A-cute Sexism

Firefighters to the Rescue

Giving credit: A note of clarification on an otherwise excellent story on the problems along the Fondren corridor ["Moving On," by Craig Malisow, October 17]: It was not an "officer" (police officer) who carried the child from the apartment into the ambulance. It was a firefighter/paramedic with the fire department, and I happen to know this because I was that firefighter/paramedic.

I know it's nit-picking, but this recognition is important to me, not as a personal matter but as an organizational matter for the fire department and the members who get little recognition in relation to HPD's officers.

Thank you for indulging in my little rant. And the rest of the story was dead on about an area that I know better than I would like (I also made the Southwest Gardens fire -- we all hated going to that place with a passion).

Name withheld by request

Shut Her Up

No grief for a mother: In response to the letter from the mother whose son is on death row [Letters, October 17], I say oh, well. Seems like a lot whining and self-pity here.

What about the families of those who were so brutally murdered by your son? What about their feeling, their sorrow of having a loved one murdered? They didn't have time to prepare. You should know that every convict is either innocent or has found God. Our legal system must be all screwed up if that is actually true.

This woman should not be commended for her courage but should be silenced so as not to upset those who really grieve: the families of those murdered by her loving son.

Klaus Koehler

Hair-ied Reporters

TV dolts: Thank Richard Connelly for keeping an eye on the Chron for us [News Hostage, October 17]. And if you watch local TV, you're probably just as dissatisfied with the acute lack of area talent.

I remember graduating from journalism school and thinking I had better research my opinions and have plenty of justification for casting a critical eye on subjects -- but hey, who the fuck was I kidding? Any bimboid with Hollywood hair can get a job in this town.

You don't even have to be that familiar with the language -- any language. Make it up as you go. Here's one we like: "That car is more narrow dynamic." See who uses it first. Here's a clue: Don't let the TelePrompTer on camera be your first reading of the story. Try going through it once prior to the show; just a suggestion.

Edward L. Hoffpauir Jr.

Custody Concerns

Living in fear: While reading your article about Judge Georgia Dempster, I got the feeling that you disapproved of the way she dealt with the custody case ["Trial of Faith," by Jennifer Mathieu, September 12]. I also felt that there was speculation on your part about the mother of the children and her fears of her ex-husband.

Being a mother and an ex of an abusive relationship, I was disgusted because I know what it's like to have people disbelieve your fears of losing your children. My ex-husband threatened to slit my throat and take my daughter away. I'm now battling him in court, and he lies and says he did nothing. It's infuriating and a disgrace that we have to put up with the legal system when there are people out there freely threatening others and getting away with it.

I know what it's like to live in fear and have a whole family torn apart by abuse. Your article is being used against Judge Dempster in a hearing that will change my entire life, most likely for the worst. Sometimes people should walk in others' shoes. It would make a difference in how they think.

Name withheld by request

Worst of All

Curtain call: Thank you for a creative issue of the Best of Houston for everything [September 26] -- and good writing, too.

One thing: Why not the "worst" dry cleaners, who ruined the lining of your curtains? I have a nominee.

Mary Munn

Cape Carnival

Space Center blues: I feel your article summarizes well what much of the local NASA community feels about Space Center Houston ["Space Center and Me," by Dylan Otto Krider, October 10]. I can recall when Johnson Space Center had a free visitors center filled with dusty exhibits of "boring" space memorabilia; it had a lot more visitors than the flashy, information-light Space Center Houston.

I applaud your endurance to keep returning to the place; I go only if an out-of-town visitor requests it. Space Center Houston's problem has always been its efforts to make what should be a museum into an amusement park. I think they would be a lot more successful if they followed the Houston Museum of Natural Science's example of charging modest fees for individual exhibits, tours and movies. Instead, they charge an all-inclusive amusement park fee, plus parking. Even if a new IMAX movie or quality science exhibit is installed, I'm not willing to be a repeat visitor and pay another $17 when 90 percent of the place hasn't changed!

If I could pay $5 to see just the new exhibit or the new film, I would be a repeat visitor. Bottom line: If you're going to charge amusement park prices, you have to be an amusement park. Hence extreme sports and crop circles. It's a shame, because stuffed in the corners are some truly talented, scientifically literate staff who never get a chance to make the place shine.

Robert Herrick


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