Letters 07-27-2000

Texas Printing had multiple complaints of noncompliance with both CWA and GCU 71-M collective bargaining agreements. When the Allied committee attempted to approach the management with questions and solutions, it was met with hostility and noncompliance of the License Agreement. This caused Texas Printing to lose the right to print using the Allied label. Ms. Washington's "appeals" were demands and ultimatums, not appeals.

Texas Printing has a history of denying employees required health and pension benefits and not timely submitting dues withheld from their pay. The company was suspended, meaning no union members were working there. One requirement to having the Allied label is that work must be produced only by union members.

Texas Printing violated copyright law by continuing to the print the Allied label even after the license was revoked.

The "manifestos" produced by Texas Printing are verifiably full of feeble attempts at claiming racism and are filled with innuendos, half-truths and out-and-out lies. The results of this attempt to discredit the organizations did not work, so contracts were made with sign painters out of Dallas. The legality of this is being checked, and its "bug" is not acknowledged by Allied Printing Trades. I can only hope that the people of Houston and the people buying union printing recognize the difference and continue to buy from the good union printers using the Allied bug.

Robert Weeks, GCU 71-M proud member

Memory Lane

Thank you for the continuing alerts concerning the disappearance of important historical and cultural landmarks of Houston ["Renovated Out of Existence," by Brian Wallstin, July 6].

As a former West U teenager who listened to the likes of KYOK and KCOH in the '50s, thanks to my brother's influence, I still enjoy the memories of Hotsy Totsy's and The King Bee's radio shows.

Several times a year I drive through the wards and cherish the rich heritage revealed, while wondering how this city has allowed them to fall into threadbare tatters. Where are those multimillionaires in their fine homes in Sugar Land? How can they let this happen! Don't they want to hold on to and restore these works of truly human art for themselves and their children?

We all need to help before the beauty of these people's lives and all they have accomplished has been covered over by high-rent tributes to money, money, money.

Freedmen's Town especially, with its narrow brick pavements, should become a parklike space for the residents to enjoy, not just endure. An all-out restoration effort would benefit this city immensely.

With everyone's renewed interest in their own history and the history of place, Freedmen's Town is a tourist attraction for all. Maybe the residents won't mind too much if their homes get badly needed repairs, a cheerful coat of paint and funds to further improve that precious place for its rightful heirs.

Judy Emerson

Hail Mary

The Night & Day calendar listing [July 13] for a debate called The Bible Only vs. The Bible and Catholic Tradition was a sad attempt at humor: "In the red corner, weighing in at just under 180 pounds after a wafer and a thimble of wine, undisputed chairman of his division at the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas…."

This mocks the Holy Eucharist, which is at the center of Catholic faith and practice. Before dismissing this complaint as a cranky cavil at lighthearted humor, first try to imagine this paper mocking the holocaust or Dr. Martin Luther King. I don't think that would happen, but anti-Catholic humor remains the last publicly acceptable bigotry. Maybe it's time to stop.

Martin Notzon

Warmed-Over Musings

I always enjoy your restaurant reviews, but this one made me do a double take ["A New York Time," by Carol Rust, June 29]. The "Jewish country-and-western songs" Carol Rust's friend related while waiting for their food are from an Internet humor list for which I'm a contributor.

This is not the first time our material has spread beyond the Internet. Vice President Al Gore has shared items from this same list, and entries have been reported by networks and national press.

If you're interested in a daily dose of humor, check us out at www.topfive.com.

Doug Finney

Sheesh Kabob

Man, George Alexander sure knows how to turn the subject of food into a boring exercise in pompousness ["The Food Chain," July 13]. Where do you find these people? I couldn't be more put off by his writing style.

I am happy that he did well on the SATs, but no one wants to see the word "fulgor" or a mention of "cloudlets of near Proustian nostalgia" in one's weekly rag. Find another outlet for all those high-dollar words, George. Sheesh!

Roger A. Rippy

Ezra's Write-in Campaign

I couldn't help but notice y'all left Ezra Charles off the nominations list for the Press Music Awards [July 13]. Thanks and God bless. Perhaps if we continue to ignore the jackass, he will go away.

And by the way, who was holding a gun to that poor guy's head at the Bookstop ["Midnight Fire," by Wendy Grossman, July 13]? Why in the world would a kid his age dress up as Harry Potter? If he is still in high school, you can bet he is taking a beating a day. Someone needs to investigate Bookstop for unfair (if not cruel) labor practices.

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