Bayousphere: Finishing touches: Just what the new Criminal Courts Building in downtown Houston needed right outside its doors -- a little hard-core urban grime.
Deron Neblett

Shell Game

Oil monopoly? Great, though sad, articles ["Paying the Price" and "Pumped Dry," by Bob Burtman, October 26 and November 2]. Back as an undergrad (in communications, not law, so I don't have the facts down pat), I learned about how way back when, in an antitrust suit, the Supreme Court found against the movie industry giants and made them divest their holdings in movie houses and distribution of films. They could keep only one of the three aspects of filmmaking; they decided on production.

It baffles me that the same type of ruling isn't handed down against the oil industry. Perhaps the big companies are much more powerful than the movie industry was back then, but I can't believe (or don't want to) that any group could keep the federal courts, especially the Supreme Court, from following the letter of antitrust law.

As someone who works at Shell, I am even less thrilled about being an oil industry lackey after reading your articles. In a recent meeting, we were told that Shell was looking into taking over all of the indies and making them "O & Os" (company-owned operations). The reason given is the real kicker: Shell feels the independent dealers are too nepotistic and do not hire outside people. What a joke, right?

This is an outrage of the worst kind. I just wonder what our illustrious governor thinks of when he says he believes in Americans and wants to give them power to make their own decisions. I don't think he believes people exist, only corporations. But a lot of people seem to think that way here in Texas. Perhaps, as your article pointed out, a lawsuit in California will be able to make waves against the oil industry giants. I hope so, since it seems the FTC is willfully, or honestly, by way of understaffing, unable to score a victory for the "little guys" being abused after years of service.

Name withheld by request

HoustonDesperately Seeking Susan

Movin' on: After reading Tim Fleck's articles on the Keller-Todd love triangle [The Insider, September 28 and October 26], and being in the Republican arena, I felt compelled to set the record straight. It is a known fact (as Mr. Fleck wrote) that it was Susan Sanders Keller's parent who financially supported Bert Keller's campaign. It is known that Susan supported Bert Keller even through his DWI incident. I say hurrah for Susan Sanders Keller and her family to be able to move on. I wish her the best. After everything she's put up with, she deserves it.

Name withheld by request

Wings apart: I have in the past enjoyed Mr. Fleck's columns. I must say that the last story on Mr. Todd is a bit over the top. Mr. Fleck's obvious distaste for Mr. Todd is so apparent, he's lost his story. You've really gone too far. I believe Mr. Fleck dislikes Mr. Todd for being an extreme right-winger. Well, Mr. Fleck is the same but at the other end of the spectrum. I am also sick of reading about Mrs. Keller or her mother. Go write for the National Enquirer, and hopefully the Houston Press can find someone who knows how to find real news.

Name withheld by request

Hungary for Tex-Mex

Melting pots: The article regarding what is "authentic" Mexican food was interesting, especially since we Mexicans are inherently a mix of various cultures ["Combination Plates," by Robb Walsh, August 31].

I am a second-generation Mexican-American whose parents were born in northern Texas. I was born and raised in Michigan. The community around the Ford Rouge factory complex was truly a melting pot; Armenians, Hungarians, Italians, Poles and Arabs were just a few of the ethnic groups living side by side. As a result, my mother learned many recipes from the neighborhood.

I grew up with the traditional Mexican foods such as frijoles, tortillas, Spanish rice and tamales, but I also thought that stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage, rice pudding and goulash were Mexican dishes because my mother made them!

Now, my children enjoy the addition of Macedonian dishes that I learned from my father-in-law. And "our" evolving cuisine is merely a reflection of something that has occurred from the beginning of time, but at an accelerated rate. We might as well enjoy!

Lydia Rodriguez de Marko
Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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