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By Craig Malisow
Online readers comment on "Bad Business," by Craig Malisow, August 24:
Memories of Christie: A cheating woman such as Angela Denton would push any decent woman's buttons, and a cheating man would do the same. I'm sure Ryan told her what he wanted to get in her bed. Her name being mentioned in this article only cheapens a horrific situation.
I do not claim to know the facts and do not wish to discuss hearsay, but I cannot let Christie's memory be anything except that of the loving mother, friend, daughter, sister and neighbor that she was. Her smile lit up a room, and she would give the shirt off her back to a stranger in need. She was not a cheater. She was out in the yard with her kids, riding bikes, homeschooling and attending church every Sunday. Maybe we should all be a little more like Christie in her memory.
They deserve each other: I don't know if Ryan Sumstad did in the wife or not. Considering the history of crime labs across the country, I don't have absolute faith in the Medical Examiner's report. But I do believe these two crazy kids — the "widowed" husband and the woman he had an affair with — are meant for each other. They can name their first six kids Mercenary, Larceny, Immorality, Disloyalty, Infidelity and Degeneracy. I also believe, as Dante wrote, and I paraphrase, the deepest pit in hell is reserved for oath breakers and betrayers.
Online readers comment on "Debris Downer," by Troy Schulze, August 24:
Consider the concept: I can't argue in favor of all represented in the current batch of Lawndale shows, but Jeremy DePrez is one of the best painters in Houston. His works are some of the most considered and meditative I've seen from a young painter. I'm unsure if the artist himself would disagree with the descriptions that Schulze has applied to his pieces — minimal, non-seductive, lack of detail, detached, cold, etc. — but it is convenient and a bit lazy to dismiss DePrez's works without even considering the conceptual framework, as Schulze has here.
Anne J. Regan
Bringing the Stink
Online readers comment on "Yummy Stinky," by Katharine Shilcutt, August 24:
Nice review, Katharine: I'm glad I had the chance to read about "stinky tofu." I'm not sure I'm going to run right out and get some, but I'm happy I have the chance to vicariously experience it through your review.
Oh, stinky tofu: Back when we were little, my dad would drag us to a Taiwanese restaurant in the Welcome Center for stinky tofu. We'd gag and suffer so much the owner would bring out a tabletop fan to blow the fumes away from us. When I was living in Sichuan a couple of years ago, I came across that familiar odor at an outdoor antiques market. "Don't worry," I told my non-Asian colleague, "one of the stalls is probably selling stinky tofu." I was wrong. What we were smelling was the cesspool of a stream flowing behind the market — foamy, green and complete with human waste floaters. Stinky tofu. It's a huge part of my ethnic heritage, but try as I might, I haven't been able to bring myself to eat it.
More Dead Cats
Online readers comment on "Cat Murders Again Plaguing Northwest Houston," Hair Balls blog, August 26:
Advice: Be a responsible pet owner and don't let your pets run wild. You should have nothing to worry about.
Not wild: In a decent neighborhood with quiet streets, cats should be allowed to roam fairly freely with no problems. The only problem is when there is a large population of feral animals in a given area, but owned cats walking around quiet neighborhood yards is not running "wild."
It starts with animals: If you look at the pattern of abuse by most sociopaths, they typically start out abusing animals before they move on to human prey. The animals serve as practice for bigger game. I'm guessing whoever is doing this has serious mental issues. I'm praying he or she is caught and properly evaluated, and not fined and released so he can evolve.
No Song for Osteen
Online readers comment on "Joel Osteen Sued By Musician Who Says Lakewood Using His Song Will Alienate People," Hair Balls blog, by Richard Connelly, August 25:
Make a call: I realize that even churches can conduct shady business practices. But rather than first pulling the trigger on a lawsuit, did anyone with Yesh pick up a phone and ask Joel Osteen or one of his underlings to kindly cease and desist? I'm guessing the continued airplay just fell through the Lakewood bureaucratic cracks, unless they simply feel legally entitled to continue to use the song. We can only speculate about Lakewood's side since there's not even the obligatory "no comment."
Entitled churches: After working in advertising for years and years, I worked in the marketing department of a church for a short while. To call their "business practices" shady would be the understatement of the year. Among other issues, I've never seen such flagrant disregard for the law/licensing/copyright in my life. Basically, if they wanted to appropriate it for their purposes, they did. The sense of entitlement was off the charts. When I'd try to explain that in order to publish the musical parts of services (Web, video, etc.), they needed to pay the licensing fees, they'd wave me off like I was out of my mind. Apparently, laws and rules do not apply to churches. Which would partially explain why they're rollin' in cash.