Willie Sutton for Senator
A famous outlaw was once asked, "Why do you rob banks?" He responded, "Because that is where the money is!" He should have been a politician, because that's where the real money is. Alas, he was too honest, as he at least was willing to admit he was robbing us. He did not make excuses as our elected officials have done.

"Contributing Factors" [by Stuart Eskenazi, March 11] was a very interesting article on how some legislators want to keep their financial backers hidden. If one were to believe Danburg and Wolens, they would have us think that they personally type out those reports on old manual typewriters.

Come on, folks, these people are taking us, the voting public, for a ride. They are feeding us BS and telling us it is strawberry jam. All politicians use misinformation to confuse the voting public; it is up to us to make sure the facts are right. As for financing the cost of a database for electronic filing of election forms, they could sell all of those manual typewriters and pay someone to write it.

David A. Durkop

Hiding the Funds
The worry by politicians is that open information would tend "to make it look like we are all bought and paid for by outside interests."

The question is backward. Why would law firms, chemical companies or any other group give money except to influence the officeholders?

They want the information to be as difficult to get as possible. Otherwise, every child who can access the Web would know the process is crooked.

John P. Trotter
via Internet

Right About the Wages
I just love how you nail the "bad" guys. You are a genius. Whatever they pay you, it isn't enough!

Brenda Flores
Spring Branch

TSU Troubles
Excellent job of journalism ["Storming the Ramparts," by Richard Connelly, March 4]! You captured the essence of the plight of TSU. As a graduate, and someone who served in the SGA, I know too well the attitudes that grip the university. I found that the folks at TSU were indeed lifers. They never intended to pass on or retire; their goal was to leave their position with the aid of six men walking slow.

I know of times when students asked for money to fund a cultural event and they were flatly turned down, while the athletic department was given a blank check.

Mr. Jackson seems to have an understanding of what it takes to straighten out the age-old mess, but I am not certain the powers that be really want a fix.

Notwithstanding, I am certain we can fix it if we just understand we are as much the problem as they are.

Myron S. Green
via Internet

Flip to Letterman
If poorly educated inner-city students taking the TAAS ["The Fix Is In," "Adding It All Up," by Shaila Dewan, February 27, March 4] are given performance recognition status because some greedy school administrator penciled in the right answers, could this possibly lead one day to a chance meeting on the street with Jay Leno and his camera crew asking, "Which president was assassinated in a theater by John Wilkes Booth?"

Collective reply from our future graduates: "Kennedy?"
Bradford Wills

Goating Us On
Once again congratulations on front-running the local media (and the state Board of Education, apparently) with your expose on cheating in the TAAS testing. Now how about a follow-up on how they are scapegoating the individual instructors rather than including the administrators, where the fault at least partially (and in some cases wholly) lies.

Brian Brewer
via Internet

Hurling Fluff
Kudos on a great column [News Hostage, by Richard Connelly]. Long ago, the Houston Debacle, KPRC and the local Houston television stations alienated me with their "scoops" and "riveting" stories. One more herky-jerky camera shot and I will have to go to the chiropractor. One more "best dressed" or "startling revelation" and I will hurl. Not only is it fluff, but in many cases it is just plain wrong. Stories are poorly written, poorly researched and poorly executed. Thanks to you and the rest of the Press staff for (and I borrow from your eloquent words) "giving the impression" that "heads will roll." We cannot give up hope!

Shelley Oliver Littleton
via Internet

Christians and Tigers
What is the deal with this new column devoted solely to bashing the competition? Perhaps Houston Press editors aren't aware of how petty, small-minded and flat-out mean it makes you look. And intimidated.

If the Chronicle or the Houston Review is making grammatical errors, or said something stupid, or is biased or whatever, I'm smart enough to spot it on my own, without your ever-vigilant finger-pointers self-righteously splashing it across your pages. Please stick to professional quality reporting, and leave the pettiness to the minor leaguers. (Unless, of course, you intend to compete with the Christian Coalition for the Better-Than-Thou Schmo of the Year award!)

I loved this quote from the escaped tiger story ["Biggest Game in Town," by Brad Tyer, February 11] so much that I clipped and saved it. Read between the lines; it applies to much more than wild animals:

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