Letters

At a time when children need good role models and need to attend a Christian school where character is supposed to count for something, what a shame that the board members, both current and former, don't see the irony of having a program led by a head football coach and athletic director who is an admitted liar and alleged cheat.

Why do they, including former board chairman Dr. John Bisango, continue to support this man now that his true character has been exposed? Winston Churchill said, "Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on." The challenge for the Houston Christian High School board will be to do something about the truth they have stumbled over, rather than to continue on as though nothing ever happened.

Jim Mahan
via Internet

Buy Bye
John Hammond [Letters, "Pay Up or Else," May 6] has an attractively simple idea for resolving the dilemma about the 11th Street HISD property ["Cutting Class," by Margaret Downing, April 15]: "If the tight-ass residents of Timbergrove do not want a school on the school site, buy it!"

But real life is too complex for that solution. The property is not available for sale to us or to anyone else, unless an acceptable alternative site for HSPVA is identified. A HISD trustee told us, "A straight sale is not being considered; HISD needs sites, not cash."

People are working very hard to put together a complicated land exchange, whereby HSPVA will get a new campus closer to the arts corridor and the 11th Street property will be dedicated as a Houston park. This would be a "win-win" situation in the best sense of the term.

Lorraine Cherry
via Internet

Conspiracy Theory
Nearby residents have tried to portray the relocation of the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a Timbergrove issue ["Cutting Class, by Margaret Downing, April 15]. In reality, it is an issue for the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Lazybrook, Shady Acres, Acres Homes, Norhill, Clark Pines and other nearby areas.

City Councilman Bruce Tatro is leading the drive to deny the near northwest area of the top school in HISD by proposing that HSPVA move to the MacGregor and Highway 288 area. Tatro has previously shown area residents his commitment to green space by ramrodding the East T.C. Jester extension and commercial development project ["City Pork Project," by Brian Wallstin, March 11].

Tatro and Neal Rackleff of Baxter-Nash development attempted to convince area residents at a meeting that required permits would be in place before any development would start. The following day, the clear-cutting slaughter of 27 forested acres took place.

Now Tatro is proposing this highly dubious bait-and-switch three-way land swap. Could HSPVA land-swap diversions be just another smoke screen by Tatro for his development buddies/campaign contributors to eventually acquire this land for their benefit, after these misguided attempts fail?

Dennis Loving
via Internet

Susan from the Serbian Affront
KPRC-Channel 2 has Susan Lennon tirelessly prowling refugee camps looking for Kosovars with a Houston connection [News Hostage, by Richard Connelly, April 29].

It made me think of a Detroit Free Press column about the satirical 1970s' Dacron Republican-Democrat, published by the National Lampoon to parody newspapers.

Old-timers might remember its front-section headline, which screamed something like "Two Dacron Women Feared Missing in Nuclear Attack," with a far smaller subhead of "Japan Destroyed."

Thanks for some good work in News Hostage!
Steve Lambert
Houston

Loves Thy Neighbor
I picked up your March 25 issue of the Houston Press, the first time I ever read this newspaper. The feature story, the warring of two families in a controlled community ["Love Thy Neighbor," by Randall Patterson, March 25], was very well written and was, in my opinion, the highlight of the experience. The entire newspaper was excellent.

Jonathan C.R. Davis
via Internet

Year Off
The Press and most media outlets are guilty of the misconception that this is the last year of the 20th century and the last year of the second millennium [News Hostage, by Richard Connelly, April 8].

You see, AD began with Year One, not year Zero. Thus, each decade begins in the 11th year, and each new century begins with the first after the hundred (101, 201 etc.).

So these people seeking the "Millennium Baby" will be a year early. Hotels and casinos offering "Ring in the Millennium" specials should be prepared to allow guests to stay a full year. And that computer bug is the the "Pre-Millennium Bug."

I am a great admirer of your writing, going back to your days with Public News. Please blow the lid off of this odd but irritating error.

Alex Feigelson
via Internet

Wise to Our Y's
If your food review paycheck included a bonus for every gratuitous adjective or adverb ending in the letter y, you could be eating at Tony's every day. And if that's not enough, maybe there should be a reward for taking perfectly normal nouns and turning them into adjectives by gluing that ubiquitous y on the end.

Garlicky? Vinegary? Mustardy? Tomatoey? How about a review in plain English, not quite so thesaurusy or neologismy?

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