Feeling like forever: Your article "Rejection Slips" [by Melissa Hung, January 25] was awesome. Thanks for the insights.
I am in a similar situation. I am married to a U.S. citizen, and my husband filed for permanent residency for me back in September 1999. I know that's less than two years ago, but it feels like forever. And if the letter for an interview did not reach me when intended, I would be crazy too.
Thanks again for bringing awareness to Houstonians about our INS system compared to the rest of the states.
And Scott free: After reading "Turn the Beat Around" [by Jesse Washington, January 18] about how a man can change from negative doings into a positive living, I was inspired as well as compelled to respond. Mr. Washington, thank you for an article giving me an even greater motivation to stay on the path as a new creature in Jesus Christ.
I've had a run-in or two with the police in my life, and I know people can make a positive change with the proper motivation and help. I know Darryl Scott personally, and his life change is motivating and idolized. Darryl's way of spreading God's word in a record store shouldn't be a hindrance to people being saved.
My eyes are open for more editions from you. Thanks and God bless.
Sobering thought: I have been reading the Houston Press for seven years. You do a great job covering the local talent and characters in the Houston music scene.
DJ Screw was a good friend of mine, and this Washington article is the finest piece of work I've seen about him and his passing. I am the man behind his Web site (www.screweduprecords.com), and we're thrilled to see an article that portrays him in a good light.
There has been a lot of crap written about codeine, etc. It's not right. He had a bad heart -- that is it. I was with him the evening before he died, and he was stone-cold sober. The Houston Chronicle was way out of line with one of its articles. It will be nice to get this article out to the true fans of DJ Screw.
Growing your own: As an organ and cadaver donor, I really enjoyed "Rough Cut" [by Lisa Gray, January 25]. I found it quite interesting that an academic with a humanities background would be stepping into the medical arena to give a different point of view to a group of doctors-to-be.
I have only this criticism: It is my understanding that there is a big shortage of organ and cadaver donors. Perhaps your article could have pointed this out, and maybe more people would sign up to become donors.
However, as reporters/editors, you are in a tough situation. Even on such an important issue as this, it is important that you keep the "editorializing" and personal opinions out of the "fact" pages. By the way, your article only reinforces my thoughts that being an organ and cadaver donor is the right thing to do.
Keep up the good work with your newspaper. As a person who does not own a TV, the two newspapers I read are the Houston Press and The Wall Street Journal, and I find both interesting and informative.
Manilow's just the ticket: The article "Confidential Memo" [by Tim Carman, January 25] was enjoyable, but the part about Barry Manilow being washed up is wrong. According to Pollstar's June issue, Barry had the tenth top-grossing concert tour.
I do agree with you, though; Barry and some of the other performers scheduled at the rodeo don't make much sense. Maybe their idea is to get people to the rodeo who wouldn't go otherwise.
Brooklyn, New York
Rodeo brutality: Thank you for Jennifer Mathieu's balanced article questioning why local billboard companies rejected People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' anti-rodeo billboard ["Ad-verse Reaction," January 11].
Apparently these companies think a racy billboard is bad, but crippling and killing frightened animals is okay. Although most deaths of rodeo animals go unreported, the 16 cases that have been reported since 1995 cover the killing of 23 animals. Causes include broken necks, snapped spines, fractured legs and shootings of frightened animals trying to escape.
These pitiful animals are only the tip of the bloody rodeo iceberg. Theirs are just the deaths covered by the media, and no one has any idea of how many animals are broken and killed in thousands of practice sessions. As a professional steer roper once told Newsweek: "I keep 30 head of cattle around for practice at $200 a head. You can cripple three or four in an afternoon."
PETA urges all decent people to say "No!" to rodeos.
PETA senior writer
Take back KUHF: I notice with all the brouhaha about KTRU ["Spin Control," by Lauren Kern, January 11] that no one has bothered to mention the travesty over at KUHF. This is not a student-run station with a minuscule following and low wattage. Rather, this is the premier station for classical music in the Houston area, complete with Arbitron ratings.
So what have they done? They've hijacked the heart of the evening for (gasp!) UH basketball. Give me a break. How is this different from breaking into KUHT's PBS programming to televise these games? I wonder how the advertisers feel about this loss of their target audience.
I recently made the mistake of becoming a KUHF friend after an absence of many years. I won't make the same mistake next year.
Saints and sinners: If I were giving out awards right now, you would win the prize for finally printing something about our former school superintendent that sounded truthful [The Insider, by Tim Fleck, January 11].
In all these weeks since his appointment as education secretary, I've been waiting to hear something that seems closer to what HISD employees have felt for the last seven years. The AP hasn't printed it, UPI hasn't printed it, and The New York Times hasn't printed it.
Bottom line? Our utilities and other bills have soared, and my property taxes have skyrocketed. While the school board justified Dr. Rod Paige's $267,000 salary by saying we couldn't afford to lose him (oops, we did anyway), my paychecks are smaller than last year because the district went to a new payroll system. Thanks, Houston Press, for de-sainting Saint Paige.
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