On the Mark

Plus: Equal Justice, Downtown SUV Alert, Needle Points

On the Mark

J.R. and Kenny Boy: Bravo, sir. Your article was informative with scandal ["Diva of the Deal," by Robert Bryce, October 10]. The stories that come from the rise and fall of Enron are like the old TV show Dallas.

I don't even work for the company, but Rebecca Mark's reputation hit the working-class nobodies at least two years ago, and to see it in writing now -- well, you be the judge.

Lance Jones
Houston

Stormy Weather

Hurricane hype: It has been a long time since I saw such real humor hit so close as Richard Connelly did in his "Category 4 Circle Jerk" [News Hostage, October 10].

Not to say that you get jaded about hurricanes when you grow up in this locale, but Neil Frank and his band at Channel 11 have done more for my sleep patterns than Sominex ever could.

It is absolutely pathetic when one man and his crew suddenly get so hyped up over a natural occurrence -- and we have suffered through his crap for years. Anticipation of a hurricane need not be treated as a prelude to sex, yet each year I dread seeing the season come because I know he's prepping for his overblown performance.

I appreciate anyone giving me warning about something that can affect my life, but with all the highfalutin radar and everything meteorologists have today, accurate forecasts can be made without all the bells and whistles of getting everyone so unduly excited. And at Dr. Frank's age, I think he better watch that undue excitement.

Seems clear to me why the readers of the Press picked Frank Billingsley and Chuck George as their favorite weathercasters. Give the facts, show concern, and let the storm be the story.

Carl Whitmarsh
Houston

Equal Justice

Judge on ability: I read Scott Nowell's feature "Justice for Some" [October 3] and was extremely impressed with his writing ability. I also read the companion article about the flak you received from the Justice For All members about his parole status ["About the Author," by George Flynn].

I am a parole officer in Galveston County, and I can't tell you how proud I was to see your support of an ex-con. So many people judge without knowing the individuals and their abilities. Thanks for taking a stand and following through. I wish more people would see things so clearly.

Ruth Potts
Pearland

Playing charades: George Flynn was too nice. His article on the recent Houston Press drama involving writer Scott Nowell made me sick to my stomach. Dianne Clements, Justice For All leader, and Houston's victims' advocate Andy Kahan had the audacity to question Nowell's ability to write for the Press. Through this scandal, the duo did open eyes -- but toward their own unforgiving and narrow-minded ways.

The Press assigned Nowell because he can write. No criminal record could overshadow that fact. This does raise an important question. Can parolees write about victims' rights in an unbiased way? No one can be sure. But isn't it safe to say that if Nowell couldn't write objectively his boss would notice?

Kahan and Clements are so quick to judge. Clements, through this ridiculous charade, has caused Nowell problems with his parole.

Beth Whittington
Chicago

Downtown SUV Alert

Focus on serious problems: Were the news articles in the October 3 edition of the Houston Press satire, irony or serious journalism? Were these articles intended to explain the serious issues of child battery, homelessness and the challenges of developing downtown night life -- or were they intended to show that prejudice, injustice and a general lack of regard for our fellow people are still thriving in our humble city?

"Toogood to Be True?" [by Jennifer Mathieu] is mostly an attack on the Irish Travelers of which this woman is a member, as well as general threats from city officials and fear fabrication. We learn that this group is known for thieving, cheating and general malice. Finally we learn that this group has shiny, well-kept SUVs and children that actively use the Internet, much like most households in River Oaks. In fact, given the current level of corporate malfeasance, one might assume that the groups share the same level of integrity.

"Begging for Help" [by Alan Truex] tells of the plight of the impoverished downtown restaurant owners. We learn that the current construction and greedy bums are costing them millions of dollars. The fact that these places attract drunks that often drive the wrong way down the streets in their huge SUVs and do their best to kill those who try to live downtown is never mentioned. Also ignored are the club owners that obstruct the sidewalks with velvet ropes, forcing pedestrians into the street as a prime target for the drunk SUV drivers, all under the careful watch of Houston's finest.

An article exploring the serious issue of "street persons," retail development, pedestrians and drunk drivers would be appreciated.

R.H. Cox
Houston

Needle Points

Consumer advice: Readers (like myself) see information on the Best Tattoo and Piercing Parlor [Best of Houston, September 26] and accept it on its face value that the policies and procedures at the shop are the best offered. This simply is not true.

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