Online readers respond to "Trash Talk," by Craig Malisow Thursday, July 15:
Wow: This is one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read in the HP. I realize more and more every year why I quit watching the NBA more than six years ago. It's sad to see that the players' wives and girlfriends are just as vapid and morally bankrupt as their husbands. Why did this even rate the cover story? These women are ludicrous. Our so-called "culture" is hitting new lows every day.
Question: Is the editor on vacation? This entire article was written in Tweet-lish.
Worthwhile story: This is well researched, timely and relevant. It does not matter if you agree with the specifics of this drama — but the ability of anyone to "say" or write anything and share it with everyone without consequence seems to be straining the intent of the First Amendment from 1791.
This is a time of no presses or editors, with some writers claiming authorship and some posting through the cloak of Internet anonymity. It brings up a lot of questions and issues to consider on many levels. This is an interesting article because it deals with private "sexcapades" made public between a known public media figure in the sports industry and his partner, who is famous only by association with him. Each has a different level of assumed privacy. These are good issues to consider, and it definitely makes you think.
Online readers respond to "Coyotes in Montrose?" by John Nova Lomax, July 20:
Why not? There was a coyote in Central Park last year. And you know if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere...
Kill the coyotes: I live in Montrose, an urban area, in the fourth-largest city in the U.S. I am all about nature and little critters running around. God knows we obviously have squirrels and birds and lizards and roaches. And also have more and more raccoons and opossums trotting down the sidewalks like they own it. And now we have predators like coyotes feasting and licking their chops on house pets?
What Doug Steen has said is totally irresponsible. There was mention that Steen lives in or around College Station. My mom lives in that area, which is surrounded by prairies and cows and wildlife. Sounds like Steen is out of touch with reality. If we have coyotes eating house pets in the city of Houston, they need to be trapped and killed before a baby or small child is snatched from its carriage. The wringing of hands and crying won't bring them back. If coyotes are permissible, perhaps we should import some bears and mountain lions. Hell, open the doors at the zoo — let 'em all come in and feast. Who is at the top of the food chain, the cute little coyotes? Or is it still us humans? The only good coyotes in the city of Houston are dead coyotes in the city of Houston.
Don't Panic: Doug Steen was pointing out that it is possible for coyotes to live in urban areas like the Montrose. That doesn't mean that he is irresponsible or out of touch with reality. He doesn't "permit" roaming packs of bloodthirsty coyotes to terrorize the streets of Montrose. Jeez, get a freakin' life already and stop being so panicky.
Problems in Store
Hair Balls and the big guy: While Hair Balls was combing the city to find tepid support for a proposed Walmart at the foot of the Heights on Yale (I guess being cool has come full circle when it is now hip to be pro-Walmart), the real news about the proposed Walmart went unreported ["Battle in the Heights," Hair Balls, blog, by Chris Patronella Jr., July 15].
If the horrible snobs in the Heights prevail, then people who crave Walmart's allegedly low prices will have to go all the way out to a new Walmart Supercenter at Silber and I-10 to get their fix of cheap goods. Or, if rumors are true, all the way up to I-45 and Crosstimbers. How will people survive having to sit in the car for an extra five to ten minutes in a city where most people spend well over an hour a day in the car just trying to get to work? Probably the same way they have done so in the Heights for the past 90 years.
I hope Hair Balls keeps room on its shelf for that Pulitzer for reporting that the City of Houston has been in talks to shower the developer with tax incentives for infrastructure improvements needed to cram a massive Walmart Supercenter in an area that already has plenty of traffic congestion and drainage issues. Or for letting readers know that H-E-B wanted to build on the site but lost out to a higher bid from a certain deep pocket from Arkansas.
But, instead, Hair Balls wanted to be fair to the poor, misunderstood souls at Walmart and decided the story was a great opportunity to take on the monsters who live in the Heights and dare to pick on the most powerful retailer in the world in order to keep the Washington corridor from turning into FM 1960 Jr.
What is up for next week? Maybe you could take on those obnoxious Kemp Ridley sea turtles who keep getting in the way of the BP cleanup? Why can't they just dive when the ocean is lit on fire?
Thanks, Hair Balls, for looking out for the big guy!
Press staffers win more national journalism awards
Houston Press staffers did well in two national journalism contests in announcements made over the past week.
Paul Knight captured first place in the Public Service category of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies' AltWeekly awards, while Chris Vogel placed second in the Society of Environmental Journalists' national competition in the Small Market category. The SEJ competition is known as the largest environmental journalism competition in the country.
Knight won for his story "Wild Rides," which detailed acceleration problems with the Toyota Prius months before any other media reported on the matter.
Vogel was cited for his story "A Quiet Hell" that investigated the lax enforcement standards the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality uses in its oversight of pollution by chemical plants.
That same story also earned Vogel a second place in the Investigative category in the AltWeekly competition.
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In other AAN competitions:
The Rocks Off music blog at www.houstonpress.com placed second in music blogs.
Former food writer Robb Walsh placed second in the Multimedia category for his story "Not So Clear Cut," which detailed in story, photos and video what happens when a cow is butchered.
And former editorial fellow Mike Giglio placed third in News Story Long Form for "Getting Off," about Houston attorney Tyler Flood and how he represents his clients charged with DWI.