01/17/05 Mountain Creek Community
victimized by City Hall, ignored by DMN
This 'Letter to the Editor' of the DMN
was submitted in November, and it
might be of
interest to your readers. The News did not
Our Mountain Creek Community was involved in a controversial zoning case,
essentially identical to the one we won 2-1/2
years earlier, beginning last August, which was
initially reported by Emily Ramshaw. When the
real fire works began before the city council and Ed
Oakley was in the hot seat repeatedly in October, the
community was assured and reassured several times by the News reporter
that what occurred in October and then in November would be reported.
Contrarily, it was not reported or even mentioned. When
asked why there was no reporting, the reply was "There wasn't room," which lead
to the following:
SELECTIVE REPORTING ?
Letter to Editor: [that the News wouldn't publish]
Why is it that when 100 people show up at the Dallas City Council to protest a
Super Wal-Mart, it makes the front page of the Dallas Morning News Metro
Section, but when 250 folks from a community surrounding Grady Niblo Rd. in
Southwest Dallas appear before the same council to oppose a proposed development
there is no mention?
Could it be that the News doesn't want the word to get around that folks
southwest of the Trinity in the Mountain Creek Area
want compatible development that is consistent with their surroundings? Or is it
too controversial to point out that there is an
attempt to depart from Dallas' fifteen year successful zoning history in the
area that is specifically recommended by Dallas' own
Southwest Land Use Plan, the only one of its kind?
Does the paper just believe that good fiscal policy which has been
economically sound and supportive of the Duncanville ISD should not be
encouraged because it's not in North Dallas?
Why spend 1.5 million dollars on a Comprehensive Plan at taxpayer expense while
ignoring a successful existing Land Use Plan?
Could it be that it doesn't support Current Political Desires to cram inferior
high density housing down communities' throats south and southwest of Downtown?
Does the News have an AGENDA that selectively decrees what is to be reported
regardless of the degree of bias evident?
Could the News create a new
section, title it "SELECTIVE REPORTING," where it lists
all the news the News doesn't
wish to report?