However, Eskenazi's article would have been more complete had it had even a smattering of input from a segment of the community that the Texas LCR readily maligns, trivializes and openly seeks to exclude from the quest for equality: transgendered people.

The quote from the Texas GOP spokesman equating transvestites and cross-dressers with pedophiles certainly lets the world know that when it comes to reality, the Texas GOP is on the outside looking in.

Transgendered people are to the LCR what all non-heterosexuals are to right-wingers as a whole. Call it trickle-down bigotry.

Katrina Rose
Vice-President, Gulf Coast Transgender Community, board member, Texas
Association for Transsexual Support
via Internet

VP Snub
I'm at least as hot as Dale Carpenter. I've written articles about the lack of political and ideological inclusiveness in the gay "community" in Austin, San Antonio and in Texas -- articles that are at least as sizzling as Dale's. And I don't even get a mention [as Texas Log Cabin vice president].

Why didn't they [Eskenazi and others] include me on their hit list?
I want my 15 minutes of fame among your readers, so please print this letter and just spell my name correctly. Thank you very much!

Rob Blanchard
San Antonio

Race Disgrace
It is amazing to me that someone in the '90s would make a statement such as that made by John Craft, that your article about Shepherd Plaza ["Stirring the Pot," by Hobart Rowland, August 20] "... is representative of white/black relations and how stupid white people can be." While many people of all races are stupid, such a blanket denunciation of an entire race appears to be forbidden of all but the white race.

Yes, white people have feelings, too ... or does that matter?
I am also sure the Crow family appreciates Mr. Craft's business advice. Lord knows, they'll never succeed without it.

Herb Clark
via Internet

A Dog's Life
As an animal lover, I am very thankful for your article on Bruiser Tesar ["Hound's Hell," by Russell Contreras, August 20]. I hope you continue writing articles on animal welfare. There is a vast audience that aspires not only for a more just world for humans but for our animal companions as well. Keep up the good work.

Marieli Peterson
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Name Shame
Your review of Tasca Kitchen and Wine Bar ["Setting a New Standard," by Eric Lawlor, August 20] was not only detailed and extensive, it was also one of the best we have received thus far.

I do not want to seem petty, but being executive pastry chef is a title I have worked very hard for, and the desserts I created for Tasca are some of my best work. So when I read your review, imagine my dismay that, not only is the description of one of my signature desserts incorrect, but you credited it to the executive chef, Charles Clark, whom you called Charles Lane in one paragraph.

Gregory Dickson-Lopez
via Internet

Can the Pans
As an avid theatergoer, I not only find your so-called play reviews 100 percent inaccurate, I find that you seem to go far out of your way to be 100 percent negative.

You decimated a tremendously funny, superbly acted and well-staged production of Sordid Lives ["Texan Turnoff," by Lee Williams, August 27] -- a comedy that was a genuine hoot.

Equally as disturbing is your just plain mean review ["Outdated Dinner," by Lee Williams, September 3] of what is America's longest-running musical of all time, The Fantasticks (at the Great Caruso). For you to knock not just this Houston performance, but to lambaste the play itself, shows that you know little about the productions you purport to "review."

Your so-called reviews are an insult to those of us who enjoy a good performance; you intimate that we are stupid for having done so. Try a little kindness. Nobody likes a grouch. Shame on you.

George Stokes

Drumstick-It to Us
Lee, Lee, Lee. You obviously don't know your fried chicken [in the "Sordid Lives" review]. Since it seems to be such an important point, that "homemade" Colonel Sanders just happens to be "homemade" Churchs -- made fresh daily by the women at Churchs who dump it from the freezer bag into the fry vat. Good eatin'.

Anne Zimmerman
via Internet

Carried Away
Before you allow your Lee Williams to savage another local stage production, please give her a short course in general literary and theatrical conventions popular in earlier days. For centuries, "rape" meant "to abduct, kidnap or carry away forcibly." This is the meaning in The Fantasticks. They were, of course, playing the archaic meaning against its modern meaning purely for laughs in the song about the different kinds of "rape."

I have seen the Great Caruso production she found so unappealing, and I think, though you never forget that it's a local production, it's a lot of fun and a great way to spend an evening.

Jim Bell
via Internet

Score One for Lee
Your recent article on Civil War ["Blue and Gray Musical," by Lee Williams, September 3] was beautifully written and invites us all to experience the journey that Wildhorn, Boyd and Murphy have taken to discover the truths left behind by our ancestors. I am a huge fan of Wildhorn, who has my utmost respect and admiration for his musical genius, creativity and his willingness to take risks because he believes in what he's doing. The Alley Theatre should be commended for featuring his work. I'm still trying to figure out how I can get to Houston for this historical (in more ways than one) event. I'm really looking forward to the show making its way to Broadway.

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