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Gee, maybe us cool kids can all get together and poke fun at Ms. Graves, the Press employee who was recently shot. Let's belittle her injuries and trauma. I am sure she will appreciate our cutting-edge humor as she attempts to recover her life.

Perhaps death and injury are not so humorous when they're close to home. You owe many people apologies. God bless Ms. Graves and our servicemen and women.

Max Martino
Houston

Strict Enforcement

All on the same page: Mr. Wolin should be thankful his children attend a school with an administration that'll take action to keep their school safe [Letters, "The Wrong Lessons," April 1]. "Sending a message" is a valid reason to react strongly, for it lets kids know the rule of law will be enforced without consideration of the good kid/bad kid labels. The result is not "loss of respect for the system" but respect for the system, for it teaches kids consequences.

As an HISD middle school teacher, I'd love to see our administration react similarly. Here, it's chronic under-reaction. The HISD administration bends rules for any parent who has the gumption to question them. For anything short of carrying a weapon, the punishment is as flexible as a rubber pencil. The result is "loss of respect for the system" and a generation of kids who have zero regard for the law. I commend the Katy administration for holding its ground.

Name withheld by request
Houston

Wolf Tracks

Memories of a visit: I am appalled to read what has happened to NAWA ["Cry of the Wolves," by Michael Serazio, April 1]. In 1998 I attended the class given by Rae Ott and went to the sanctuary afterward. Overall it was a wonderful experience. But as we wove through the trees to get back to the sanctuary, I wondered how the neighbors felt about it and whether the wolves would even be safe there.

I guess ultimately it was not the neighbors I should have been concerned about. To read about the suffering these animals had to endure devastates me. Working in the veterinary field, I know how horrible distemper is. I truly hope this woman, with even the best intentions, is never allowed to house animals like this again.

Jenn Grebe
Houston

Check it out: I would just like to thank Michael Serazio for researching and writing this article. I am a wolf advocate, but since I am unable to volunteer physically, I do donate to some of the sanctuaries. Luckily, news of the downfall of this sanctuary broke before I sent my donation.

I consider this to be a lesson for anyone who wishes to donate money to this type of cause. Be sure you thoroughly check out the different wolf sanctuaries before sending money. There are many very good ones that can use all the help they can get. I have visited all the wolf sanctuaries that I donate to. If you do this, you can see for yourselves what kind of facility you are giving to and how well the wolves are cared for.

Thank you again for your article.

Barbara A. Miller
Bel Air, Maryland

Border Vows

Doing one's homework: It is hard for me to come to the defense of CIS (the former INS), but I married a Mexican woman in 1999. We applied for a fiancée visa in May 1999, and the application was approved in June. We were married in October 1999. That wasn't hard, or particularly lengthy (though it seemed that way at the time).

We didn't have to stand in line in Juárez, but applicants for fiancée visas were ushered into the consulate in front of the Mexican nationals waiting in line.

As he is an immigrant himself, I would think that H. Jack Schyma ["Flight of Angels," by Josh Harkinson, April 15] would have thought to consult immigration authorities about how to get his wife legal immigrant status prior to having her give everything up for him. But Mr. Schyma seems to have a tremendous sense of entitlement and decided he could bully immigration authorities.

I'm no expert, but I recall that it takes a lot longer to get an immigration visa for your wife (who must remain out of the country while it is processed) than it does a fiancée visa.

It is tempting to be impulsive and go ahead and get married. But when there are international borders in between, it isn't that easy. It is hard for me to sympathize with people who do it without checking out the rules and then complain later.

Maybe the United States isn't good enough for Mr. Schyma. Perhaps he should try another country that will do things his way.

Herb Clark
Houston

Bumbling bureaucracy: I married an Australian national and went through all the immigration procedures to obtain my Australian residency visa. It was an exercise in pedancy, but not overly difficult.

When my husband and I decided to relocate to the United States years later, I was embarrassed by the bumbling bureaucracy that was the immigration department and its procedures. (One of the countless forms was nonsensical. Officials told me they weren't sure what purpose the form served or how to fill it out, but just to do our best.)

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