Ike, Cancer, KBR and Oysters

Waking Life

Good job: I've always enjoyed reading your stuff in the Press, your blogs, and other posts. But I absolutely love the Ike article ["Ike's Wake," by John Nova Lomax, January 8].

Back in the "Allison" days, your cohort Richard Connelly wrote the awesome article "Wading for Godot" [July 5, 2001] — always thought that was one of the most touching articles ever, and yours is right there with it.

Thanks to both of you and the Houston Press for putting our feelings into words. I'm a Surfside (hit by Ike) resident, formerly of the Heights (hit by Allison).

Kim Colt
Surfside Beach

The Anti Doc

Online readers respond to "Cancer Doc," by Craig Malisow, January 1.

Easy prey: It is most unfortunate that people like Dr. Burzynski are allowed to get rich on the most unfortunate and defenseless patients, who are frightened, most of the time have poor understanding and therefore are willing to give everything to hear the word "cure." These patients are the easiest prey. Our system, in the name of freedom of choice, is unable and/or unwilling to protect them.

Comment by Jack Leya, MD from
Chicago

Great story: This quack owns a ­multimillion-dollar home in the West Houston area. Hope this article will save the 401K plans of any potential future patients.

Comment by houston oncologist from
houston

Excellent summary of the case: This ignorance of basic science reflects the defect in U.S. science education and the effects of antiscience propaganda by organized quackery and "alternative medicine."

Why did the judge dismiss and the attorney general and the FDA withdraw 74 complaints? They were all well documented. The economic and political pressures must have been enormous — or at least may have been too tempting — to ignore. And too few gulled live patients and too few relatives with a public conscience and guts.

Comment by Wallace Sampson MD
from Los Altos CA

Profits, not people: Sadly, people will continue to view "mainstream" cancer treatment with suspicion. No one makes it through the lobby at MD Anderson Cancer Center unless they can prove full financial responsibility for treatment. No doubt this makes it easier for promoters of snake oils to convince people that the system is corrupt — and more interested in profits than caring for, and curing, sick people.

Comment by dee

Root Problem

Online readers respond to "KBR Sued Again, This Time for Male-on-Male Sexual Harassment," Hair Balls blog, by Paul Knight, December 30.

No immunity: This is a repeating pattern for KBR and typical management style: "The rules don't apply here." The fact that Gregory Thomas was fired after voicing concern is a standard mode of operation. If you are a problem, for whatever reason, they get rid of you.

KBR thinks it has immunity because the employees don't actually work for them, they work for SEII. But I hope the courts are finally seeing through that.

Ms Sparky

Why contractors? KBR needs to be done away with. Contractors are being paid way too much to do shoddy work and commit crimes that go unpunished. The work being contracted to KBR is the very work that used to be done by Armed Forces personnel at fractions of the current cost. Now those soldiers, who our tax dollars paid to train for construction and other roles, are wasting those trade skills standing on a post somewhere providing no logistical purpose to the cause.

Why are we paying so much for contractors who are doing nothing but harming soldiers, committing crimes and driving higher the cost of war? Contractors working in Iraq are made up of companies from all over the world, so our tax dollars are not only paying for overpriced labor and shoddy work, they're paying other nations to do so and eliminating jobs and income for out-of-work American contractors and other skilled workers.

Cube Dweller

Bad company: KBR should be out of existence. But as long as Halliburton exists, so will this awful company.

Sexual harassment is the least of their sins.

carol

Fit for a King

Online readers comment on "Bombay Salad and Colossal Shrimp," by Robb Walsh, December 16.

Crop concerns: After reading this article, I was concerned about this year's oyster crop. But I had a dozen at the Humble Pappas for $3.95, and they were ­delicious.

Comment by Dennis Hanovich from
Kingwood

Area oysters: We've had two oyster experiences this week: The oysters at Danton's were awesome, plump and sweet; the dozen we had at Denis's were skinny and small. In November, we tried a dozen at Goode Co. Seafood on Kirby that were incredibly briny, like the Northeastern crop. We were told they were from Louisiana. I don't know what a spawning oyster looks or tastes like, and don't think I wanna find out!

Comment by Mary

Great place: I have had many enjoyable visits to the Kings Inn over quite a few years. While they are not always perfect, they are mostly very good. I think you should have mentioned their excellent avocado and tomato salad and their awesome frog legs.

In any case, thanks for covering such a great restaurant in the HoustonPress.

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