By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Skirting the Issue
Drop dress codes: In 2001 I can't believe that when and where a woman can wear pants is still a matter of discussion [The Insider, by Tim Fleck, June 28]. Even worse, it is often women who are discoursing on what is appropriate for other women. I thought with the departure of former district clerk Katherine Tyra we had at least gotten it out of the Houston-area arena.
Does Her Honor Gilmore also think that male attorneys should wear jackets and pants of only the same material? From my own visits to various courtrooms over the past two or three years, I can assure you that I would much rather see a female attorney dressed in pants than in a super-short skirt that causes me to cover my eyes every time she bends over her briefcase or the counsel table.
Sharon E. Macha
Spirit of the law: Thank you for identifying those state legislators who still fail to comply with the Texas Ethics Commission's requirement to file their campaign reports electronically ["Does Not Compute," by Jennifer Mathieu, June 21]. Joe Crabb, the five-term incumbent state representative I ran against in the 2000 Republican primary, continues to sign affidavits that he does not use or have access to a computer so therefore does not have to file electronically.
It is a stretch of the law that Crabb does not use or have access to a computer.
His campaign treasurer, wife Nancy Crabb, regularly sends out e-mails to area Republican activists. Gee, don't you need a computer to do that? I would think that if she has access to a computer, and she is his campaign treasurer of record, then Joe Crabb's reports would be filed electronically.
Crabb is flaunting the law, both in spirit and in practice. I am a strong supporter and proponent of a more open government. And by the way, I file my campaign reports electronically as required by law.