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However, I was most disappointed to read the litany of equivocation from Houston's transportation experts, particularly Carol Lewis, whom the mayor recently appointed to chair Houston's Planning Commission. Your story speaks to a loss greater than historic neighborhoods or green space. It demonstrates the erosion of Houston's seminal spirit and the absence of the audacity it took to build this community on the steamy banks of a shallow, slow-moving bayou, in the middle of nowhere. Enough excuses!

When did Houston become a can't-do city? When did we decide to focus on pursuing the temporary spotlight of events like the Olympics and the Super Bowl, and build gaudy amenities that serve only a small fraction of Houston's citizens? When did we buy into all this meaningless "world-class city" crap? (Memo to H-town boosters: If you have to advertise it, it's probably not so.) When did such vanities supplant the honest desire to work toward the true long-term welfare of this city's residents?

The same-old, same-old, whether it's more and more concrete or poor-mouthing innovation, will not solve our problems.

Until our leaders and the myopic developer establishment they serve first are once again willing to fearlessly take on tough technical challenges, Houston is doomed.

Where's a rocket scientist when you need one?

Mark Sterling
Houston

Critical Point

Not Wilonsky:The Press made a colossal error in choosing Robert Wilonsky to write a review of Batman Begins. 'Nuff said.

Jacob Majors
HoustonClarification

In an item headlined "Career Opportunities" in Hair Balls (June 16), the Press compared two programs for fifth-grade students -- separated by gender -- developed by Sharpstown High School. In the boys' program, we wrote, boys would "meet student athletes, Junior ROTC cadets and Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino."

In describing the girls' program, we reported that the speakers "included the Sharpstown High dance team, cheerleaders and two Miss Teen USA contestants."

The descriptions were correct, but as Terry Abbott, spokesman for the Houston Independent School District, points out, the girls also had student athletes, JROTC cadets and a governmental speaker -- in this case, a representative from the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. A girls' choir was included as well.

The boys' program was billed as "life lessons for boys"; the girls' program was named "Fifth Grade Tea Party: Building Character in Young Ladies."

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