Letters

ADD was once described to me by one of my patients as the excitement a child feels right before Christmas. They have a huge amount of unfocused energy. Ritalin allows a child to focus his energy on specific tasks, and to remain focused until the task is completed. When the correct dosage is prescribed and the teachers, doctors and parents work in conjunction to ensure the most effective treatment, Ritalin can often help a child get better academic marks and, most important, improve their self-esteem. Ritalin should not be on trial. Rather, the cooperation of teachers, parents and physicians should be scrutinized.

Name withheld by request
Houston

Editor's reply: One small point: Steven Keene's "authority" on the subject would seem to derive from the fact that he's the father of a child for whom the drug has been prescribed.

Is Ritalin Available in Washington County?
With some amusement I read Jim Simmon's sophomoric hatchet job on Representative Steve Stockman [Editor's Notes, "Lil' Stevie's Year in Review," December 28]. While not totally familiar with all of Representative Stockman's views, I sense a tone of jealousy in Mr. Simmon's editorial. Could it be that Mr. Simmon is upset because Congressman Stockman was able to get an article published in Guns & Ammo magazine? Besides having the unspeakable audacity to support the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Representative Stockman compounded his sin by actually having his opinions published. Mr. Simmon has probably been trying to get published in Pravda or the N.A.M.B.L.A. newsletter for quite some time, but apparently they kept turning him down. I am certain that if Representative Stockman were a card-carrying communist (or at least a Fabian socialist), homosexual, environmentalist fanatic, militant transvestite atheist with a penchant for young boys, no doubt Mr. Simmon would be lauding his "progressive" foresight. Of course, I can't lay all the blame for this on Mr. Simmon. He has to make money, and since the Houston Press caters primarily to Marxist, multicultural, New Age, secular humanist pseudo-intellectuals, he knows on which side his bread is buttered.

Darrin B. Lewer
Washington

A Lawyer's Pay
Your article on Vietnamese commando veterans [News, "The Last Battle of Chau Minh Nguyen," by Randall Patterson, January 4] stinks of another attorney about to make millions on someone else's suffering. Just how much was it worth to those Vietnamese to be here in America? Has anyone calculated what it has cost the U.S. government (us) to sustain these people until they could get back on their feet? How much has Mr. Mattes contributed to the well-being of these unknown commandos?

Mr. Mattes should now start looking for other ex-commandos of WWII from Europe whom the U.S. supported so that he might sue us (the U.S. government) for compensation for their services while they were in prison camps or killed. Now there would be a hefty compensation for him!

Hopefully, Mr. Mattes is old enough to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and has done more than just sue people!

Respectfully,
H. Montalway
Houston

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