By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
By Jeff Balke
Pull Back the Cover
Old wounds:During the McVeigh incident when papers had not been turned over ["Files Not Found," by Steve McVicker, July 19], I heard someone say a qualifying statement: I like to judge how free I am by how many people take cover when needed because they know of repercussions that I might not know about. When I see my fellow citizens taking cover, then I know I'm not free.
I felt my nation die when the Waco building went up in flames and had the Delta Force there. I would never have done what McVeigh did, but to think there would not be an American who would have pursued retribution would be silly. I'm not a German, and this is not 1943, where I smell flesh burning and say nothing.
Your piece on Mr. Brown was so, so sad. My grandfather had a competitor bank put a run on his bank. Two other banks put up their assets and went with him to the New York Federal Reserve for money to ward off the run. But my grandfather had spells after that, spells that came far more frequently than they had in the past. Please tell Mr. Brown his story may make all who read the story take action, and so he is a soldier with wounds from a war on our soil from within our own government against their own people.
Nancy Brinckerhoff Russo
Pick of the litter: In the article "Spaced Out" by Jeffrey Gilbert [July 19], Andrea Keller was quoted as saying, "The school's neighbors need to be more tolerant. When people bought their houses in Bellaire, they knew there was a school there. They need to keep it like it is."
Well, she's right: I knew there was a school and chose my house because it was close for my three children. I don't mind the students parking on my street, but I don't like them trashing my yard, driving at 50-plus miles an hour in a 30-mph zone, endangering the lives of my family and treating us as if we had done something wrong by asking them to pick up their litter. Existing laws against littering and speeding should be strictly enforced.
Back to the bus:Regarding your "Spaced Out" article, I wrote a letter to the Houston Press about it a year ago (which was mocked with the title "Magic Bus" in the Letters section). Your article does not mention what options students have for busing in the Bellaire school district. I come from the East Coast, where the majority of kids are driven to school on buses.
It is an economic, simple, efficient means of transporting kids to school, and it apparently works well everywhere else in the country outside of Houston. Maybe I don't understand the dynamics of Bellaire High School, where girls like Andrea Keller have the luxury of owning their own Ford Explorers to drive to school.
I went to a school where students got government vouchers for meals because they couldn't afford the $1.25 school lunch, so I fail to have sympathy with the Bellaire argument of students not wanting to take a bus because they would lose their "off-campus lunch privileges." Maybe I don't understand the Bellaire High mentality, where to every teenager, owning a car is such a God-given right that to imagine waiting for a bus is beneath them.
Do It Yourself
Bad hair daze: I wonder what Supercuts or the other chain haircutters think about this article by Melissa Hung ["Hair Line," July 19]. The fact that you can name the really good stylists in a short paragraph says a lot about the quality of product from these facilities. Trevino's secret to success sounds like a company motto, "great, consistent haircut at an affordable price." Supercuts and others would have you believe that every haircut they sell is great and consistent. I got tired of listening to my husband complain about bad haircuts eight years ago. He (and my son) now get great, consistent haircuts from me, and I wasn't even trained in the Supercuts way. Let's face it: The only reason Supercuts and a lot of other places are still around is that bad or good, we still need to have our hair cut.
Donna W. Smith
High (Water) Marks
Trailer twister: I have become an active volunteer in the natural-disaster early-warning system for the greater Houston area. Upon notification of an impending tornado, I have made arrangements to tow a rented mobile home and park it in Richard Connelly's front yard -- all in hope of another gem like "Wading for Godot" [July 5]. Well done.
Paying the price: I am a relatively new reader of the Houston Press, and I just wanted to reiterate the praise that others have heaped upon the flood-related article "Wading for Godot." The writing was great -- funny, insightful and very readable. I will definitely be looking for more of his work. Please pass on these kudos and let me know if he has written anything else I could read.