How Waco reacted
"What is the matter with our local sheriff’s office in handling matters like in this Branch Davidian compound? A precinct constable could have served a summons on Koresh to appear."
"Could this have been prevented if some action had been taken over a year ago when complaints were filed locally against David Koresh? Why did it take so long before any results?"
"As a mainstream Davidian who does not condone and is not affiliated with David Koresh’s actions, I think that this scenario at Elk could have been resolved peaceably if family members and related religious organizations had been involved in the negotiations."
"As a Christian I have a really hard time dealing with this situation. First, I feel it is in very bad taste for people to sell these T-shirts after such devastation."
"The millions of good things that deeply religious people do go untold because it does not sell papers. Religious fanatics, on the other hand, get plenty of coverage because sensationalism increases sales and viewer participation."
"Everyone who has put the ATF and FBI down should be ashamed. They are only trying to save the little children who are in there. If not for them I feel they would blow that place to Hades."
"Perhaps the media members have a hearing problem or they are so self-involved that little attention is given to what is being said. Perhaps if the agents were allowed to do their job without interference, the human parasite known as Vernon Howell could be subdued. Thank you, agents of the ATF and FBI, for being here when you are needed."
"It seems that these officers need our thanks, not our criticism. And to their families, I also want to thank them for allowing a member of their family to place themselves in danger to help those in need on a daily basis."
"The bad news is, the nuts are still holed up east of Waco. The good news is that all Americans and most of the civilized world know where Waco is and how to pronounce our name."
- Franklin H. Littell: Was this necessary?
- Thomas Turner: Then and now, Davidians unwavering
- Todd Copeland: Stigma on city won’t last long
- Skip Londos: False leaders all around
- Philip Segrest: Ask who is this Jesus Christ
- Dan Bagby: Weighing use of language of faith
- Charles Reed: Media missed real story — News organizations arrived at Mount Carmel for the final play
- Jeanie Mercer: Lamb bearing assault weapon
- Joe Murray: Turn cult compound into a prison
- Joe Patrick Bean: Making Koresh a kind of hero
- Mike Royko: Man’s harem others’ tax burden
From the Trib
- EDITORIAL: Delayed, then rushed — Ultimately, what federal agents wish they had back is time
- EDITORIAL: Never repeat tragedy — ATF’s attempt to cover up failures hurt public’s trust
- EDITORIAL: ATF report censored? Findings on Mount Carmel raid are very much a public matter
- EDITORIAL: A living memorial — Youngster’s haunting words about cult life may help others
- EDITORIAL: A nation asks why — Independent analysis of events at Mount Carmel is necessary
- EDITORIAL: Digging through it all — Staggering loss of life in spite of federal authorities’ long wait
- EDITORIAL: County held hostage — If state doesn’t want to pay, county needn’t house its prisoners
- EDITORIAL: Optimistic view
- EDITORIAL: Religion isn’t issue — Cult members’ beliefs immaterial to crimes being alleged
- EDITORIAL: Who pays for siege? Dealing with Mount Carmel standoff is burden to be shared
- EDITORIAL: Searching Waco’s soul — Generalizations about city, religions are ridiculously off-base
- EDITORIAL: No more bloodshed — Waiting game seems unavoidable to prevent more from dying
- EDITORIAL: One nation under gun — Shootout draws focus on how heavily armed we’ve become
- EDITORIAL: Community outpouring — Residents have responded to needs during emergency
- EDITORIAL: Bloodshed foretold — Authorities knew what a threat Branch Davidians had become
- EDITORIAL: An American arsenal — Something’s wrong when civilians can outgun law enforcement: An American arsenal Subhead: Something’s wrong when civilians can outgun law enforcement
- EDITORIAL: A time to mourn — A terrible loss of life; a cult clearly armed for a bloody end
- EDITORIAL: That's law and order? Local officials should have acted on claims about religious cult
- Rowland Nethaway: Wondering why here — Is Waco at fault for tragedy or is it just circumstantial?
- Rowland Nethaway: Not Davidians’ way — Expert on sect calls what’s happening here an aberration
- Rowland Nethaway: Perhaps a gun cult? Callers say feds shouldn’t come on property to take guns
- Rowland Nethaway: The Libertarians’ view — Political party’s platform calls for abolition of ATF
- Rowland Nethaway: From out of woodwork — Another kook of conspiracy nut on the line? Please take a message
- Rowland Nethaway: ATF hatred runs deep — Pursuit of moonshiners, gun-owners, tax-evaders contributes to anti government sentiment
- Rowland Nethaway: From cult to religion — Government should step in when members’ welfare is endangered
- Rowland Nethaway: Won’t find itself guilty — If government investigates raid, no wrongdoing will be uncovered
- Rowland Nethaway: Call special prosecutor — Independent investigation needed to uncover truth about raid
- Rowland Nethaway: It concerns our liberty — Shootout touched on many issues in the Bill of Rights
- Rowland Nethaway: Missing his muscle car — Koresh is down in the dumps over life in stinking compound
- Rowland Nethaway: The messiah’s book — We may be in for a long wait before siege is finally over
- Rowland Nethaway: Prevent recurrence — Authorities must learn to react quickly to warnings
- Rowland Nethaway: ATF’s changing story — If trust of law enforcement is lost, entire system could collapse
- Rowland Nethaway: No ‘smoking gun’ — Shucks: videotape of ATF raid shows next to nothing
- Rowland Nethaway: Learning about ATF — Federal agency has many harsh critics across the United States
- John Young: Days of fire & rain — Time to reflect on divisions, labels and skirmishes of many forms
- John Young: Messiah & gun dealer? Eighty percent of licensed gun dealers are not what they seem
- John Young: Away from compound — Turning to inside pages to see how the real Waco lives
- John Young: Sign of Waco’s destiny — A prophetic vision comes true with world’s eyes trained on Waco
- John Young: How to make a million — It’s easy: just convince people that you’re the messiah
- John Young: Followers or felons? Either they were defending selves or they were acting out death wish
- John Young: How it all ended — And when it did, we wondered: Was it all a dream?
- John Young: Far from compound — Feast of Caring example of what’s good about Waco and mankind
- John Young: In search of a savior — Lives, decades squandered pining for someone to take control
- John Young: Ashes to ashes to ashes — An inferno, senseless deaths, ceaseless chain of violence
- John Young: Goodbye, cruel world — Koreshians might be alive if they studied Psalms, not Revelations
- John Young: Heaven adds security — Even guardians of kingdom find they can’t be too careful
- John Young: High-caliber meltdown — Instead of next gun show, Waco should have 1 big firearm roast