Until recently, I used the leadership at Enron as an example of self-dealing. However, after learning that Nixon settled a mold claim with his homeowners' insurer for more than the value of his house (and became the "Exalted Dragon" of efforts to keep the rest of Texans from being able to do the same), I replaced Enron with the story of how he made a deal with the devil.

After watching with great interest his concerted efforts to harm the very people who elected him, much to the pleasure of big business interests (which seem to be lining his pockets quite nicely), I will be using him as my primary example of betrayal, not to mention treachery.

David Carter

Stupid Texans: Joe Nixon states in your article, "No one should have to go through this" -- essentially meaning that the mold in his house was so painful to him and his family that he deserved the $300,000. Does he not think that it would be painful for a family to lose a child? Surely a loss of a child is worth more than his mold claim.

The mold claim settlement, and then his enrolling in a case on behalf of State Farm to enjoin a church from going to trial so that they can't get back to worshiping, is not very Christian of him or his party.

Proposition 12 would allow Mr. Nixon to recover $300,000 for his mold claim but not allow a family to recover more than $250,000 for the loss of their child who was run over by an 18-wheeler traveling 60 miles per hour in a school zone. Mr. Nixon championed this bill through the Senate in Texas and has the audacity to claim that it is for the good of Texans. When corporations make $100 billion a year, they can kill a lot of people at $250,000 per person before it even begins to show up on balance sheets as anything other than a miscellaneous expense.

This constitutional amendment says that all Texans are too stupid to sit in a jury box and decide a case based on the facts. No matter how badly an insurance company screws you, its future would be certain: $250,000. No matter how dangerous a car is, the manufacturer's future is certain: $250,000.

If this is what the people of Texas want, then they're about to get it.

Ed Fisher

Grim situation: Representative Joe Nixon supports Proposition 12 to allow the Texas legislature to cap or decide civil damages in lawsuits filed within the state. Our son Alex was stillborn in April of this year. Since I was treated at UTMB, no lawyer will take our case. There is already a $250,000 cap in place because it is a state entity.

If people do not go out and vote against Mr. Nixon's resolution, they will be in our situation; no one will be held responsible for their loss because the Texas legislature has placed a value on the life of their cherished loved ones.

Please tell the people what this cap really means for them. Marcus and I can find no recourse and would hate to see this happen to others. Apparently they think the voters in Texas actually believe that insurance companies care about us and affordable health care, just like they care about Representative Nixon and his mold problem.

Susan Swanstrom

Stompin' at This Bit

Fight song fight: El Toros leader Allen Hill wrote "Toro's Stomp" to be the Texans' mascot theme song, and anyone who has heard it knows that it is the only choice for the team song, not some high school sing-along [Hair Balls, by Richard Connelly, August 21].

Hard-driving, fast-paced surf Tex-rock. The only thing more perfect for touchdowns and hard-core tailgating would be if Billy Gibbons would dub in some raunchy guitar parts. Rumor has it Hill tried to get the Texans to bite on it for a long time, but they just don't have the good sense to listen up. Judge for yourself: www.theeltoros.com/mp3s.html.

Charlie Earthman

Western Woes

More country classics: If Country Legends 97.1 is the No. 1 country station in Houston [Racket, by John Nova Lomax, August 14], it's only because it sucks less than KILT and Q Country. While there have been good and bad country records in any given year, country music has been declining in quality for at least 30 years. Most of the recordings since 1975 are just as awful as Toby Keith and the rest of the 2003 roster of hit makers.

To have a decent classic country format, more emphasis should be placed on records that came out in the period from the Korean War through the Vietnam War. I want to hear more Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizzell, Connie Smith, Hank Thompson, Johnny Bush and Buck Owens. I would just as soon forget that Alabama, the Oak Ridge Boys and T.G. Sheppard ever existed.

There hasn't been a decent classic country radio program in Houston since Larry Gala stopped doing the KIKK Country Oldies Show on KIKK/650 AM several years ago. I just hope 97.1 isn't around 20 years from now giving us "legends" like Faith Hill and Garth Brooks.

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