Shore Thing

Plus: Driving Us Nuts, Cheap Thrills, Gong Wrongs

Shore Thing

Down on politics: Thank you for your informative article ["Showdown at the Shore," by Richard Connelly, July 18]. I've been a resident of Clear Lake Shores since August 1989. Since that time, it's changed from a small rural neighborhood/town to a small suburban neighborhood/town.

It's still a great place to live and raise children, but lately I've had thoughts of selling and moving because of the state of its politics. I hate to think of how things might be if our area were struck by a hurricane or any other disaster.

I still think of the folks living in Kemah as my friends and neighbors and believe the majority of my neighbors feel the same way, but the politics are getting out of hand. I have great respect for Mayor Guthrie, and have faith and hope that he is working to set aside his personal feelings about Mayor King and that they both will put their cities first and work this out.

Karen Heck
Clear Lake Shores

Driving Us Nuts

Valet victim: Regarding your article on the Spy club noise ["Facing the Music," by George Flynn, June 20], I have a comment on a related downtown issue.

It seems that despite the City Council ordinance blocking valet operators from reserving public metered parking spaces, the practice continues. They are clearly working in conjunction with the off-duty officer that the club hires.

I parked in a public metered space, and the valet guy told me that I couldn't park there. I asked why. I pay taxes! The cop came over and told me to move my car, that the space was reserved for valet. I was outraged and asked him why. His comment: "Don't question my authority."

City Council and HPD need to be more effective and professional.

Neelu Modali
Houston

Cheap Thrills

Max out with IMAX:I wanted to say a hearty thanks for the free IMAX coupon in your paper. I've been wanting to go there, and you made it so easy. The show was awesome. I'll certainly be going back, and I'll continue, as I have for more than ten years, to read my only local paper, the Houston Press.

Dean Luttrell
Houston

Gong Wrongs

No respect: From my experience and my limited English, I think the entire article ["The Gong Show," by Wendy Grossman, July 11] has a somewhat disrespectful tone. Jason is a good gentleman and he is a physical scientist, too. He got his Ph.D. last year. He is a smart guy, not a crazy person.

Some parts of it will unfairly mislead people about our teacher, too. Li Hongzhi is an honorable, highly compassionate person who always thinks of others first and foremost. Perhaps you did not hear that he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice.

That nomination came because his principles present higher standards for human peace, because practitioners exhibit outstandingly peaceful attitudes and actions, and because he and practitioners guard freedoms of speech, assembly and belief in China. Supporting them would be a tremendous boost for guarding basic human rights in China and the rest of the world.

Xuewei Chen
Houston

Distortions:Your article distorted facts and misled the readers, since the author quoted many words from the Chinese government and added some from her own imagination.

The Chinese Communist Party is the biggest dictatorship in the world, and it is characterized by falsehoods, evilness, brutality, and uses propaganda to control people and spread rumors around the world. The author quoted fabricated words from the Chinese government, which is equivalent to repeating those lies in this Western democratic country. This seriously distorted the truth about Falun Gong and damaged its reputation.

Practicing Falun Gong helped me recover from a stomach ailment and breast cancer. More important, I changed from a selfish person to one who really considers others before myself. I became younger and prettier.

Falun Gong practitioners have been using nonviolent ways to clarify the truth of the persecution by the Chinese government. As one of those doing the exercises in front of the Chinese consulate, I am ensuring that Chinese President Jiang's antihumanity activity will be punished.

Feng Wang Goins
Houston

On the mark: Good job as usual. This is exactly the reason why I read the Press: well-researched, well-composed and well-presented articles.

The obvious reason the Chinese government so heinously treats Falun Gong followers is that free thinking in a totalitarian regime is the antithesis of its existence. It has never supported human rights, nor has it been held accountable for its actions, as evidenced by granting the Republic of China the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.

American corporations lust after the market of more than one billion people, the U.S. government generally turns a blind eye, and Chinese citizens suffer.

However, I was heartened to see, by coincidence, that a resolution has been initiated in the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the human rights abuses against Falun Gong.

It would be nice to see a follow-up article on this in the future -- hopefully with a positive resolution.

Alexander Clayton
Houston

Sane practice:As a Falun Gong practitioner, I'm deeply hurt and upset by your feature. It seriously distorts facts about Falun Gong and is misleading to readers. The tone sounds like mockery. When Jason Wang and other Falun Gong practitioners are being brutally persecuted and are in miserable situations, we do not see compassion in this article. Should a good person who is trying his best to help those who are mistreated and in dangerous situations be described in such a way?

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