Beach City Fan
I am a resident of Beach City and a member of Informed Citizens United. Thank you for your very candid article ["Waste Not, Want Not," by Bob Burtman, March 12] regarding the issues we are faced with. The descriptions of the persons you wrote about are right on the mark. It is a great experience to read an article and know that the whole truth was published for public awareness.

Deanna Wallace
via Internet

What Are They Protecting?
Reading Bob Burtman's excellent piece on Beach City brings one to conclude that the political appointees on the TNRCC are not protecting the public's interest. This can be predicted, since we are not very forthcoming when candidates are trying to finance their campaigns. Nevertheless, it is disturbing how easily "the process" can be compromised when it comes to protecting the environment.

Good reporting, Houston Press!
Don Berthelsen
via Internet

Twice a Victim
I want to thank you for publishing the article about check theft from the West University post office ["Stolen and Forged," by Kate Thomas, March 12]. As a victim not once, but twice, in less than a year, I am very anxious that an awareness leading to action be established. Had your reporter not done such a good job, I would not have been aware that WUPD was working on this problem, since my residence is in Southampton.

The article stated that you were unsuccessful in reaching any victims who were willing to talk about the experience. Please be assured, I, for one, am very willing to talk -- or to do anything else that will bring this ring of thieves to justice. The time and stress and money involved for me to recover my good name and credit rating, when all I ever did was pay my bills on time and be financially responsible, is mind-boggling. Your readers in 77005 are well advised to take heed, and keep their eyes on the mailman!

James G. Donder

Heart-Stopping News
My heart almost stopped when I read "Second Coming on Shepherd" in your March 12 issue [Dish, by Eric Lawlor]. How could anyone write an article on Tila's restaurant and not mention executive chef Clive Duval? Tila Leach Hidalgo may have lent her name and some cash to the establishment, but it was Duval who breathed life into it. Every item on the menu was designed by Clive. He was there daily to oversee everything that went on in the kitchen. Any of the true fans of the old Tila's will tell you that cooking was this man's life. I had the pleasure of working there for the final two years of the restaurant's existence. The majority of our customers were repeat business, and the lines were still out the door on the final night of operation. Duval was always talking to the customers, getting their feedback and sometimes just sitting with them while they enjoyed his wonderful food. Tila Hidalgo, with or without the "Leach": Reopening Tila's minus Duval is no "second coming."

Ruben A. Dominguez

Smack Smack
If you're sitting at home, trying to listen to a great piece of music, and there's a fly buzzing, and you can't kill it, the musical experience could be ruined. That's what it's like trying to read Michael Sragow's review of The Big Lebowski ["Coens Go to Pot," March 5].

In the first paragraph, he writes about "the Dude" and says, "when he's not hitting the hardwoods," and I'm wondering what this movie has to do with basketball. The answer: nothing. Sragow is referring to bowling, and should have used the expression "tenpins." Apparently, sports are not his thing. Were he to write about football and not use the expression "gridiron" for the playing field (or "diamond," for a baseball field, or "links," for a golf course) I probably would have been equally thrown out of whack.

Now that I've smacked that sucker, I plan to see this movie, your reviewer's criticism notwithstanding.

Ted Weisgal

Former Cadet Agrees
I have read all the letters and publications about the slashing at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen ["The Few, the Proud, the Battered," by Ann Zimmerman, January 8]. I know most of it is true, having been a cadet at the school. I still don't understand why the alumni have kept their faith in the school. I know what went on there; so do my former brother cadets.

I have almost no faith in the existing general. Once he retires at the end of this school year, I will observe how the school reforms and betters itself; maybe then I will put my trust back into the DIs. I have to let you know that you have done all you can to reveal to the public what you know, and what they need to know. I hope that when the time comes, all of my brothers and I will reveal the rest of the information that has been withheld to everyone, including police, press and parents.

Jeremy Koska
via Internet

Got You Covered
Thank you for your coverage of All Over ["Far from All Over," by Lee Williams, March 12], now stunning this playgoer and others at Stages. It's so amazing to me that the Chronicle habitually ignores America's greatest living playwright and resident Houstonian in order to cover Rent or some third-rate traveling road show. Sad. I encourage everyone to go and let Mr. Albee, as well as Mr. Berger, show you what theater is all about.

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