Letters

Gone to Canada
(And Taking Our Suspenders)
I am so tired of your paper's knee-jerk, fuzzy-headed, yogurt-eating, suspender-wearing, tree-hugging liberal bias. I want to scream! I refer specifically to your cartoon about our dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima ["This Modern World," by Tom Tomorrow, August 3]. So let's get some facts straight:

Are you aware that more than 1,100 men onboard the USS Arizona never made it home to their parents, wives and children? They are still there today, over half a century later, 40 feet below the harbor. Have you heard of the rape of China by the Japanese? What about the Bataan Death March, where the sadistic and heinous acts committed against allied POWs were in violation of the Geneva Convention? I can assure you, it equaled anything and everything the Germans were doing on the other side of the planet. My grandfather survived it, and if he hadn't, I wouldn't be here today.

Are you aware that the cost of invading Japan would have produced well over a million allied and Japanese casualties combined? We didn't start that war, but by God we were able to finish it. Blood was spilled so that you and your ilk can spout your empty, brain-dead, warped logic.

How can you compare the world of 1945 to 1995? A great man once said, "Freedom isn't free."

I've served this country, patrolled the East German border during the Cold War and would take up arms at a moment's notice when and if she was ever threatened again. You would probably run to Canada. No, I am not a member of the NRA, or the Michigan Militia. I do not own a firearm, and I am not looking for ATF agents hiding under the bed or closet. You have some nerve accusing conservatives of rewriting history.

Liberalism is basically gutless, so I'm betting on this letter never making it to print. Prove me wrong.

Paul Allen
Houston

Editor's reply: Okay, you're wrong.

The Unexamined Life
Your article "Bad Moon Rising" [by Tim Fleck and Bonnie Gangelhoff, August 10] was critical of the sports reporting community, suggesting that perhaps Moon was treated better than he might have deserved. If this is so, one wonders where the Houston Press was as well. Perhaps a look inward is in order, too.

Terry Ford
Houston

A Whoel is Better Than Half
Re: "Arte Público Protests" and "ethnic credentialing" [Letters, July 27]: Even a Hispanic knows that a whole is better than a half. Hmm ... how many halves does it take to cover "the Hispanic beat" in Houston?

Being the fastest growing minority in the state should warrant a whole, don't you think? Maybe a few wholes.

Judy Aguilar
Houston

New Regimen
As a faithful reader of the Houston Post for 22 years, its demise caused withdrawal pains, especially with the loss of Molly and Juan. But the loss quickly faded as I realized that, with NPR radio news, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, The Nightly Business Report and The Economist, I didn't need to read the daily paper for national or world news. In fact, not reading it would give me more time for other reading and minimize my print media exposure to irritating words like Congress, Newt, Dole, Clinton, Republican, Democrat, Radical Right, Serb, Bosnia, O.J.

So I implemented the following regimen, and it's working beautifully. I buy only the Sunday Chronicle for the next week's TV guide and a smattering of local news (sometimes, when I feel I have the time, I also get the Sunday New York Times and read it over the next several days). The Economist usually arrives on Mondays, and I start reading that, which pretty well lasts me till midweek. Then our free alternative weeklies start to appear: the Press on Thursday and the Montrose community papers in the next couple of days. By Sunday, I'm ready to start the cycle again. My blood pressure is down and I even have time to read books about important topics which are hardly covered, except for sensationalism, by the commercial sound-bite or print-bite media. Thanks to the Press for helping make this operation work.

John W. Kellett
Houston

Stripping Away the Hypocrisy?
Isn't it a little hypocritical for the Houston Press to accept advertisements for female strip clubs if the Press truly believes the liberalism it espouses?

Seems to me, these clubs only degrade and humiliate women.
But I guess it is okay if you only practice "selective" political correctness.

John L. Anders Jr.
Houston

Editor's reply: Despite the previous letter from Mr. Paul Allen, we try to go out of our way to avoid being "politically correct" or espousing any particular ideology. Now, Mr. Anders, you've gone and made us feel like abject failures. Got a hankie?

Devilish Response
I am responding to "Devilish Diagnosis" by Bonnie Gangelhoff [July 6] and to Pat Crawford's letter "You Must Remember This" [August 10].

I am not convinced, as was Crawford, that Gangelhoff's article regarding Dr. Judith Peterson was "sensitive and revealing." However, if I were a plaintiff I think I'd find the Gangelhoff article very helpful.

I suspect that there's a lot more to this story. Dr. Peterson is obviously not in a position to reply to these charges, yet the plaintiffs and their attorneys have a vested interest in presenting their cases in a favorable light. Texas attorneys have solicited these cases; therefore, these cases must be very lucrative.

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