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Sylvester Anderson
Houston

Foul Lines

Little League support: Obviously, Margaret Downing doesn't mind writing a story on T.H. Rogers as long as facts don't get in the way ["Seventh-Inning Stretch" and "Power Plays," January 9 and October 24]. Consider:

• The grass outfield of the largest baseball field is big enough to incorporate regulation fields for baseball and softball, young girls' and boys' soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. The other baseball fields provide excellent venues for elementary school recess.

• The baseball leagues have no say in who participates in them. Their national organizations set the residential boundaries for the players.

• Eligibility standards have nothing to do with race, gender, economics or what school (private or public) a child attends. Since the league expanded to four fields in 1998, no child has ever been turned away.

• Reconfiguring the fields would not create additional sports opportunities for the school's students. Post Oak Baseball would be forced to shut down operations if asked to pay for the reconfiguration.

• The fields are safe and fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Rather than criticize Kaye Stripling, the Houston Press should be recognizing her wisdom in taking the time to discern the facts and then guide HISD accordingly.

Jeff Webb
Houston

Coming to Fruit-ion:Ms. Downing went to a lot of trouble to gather statistics on two very different entities that can be compared only like apples and oranges.

T.H. Rogers draws federal funds for the outstanding programs it offers for gifted and talented, multiply handicapped and deaf children. It is required by law to have an ethnically diverse population. The Post Oak Little League is restricted by boundaries that allow only children from within those boundaries to play baseball, and those boundaries happen to include a predominantly white population.

If Ms. Downing is going to compare statistics, she could at least compare neighborhood Little Leagues.

Rogers is a beautiful gift located in our neighborhood, but it is not our neighborhood school.

Ann Reed
Houston

Spoofing Cobain

Nirvana nonsense:As a longtime Nirvana fan, I wanted to double-check the information you presented in your article ["Number One with a Bullet," by Zac Crain and Robert Wilonsky, January 9]. I tried clicking the link for the Web site you cited but was unable to access the page. I was also unable to access the home page, theneedleandthedamagedone.co.uk (with or without a www). It turned up with a "Could not find server" error. Finally, a Google search didn't yield anything either.

Were you able to confirm the information in your article with Grohl, Novoselic or close friends of the band? Speaking with other Nirvana fans leads me to believe the information you got from that Web page was false. I'm no Courtney Love fan, and I've always suspected she borrowed song ideas for "Live Through This" from Cobain, but Nirvana's recording of those songs and Dave Grohl's using them for leverage against Love seems unlikely. Though you do specify in your article that this particular bit of information is "according to Internet gossip," it makes the rest of the information seem suspect.

When it comes to such hazy and undocumented information about Nirvana and Cobain, how is one to tell what's true and what's false? It seems that your article might have benefited from a "margin of error" footnote.

Name withheld by request
Houston

The writers respond: Dude, the story was a joke!

Aloo Everybody, Aloo!

Filling up: Enjoyed your review of Hot Breads, but enjoyed the aloo croissants even more ["Goat Doughnuts Go Global," by Robb Walsh, January 23]! My waistline does notthank you, but my taste buds do. What a great snack! The puff pastry and various fillings were great.

I guess we have to thank you for getting Thelma on the map and on the way to fiscal solvency [Toque Off, by Robb Walsh, January 23]. Guess that means that, because of procrastinating, I'll never even get into the place to eat a great barbecue sandwich!

Marjorie Hinds
Houston

Thrown for the Loop

There have got to be some limits:I don't have a lot of time to follow all the nuances of the Houston music scene (or lack thereof), so I'm always interested to hear what the fine men and women at the Press have to say about such matters. But according to the likes of some [Letters, "Crashing the Sidecar," January 23, and Racket, by John Nova Lomax, January 9], trolling inside the Loop for cover-charge-worthy acts is no longer enough. Now the pool of local talent (which is already of the wading variety) to whom the Press gives exposure must extend well beyond the Loop.

Will expanding the pool of coverage really result in finding more quality acts? Is there more to the westside music scene than bands influenced primarily by the angst of life in Cinco Ranch? What then? Will we have to read about every battle of the bands taking place at the T.G.I. Friday's off Stuebner-Airline? If a band hasn't worked its way past that kind of venue, I really don't feel the need to know about it. I'd rather the Press focused on bands that have a demonstrated level of potential.

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