Not Just Two Parties
I only voted for two Libertarians in 1992, but I was still annoyed that your article on the race for County Judge ["Son of Lindsay ... Son of Driscoll," by Tim Fleck, September 29] failed to even mention the Libertarian nominee, Sanford Smith.
I know he's not been part of the ongoing feuds you detailed, but your readers should be informed that there are in fact three candidates for this office: Vince Ryan, Robert Eckels and Sanford Smith.
For The Record
The Press didn't check out Vince Ryan's assertion that Planned Parenthood officials see no need for publicly funded abortion services ["Son of Lindsay ... Son of Driscoll," September 29].
For the record: Planned Parenthood has always (and absolutely) supported reopening the Harris County Hospital District abortion clinic which opened in 1973 and was closed for political reasons a few years later by Commissioners Court. Our agency helps women as much as we can, but our Justice Fund (our abortion loan fund) is limited. We have clarified our position with Mr. Ryan, who had been given incorrect information.
The Press should have asked us rather than let our good name help perpetuate the notion that low-income women have adequate access to care. They don't. In fact, there's probably a story thereÉ.
Director of Communications
Linda Medlar's description of Gennifer Flowers as a "lunatic bimbo" more aptly describes herself than [does] your characterization of her as a "cynical pragmatist" [News, "Scary Tales From the Tapes," by Tim Fleck, September 29]. It is certainly easier to have "all the cutting lines" when you are the taper rather than the tapee.
In any event, Henry's naivete certainly is scary. He apparently trusted Linda with his political life when she warned him not to do so and he spilled his guts when he suspected that she was taping their conversations.
Your title could well have been, "When Realpolitik Meets Alice in Bimboland."
H. Clay Moore
Check That Church Attendance
In your September 14 article entitled "Without a Trace," author Steve McVicker exhibited a trait which is all too prevalent in journalism today, and that is the prevalence to excuse inappropriate social behavior on the part of individuals as a result of one's religious upbringing early in his/her life.
I speak specifically of McVickers' reference to missing person Tara Breckinridge's decision not to proceed from her work as a waitress to stripper at her employer, The Men's Club, as a result of her upbringing as a Mormon.
The question McVicker should have asked was, when was the last time Breckenridge actively practiced her faith? When was the last time she stepped into a Mormon church? Seems to me she gave up on herself long ago and her religion had nothing to do with it.
I do not think the Mormon faith encourages its members to relationships with considerably younger men, nor does it encourage its members to abuse their bodies by the use of drugs and alcohol.
Certainly, the Mormon faith does not want to see its believers work as scantily clad waitresses in strip clubs.
John L. Anders Jr.
Man Seeking Ad
Most readers would agree the Houston Press is somewhat friendly to Houston's gay and lesbian community, but it seems obvious the Press' tolerance has its limits.
In an informal but very consistent survey over the past couple of years, I have not once seen a "Men seeking Men" or "Women seeking Women" personal selected as "Ad of the Week" in the Romance section.
Certainly, there are more heterosexual ads, but it is puzzling that a community that has produced many of the world's greatest writers, from Willa Cather and Gertrude Stein to Tennessee Williams and James Baldwin, is not capable of writing an "Ad of the Week" now and then.
Editors' note: Check out this week's "Ad of the Week," chosen before our ad department was aware of your letter (honest!).
I never imagined that I would be writing a letter criticizing the Houston Press! I guess it goes to show that even the most well-meaning friends can be real dumb sometimes. Your homophobia was showing in the "Best of Houston" issue [Sept. 22], specifically in selection of the Best Gay/Lesbian Bookstore.
While I don't begrudge Crossroads Market's designation as "the best," I do take great issue with your descriptions of both Inklings and Lobo. You first make reference to Lobo as a "porn rental place" and you dismiss Inklings as a "militant feminist store which scares people away." You then have the audacity to praise Crossroads Market as the best lesbian/gay bookstore because it is the most palatable to your heterosexist sensibilities. Well, who the hell asked you?
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You guys need to wake up and realize something we in the gay and lesbian
ommunity have known for a long time: diversity is good. That's why all three of these establishments continue to stay in business.
As an out and proud gay customer I will continue to shop at Crossroads Market, Lobo and Inklings. I can really do without your "bright and airy" experiences with lesbian and gay bookstores and your narrow-minded definition of what is "best" in our community.
Harry D. Livesay
Editors' note: The person who researched and wrote the Best Gay/Lesbian Bookstore item is gay.