By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Don't enable: I read your article about a woman and her son feeding feral cats ["Catfight," by Wendy Grossman, June 19].
Then I read about the glories of feeding an animal that is not indigenous to southeast Texas.
In Australia, feral cats are shot on sight. They have made the indigenous animals there almost extinct. If you are a responsible pet owner or if you cannot take care of your pet, take the damn thing to the SPCA, or try to find a suitable home.
Otherwise, it's the same as giving a man money as he is standing in front of a liquor store, saying he wants money for food. Use your head before you open your mouth. That will decrease the possibility of people knowing how stupid you really are. Do not enable.
Verdict on the Judges
Crow not: I am an avid Houston Press reader, but Tim Fleck should have taken the cue from the rest of the media that refrained from printing what is a nonstory in "As the Jim Crow Flies" [The Insider, July 10]. Caroline Baker is a wonderful judge who seems to have been born to be a judge. She treats lawyers, parties, witnesses, her staff and, most important, Harris County jurors with professionalism, respect and dignity.
I have observed her closely, having tried cases in her court, and have never seen a tinge of racism in anything that she has said or done. I am also offended by the characterization of Judge Levi Benton as anyone's "throw-down African-American judge." I have known Judge Benton as a lawyer and a judge, and he is one of the most forthright, hardworking people I have ever run across. And yet you choose to characterize him as the token black man on the bench.
Fleck has been around long enough to know better. The Press has decided to attack good people in a mean-spirited way. You should be ashamed. You have stooped to the level of a certain investigative reporter who took a man down and stole an election long before there was a controversy over chads in Florida.
Name withheld by request
The Old and the Young
Role reversal: At the risk of painting myself as a defender of the Chronicle, the fact that the roles are reversed in the traditional Hollywood older/younger relationship is precisely the point of the story [Hair Balls, "The Gray and the Fey," by Jennifer Mathieu, July 10]. This theme is implicit, and I don't see how failing to mention the opposite phenomenon, as it is so universally understood, is sexist.
The Smell Test
Buy us out: As far as Mr. Kornegay's comments, all these stinking chemical plants that surround me were not there when I moved into Shoreacres 22 years ago ["Mixed Messages," by Scott Nowell, July 3]. Our friends in Pasadena wanted the tax revenue but not the stench (or, I should say, any more stench), so they let these plants build in the far extremes of their stinking city. Doesn't affect them -- just La Porte and Shoreacres!
There is still no reason to welcome the likes of the crap the port wants to impose on us. Sure, you're building booms to muffle noise and ordering some kind of black lights, but there is no way to ever stop the horns from blowing or the 18-wheelers that will be tearing up our roads, polluting our air and having accidents with our motorists.
If the port really wanted to do the right thing, it would come in and buy our homes, and pay enough for us to relocate.
Name withheld by request
Ignoring the people: Many of us are very glad to see the Port of Houston Authority's proposed Bayport project aired in the Houston Press. More, please. There are better places for a container port, and we are appalled at how appointed port commissioners disregard community concerns.
Another take on Jenin: It's unfortunate that Troy Schulze refers matter-of-factly to "the Jenin massacre" of 2002 ["Personae of Persecution," July 3].
When IDF troops entered Jenin -- a virtual bomb factory for terrorists and the source of many real massacres of Jewish civilians -- they suffered a loss of 26 soldiers. According to Human Rights Watch, 52 Palestinians were killed in the operation -- 30 armed Palestinian fighters and 22 civilians. Many houses were booby-trapped, and Palestinians who falsely claimed to be surrendering ambushed Israeli soldiers, in clear violation of international law. But propagandists still retail stories of mass graves at Jenin. (Visit www.honestreporting.com and www.memri.org for details.)
Looks like the "Jenin massacre" should be added to the ranks of other "anti-Zionist" blood libels these days.
It continues to baffle me that reporters participate in a Palestinian propaganda effort whose aim is the ethnic purification of greater Palestine. Especially at this moment, when there is a glimmer of hope that Palestinians may finally be coming to their senses, the truth matters.
Poetry history: As a native Houstonian, I know that history is something the city has shown a longtime disdain for. But with literature, history and roots are always a subtext. That's why I was so disturbed to read the blurb "Poetry / You Know It's Me" [Night & Day, by Felicia Johnson-Leblanc, July 3].