Letters to the Editor

Great explorations: I thoroughly enjoyed your article. It was a brilliant pastiche of those classic explorer tales (like Steinbeck in The Sea of Cortez) but with a sort of haunting undercurrent as Harkinson nonchalantly reported on the trash and surviving nature he met on the way.

I must say I thought the ending was a little abrupt. I would love to have had a little bit more of an after-reaction: How did it feel when you were safe on dry land again? Did you feel like you had "discovered" anything?

Thanks for a cool and compelling article, quite easily the best thing I have ever read in the Houston Press.

Andrew Richardson
Houston

Question answered: I really enjoyed your article. Having lived in Houston since 1983 and seen the bayous daily, I have always wondered what it would be like to canoe one to the Gulf. You answered my question with wonderful detail.

Al Bennett
Houston

Tales Out of School

Rules and reason: I come from a fairly extensive military background. Rules are good. Rules are necessary.

But there's a reason we don't have robots leading our nation's schools ["Cut Short," by Todd Spivak, June 29]. Considering circumstances the new law suggests (self-defense, intent or lack of intent, disciplinary history) should not be issued as a "may" to principals but a "must." Indeed, the old way was robotic, unthinking and ignorant of reality. By saying principals must consider a variety of student factors is essentially telling them to think, to consider, to evaluate. Principal Patricia Paquin did none of those in Pavlos's case. Let's hope other principals choose more wisely with similar situations in the future. Blindly throwing the book at Pavlos and other kids like him is a horrible decision, not to mention lazy.

And Houston, don't forget to change that to a must. Thinking instead of just reacting is a good thing, especially when it comes to our children's future.

Ken Cooper
Tampa, Florida

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