Cut the Apple
Reject Rory: Thanks for your timely article on Judge Rory Olsen ["Judging Rory," by Margaret Downing, October 31]. As a normally straight-Republican voter, I made an exception in Olsen's case when I voted Tuesday.
The GOP is much better off without that bad apple.
Forgotten fields: As a five-year-plus T.H. Rogers parent, I have to wonder about the school board's best interests regarding the green space surrounding our school ["Power Plays," by Margaret Downing, October 24]. Like other parents, I didn't even realize the space belonged to HISD.
We refer to our campaign for shared green space as "Fields for All." We would like a small slice of the Post Oak pie -- maybe a jogging track, which could be used by the entire community.
Don't refer to us as spoiled parents; our children must jog around the school and subject themselves to the congested sidewalks of San Felipe during their mile runs. Others jog the parking lot. Whatever happened to "safety first"?
Our kids are taught to share at an early age. I hope the board and the Post Oak Little League can eventually learn the lesson as well.
Carol E. Vaughn
Play ball: The opening paragraph is illustrative of Margaret Downing's slanted message where she refers to the "crappy wedge of a playground" the children at Rogers have. Significant portions of the equipment on what Ms. Downing refers to as an excrementatious playground were provided by the Be An Angel foundation and other like-minded entities.
Improvements made during the time the Post Oak Little League and Post Oak Pony League have leased this property have served to significantly remedy what had been a miasmal quagmire after rains. Further, the extensive lighting continuously serves to make the surrounding area much safer.
Though it has no relevance to the issue at hand, one must ask, When did the Rogers girls' team start playing city championship-quality volleyball on a soccer field?
Peggy Sue Gay stated that she has sons in the baseball leagues, but a hasty check of those rosters and consultation with parents found no known participation by Gays in those leagues.
If the disgruntled parents at Rogers had approached Mr. Shadwick and HISD with a clear vision, a detailed budget and a workable plan, they might have received a more favorable response.
The Houston Press and Ms. Downing have not done anybody any favors by attempting to use the perceived cultural elitism of the Post Oak baseball leagues as a wedge to divide them from T.H. Rogers parents questioning the continued use and improvements of the land leased to the Post Oak baseball leagues. By reporting an ever increasing and unfortunately not-so-unique penchant for someone wanting something without having to work or pay for it, the article has only succeeded in exposing the unhappy campers at T.H. Rogers as the indolent whiners they are.
Simply stated: Be quiet and do your homework.
Cut the crop-circle crap: Dylan Krider's "Space Center & Me" article [October 10] is very angry, and it sounds like he has good reason. I'm glad that he has said so publicly. I was contacted by the center to provide information for this exhibit; I haven't seen it, so I don't know what they ended up using. But from the tone of Krider's article it sounds as if they flat ignored the ten years of scientific work that has been accomplished on the crop-circle phenomenon by our scientists, who have been methodically examining plants and soils from crop-circle sites in eight countries.
This work has all been carried out by professional, credentialed scientists, utilizing standard scientific methodology. And it clearly shows that something other than people with planks and boards is behind the crop-circle enigma. Some people do make some crop circles, but apparently they don't make them all.
We have never suggested that "aliens" have anything whatsoever to do with crop circles. We find the genuine events intriguing, and the plant/soil results so far are indicative of an as-yet-unrecognized (or possibly new) energy system at work in our environment.
I know that scientific interest in so-called anomalous phenomena immediately marks one nowadays as peculiar, but surely such curiosity is the foundation of all that we know, all educated understanding of our physical reality.
Readers who would like to know what science has discovered about crop circles so far, or who might like to either get involved or help support the research, can visit our Web site, www.bltresearch.com.
President, BLT Research Team Inc.
Star Pizza Resolve
Never again: After reading John Lomax's Racket column [October 24] about the imminent closing of the Fabulous Satellite Lounge, I've decided never to eat at Star Pizza again. If the current tenant doesn't pay his rent timely, then the owner can rent the space to someone else. A live music venue and a restaurant have co-existed at that site for years. No thanks to the Zwireks for killing a great live music venue. Houston needs a place for live music a lot more than it needs an overpriced pizza joint.
Kyong Mi Chon
Getting clubbed: I question the accuracy of this column [The Nightfly, by Craig D. Lindsey, September 19], such as the quote about "250 calls for police and a total of 70 drug arrests in the past two years." There are obviously differing views between the Harris County attorney and DJ Mike Snow. Is it possible for you to compile and compare the police calls and drug arrests at Hyperia with other those at nightclubs?
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Hyperia is shutting down, and that comes as a big blow to many people. Hyperia is the livelihood of legitimate businessmen such as Neil Heller, Michael DeGrace, Sean Carnahan and Andy Moore. The electronic music industry as a whole is under attack, mainly because of the recent slew of exposés on raves. Hyperia is not a rave venue, it's a club. And it has brought in the best sound system and world-renowned DJs from all over the globe. It has done what no other club has done for the Houston electronica music industry.
As a frequent Hyperia customer, I have seen them empty pockets and frisk patrons to make sure nothing illegal gets in. And I have witnessed busts of people who sneaked something in. As you know, the RAVE Act seeks to hold promoters/club owners responsible for the actions of their patrons, but that hardly seems fair. I find it hard to believe that they're shutting their doors because of incidents like these, because I've seen for myself drug use in other clubs downtown. The industry as a whole is suffering because of the discrimination and mind-set that goes along with techno music.
Andy Moore has mentioned that even the production side of his business is being put in an inaccurate light. The fact is that for the people I've mentioned above, their livelihood is under pressure. They've helped revitalize the nightlife downtown, and they've spread a deep passion and love for electronic music to many people in Houston.