By Sean Pendergast
By Sean Pendergast
By Sean Pendergast
By Jeff Balke
By Richard Connelly
By Jeff Balke
By Casey Michel
By Craig Hlavaty
South Park Shocker
What about the priests? The account of Carlos Coy, the "South Park Monster" [by John Nova Lomax, June 6] and his sexual abuse of young girls was superbly written. The sad, sordid story was objectively presented.
It is also a dramatic contrast to the scandal of the many Catholic priests who have for decades fondled, abused and raped innocent children after gaining their trust as spiritual mentors. Whereas a jury, finding Coy guilty, sentenced him to 45 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, have anypriests ever been tried and sentenced for their crimes?
This is another example of the hypocritical inequity of the U.S. justice system.
Taking offense: First of all, I ask myself what kind of ignorant, asinine person would write something like Coy being a hero "to shaven-headed brown kids in baggy print shirts and jeans, those sons of yard men, road builders, roofers and dishwashers, the youths caught between two cultures but not particularly valued by either "
I have to say, I am not a big fan of Carlos Coy, not just because of what has come out recently in the media, but I am not a huge fan of his music. Therefore, I'm not defending him. But if you're going to write an article to voice your opinion on someone, try not to offend a whole race with ignorance.
Name withheld by request
HoustonEditor's note: Writer John Nova Lomax based that description on the words of Coy himself. In interviews and published comments, it was Coy who characterized his followers and his target audience in that manner.
An agonizing case: The ending to South Park Mexican is such a contradicting and confusing one. I say this because as a Hispanic growing up in the barrio, I know how difficult it is. Discrimination is huge to the Mexican-Americans and African-Americans.
I must admit that I indeed listened to SPM and really enjoyed his music. It was different and yet real to the truth. I have a cousin and friend who grew up across the street from Carlos Coy, and she always had good things to say about him. However, as the mother of a six-year-old daughter and a son who is two and a half, it is stomach-wrenching.
To think that someone who struggled so much in life to accomplish his very own success can throw it all away for pure perversion. I find it a tragedy and yet a blessing, unfortunately at the sacrifice of that poor, innocent little girl. A blessing because the conviction of Coy means there is one less sick, perverted person on the streets jeopardizing the safety and sanity of my two children.
Leslie Y. Rodriguez
Think of the victim:John Nova Lomax's article about Carlos Coy, or South Park Mexican, was extremely well written. While it is unfortunate that all of the hard work Coy put into his career will practically go to waste, it is vastly more unfortunate that a young girl, who will one day be a woman, will have to live her entire life with the grotesque memories of that awful night. These memories, and the feelings that result, will haunt her each and every day of her life.
Coy's incarceration is just. He should have known better. But I hope that instead of just being locked up, he will undergo therapy to treat his pedophilia, because in the end, I'm sure he's not an evil person. No, he's a very, very ill man.
However, Judy Johnson's comments (that it's unlikely that pedophiles can change their urges) were disturbing. The foremost concern for all involved is the safety of our society's children. If you allow him out of jail, he'll still desire to be "fucking all the little young bitches in high school." And you certainly cannot keep all children away from him on a constant basis. It's impossible.
Keeping him out of society is the only way to ensure that he can never again shatter a child's -- and a future adult's -- innocent life.
Questions of Life
I delivered my son at 23.5 weeks. I had recently seen a news story about Sidney Miller from my hospital bed. I, too, asked for a DNR (that heroic resuscitation measures not be performed). The lawyer, neonatologist and my OB-GYN came to tell my husband and me the policy that any newborn weighing more than 500 grams will be resuscitated.
My son is doing fine with no apparent delays at four and a half years of age, but I recently reviewed my hospital records and saw that there was no mention of the conversation about the DNR. Even worse, my doctor had written something to the effect that he "will proceed with full resuscitation per patient's request." This is certainly not the conversation we had.
I'm really just thankful that my son is all right today.
Miss Glass House: Felicia Farrar is a fine one to use as a reference on David Beirne [The Insider, by Tim Fleck, June 13]. Note that she was concerned only with the Houston mayoral race. As far as she's concerned, the west end of the county doesn't exist. Beirne offered to run the Democrats' primary, as the county has for both parties in the past.
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