Home of the Brave
I commend your paper and staff for what I call absolute bravery. You tackle our corrupt city and state politicians who use hidden agendas to line their pockets. Keep it up!
Normally I find your articles very interesting, fairly presented, and, though subjective, any negative commentaries are based upon incidents or behavior that have been documented by others as well as your staff.
Because of this, I do not understand the incredible bias that your writers repeatedly display against Rob Mosbacher. For the past two months or more, you have consistently ignored his civic and charitable activities and the honors and awards he has received for public service while working in the private sector. Instead, you repeatedly allude to his having lived in West University as if it were another state, instead of a small municipality within Houston itself.
You also act as if it is just luck that Mosbacher is president of a large energy company founded by his father. Surely, that company is successful due to his being a good businessman, and I am quite sure that he wouldn't be in that position otherwise -- companies don't run on "luck."
Perhaps you had a difficult time finding significant detriments to write about, or you are resentful of Mosbacher's accomplishments for some reason, but I find it refreshing to have a candidate for mayor who is both a successful businessman and a conscientious humanitarian.
At least Mosbacher can't be accused of planning to run for the office as it appears some have done. To do that, he would have had to position himself for several years by carefully choosing a long-term Houston residence, flaunting his philanthropic good deeds and making sure that his name and face were exceedingly well-known in the public arena.
Of course, after all your critical articles, Rob Mosbacher just may be that well-known!
Still Mad About Milby
Thank you so much for the wonderful article "The Unchanging Face of Milby" [By Michael Berryhill, October 9]. I, too, remember the smells, the eccentricities and the nasty swimming-pool lockers! My grandmother, Evelyn Evans, was secretary to principals W.I. Stevenson, Roscoe Bayless and Claude Brinkley. I never attended Milby, but from the age of five until I was 11 years old I went there every summer to "work" with my grandmother. I was allowed to type and teach (facetiously speaking), to roam the halls and generally pretend to be very important!
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My grandmother is now 91 years old. Her memory is very foggy, but your article did inspire me to talk with her about Milby and the fun we had when I was a child. Milby will always remain unchanged in our lives. Thank you from both of us.
I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Berryhill's reminiscences and reflections on our alma mater, Milby High School (class of '62). His story demonstrated what "education" is really about: devoted students, dedicated faculty and disciplined learning. It is gratifying to learn that those key elements are still strong and successful in the old school building. In these days when success seems to be measured only in dollars, I am heartened to see someone focus on the real wealth of our nation -- its people.