Firing Lines: Crossword Puzzle

Laura Ryan and Owen Cappleman

I’ve written some of you before regarding the flippant, arrogant and sloppy attitude The Daily Texan has displayed in the recent past regarding crossword puzzles, but today’s snotty middle finger in the air aimed at all puzzle enthusiasts is the last straw. It’s the attitude demonstrated by you and those like you that has dragged The Texan down from its once lofty position as the finest student newspaper in America into its current mire of mediocrity.  Be careful, because that mire is deep, and The Texan is sinking ever faster.

I was always taught that “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”  Now I wonder if that attitude isn’t hopelessly old-fashioned. 


• Keep publishing The Texan.

• Work hard to make it the best it can be.

• And DO NOT delete the crossword puzzle from future issues.

-Owen Cappleman,
Emeritus Faculty, School of Architecture


No crossword, no point

You’re concerned about the future of your newspaper, yet you leave out the crossword? Now you’ve eliminated the main reason I get the paper. I read other articles because they come in a package that has the crossword, and I know I’m not alone.

Laura Ryan,
Student, McCombs School of Business