Rich and famous

I got a laugh when I read that the creators of the six-part miniseries “Waco” are asking viewers to beware of an “us-versus-them” mentality in re-visiting the infamous 1993 Branch Davidian tragedy through this new film.

It’s been 25 years and I remain puzzled by the controversy over this incident. The United States Constitution does not guarantee us the freedom to run our own tawdry little empires because we know how to distort holy scripture and somehow lure needy, low-esteem people to believe we are the Messiah at last returned, especially when it puts innocent people in mortal jeopardy.

Intentional or not, “Waco” the miniseries will, for the guns and God crowd, eulogize David Koresh and his futile, fatal ideas about “liberty.” The producers warn that it’s not meant to divide us even further, but they nevertheless re-visited this tragic, incendiary story of a self-deluding, paranoid, egotistic, polygamous, child- and woman-abusing, weapons-hoarding and finally suicidal lunatic. Reason: It’s gonna make them famous and rich, never mind providing a suitably prurient debut for the new Paramount TV network.

I guess that’s what passes for the American Dream these days.

Michael Jones, Waco

Championing Chou

The recent sports article on the Baylor Lady Bears’ win over West Virginia could have been worded a little better regarding the point guard change and moving Kristi Wallace to the shooting guard position. The wording made it sound as if replacing Natalie Chou was the key move.

Natalie Chou had made some very timely baskets earlier to keep Baylor in the game. The wording in the story seemed a bit unfair to Chou in my opinion. It would have sufficed to say that inserting Alexis Morris at the point (without mentioning Chou) to facilitate moving Wallace to the #2 guard was the desired result — not removing Chou.

Dennis Mark Miller, Waco

Change of priorities

Good luck, United Way, with your change of priorities in spending the money we donate to you. Much deliberation surely took place before the decision was made to axe what is debatably the most worthwhile recipient, Salvation Army. What will happen with Salvation Army? Hopefully those payments previously made to United Way will go direct to Salvation Army and its coffers will swell.

Juanita Case, Hewitt

EDITOR’S NOTE: For the record, United Way executive director Barbara Mosacchio says the change is not reflective of the Salvation Army’s work but rather United Way’s streamlining of its funding model with a shift focusing on four core impact areas: education, economic security, essential services and health and wellness. Even so, Salvation Army officials say they were blind-sided by the change. Stay tuned for more coverage of this situation.