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Music Mayhem, Poisoned Pooch, In the John

Edward Gumnick
Houston

Final judgment: I lived in East Texas from 1994 to 1998. I'm not surprised about the stupidity of this redneck hick who runs around killing animals in cold blood and then runs to church with his Bible. I am beyond disgusted.

I don't believe in the death penalty for anyone, but I believe that people who cause suffering and pain should be made to suffer. And if it can be done publicly, all the better. I hope they get this man.

Bayousphere Serious hoops: This little girl, who declined to reveal her identity, was one of several hula hoopers at the annual Watermelon Festival and Summer Social at Last Concert Cafe.
Deron Neblett
Bayousphere Serious hoops: This little girl, who declined to reveal her identity, was one of several hula hoopers at the annual Watermelon Festival and Summer Social at Last Concert Cafe.
Bayousphere Serious hoops: This little girl, who declined to reveal her identity, was one of several hula hoopers at the annual Watermelon Festival and Summer Social at Last Concert Cafe.
Deron Neblett
Bayousphere Serious hoops: This little girl, who declined to reveal her identity, was one of several hula hoopers at the annual Watermelon Festival and Summer Social at Last Concert Cafe.

Why didn't they charge him with animal abuse? I know how stupid they are up there, but surely they could have found something to charge him with. People like that respond well to having their money taken from them. They usually don't have a high enough IQ to change unless they are punished physically or by taking their money or autos away.

I think someone or some persons will find a way to punish him here -- I hope so, anyway. And I know God will get that SOB in the end.

Name withheld by request
Houston

In the John

Democrat bias? Saw this blurb ["Tax Rebate Waste," by John Suval, July 26] about Congressman John Culberson's mailing to his constituents about the tax cut, and I have to say that I can't quite decide if this is the product of someone being disingenuous (most likely) or just plain incredibly ill-informed.

I've got a news flash: All members of Congress are allocated funds to do these sorts of mailings to their constituents. There is nothing the least bit unusual about this, except in the fevered imaginations of the Democrat flacks who write for the Press.

Or to put it another way, you can bet your ass that Sheila Jackson Lee or Ken Bentsen send out exactly the same sort of "taxpayer-funded" notices to their constituents, proclaiming "look whut I brung ya" and bragging about all of the assorted taxpayer-funded largesse from Uncle Sugar's golden teat that they voted for.

Can you say "hypocritical"? I knew you could.

Pat Myers
Cypress

Editor's note: This was not just another congressional newsletter that mentioned the tax rebate. It was a full-color, government-paid flyer used by Culberson exclusively to "announce" the refund and claim credit, even after the IRS had already spent $34 million on notices. To use your own terms, it is indeed disingenuous and hypocritical of politicians to needlessly spend taxpayers' money to advertise how much they abhor the needless spending of taxpayers' money. Culberson was the only one caught at this trough. But be assured that we will continue to expose such waste -- whether the offender is Republican, Democrat, Whig or Socialist.

Fort Bend Follies

Church and state: Check the number of "temporary buildings" in use at each of the FBISD campuses ["The Tithes That Bind?" by Susannah Chen, July 26]! Even with this, teachers in some schools never have a room to call their own; I know -- I was one of them.

It seems to me that since our "customers" happen to be students, the customer service areas should be upgraded before anything else.

Hooper has disregarded the separation of church and state since I began in FBISD almost a decade ago. Every year he paid to have the school "convocation" at a Baptist church on U.S. 59. We have an athletic arena that would cost the district nothing to use and that would not put state funds into any church's pocket, but that seems to be conveniently ignored.

FBISD has some terrific teachers, parents and students, but few administrators could keep their jobs until dark if they were required to function in the real world outside education. Every year it amazes me that we start school with facilities that are not ready, technology that is never prepared and teachers who don't know what their assignments will be until the day before the students arrive.

Wishing everyone would get off their duffs and scream loudly as a united voice.

Name withheld by request
Houston

Another Side

A mother's story:I am the ex-girlfriend of Tony Vega, and the mother of his daughter. I am so glad that Tony is making a living doing what he was put on this earth to do ["Dear Sweet Goodness," by Aaron Howard, July 5]. I know that he has worked very hard to get where he is today and wish him continued success. However, some items in the article either were misconstrued or Tony has a very poor memory.

I was more than understanding of his unfortunate position to care for his father; in fact, my efforts to help him were refused. I was also more than understanding when it came to his music "career." There were many times when I was literally the only person in the club listening to Tony play, and I spent my vacations in music stores with him.

I spent six weeks in the hospital when I had my daughter, and Tony seldom came to visit. He was not present when my daughter had surgeries for her heart, eye and hernias. He did not pay any of the medical bills, or any child support until my daughter was 18 months old.

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