Letters

John Carollo
Houston

Think of the Neighbors
Thank you for your recent article "Street Fight." [News, By Brian Wallstin, March 2]. For the last six years I have lived and owned a business in the Montrose. Because of this, I know what it is like to be on both sides of the coin. When I bought the property that I turned into a lodging and reception facility, the neighbors cheered! As my business grew I started getting some complaints from adjoining residents. Did I ignore them? No, we started limiting our hours of operation, restricting noise levels and providing alternative parking. Was this more profitable for me? Obviously not! But we all need to strive harder to see that commercial and residential do not cause hardship on one another. It cannot be all about what is good for me. As a result, instead of having neighbors that loathe me, I have neighbors who support me.

I really resent that tired line that the bars were here first. A little bit of history on our village will reveal that, in fact, the residents were here first. After the commercial establishments started coming in, the residents started leaving. I would like to know why it is, when certain groups act irresponsibly, I am told that I should be banished to the hinterlands like Kingwood. What I think should happen is what is happening. Property owners are standing up for their rights and saying enough is enough.

And another thing Ms. Pasternak said, about her friends coming from outside the loop in to party. That is very typical. I'll wager if you got the addresses of most of the people that come to the Montrose area (regardless of age or club) you will find they are not part of this community. That means whatever social costs they inflict on the local residents, they can retreat back to their deed-restricted planned communities and go to sleep. Meanwhile, back at the ranch we are paying the high taxes and cleaning up the mess.

I love the Montrose. I work hard to make it a nice place for everyone to live. That does not mean that I should have to put up with people screaming and yelling in my front yard at 2:30 in the morning.

Tom Fricke
Houston

No Monopoly on Free Speech
I enjoyed reading your leftist article on Sen. Gramm [News, "Angry White Male," By Jim Simmon, March 2]. I was amazed at how you characterized the protesters as victims of conservative efforts to suppress free speech. I am not ignorant enough to believe that liberals are the lone supporters of the First Amendment.

At a 1992 Clinton rally, held in Tranquility Park, I was one of 20 or so Bush supporters that attended. I held a sign that simply said "Bush '92." I was approached by some less than friendly AFL-CIO members, angry that their comrades had failed to collect my sign. I refused to give it up, and was then held by one while another pulled the sign out of my hand and tore it in half.

These great liberals proceeded to follow suit with the entire group, as they yelled profanities and told us we didn't have the right to be at "their" rally. So much for the liberal monopoly on the principles of free speech.

Christopher J. Pomilla
Houston

Job Hunter
In reference to Brad Tyer's parting comments about Justice Records and me personally [Pop Moment, March 9], perhaps our credibility would have been enhanced had I given him a job when he called me looking for work last month.

Randall Hage Jamail
President, Justice Records
Houston

Editor's note: Thanks for the letter. We hear Brad's still available.

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