By Jeff Balke
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To the Mexican: I just wanted you to know that I really enjoy reading your Q&As. I love how you dispel the rumors and stereotypes about Mexicans. I am black/ Hispanic, and I love Mexican men -- beer bellies and all! It's nice to have a man whose belly is bigger than mine -- kids will do that for you. I love how y'all (for the most part) cherish your women and stand by them, thick or thin (literally). Keep up the good work. And yeah, my man feels that a good blow job is the cure-all for any ailment of the mind, body and/or spirit!
Proper disposal: I just wanted to let you know that I read your article ["Without a Trace," by Keith Plocek, August 3] today at work, and it stuck with me until I got home and decided to do more research on it. Very interesting article, I must say.
It has inspired me to contact higher authorities and make it a law to dispose of such things properly. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I have been very impressed by your article and thank you.
Article or eggplant? So here's the setup. I'm enjoying a Houston summer Sunday. I lived in Houston when my son was born, but we moved to Austin, and now I'm back. So I'm thinking WTF, I feel like a real Houstonian today. I park and ride the light rail from the Museum District station to the Main Street stop closest to the Theater District. So far so good, right? I enjoy a film at Angelika and ride back to my car via light rail. I pick up a pre-read copy of the Press at the light rail stop and place it in my backpack.
I find my car still parked next to First UU Church and head for the New York Pizzeria on Westheimer, order my usual eggplant Parmesan and open to the cover article. Yikes, I'm going back and forth between your article "Without a Trace" and my meal, and have to decide: Do I finish the article or do I finish the eggplant? No way to do both. (Actually, I did do both.) Great article, and if I share it with my drama students, perhaps it's a new career path for many! Thanks again for adding to my Houston experience.
Under the rules of the Texas legislature, a proposed constitutional amendment such as HJR 6 (which provides that marriage in Texas must be between a man and a woman) must receive 100 affirmative votes out of the 150 possible votes in order to pass the Texas House. When a member does not cast a vote, it does not lower the number of votes required for passage. That stays at 100 out of 150.
By not voting, a member makes it harder for a constitutional amendment to be passed by making every "Yes" vote that more vital. The result is that members who oppose a constitutional amendment but do not want to formally go on record by voting "No" often vote either "Present-not-voting" or are suddenly "Absent" when the vote is taken. Not voting is, in effect, a way to vote "No" without going on the record.
It may not be courageous, but it still denied the supporter of HJR 6 one of the votes it might have required to pass. (If you check the record vote, you will see that several South Texas Democrats usually considered "progressive" were "Absent.")
Go green (or black, or blue): As a temporary resident of Houston, I enjoy your paper. It reminds me a little bit of my beloved San Francisco Bay Guardian. Enjoyed reading about your canoe trip on Buffalo Bayou ["Dark Water," by Josh Harkinson, July 20]. Here in east Houston (Cloverleaf), I'm shocked by the trash that confronts me daily. I miss the curbside recycling of home. Some people rally around the red, white and blue. My allegiance is to the green, black and blue (compostables, trash, recyclables); the list is long of items that can go in green or blue. Mayor White and Harris County, are you reading this? Houston desperately needs comprehensive curbside recycling. Maybe space for landfills is not the issue here, but I do see how the piney forests around the beltway are falling to development of treeless malls with overchilled interiors. It's a double whammy for the environment: Cut down the lungs of the planet and build spaces that require vast fossil fuel use to cool.
I pine for the piney forests of South Texas and the green, blue and black of my home in the West (sung to your favorite cowboy chorus).