Won't Step Foot on Madison High Campus Again
This letter is written to applaud your effort in letting the public know about Warner Ervin, the principal of Madison High School ["Power to the Principal," by Shaila Dewan, April 2]. I have two children who graduated from Madison under his reign. I worked and donated my time as a volunteer on campus and held positions in the PTA. I knew for a fact, the day my last child graduated, that I would never step foot on that campus again as long as it was run by an ignorant tyrant who did not have the children's best interest at heart. His attitude when he came to Madison with his prearranged list of teachers to get rid of was that he was the next closest thing to "God" for students and teachers.
Instead of working with and for students on any offense, he would have students expelled and tell them not to return to his campus. There was an increase in the number of students sent to jail during his first year at Madison. Warner Ervin is sly and crafty, and knows how to play the corporate game quite well. He has the full backing of the community and the Ministers Alliance, so everyone (parents and teachers) knew their complaints would go unheeded. He knew he had a rein to do anything he wanted to, from hiring an inexperienced middle school band teacher based solely on his professional dress to firing a band teacher who had the experience but did not meet his personal code of dress. The boys could not wear white T-shirts because it was a sign they belonged to a gang. As long as you went along with him and agreed to whatever he said, you were on his "A" list, which meant you were a keeper. If you questioned or suggested a way of doing it better, your name went on his (you know what to call it) list. He can get away with this because his underhanded dealings and contacts had a way of finding the ambiguous statement in any contract to uphold him. The way the valedictorian was selected one year left a lot of questions, and led to the parents filing a lawsuit. He upholds his "A" list in running the extracurricular activities by making sure their offspring get scholarships and elected as queens. I would love for you to publish my name, but his arm is too long in this city.
Thank you for letting me air some of my rage at this man, and for publishing the article in the first place.
Name withheld by request
We Didn't Go Far Enough?
Warner Ervin is a much worse person than you portray. He is a backstabbing coward who hides behind his job title and his friends in positions, like Rod Paige, who is no better than he. He is not a good administrator. Ervin not only has caused problems to teachers' careers, but to the potential careers of hundreds of students whose class activity advancement was stopped because he was out for revenge against teachers (in both performing and academics).
He claims to be a Christian, but he is not; he is a hypocrite. The Christian spirit is about love and progress. It's a shame that Rod Paige and the HISD school board of education elected by the people would put people like Ervin in principalship positions and support them when they are wrong. This practice is common in HISD black inner-city schools.
What are they doing to our children's education?
Loved your article on Gene ["Taking the Waves," by Randall Patterson, April 9]. Thanks for the surf exposure; we need it! Would like to submit photos for future ideas. Check some out at http://members.aol.com/gcxtreme/.
Global Exposure: Thanks to Our Web Site, We Have Readers in Hawaii
I really enjoyed the article "Taking the Waves," on Gene Gore and Rachel Molasky -- the two longboard surfers. What an endearing story! I logged onto houstonpress.com for the first time to check out the story on Gene. It was nice to see him and his beautiful bride-to-be from over here in Hawaii. I have known Gene for over a decade but have not yet had the chance to meet his fiancee -- so the photos were great. Not so long ago, Gene put me up at his place on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii -- a favor that helped me maintain over five years of surf action on the famed North Shore! I am still in Hawaii, but I plan to be at Surfside for the wedding this May. What a great wedding scenario!
P.S. Check out another stoked Texan surfer in Hawaii on-line at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~hilliard/sos.html.
Michael Bronson Hilliard
In Its War on Drugs, Does the U.S. Use Perjury Pimps?
I am writing to compliment Tim Fleck for his article "The Hotel Six Joker Turns Wild" [April 9]. It is a sad consequence of the "war on drugs" that the United States Department of Justice uses "perjury pimps" like Julio Molineiro in its attempts to entrap innocent people.
I am disgusted that Julio Molineiro is given a license by our federal government to commit tax fraud, theft, bigamy, drug dealing, etc. This is a typical example of what the "war on drugs" has done to the integrity of our federal law enforcement.
I sure as hell believe the six defendants/victims in this matter more than perjury pimp Julio Molineiro. Who would you rather have living in your neighborhood, Judge Peavy, Councilman Castillo or a piece of scum like Julio Molineiro?
Flippant Treatment Not Appreciated
While any publicity is good publicity, I have to say that your flippant treatment of our community event was rather disappointing to the hard-working volunteers of the Clear Lake Area chapter of the National Space Society who organized a free public viewing of the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon on Sunday, April 5 [Night & Day, by Clay McNear, April 2].
How would you like an advertisement for your newspaper to begin, "If you've got nothing better to do than sit around," read this paper? The members of the National Space Society happen to think that watching a quality educational program about the history of our space program is a very good use of our time. We share the enthusiasm for the adventure of space exploration with HBO and Tom Hanks, who serves on the NSS Board of Governors, and welcomed this opportunity to share it with a new generation of Americans.
Over 150 people, including a few Apollo-era flight controllers and a shuttle astronaut, joined us at the From the Earth to the Moon party, and by all indications, left both inspired and entertained.
Houston is blessed with many "space nerds," and CLA-NSS is glad to offer them an opportunity to share their inside knowledge with the nontechnical public. All are welcome to attend one of our free monthly meetings on the second Friday of the month at the Hobby Airport Radisson. Call Murray Clark, (281) 367-2227, for more information.
Vice President of Public Affairs
National Space Society
Yeah, I know everyone just called him "Robot." But instead of unintentionally (I'm sure) perpetuating the myth that he didn't have a name, M.V. Moorhead [in "Do the Time Warp," the review of the Lost in Space movie, April 9] should have taken note that his name was/is G.U.N.T.R., an acronym for "General Utility Non-Theorizing Robot." That stalwart protector of the Robinson clan deserves at least a little respect, don't you think?
Name withheld by request
Bothered by Emphasis on Race
My comment is about your criticism of the film The Player's Club ["Mean Streets," by Danny Lorber, April 9]. Though I have not seen the film, it is just that -- a film! It is also one that I've been planning on seeing with a few friends or so. It seems to me that your emphasis was on the fact that this is a black film and that Ice Cube really fed into the stereotypes of black men and women. This may be true, but black or white, it is merely an exaggeration of what truly goes on in a club, or at least this is the message.
The film may be set in bad taste, but so are many other TV programs, films and magazines; yet, do we emphasize the fact that the majority of these are white films, TV programs or magazines? If you think it to be trash, then let that be, too. I have one question for you: Did you emphasize the fact that Striptease and Showgirls were white films? I don't think so. I may agree with you in the acting department, that maybe it could have been done better, but the emphasis on race is what bothers me.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Nicole Fruge's photographs are worth a million. She gets right to the heart of the story and right to the bottom of her subject's personality. I pity anyone who tries to keep a secret from her camera.
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