FEEDBACK: Why I’m supporting Kunkle

Why I’m supporting Kunkle

Thank you for the in-depth expose on the three major mayoral candidates (“Decision in Dallas,” Dallas Voice, April 8).

While there are different opinions regarding the candidates, David Kunkle is my personal choice. I have watched him closely over the last several years and was so impressed with his style of leadership and soft-spoken manner when he was police chief. He went all over this city, listening and getting feedback from not only the GLBT community, but everywhere.

Additionally, he is effective. He may not be the flashiest or most dynamic of the candidates, but he’s a keen thinker and avid reader focused on real world solutions on what works and what doesn’t.

He also appreciates the eclectic aspects of Dallas. That’s an important place to be in my mind, so that we can attract not only Fortune 500 companies but also the small businessman/woman and the budding creative entrepreneurs who want to live in our city.

I don’t know that I necessarily want another CEO as mayor. We hear all the time that government should be run like a business. I think it should not be. Contrary to popular belief today, government is not a business.

Municipal government needs an experienced and competent administrator. In addition to serving as Dallas police chief, David Kunkle also has experience serving as the assistant city manager of Arlington, which will provide him with a skill set from day one that will no doubt serve him well as mayor.

Ron Natinsky and Mike Rawlings both are pleasant gentlemen and they each bring their own “skill set” to the table and there are good people supporting them. But I’m going to be casting my ballot for David Kunkle.

Jay Narey

—  John Wright

News: Gendered Toys, Lindsay Lohan’s Prison and Education, Texas Style

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi McDonald's makes clear distinction between "boy toys" and "girl toys." Sorry for the inconvenience. 

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6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Chris Evans wpre plastic feet on the Captain America set. That's not where my eyes are going.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Although I don't recall particularly enjoying the first two Bill and Ted movies, I am surprisingly excited to hear there will be a third installment of the Keanu Reeves-starring buddy adventure franchise.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi What are you doing this weekend? If you live in San Francisco or New York, perhaps you should check out Howl, the Allen Ginsberg biopic starring James Franco; it opens in those cities today. Sorry, rest of America.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Is The Situation a straight man trapped in a gay man's body? Michael Musto seems to think so.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Partisan politics is getting ugly: Harry Reid and Sharron Angle supporters turned to fisticuffs at a candidate forum today.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Lindsay Lohan's back in jail after failing a drug test. Should we feel bad for her clear dependence, or feel contempt over her disregard for the law?

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker announced today that he's leaving the company after Comcast officially takes the reins. Comcast chief operating officer, Steve Burke, agreed on that timing, said Zucker: "He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal and I was completely comfortable with that.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi The Texas Board of Education today approval a resolution warning text book makers to avoid an alleged "gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian" bias.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Your brain on art.


6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the world's most famous Obama poster, says he has given up on the president's ability to make progressive change on matters like health care and lobbying restrictions: "Obama was the delivery device in theory. Now, I realize that he maybe is
not the correct delivery device, and I'll just deal with those issues

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi "I explained we're a family-run business, we have two young, impressionable daughters and we thought maybe it was best not to do that," said Indianapolis baker David Stockton about why his establishment refused to sell local students cupcakes for National Coming Out Day, which is coming up on October 11.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb wisely suggested guest co-host Michaele Salahi not appear in Playboy.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi There goes another one: devastatingly handsome Inception actor Tom Hardy and his girlfriend Charlotte O'Reilly are engaged.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi The LGBT-inclusive Indiana Youth Group has filed a lawsuit against the state's Bureau of Motor Vehicles for refusing a gay-friendly vanity plate that would raise money for the group. The BMV says the group does not prove it's mission has an "uncommon level of statewide distinction and benefit."

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Claire Danes looked stunning at a celebration of Spanish language women's magazine Vanidades' 50th Anniversary last night.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Andrew Sullivan offers his take on the Libertarian Party's seduction of gay voters.

6a00d8341c730253ef0134879fb980970c-800wi Without further ado, Barry Manilow's "Mandy."

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—  John Wright

Southern Style Granite won’t work with gay people

My first diary entry!

I live in Baton Rouge.  And I love Louisiana, and honestly, most of the people here are wonderful people.  But then you see something like this:

For those who don't click the link, it's the story of a gay couple being refused service at a granite shop (Southern Style Granite) for being gay.  It's kind of become an issue in the gay community around here.  I'm not in the market for granite, or really in the know, but I thought I could at least speak up. 

This is why its upsetting that our city council couldn't even pass the One Baton Rouge resolution this summer (more here:  Its our local paper's piece about it…try not to gag as you read the comments).  One Baton Rouge was nothing more than basically our city council saying that Baton Rouge welcomes and appreciates its LGBT community.  It was a gesture, not even an ordinance.  But people said we didn't need it, and etc etc; meanwhile, FIFTY-FIVE pastors felt motivated to take out an entire page ad speaking out against the One Baton Rouge resolution (pdf of the document here: One of the shining quotes: “This is our point: homosexuals deserve love and forgiveness but not special recognition in something the Scripture is clear about being sin. We believe you are being encouraged to press an agenda that has long-range implications. We plead with you to drop this agenda. It will divide good-hearted citizens whose consciences are offended by a resolution that is wholly unnecessary.” 

Clearly, the resolution was NOT unnecessary, and Southern Style Granite's actions are FAR from good-hearted.


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—  John Wright