Online readers comment on "Mental Cases," by Paul Knight, September 15:
Callous: Texas, a Godly state full of selfish assholes. The cowards in the Texas Legislature — you know, the ones who won't raise taxes so that they can be re-elected — cost the state significantly more money in the long run. Guess where they go? Psychiatric patients are incarcerated within TDCJ or dumped out on the streets. Yes, we are talking about serious psychiatric disorders here. So, if you are a supporter of this, feel that the government should stay out of your pathetic lives, and want to cut the budget even more, I hope you will someday pay a heavy price. There is no excuse for this callous behavior.
Good luck: Access to good mental health care has been a nagging problem for almost everyone, even the insured. Given the all-around budget cuts, it's no surprise MHMRA has been hit too. I wish the best of luck to Mr. Grantham.
MHMRA is a joke: I tried to refer someone to them, and the person answering the phone told them to get there early in the morning and expect to wait all day and then maybe not be seen. That person didn't bother.
They are responsible for mental health services in the jail. I know a 21-year-old who was arrested — his parents sent his med list with him. He was held for three days, and never received any medication. After two days, they gave him a medicine he wasn't on. They never bothered to try to call his parents or doctor. After three days of no meds, he had serious tremors. When he finally appeared in court, the DA and judge immediately realized he'd been screwed by MHMRA, and released him to his parents to take him to a private hospital.
Goodbye, David Thompson
Online readers comment on "Mystery Fans Mourn the Passing of Murder by the Book's David Thompson," Art Attack blog, by Bobette Riner, September 14:
Thank you: You have managed to crystallize what I've been feeling all day. This is stunningly sad news.
Julie Wray Herman
A joy: Thanks for putting into words the huge hole that David's sudden passing has left in all of our lives. David was the ultimate lover of all things mystery, and he could tell you anything based on the slimmest of information, like whether there was a new PI book from an author you couldn't remember the name of, set in Pittsburgh.
As Leo Buscaglia once said, "Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?'
David did both. Our hearts cry with McKenna and the entire MBTB family.
To McKenna and David's family: We are so sorry to hear this news, and as others have said, there is indeed a huge hole in the heart of the MBTB community and the literary world that knew him. David could always point you in the right direction to a book that he thought you would enjoy. He could give the scoop on any book that he had read or read about. I don't know how he could remember all that, and I always marveled at his recall. He will be greatly missed by everyone. We will keep you all in our prayers. And keep David in our most fond memories.
RIP: I am stunned and deeply saddened by the news of David Thompson's death. But I couldn't help but smile when I read that his dog was named after the main character of Lee Child's series — Jack Reacher. David introduced me to so many of my favorite authors, the "keepers" of my book collection, in all genres. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.
One of a kind: I am still reeling from the shock of such tragic news. David welcomed me to the store with my very first book. His enthusiasm and passion for what he did, his sense of humor and his utter joy were contagious. He suggested I read authors that I had never heard of and always, without exception, he hit the mark. He had an uncanny knack of knowing what his readers would like.
RIP David. You were one of a kind.
Beloved: The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, and I personally, will miss David as a fellow bookseller, publisher and friend. He was much beloved, and will be sorely missed by all.
Online readers respond to "Wetback Wednesdays at Huntsville Bar: What's The Problem?" Hair Balls blog, by Richard Connelly, September 20:
Yeah: Porch-Monkey Mondays are even more of a drag. But it's not racist! You're racist for insinuating that we're racists just because we say racist things!
There is no racism in America: If a white person calls a Hispanic person "wetback" or a black person n*%%3r, they should just laugh it off. Casual racism is funny. What we really have to do is ensure white privilege. That is the most important thing, because unless we do so, white people will have to think about their actions.
White man's burden: People who rag on that bar for having "Wetback Wednesdays" don't understand how hard it is to be white in today's society. I can't walk down the street without taxis following behind me at a crawl, honking at me and hoping I'll hail them. Every time I enter a convenience store owned by Asians, they're always way too nice to me. It makes me uncomfortable. Sort of like how I get uncomfortable when waiters are always so nice to me because they think I'm going to leave them a big tip. Of course I always do, but there's no reason to be so smugly polite about it. Every test is culturally biased in my favor and therefore super-easy. I feel like I barely even earned my five degrees. Not to mention that if I ever wanted to get harassed by the cops for no reason, I'd have to take up skateboarding. I can't skate!
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So lay off us white folks. We've got it rough, too.
Better than that: I don't like being the PC police, and God only knows some people take it too far, but we as a community are better than a crappy bar having "Wetback Wednesdays."