Houston's rail system ["Train in Vain," by Richard Connelly, February 3] will reduce air pollution only if it reduces traffic. It takes me just 15 minutes to drive downtown from my home inside the Loop. Most of the traffic complaints are from outlying areas such as The Woodlands and Sugar Land. So why not take out the useless HOV lanes and run a rail system straight up and down the freeway? That's the way it's done in other cities.

I would also fix the streets inside the Loop. I have been all over the country, and these streets are the worst I've ever seen. If I had to make a choice on a place to move a business, Houston would probably be dead last. Please do not make me regret my move to Houston.

Cedric Fletcher


Hex Files

Having been quoted in the article "NASA Gets Weird" [Night & Day, March 9], I'd like to compliment Dylan Krider for a well-written article. In my continuing effort to obtain the truth, I find it interesting that NASA would choose to display information related to the Roswell incident as something fun for a wacky good time. Many firsthand witnesses to the incident would not agree that it was fun, and neither would NASA or the people responsible for the exhibit, had their lives been threatened.

Making light of what some of us still believe is a serious matter is a form of disinformation to the American public. I assume NASA will continue to look for life elsewhere in the universe with my tax dollars and each $13.95 per person collected for the display.

Dennis Balthaser


Wide-Angle World

Your suggestion that Houston's FotoFest represents "a bumbling mass of insecurities" and lacks an overriding theme rings true, of course, but seems to not appreciate the value of those attributes ["Insecurity Complex," by Mark Frohman, March 16]. Photography is an art of individual expression and interpretation. To try to impose upon an eclectic variety of unique photographers a unifying theme or message would undermine the diversity of their perspectives and expression.

We're grateful for the city's high-energy, focused festivals as well, but it's refreshing to appreciate a change of pace that lets us explore more quietly, and perhaps find a single, unique piece of work that speaks meaningfully to us. In its diversity of perspective, FotoFest offers an opportunity for us to make discoveries on our own, instead of just swallowing whole someone else's focused vision.

Wynn Martin


Riva's Rave

Here's to Margaret Briggs for reviewing Riva's ["Inner-City Suburban," March 9], a Montrose hideaway that my friends and I have made home since it opened a couple years back. She's right about the refreshing simplicity of the restaurant, from the casual elegance that has the good sense not to try too hard, to a menu whose reach never exceeds its grasp.

Oh, yeah, and the $3 glasses of wine that make patio stargazing all the more enjoyable. Thanks again.

Bill Copeland


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