Grin and Barrett
Someone ought to tell Georgette Mosbacher that if she's going to indulge in snooty and "witty" literary name-dropping, she should at least drop the right names ["How to Divorce a Millionaire," by Lisa Gray, January 28]. In an excerpt from her book It Takes Money, Honey, she writes about how to amass a secret stash: "To paraphrase the poet Robert Browning, let me count the ways." It was Elizabeth Barrett Browning, not her husband, who wrote, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." I guess there really are some things money can't buy.
Riches and Bitches
Accolades to Lisa Gray for calling a spade a spade and a bitch a true bitch. No doubt, gold-digging goes on in any city, but Houston gold diggers put sequins to the oldest profession on earth. They go public with their constant tales of being the victim or whatever and cry all the way to the bank or another bed.
And along comes poor, pitiful Georgette -- as a Role Model for survival. But Lisa nailed it. Georgette was a fine representation of the Houston greed factor. I hope Rob Mosbacher finds a really nice lady who will enjoy the finer things in his life without the need to discuss "ownership issues" at vulnerable times. Strange pillow talk indeed.
Her Checkbook Isn't
Ms. Mosbacher's story is sad.
Georgette Mosbacher is pure white trash. It is good she doesn't live in a trailer -- she'd give trailer-park trash a bad name.
I've laughed and mocked many of your letters to the editor which claim that you are one-sided and that you go into the story with your mind made up, then set out to slime anybody who doesn't support your view.
However, after Brian Wallstin's "Looking for Answers Down Below" [January 21], I must apologize to all those letter-writers. In the ten years I have known developer Robert Nash, he has always been an honest, ethical and upright human being. Most importantly, I know that Robert Nash is not a liar who would present misleading information to the Houston City Council.
The Nash I know would not go forward with a project that would endanger the environment or humans. I would like to see how the story would be presented if it were written from a fair, unbiased, objective viewpoint -- like actual reporters are supposed to do. I'm now left to wonder how many of your other stories have been knowingly distorted. Even worse, I have the impression that I must treat the stories that I read in the Houston Press the same way that I read the stories in the Houston Chronicle -- with heavy doses of skepticism and disbelief.
John W. Royal
Red with Envy
I sympathize with Alex Golubitsky and applaud him for his bravery in questioning freedom, equality and the small minds at HISD ["Fighting the Power," by Wendy Grossman, January 28]. As a young man, I explored Marxism under the tutelage of my American-born grandfather, who encouraged me to read Lenin. In college, I soon found myself a member of my university student congress, elected as a write-in candidate with bold support from minority and working-class students who knew my politics.
Wearing a bright red flag on my lapel, I brought an ever-growing constituency with me. We were openly hated and ridiculed for our work.
Golubitsky's ordeal exposes the law-and-order mentality of our Texas public school system. As an HISD employee, I would gladly risk my position to further the goals of such an outstanding soon-to-be citizen as Comrade Golubitsky.
Name withheld by request
Eminently readable article about that Golubitsky youngster. I hope he socks it to the school and the police department.You'd think, by what schools and cops do, students have no constitutional rights.
I knew Alex Golubitsky briefly in ninth grade and was astonished to see him on your cover. I never thought Alex, who is always an individual, would draw this much attention through his strength of character.
Minors are some of the most pushed-around people in the country. A measure of common sense, both in making and enforcing rules, would save HISD money and reputation. It would also save students like Alex, who enhance the school environment with personal involvement and a desire to learn, a great deal of hassle. By focusing on "discipline" and not learning, HISD has done more than anything else to discourage student interest in learning.
The most unforgivable part of the entire incident is the unnecessary arrest of an individual who in no way broke the law. Perhaps the officer did not know the law or was simply looking for a reason to arrest someone. In either case, it is unpardonable. Would it be so difficult for HISD to admit they were wrong?
I wish Alex the best of luck in his struggle. I commend him as a role model. If more of us participated as actively as Alex, perhaps our schools and communities would not need all the rules that they think are essential.
Regarding the Golubitsky story, I am a 19-year-old who recently graduated from a high school in Cypress-Fairbanks. I was often wrongly detained by the school administration for things in which I had no part.
I am a Wiccan, and because of this religion the school felt I was a threat. Administrators chose to try and eliminate me by suspension, expulsion and finally by threats to me and my friends. I was forced to transfer out of Langham Creek during the second semester of my senior year. I believe that schools are becoming more and more like police states -- if you do not fit in, you are immediately fired at by whoever the local enforcer is (usually a ranking member of administration). Schools have too much power over the students and their parents.
Savor the Strife
I would give anything to see Alex Golubitsky in 30 years. Can't you just picture a balding investment banker in a Billy Joel T-shirt explaining to his 2.5 children how he used to be a radical? Enjoy it while you can, Alex!
If you are the former columnist of the University of Houston newspaper, I want to congratulate you, Russell Contreras. I read your article about the songs at Betti's party in the Press ["Don't Cry for Me, Houston," January 7]. It was so refreshing to read an article written by you that did not pit Americans against each other and was absent of bitterness, hatefulness and uncalled-for whining. Keep up the respectable work.
I thought your article on Representative Tom DeLay was excellent [Insider, by Tim Fleck, January 7], and the letter from his right-wing supporter was entertaining ["DeLay Play," January 21].
You didn't mention one quote attributed to him during the impeachment proceedings in the House: "It would be tantamount to treason to the Republican Party for any Republican to vote against impeachment." Compare that to his recent statements in the Houston Chronicle, claiming that there was no partisan drive to the House impeachment proceedings.
Your article also mentioned DeLay's attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency, but you don't mention the huge scale of these attacks on its funding. This whole budget debate takes on a cutting edge considering Brian Wallstin's article, "Down Below" [January 21]. Wallstin quotes an EPA investigator as saying the EPA could do nothing in north Houston because the enforcement budget was significantly curtailed by the last Congress. You can thank DeLay and his allies, the compassionate Republicans, for leaving the people of north Houston, and many others, in such a difficult position.
DeLay and his allies have yet to see an environmental law they would not like to gut. It would seem that their slogan should be "As long as we're getting rich, the rest of you can suck on sludge." Thanks but no thanks, Representative DeLay.
Hide the Kids
I, for one, would not allow Tom DeLay near my children, much less let him talk to one or -- God forbid! -- kiss one. He's the one who needs to be removed from Washington. He's just another ranting hypocrite.
The whole theory behind Model-Netics ["Model-Netics Hooks City Hall," by Tim Fleck, January 21] was explained to me in my American General days as a "common language between management and employees." An admirable intention but, frankly, those not in management felt rather silly using abstract catch phrases instead of everyday conversation.
Problems periodically arose when management would use this language as an elite barrier to hide behind in lieu of a communications tool. I have every respect for Mr. Hook, but if Model-Netics ever rears its head at my current workplace, I will be the first to protest.
It is to be hoped that City Hall doesn't see Model-Netics as an Aspirin Doctor. Talk about tilling the field for a Tomato Plant problem!
I admire your tact and loyalty in the article on the new restaurant Staccato's ["Sweet Music," by Margaret L. Briggs, January 28]. However, I would rather dine at other restaurants. Guzman and Graham have no culinary experience whatsoever and feed off the talents of others. In a nutshell, the two have no authenticity, to say the least.
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