At the June Glenwood board meeting, my sister and I were assured that the matter would be looked into and resolved. Now, not only have we been taken off the mailing list for board meetings, but we have been ignored. Maybe they think we will just die and go away.

Colette Baker Herzog

No Visionary

Stuka attack: It's a shame the Houston Press lets someone like John Nova Lomax spend so much time and space on someone like Tim Murrah [Racket, October 2]. "Since when was attitude a sin in the rock and roll business?" Well, never. But there is a difference between attitude and just being didactic and sardonic all the time.

Rock and roll is a spirit, a real simple thing -- either you get it or you don't. Murrah and Lomax never got it and never will.

Your paper and a few others seem to think Murrah was appointed by the gods as some sort of rock and roll puppetmaster, here to teach us what good music is all about. Cram it. We don't need his contribution. Tim is a smart guy, and he's right about some things. Houston's club-and-music scene is a lethargic fireball in need of something; I just don't think it's Tim. He was given a large sum of money to make "something" happen and he blew it. That's not Trent Pham's fault, that's Tim's fault.

People like Tim and John are music critics who think attitude makes for good rock and roll. That's hardly ever the case. I think they both should stick their thumbs up their asses and roll right out of here. They are pathetic and boring.

Shawn Stevenson

Louie's Last Stand

Righting Welch: As a former Houstonian, cousin of Mitchell Welch and casual reader of the Press, I was disappointed to find the glaringly irrelevant reference to Louie Welch [Racket, by John Nova Lomax, October 9]. Though the article concerns the evolution of the independent film Balmorhea, Lomax strays off-topic and includes a skewed recap of an incident that has been taken out of context several times (by, might I add, the Chronicle, the same larger corporate-driven newspaper to which the Press claims to be superior in its "alternative" methods of reporting).

The "gaffe" to which Lomax refers did not take place in a public forum and, furthermore, was not the answer to any question concerning AIDS policy. But then I suppose it was too much to ask for you to thoroughly research these details, given that the article was not about Louie Welch and his politics, but in fact about an independent film and its key players.

I suggest that Lomax stick to what he does best: reviewing the heavy metal music scene. His obvious lack of concern for the facts of politics sullies the Press's so-called journalistic integrity and thus fails to distinguish the paper from any other publication that takes cheap shots in order to further a political agenda.

But then again, what do I know? I'm just the granddaughter of a redneck.

Siobhan Welch
Tallahassee, Florida

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