Skin and Bones

Rockin' Rocket: Absolutely loved the article "Rocket Man" by Craig Malisow [March 4]. It's not often that the Houston Press spices it up. As for Scott Styles, from physicist to porn star, you rock!

Javier Martinez

Under the cover: I just returned from my neighborhood Kroger store, and as I was getting my shopping basket I heard a man let out a yell. I turned to see what was going on, and he apologized for startling me. He had been walking out of the store and saw the "Rocket Man" cover photo and showed it to me. He was offended that such a photo was at eye level for small children.

As I left the store, I mentioned the cover photo to the manager and he moved the papers to an adult level in the display stand. They were still visible to adults, but small children won't see something that is inappropriate for their age.

Would you please consider the height of your displays when the papers are delivered and displayed, to avoid children seeing things like this?

Debi Mogab

Indecent exposure: I was appalled at your cover of "Rocket Man." In a city this large, one would think there is more important news to deliver and advertise than the Rocket Man's indecency. I fully understand the advertisement slogan "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

The Houston Press used to be a great paper to read. What happened? Your cover is disgusting. This paper is always distributed at my workplace, and so many people took offense to just the cover. Children have access to your articles and ads. We always knew we could read good articles that meant something to society. I hope I can read more impressive articles in the future.

B. Winston

Straight arrows: Craig Malisow's overview of Scott Styles's successful career switch to the porn industry overlooked an interesting detail: Styles was featured on the cover of the August '97 Advocate Men magazine (a gay version of Playboy), and he was later picked as the magazine's Man of the Year -- and Styles is not even gay, according to his Web site.

Name withheld by request

Gay Advocate: As a gay male, I was interested in your story of Scott Styles. I did a little research of my own and found that the cover model of the August 1997 issue of Advocate Men is the same Scott Styles.

Just thought you would like this piece of information, although I have never seen any movie (gay movie) with his name in the credits. But that doesn't stop men of porn from taking on another pseudonym.

Name withheld by request

Editor's note: Styles says on his Web site that he's done a few photo shoots for predominantly gay publications, adding, "I'm guessing that that's where I got most of my 'exposure' to the gay community."

Lead Waits

Battle-ready: Thanks for this article ["Lead Astray," by Josh Harkinson, March 4]. It is great and makes me remember why I got into this fight over lead-poisoned homes and children. We are still trying to settle our lawsuit with the nonprofit that sold my son the, as we call it, House from Hell.

Thanks again for staying in this very important fight.

Susan Saxe

Educated Guess

Singing the praises: Mike Serazio, when you have kids, I hope you are able to lose your cynicism and encourage their sense of wonder at the simple things in life ["School Spirit(s)," February 5].

More important than how they teach at a Waldorf school is how the children respond. We made the right decision to transfer our daughter to one, because she's singing again as she plays, and her imagination is never-ending as she creates fairy houses from sticks, rocks, nuts and scarves.

For those of us who have dealt with nightly battles over repetitive worksheets and tried to keep the joy of learning intact when teachers are assessing reading levels and assigning remedial work in kindergarten, this really is a breath of fresh air.

I challenge you to find a credible child development expert out there who sings the praises of TV for kids -- particularly after Janet Jackson's Super Bowl appearance on the boob tube (pun intended) during "family hour."

And the use of gnomes is not a major component of Waldorf education. In fact, many classrooms have no gnomes. They are dolls that are used imaginatively by the teachers and students. Not much different from a traditional doll and preferable to the television-inspired dinosaurs and aliens many children play with.

I feel like Waldorf has given my daughter her childhood back -- the kind of low-stress childhood most of us want for our kids -- and I encourage any parent looking for an education to call Shining Star School.

Monette Chilson

On the Mark

Review raves: Thank you so much for the review of Buford Gomez ["Pepper-Spraying José," by Alvaro Saar Rios, February 26]. I saw the play, and the article fully reflects my thoughts about it. I liked the way the writer reviewed this play, not only from the minority perspective, and would love to see more of his work.

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