By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Games People Play
How ironic that the caught-on-tape but innocent-until-proven-guilty Hotel Six remain on the job and city webmaster Michael Dean Goldsberry ["Insider," by Tim Fleck, June 11] was arrested and locked out of his office pending trial on two felony counts of abuse of his official capacity as a city employee.
I submit that his alleged crime is not that he compromised the city's computer system by allowing citizens to play the computer game on the computer system paid for by the taxpayers, but that he compromised the city's politico policy against providing city benefits or business opportunity without first paying someone off.
It will be interesting to see how much the city legal department will cost us in prosecuting this 29-year-old computer systems support analyst and then paying the judgment when he sues the hell out of the city. Perhaps a caveat is in order to any city employee who may be using a city computer to visit the Houston Press web site. He may be committing a felony for benefiting from the use of city equipment for his private diversions.
Not only is Big Brother alive and well in Houston, but as usual, he is picking on the little guy. Keep it up; you make me so Houston Proud!
Ben W. Stluka
All in a Mind's Oink
In the June 4 issue, I had nearly finished reading your article ["Value Added," by Richard Connelly] when I realized that you had written "Port Park," not "Pork Park." Was this editorial projection a fault of my perception, or a missed opportunity of yours?
Nothing in the article indicated whether or not those who wish to "Free Tibet" have ever walked through the country's streets and asked its citizens (some do speak English) how they feel about being "freed."
It would also be interesting to know if the Dalai Lama is interested in returning to Tibet. He not only lives very comfortably in Dharmsala, he gets to travel and hobnob with people in very high places.
I do, however, share Ms. Gross's interest in both alternative medicine and in yoga. I might, therefore, start exploring the intricacies of meditation and macrobiotic diets.
P.S. As a Jew who lived in New Jersey until her 18th year, I would appreciate hearing from Ms. Dewan on how a "pure Jewish New Jersey [accent]" sounds. Perhaps our advanced technology will permit the Houston Press to insert microscopic records into those articles in which a description of an accent appears.
Sara P. Simon
Bring on the Clowns
I saw Sheila Jackson Lee on C-SPAN one night, and she is a joke. It is people like her who make Houston government look like a carnival act. And I'm sure that she is a tyrant to her employees. People like her should never have any power.
Regarding the new stadium and the plum consulting job for Jimmie Schindewolf ["Passing the Bucks," by Margaret Downing, May 28], well, what did you expect? The new stadium is an insult to the taxpayers of Houston, ramrodded down our throats by Bob Lanier doing what he does best, spending other people's money. Ask Calvin Murphy. Remember the $650,000 for band uniforms and instruments? This is insulting to all city workers (I am one), when they deliver the pathetic raises to us and say that's all they can afford.
Of course, I can't sign my name. The city will hunt you down and rain feces upon you if you complain. Keep up the good work.
Name withheld by request
Paving the Way
As a longtime resident of the 500 block of Crestwood, I must take exception to your disparagement of Mr. Jack Rains in your article regarding the improvements to our street ["Pushing a Project," by Bob Burtman, May 28]. That you would endorse mere surmise and suspicion of improper influence by Mr. Rains without evidence is irresponsible.
In 1992, long before Mr. Rains or Mrs. Wiley became residents of our street, all four property owners facing Crestwood petitioned the city for curbs and gutters. Our block was the only block in Crestwood without these amenities.
In 1998, Brown & Root notified us that we would finally get the curbs and gutters that we had asked for six years ago, hardly preferential treatment.... The end result was that the 500 block of Crestwood got the curbs and gutters that were requested without Mr. Rains's input, let alone influence, and the street was not widened. Clearly, Mr. Rains can neither be credited nor blamed for the project.
As for Mr. Rains allegedly gesticulating wildly on the corner of Crestwood and the byway, I am certain that this statement is true. Mr. Rains is a known gesticulator, and, frankly, a master of the gesticulatory arts.
Frank N. Luccia
Editor's note: Crestwood received full concrete reconstruction, while residents of two nearby streets petitioning for the same work received lesser treatment. In addition, the confirmation of the information by two public works employees familiar with the project hardly constitutes "mere surmise."