Letters 2000-08-17

Big Deel

I couldn't believe it. The power and the strength to not give up and give in ["Left for Dead," by Wendy Grossman, August 3]. The fact that Tracey was strong enough for herself is incredible. But her strength for us, the rest of the world, is immeasurable.

How in the world can we repay her for taking the filthy, dirty, stinking, rotten scum found around the backside of a dead animal -- your story calls it Robert Hidalgo and Kevin Rivas -- off the streets. The first thing we could have done and didn't was put to death the walking rotting corpses of these two man-boys. That they are still around and NOT having to think about the fact that they will be put down like dying pieces of bitch-meat makes me very angry.

I can imagine how the Deel family feels. The parents who gave birth to these evil mounds of flesh, wouldn't you want them dead and gone? Someone gave these two the impression that life is worth nothing. I look at Tracey before and think, "Did I know her?" I see her now and think, "I WISH I knew her." While it may be a miracle that she made it, I am hoping for more miracles to come for her.

Robert Greiwe
Houston

As I sat here reading this tragic story, my heart was overcome with anger, dread and fear that such an incident can happen to any human being at any time. As a single woman who travels extensively, I felt outrage. However, while admiring her courage to survive, I was appalled as I read further that the victim, a lesbian, referred to one of the gunmen as "a colored boy." I feel so sorry for Tracey's tragedy, but even more so for her peculiar mentality about people who may appear different. How ironic.

Name withheld by request
Houston

Blame Game

I, a taxpaying citizen of Harris County, on the first hand cannot agree with a tax abatement being an incentive ["Tax Lean," by John Suval, August 3]. I totally disagree with the whole process.

As mentioned, most of the applicants will establish in Harris County even if they don't get the abatement. I have a better term for such an incentive: corporate welfare. On the second hand, I have to wonder how and why Harris County would have such an "affable" administrator of such an important department.

Although the department is relatively new, the administrator should at least have the strength to take the blame for his inaccurate data and not point the finger at an assistant. It makes me wonder about the qualifications necessary to become an administrator in such a position.

Mattie Shaw
Houston

Money -- and Sympathy -- Lost

I enjoyed your "Livin' Large at the Port" story [by Steve McVicker, July 20], and it's good to know that the rascal is behind bars.

My problem is in finding sympathy for Sosa's many victims. The common thread that runs through all the victims' stories is GREED, pure and simple. Mr. Yanouri is more than likely aware of that old Moroccan saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Bruce Williams
Barker, Texas

Murphy's Riffraff

Bill Murphy, get a life ["Murphy's Law," by Melissa Hung, August 3]! How dare you move into a neighborhood and try to change it! Longtime residents of neighborhoods are fed up with developers and anal humans like you. I have tattoos, piercings and an IQ over 170. So I guess I'm riffraff also in your way of thinking.

Just because you are a stupid Bible-thumper from Dallas, you don't even realize you will not get any help from anyone. The Houston Pressstory is a good example of how Big Brother is ruining these liberal-minded neighborhoods.

When new residents move into an area, they should have enough sense to fit in, not change the area. Hope you enjoy your 15 minutes of fame! You are just a narrow-minded bigot who is a laughingstock to the rest of us.

Name withheld by request
Houston

I read about Billy Murphy's situation with annoyed familiarity and absolute understanding. For more than a year, I too suffered the relentless amplified beat of a neighborhood bar that deprived me of any enjoyment of my home.

Nightly calls to the Houston Police Department were met first with indifference, then disdain, as officers, many of whom moonlighted as security at the same bar, also had the "very solid camaraderie" described by Mr. Murphy of those in his neighborhood. Despite the kind intervention of Police Chief Bradford and City Councilman Joe Roach, I ultimately had to sell -- to the cantina's owner -- to escape the noise without prohibitively costly litigation.

However, as I read on, I totally stopped identifying with Murphy. His breathtaking arrogance, even if only a fraction of that conveyed by the quotes supplied by the writer, made me laugh out loud in disgust. "Riffraff"? Does anyone actually still use this word? Surely Ms. Hung could have found a more sympathetic victim, from any demographic group, of this all-too-common and citywide problem. Take it from me, Mr. Murphy, you'll need a lot of luck, money and endurance to fight this situation -- even if you drop the snotty hauteur.

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