Island welcome: The Houston Press has done what the Galveston Daily News lacks the courage and ability to do: an in-depth, investigative report on a problem in its own backyard ["Gangstas in Paradise," by Margaret Downing, December 6].
The Daily News covers meetings and prints a schedule of social events, but we need the Houston Press to come here and report what is really going on on Galveston Island. This was indeed an enlightening and well-presented article, and we will welcome the Houston Press back anytime to bring us the news we never hear.
Head covers: "No Veiled Threats" [by Jennifer Mathieu, November 15] was a fascinating exploration of a segment of Islamic women who have been ignored thus far: those who cover by choice. I certainly applaud these women's bravery in following the dictates of their conscience within the context of their faith.
However, I find the idea that women who choose to wear the niqab henceforth enjoy security from male harassment implausible to say the least, though I do not mean to imply dishonesty on the part of these particular women and their anecdotal evidence.
I have read at least three accounts of women from predominantly Muslim countries who say exactly the opposite, and the logic of the women in the article seems to contain a serious flaw. Though there is a small percentage of men who get too caught up in honest admiration at times -- and these may be stopped by the covering -- most who engage in behavior like catcalling are simply bullies who happen to have a somewhat misogynistic turn of mind. It seems the idea that a cover would prevent bullies from being such is analogous to children's sense of security when they pull the sheets over their heads at bedtime for "protection."
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Paper tigers: As you are Houston's only major muckraker voice, it was very disappointing to read your kid-gloves treatment of the Chronic Chron's century of ballyhoo celebration [News Hostage, by Richard Connelly, November 1].
With ties to the Houston Post alumni group, you are certainly capable of defending the thousands of readers and employees who were victims of the midnight raid by Dick Johnson and the Hearst lawyers to capture the territory and contents on the Southwest Freeway originally built on very solid ground by Oveta Culp Hobby.
Among the many negative bits of information not mentioned by the Chronic was the fact that it is the only U.S. big-city newspaper to never win a Pulitzer Prize. However, since their purchase included everything not cleared off the premises within a few hours after the raid, they probably are claiming ownership of the 1965 Pulitzer given to Gene Goltz of The Houston Post.
Spare some of your space for a rebuttal view by Lynn Ashby and/or other Post alumni. It would help to satisfy the thousands of loyal readers who were shortchanged by the death of the Post.
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Support the scene: Is John Nova Lomax a music editor or an art critic [Racket, December 6]? This column seems more appropriate in the art section of the paper since it is clearly not about music!
Having been in the Houston music industry for five years, I can honestly say that Mr. Lomax is neglecting the Houston original music scene. Past Racket columns stated that the scene is below that of other Texas cities because of location of record labels, location of universities and being destination locations.
People here are used to driving where they want to go. It would be really cool if the city gave "incentives" to build an entertainment district, but I wouldn't hold my breath. In fact, most Houstonians don't live in or near downtown. Clubs are filled with people who come from outside the Inner Loop. Houston universities are spread out quite far and help perpetuate this familiarity with driving to where you need to get.
As for record label offices not being in Houston, this is true. But it doesn't stop them from seeing acts in Houston. Our club (the Sidecar Pub) has seen scores of record label execs who come out to see bands on a regular basis. I have noticed a large number of Houston bands moving with the intention of becoming a "Dallas" or "Austin" band. Perhaps if the music editor would help support the local scene more, Houston bands would be proud of being "Houston" bands.
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