Old Friends Add Up

I want to thank you for writing about Mickey Dunlap ["Turnstyled and Junkpiled," by Brad Tyer, February 17]. I went to school in Graham with Mickey from sixth grade through eighth. I have since moved away, but I often think about him and where he is now.

Mickey was a unique individual. I never thought that he would ever go anywhere, because he was not good in school at all. Obviously I was wrong. I look back now and wish that I hadn't made fun of him or ignored him.

He was always very friendly, though, as I remember. I distinctly recall that he used to sit outside the gym and talk to us when we would get out of athletics in the afternoon. We would always ask him what two plus two was, and he would always answer 22. We got a kick out of it, and he actually brightened our day many times. Reading this story about him makes me smile, and makes me happy. Thank you for writing it!

Tyson Stewart


Your article about Mickey Dunlap both renewed my faith in the world and reminded me how unfit so many parents are. Luckily I decided to focus on the good deeds of the people in Pasadena who are working with Mickey to help him help himself. Thank goodness for people like Miss Lilly and detective Shirley and all of the others who are giving of themselves.

It is nice to see a feel-good piece in the Houston Press.

Katy Wolff


I went to school today at the Art Institute of Houston and saw the Houston Press on a table in the student lounge. And I noticed the kid on the front page.

I am 18 years old. I didn't know of a Mickey Dunlap until I started hearing about him when I got to Pasadena High School. Every day that boy was taunted, teased and just about everything else by students. Some people were nice to him, but most were not.

I never said anything bad about him, because I'm one of those people who keeps my mouth shut about things and doesn't talk mess about people. But I did see people treating him badly and did nothing to stop it. Which I feel extremely bad for now.

I want to thank you for writing about Mickey. When I read where you quoted him on the "yes ma'ams" and the "yes suh," I laughed to myself because I remember him saying that all the time. Never did I know what he had been through, as far as family goes. Once again, thank you. I give much respect to Mickey now, and hope he stays happy.

Crystal Garcia


Take This Job and Love It

So the workers at Quietflex have issues ["Awakening Giant," by John Suval, February 24]. Hey, we all have issues. I suggest (as your article pointed out) that if they don't like their job, go somewhere else and get another one.

As for the forklift driver who "already invested 13 years of his life in the company," I say a big "So what?" Quit yer whining and do the job or leave.

And I couldn't help noticing that the last worker mentioned in your article, Lazaro Garcia, seems to make enough to afford a cell phone. Gee, what a tough life. My heart bleeds -- not!

Mark Taylor


Heavy Subjects

Thank you for finally addressing the issue of the ridiculous standards the drill teams in Katy ISD are creating for dancers ["The Scrunchie Skirmishes," by Brad Tyer, February 24]. Being someone who used to live in that area, I know how hard it is to be chosen for the team.

In my case, I think it was a matter of race. I now live in the Alief School District, and the girls on my school's drill team are very comfortable with their weight. Some girls are even overweight, but it's not an issue among the team members or with the director.

Drill team is, like you mentioned in the article, a sisterhood. Sisters do not comment on each other's weight unless it's a positive note. Weight is irrelevant as long as they can perform their dances. I feel sorry for the girls who don't have an "attractive physical shape" in KISD. Their dancing ability was overlooked when the judges were focusing on their physical appearance.

Shadia Uddin


I am a sophomore at Cinco Ranch High School. I am not a Star, nor did I try out for that drill team. I was with my best friends at the tryouts when two of them did not make it and one of them did.

I think all the accusations about the tryouts are the result of an angry mother who is obviously overly obsessed with her daughter's life. Every girl there was given a fair chance, and of course the past Stars were gonna make it. They deserved to, after all the time and money they had already put into it.

I saw girls there who made it who weren't exactly skinny and who weren't exactly gorgeous. This proves that choices were made on talent alone. Y'all have a lot of nerve judging something you didn't even experience. So what if her daughter didn't make it? She's not the only one, and I can guarantee you that your article would never have been written if the daughter had made the squad. Next time consider the truth.

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