Thrust and Perry

Flagging causes: It was hard to read "The Dead Zone," [by Josh Harkinson, February 24] in one sitting, Bob Perry and all he stands for and delivers being so despicable.

However, the large gay.com ad, complete with two sultry males wrapped in the flag (which Perry donates so much to wrap his own causes in) at the end of the article was the absolutely perfect place for it to run.

Suck on that, Bob.

Chuckwheat Carper

Flip side: I was the associate director of research at the Institute of Storm Research from 1966 to 1975, and I was co-founder of the International Center for the Solution of Environmental Problems, ICSEP.

I found your article both enlightening and inspiring. Perhaps an example of worthwhile restoration, renovation and development such as the work of Alan Atkinson, renovating old warehouses and developing loft-style condos, would provide a contrast to compare with the shoddy work cited. Reggie Bowman is perhaps the most experienced with downtown warehouse restoration and development.

Journalistic fairness could be extended to those who have both done good work and done well doing it.

Thanks for your good work.

Joseph L. Goldman

Pulling Punches?

City arbitration tactics: Here's another dirty little secret of arbitration: In a case like this, where the city is facing a possible lawsuit, the city attorney's office rarely puts on its entire case ["Three Days Too Many," by George Flynn, February 17].

This is because the more vigorous they are in prosecuting the officer, the more they make the case for the plaintiff. The city attorney's office doesn't care one way or the other if the Houston Police Department can impose discipline. All it's doing is looking down the road at the civil suit and trying to prevent an arbitration hearing from being discovery for the plaintiff.

I was talking to a police union lawyer about how bad arbitration is, and his response was "Well, you know they don't put on their whole case, don't you?" He then went on to explain it.

Oh, yeah, and if you really push it too hard, you can't have a bad detective unless you have a bad sergeant and lieutenant who didn't perform proper supervisory oversight. Still a good-ol'-boys club.

Name withheld by request

This Parade No Charade

Gay Pride's the greatest: In criticizing dull Houston parades, evidently Hair Balls has never seen our Gay Pride Parade, held the last Saturday evening in June ["No Fun Allowed," February 24]. Nobody "revels in quiet loneliness" at this lively, colorful spectacle.

Sue Null

Spaying the Price

One sick puppy: I was absolutely sickened by the publication of the "Fido Solution" package ["The Fido Solution," by Richard Connelly, "Canine Cuisine," by Robb Walsh and "Cats: That Other White Meat," by Anon E. Mouse, February 3].

Places where they include humane education in school curriculums have nowhere near the problem that Houston has. Unlike your article states, spaying and neutering your pet does help! Animals are living, breathing, feeling creatures just like us, and they do not deserve to die unjustly.

Natalie Freshour

Bad riddance: It is apparent that some stray pets have to be euthanized, but most can be saved, and none should have to be killed. Maybe people should wise up, grow some brains and get their pets neutered and spayed. Oh, yeah, and don't just get rid of your pet when it's not a cute puppy anymore.

People's kids grow up to be morons, and because of what? They can't figure out how to take care of something, and they blame somebody else. Heck, just get rid of everything that's an inconvenience: the homeless, drug addicts, unwanted babies -- oh, wait, we already do that.

Anthony Le

Oui the People

French cafe resilience: If Robb Walsh thinks that "anti-French fanatics launched a terrorism campaign reminiscent of Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany" against French restaurants in Houston, then he must not have left the Inner Loop ["French Food Sans Frenchmen," February 17].

Three good-to-excellent French restaurants are thriving in evil, supposedly French-hating west Houston: Bistro Le Cep, Bistro Provence and Le Mistral. All of these weathered the supposed "Kristallnacht" of 2003 quite nicely, as far as I can tell.

Don Mynack

Mind Games

Lett'er rip: The one thing the Houston Press prints that ranges more widely than its own articles is the letters in the Letters section.

I suppose they're intended to raise the readership's "level of consciousness." It's a challenging range of opinion that sometimes entertains but other times begets near-terminal ennui.

W. Malloy

All's Faire

Rennie ways: All of this dispute and arguing over what makes a person a true Rennie [Letters, "Family Values" and "Ren-unciations," December 2 and December 9]. I can understand some Rennies travel and work at faires all the time, but I also can understand that some of us can't do it, as much as we would like to.

Point in fact: What makes a Rennie a true Rennie is the state of your heart. It's a matter of desire and want. It's a matter of just being around those you call friends and fellow clansmen. Let us not forget all the honored guests who just happen to stumble into camp.

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