The claim of being an indirect crime victim because your tax dollars are used to care for inmates doesn't make you a victim of inmates. This makes you a victim of the biggest crime ring in the world: the U.S. government!

Inmates are human, and just like officers, there are good ones and bad ones. We are not all murderers and rapists. Blanket statements such as those by the writer are commonly employed by hate groups. So what do you propose? Roadside executions of DWI and drug possession suspects? That would save your precious tax dollars.

Or better yet, why not withhold payment of your taxes? Then, when the government imprisons you for nonpayment, I'd like to hear your comments on the treatment of inmates.

(I'd welcome discussion on the subject; my full address is Shannon Parker No. 1159797, 1100 FM 655, Rosharon, Texas 77583.)

Shannon Parker

Chew on This

Trapper John's response: While it is true Mr. Lynch did in fact hire Trapper John, Inc. to address his rodent problem, it seems that this is where the facts in "Of Mice and Men" end [Hair Balls, by George Flynn, October 16].

Trapper John, Inc. has attempted numerous times to return to the residence to address the complaints of Mr. Lynch but has not been allowed access. As of July 2003, it has been the position of Trapper John, Inc. to refund $495 for the initial treatment cost to Mr. Lynch.

Several months ago, Mr. Lynch filed a complaint against Trapper John, Inc. with the Better Business Bureau. After investigating, the BBB responded to Trapper John, Inc. and stated, "Your report will reflect your company made every reasonable effort to resolve this case." It stands to reason the BBB found no evidence of wrongdoing by Trapper John, Inc., as it closed the case on August 2.

It continues to be the aim of Trapper John, Inc. to make every reasonable effort to resolve this issue. Unfortunately, Mr. Lynch has seen fit to make unfounded accusations of attempted insurance fraud. Trapper John, Inc. does not and will not conduct business in any manner other than strictly professional.

Trapper John, Inc. remains confident that any litigation matter will be proved baseless. Trapper John, Inc. will gladly submit all relevant documents at the appropriate time.

Rudy Wattiez, attorney at law
San Antonio

Out of Townes

Shameful problems: A close friend of mine who is a music supervisor (a person who places songs in films and TV shows) wanted to use several Townes songs for an upcoming film ["Dead, Not Buried," by Robert Wilonsky, November 20]. She told me that it was such a nightmare dealing with all these knuckleheads in the article that she eventually vowed to never license another Townes song again.

Being a huge Townes fan (I used to sneak into Anderson Fair to see him before I was 21 and legal), I was crushed! There's an old music business joke that really applies here: Ya know the difference between a hooker and the music business? A hooker will stop screwing you after you're dead. Maybe Wilonsky's controversial reporting style will help raise these people's consciousness. I'd love to hear any Townes song (example: Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen) in a big ol' studio feature film. Thanks!

Jesse Dayton

Missing in Action

Where's Murrah? I was just wondering why the Houston Press has not printed anything Tim Murrah has said lately [Racket, by John Nova Lomax, October 2]. Seems like every time he opens his mouth, someone from the Press is there to take notes.

I really miss his delightful comments. Doesn't everybody?

Wes Wallace

Full Monty Thanks

A religious calling: I would like to thank the Houston Press for selecting me to attend the Broadway show The Full Monty. I enjoyed it immensely. I never thought, based on my income, that I would ever have the chance to go to the Hobby Center. I know it was a blessing from God. Go ahead and laugh, but I am so serious.

I was so excited that I was able to tell one of the faculty members what a success this show is. I have received several movie passes from the Press giveaways. However, this grand opportunity tops them all. Please keep up the wonderful work. May God bless each and every one of you.

Ossie Riley

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