the most interesting pieces of your special report was the story about April Gilpin and Justin Longorio. I was impressed with their thoughts about living in Pleasant Grove.
I was raised in that neighborhood in the ’70s and ’80s. My father was a civil-rights attorney working hard to integrate Dallas, and we were the first Mexican-American family to move into that particular neighborhood.
I have many fond memories of trick-or-treating, playing ball in the street, and participating in school plays. To know that the residents of the area still maintain such a spirit of community warms my heart.
J. FRANK HERNANDEZ
We were deeply disappointed that your recent special report did not mention the Asian-American community. Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic population in Dallas, as well as in the state of Texas.
Asian Americans have the highest discretionary income and are responsible for the most business startups of all ethnic groups. These businesses also have the highest average gross sales and net profits.
Clearly the Asian-American population has made a positive impact in our community. Cultural centers, churches, and temples have been built, offering enhanced learning and educational experiences. In addition, the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce annually sponsors the Asian Festival. In 2002, more than 12,000 people attended the festival, which is the largest ethnic event in downtown Dallas.
The Richardson, Plano, and Garland school districts show that 10 percent of their enrollments are Asian Americans. By not including Asian Americans in your story, you are not presenting an accurate picture of this community.
SUN KWON LEE, CHAIRMAN
ANANT JAIN, PH.D., CHAIR-ELECT
EMELITA DE LA ROSA, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
LES TANAKA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Greater Dallas Asian American
Chamber of Commerce
I wanted to congratulate you and your team at D Magazine for the wonderful special report. The conclusions are right on target.
Councilwoman District 1
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