Yes, I did try the "dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config". It made no noticeable difference.
I, just last night, got desperate and 'reset' my monitor (I assume the button is a reset button - but I really have no idea). The little icon above the button really doesn't tell you what it does.
At any rate it shrunk my screen (instead of it filling the entire monitor) and changed all my brightness and contrast settings. For some reason now the screen is MUCH clearer in X (icewm) that it ever has been before. I did stretch the screen out a little so I don't have huge amounts of black on all sides and it still looks much better.
I wish I knew exactly what that button does because I know I've messed with all the settings for my monitor that I could in an attempt to make it look better. I've changed the convergence, contrast, brightness, degauss, color. None have helped... but whatever that "magic" button did really helped a lot.
I'm still clueless as to why my KDE in SuSe looked much better than icewm on Debian. Same exact screen (I use a KVM switch to change between the two). At any rate... I am finally pleased and can use X without getting a headache!
P.S. One noticable difference between KDE (SuSe) and icewm (Debian) is that on my Suse the monitor doesn't "know" what the resolution is set to (in the HUD for the monitor) but the refresh rates are 97.0kHz / 118Hz. On my debian the HUD says 91.2kHz / 85Hz and 1280x1024. I wonder why the large discrepancy between the two synch rates since I have made every attempt to configure both xorg.conf files as similar as possible.
But I don't care - It works and I can see!
Thank you guys for your patience and all your help.