Letters: Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Travellin’ Tongue

To the editor: The Static column recently complained about a Fort Worth magazine focusing on a “Dream Home” tour that ended up focusing on points east and west of Fort Worth (“Benedict Cowtown,” July 23, 2003). Has Static talked to its counterparts in the Eats department about this issue before writing this paragraph?

Personally I enjoy eating in my city, and more often than not Nancy and Piet end up dining in, as well as reviewing, establishments that fall well east of our city. Perhaps Static could have a talk with your restaurant reviewers about keeping their collective tongue within the confines of Fort Worth before the column rails on a dream home competition that likes to venture outside of the city limits. It is called the Fort Worth Weekly and I think most people within our town care not to drive 20 minutes to eat the latest below-par and lame fusion fare. I don’t live in Hurst, NRH, or Southlake after all; I merely commute through them to get to work. Static, the kettle is indeed black.

Joel Favor

Fort Worth

Editor’s note: We tried to think of a rebuttal to this one, but couldn’t — except to say that we review lots of Fort Worth restaurants along with those in other parts of Tarrant County and that lots of folks we know do drive to Arlington or Grapevine to eat occasionally. And many of our readers do live in those other Tarrant towns.

Pep Shows

To the editor: You will probably need to edit most of this letter because it comes right from the pages of Fort Worth Weekly. But first, where did you and Stephanie Fanning move here from? Your obviously not from Fort Worth. I’m sure you must miss home by now. Wouldn’t it be easier to catch a flight to San Francisco or a bus to New Orleans rather than try to turn Fort Worth into something you can sleeze around in?

You started with quite the uplifting story called “Children of the Damned” (July 23, 2003). OK, so you just want to inform us how sick some of the people are we live with. Moving on from there, I noticed most of your adds take the high road in decent language and cute phrases like “In the mood for a quickie” (by Interior Design), “you should be getting it every week” by Fort Worth Weekly, the funny auto tinting add with a girl picking her nose (my kind of humor) but the caption Tint That Sh*t. Very tasteful. Why should I be surprised at the talent your music column covered, Sexy Trash Pantyhose Rocknroll. Now that’s right up your alley. Then you move on to advertising every bikini contest in town, every strip club, every X Rated phone number in town. Gay chat lines and pep show joints. This is how you want to represent Fort Worth. Then theirs your most tasteful add “Make SOME F*CKING MONEY” by our very own Fort Worth Weekly.

I’ve lived in Fort Worth most of my life and while I’ve seen good and bad, friendly and not so friendly, I’ve never seen the head in the gutter city you portray in your paper. If you won’t move back home at least change the name of your paper to Dallas Weekly.

Jon Cappa

Fort Worth

Editor’s note: While we all wish we had relatives to sponge off of in San Fran or Nawlins, four of the seven editorial employees of Fort Worth Weekly and most of the retail advertising staff are Texas natives who have lived in Fort Worth or Tarrant County for 20 years or more; even the non-natives got here years ago.

Prince of a Writer

To the editor: Just finished reading Jeff Prince’s article on Steve Fromholz (“How Long Is The Road,” July 16, 2003) and it was super. Jeff, I just want to let you know how much I enjoy what you do. I meant to write after I read your Willie Nelson article — what a great job you did on that. It has to be hard to write something new about Willie, after all, how many times can you say that he was born in Abbott and all the other crap that everyone has heard a hundred times over? The route you took carried me right along with you, a great twist and a fine piece of writing.

Back to the article on Steve — I had been wondering how he was doing and you filled in all the blanks. He is one of the really good guys and you showed that. I look forward to everything that you write. I hope that one of the national magazines will take note and provide you with a larger stage in the future.

Roy Stamps


Editor’s note: Stamps is a former concert promoter and radio personality.

Wake Up on Wal-Mart

To the editor: Thanks to Fort Worth Weekly for bringing attention to the Wal-Mart site in Riverside (July 23: “Lube Job”). As past Zoning Commission chair and a member of Scenic Fort Worth, I have followed with concern the prospect of losing hundreds of old trees in this gateway development. On a recent trip to the southeastern part of this country, I viewed with interest the retail developments there. In Spartanburg, S. C., the new Wal-Mart supercenter is barely visible from the highway, buffered by mature trees along both corners. When I asked the locals if this was unusual, they referred me to similar Wal-Marts in North Carolina and Kentucky. It saddens me that other communities value the aesthetic and health benefits of trees more than Texans do. Big-box developers still come to those communities, and the parking lots are just as full. But because those communities have set a higher standard for scenic preservation and do not bow to corporate pressures, they enjoy cleaner air and nicer views.

Wake up, Fort Worth! How many more ozone alert days will you tolerate? How many more stands of native trees will you cut down?

Margaret W. DeMoss

Fort Worth

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