What a fabulous job you've done with this subject ["Immune to Reason," by Brian Wallstin, June 3]! Your skill at presenting all sides of this issue in a very sane, nonhysterical, logical, sense-making way is impressive. Too bad you couldn't work for the Chronicle and write the same report.
My husband and I have three daughters who are nonimmunized, and we've gotten them through the public school system via exemption letters from a blessedly enlightened M.D. However, he had to go underground with this for fear of losing his license, so most parents out there today don't have this option.
The philosophical exemption we at PROVE have worked so hard to establish is sadly a nonthing right now. I am extremely concerned by "mandatory vaccination" and wonder when the public will wake up to the specter of the government controlling even their physical bodies and health.
Only with courageous articles such as yours do we have a chance at maintaining personal sovereignty and basic human rights.
Kevin and Sue Riddle
Just want to let you know that these worst-case scenarios can happen with any vaccine. I was told I had to get a tetanus shot to work at Ben Taub (a lie and strong-arm tactic on the part of their employee health nurse).
The second deception was that the shot contained a diphtheria vaccine as well (administered without my knowledge or permission). I cannot begin to tell you how that shot four years ago changed my life for the worse. Diphtheria vaccine is now often used on unsuspecting people who think they are just getting a tetanus shot. It's called Td.
Name withheld by request
This is the most comprehensive article I have read to date on this issue. The public needs to know legitimate questions exist, and the government and the pharmaceutical houses must be required to adequately answer.
When severe vaccine injury happens to you or someone you love, it is a horror made worse by being trivialized as hysterical, coincidental or, at best, statistically insignificant.
Thank you so much for Brian Wallstin's article. My wife was injured 12 hours after her second hepatitis B vaccination. She now must use leg braces to walk. The doctors all said it couldn't be the vaccine. That is apparently what they tell everyone. It is great to see the truth come out.
Hell to the Chief
Love to read about the Bad Boys of Cello ["Searching for a Cello," by Cynthia Greenwood, June 3]. It sounds like a stress relief for the perfectionism, challenges and hard work expected in the symphony, and it sounds fun. And it was a great choice not to play for Clinton; the Bad Boys are too good for the real bad boy of the White House! Thanks for the interesting article.
Sheets Instead of Sympathy?
I'm grief-stricken ["Making a Point," by Wendy Grossman, June 3]. With all the women and children raped, abused and killed every day in this country, why do I want to know about the sufferings of a convicted violent criminal? Why do I want to be reminded that my hard-earned money goes to pay for this bastard's legal expenses?
If all the Rodney Hulins of the world hung themselves by bedsheets in their prison cells, this would be a much better place. Tell his parents to give the $215,000 awarded to them by the state to the people whose house their son burned down.
Beware of Verna and Hermann
Thanks for exposing the farce that was Tag Along Kids Day Care ["Family Unfriendly, by Margaret Downing, June 3]. My wife and I thought we would never get our daughter into a decent day-care environment. We both work in the medical center and could not find anything close. Tag Along claimed to have a waiting list of one year.
One day, out of the blue, their rep Verna called. Man, we were so excited! Our daughter was two months old and no farther than a football field away from Mom and Dad.
Hermann Hospital and Verna set us up. Hell, I should have known something was wrong when the rep's kids were enrolled somewhere else. Anyway, we found a better Montessori school for our little girl. Thanks for doing such a thorough report and letting others know we have a reason to be upset.
I appreciated your article on the Hermann Tag Along closing. I'm so glad it got some media attention.
I was one of the parents there. It was astounding, to say the least. Some of the day cares just laughed when I called them and asked if I could get in within two months. The waiting list for a good day care in this area is usually about six to eight months.
The worst part was the way the Tag Along's quality took a nosedive after the closing announcement. The teachers, out of a job, had no incentive to care about what they did. They showed up when and if they felt like it.
Two weeks before they closed, I arrived to find one teacher caring for 15 children by herself. As you may know, state regulations are one teacher to every four children. My son was scheduled to start his new day care in June, but I called the new place that day and begged, and he started the next morning.
After everything I experienced with those folks, it was very satisfying to see some media recognition of their reprehensible behavior.
Rotten to the Corps
Jon Lindsay's fingerprints tend to be found on anti-environmental bills ["Local Control," by Richard Connelly, June 3]. In addition to House Bill 2977, which essentially orders the state to do nothing or as little as possible to protect the water quality of citizens in Harris County, Lindsay co-authored yet another bill which affects the entire state.
Unfortunately, this bill (SCR56) also is going to the governor for his signature. If Governor Bush approves these bills, it will be ironic when Texans turn to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect the water. The Clean Water Act gives the state the right to review permit applications pending before the Corps to ensure they are consistent with state water quality. All the state is doing is abandoning its responsibility.
A Leg Up on the Competition
Now that The Brownstone is allowing sex on the patio as entertainment ["Sex Among the Armoires," by Margaret L. Briggs, June 3], surely they will see an increase in business.
Pained and Painted Puss
I think that former mayor Lanier should see his portrait before he 'disses' Ms. Gibson [Insider, by Tim Fleck, May 27]. While I'm neither an artist nor the son of an artist, it looks pretty good to me. Wonder if she could take that many years off my battered old puss.
Investigative reporting, such as your article unfolding the story behind the $8,000 portrait of Bob Lanier, is crucial to keeping our local politicians and leaders honest and responsive!
This was an interesting article. What's more amazing is that Hizzoner has nothing but disdain for the lady who worked her butt off to paint it. And he ran the city? This lady makes an honest living with her hands -- and the ex-mayor and his wife speak ill of her?
Geez -- sounds like the %$#*-up fairy pays regular visits to Houston.
Sit on It
So Orlando wanted to pay for "his" chair out of his City Council account, eh [Insider, by Tim Fleck, June 10]? Sounds like the taxpayer is paying for it one way or another! I think Dad (former councilman Frank Mancuso) had the same chair for about 30 years!
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Dennis Abrams's review of Bourbon St. Bistreaux ["Near New Orleans," May 27] was a favorable one... uh, I think. What a surprise for someone who doesn't dole out good reviews generously!
Being from southern Louisiana, I and many other transplanted Cajuns know that while Mr. Abrams claims to be a "homesick Cajun," he is definitely not! Cajuns come from an area of southern Louisiana known as Acadiana, thus the slang "Cajun." That area does not encompass New Orleans! Therefore, I have never understood why he is so venomous to "impostor" restaurants serving up so-called Cajun food. And I don't know why the Press would employ someone with such a bitter taste in his mouth.