The Official Bruce T. White Line on Small Appliances, Atypical Relationships and the International Romance Concept

The following is in response to your recent tabloid article regarding T.L.C. Worldwide Inc., its principals and numerous events as published. ["Lovely Latin Ladies! Order Now!!" by Randall Patterson, August 1.] Unfortunately, almost all of the facts were distorted, hearsay was abundant and your view extremely biased against the entire international romance concept. From our experiences, individuals or organizations unaccepting of our individual choices (and freedoms) regarding courtships (domestic or international) have an underlying hateful agenda.

Typically, critics are unaccepting of our international dating program because of their own personal insecurities, prejudices, racism and unhappiness. Our company, however, encourages individual choices and freedoms to promote happiness and traditional families. Of course, these values are nonexistent in many "alternative" publications, which seem to be more "atypical" relationship-oriented and actually discourage traditional values. We hope that in the future you can be more tolerant of us for not sharing in these lifestyles.

A Press editor had promised me that the Press would be objective and seek the truth. In fact, he said the paper had the ethical responsibility to do so. But, as expected, not one example of a success was mentioned inthe article, even though you were presented with several. True, most of our clients declined to be interviewed by your reporter because of the personal nature of the request and the fact that they did not (rightfully) trust your reporter. Nor did the article mention any of my favorable qualities or personal achievements. That's okay, too.

Another injustice was the implication that Latin ladies could not or would not (ever) learn English. To us, this was an insult to the entire Hispanic community and the majority of legal immigrants who do learn and speak English regularly.

But what was truly unfair is the fact that hundreds of my clients and thousands of gentlemen nationwide are successfully participating in sincere relationships and marriages with foreign ladies. That wasn't mentioned, either.

International romance is a great option for gentlemen unhappy with their current dating environment. The majority of my clients are serious and sincere regarding their selection of a spouse. Because of the time, work and expense involved, typically only successful, financially stable and selective gentlemen pursue our program. Our client base includes doctors, attorneys, dentists, psychiatrists, managers and supervisors, marriage counselors and even a state Supreme Court judge.

For the majority of men, it is much easier to meet a woman through conventional means such as a local nightclub. But then, maybe that's why we have a domestic divorce rate of 50 to 70 percent, depending on the region of the country where you live.

Unfortunately, neither my company (nor anyone else) can make "guarantees" regarding the longevity of relationships or marriage. As one of my happily married clients stated, "Bruce, if anyone asks you for a guarantee, tell 'em to buy a toaster or blender."

Since your negative article first appeared, we have been besieged with offers from television talk shows, prospective clients and publications selling ad space -- all while increasing numbers of gentlemen clients learn of their new options while refusing the status quo. To many, the uncontested message of the article is that participating gentlemen can form relationships abroad with ladies happier, younger, more attractive and with fewer problems than can be found locally. We support those men and wish them well.

P.S. Please find enclosed my advertising renewal payment.
Bruce T. White
President, T.L.C. Worldwide Inc.

A Somewhat Critical Rejoinder
I am an avid reader of the Press and have, overall, been pleased with your paper (although I just don't get that comic strip in the back). Anyway, I now have a comment/complaint that I would like to share.

After reading the article, "Lovely Latin Ladies," I was very upset that the Press would give Bruce White any kind of publicity at all. Even bad publicity is good publicity to these cretins. I have never met the man, but judging by his picture and the way he thinks, I can understand why these American "jerks," as he calls them, would not want to spend any amount of time with him.

As a single mother of four-year-old twins, I have had to become strong and independent because of a man who could not handle the pressures that this life puts on a person, and I am very proud of the fact that I have the patience and love for my children to do this. Not only am I strong and independent because of this love, I am also this way because we live in a country that happens to allow it. So, Mr. White, before you open your trap again and let out any more garbage, please remember you are in America, not Honduras, and this is the way it is here in civilization. If it's so bad here, well, you could just go back there and stay. I'm sure the female population would get over it. Of course, we would feel for the poor women in South America, who, judging from the article, can't seem to stand you either.  

Name withheld by request

Feckless and Inert
It is refreshing to finally read a story in a Houston newspaper about Lee Brown that is not entirely effusive in its tone. [Editor's Notes, "Browniad," July 25]. Still, in his coverage of the mayoral aspirant, Jim Simmon managed to gloss over many of the details of Dr. Brown's record/resume -- specifically, his tenure as police commissioner of New York City. For instance, William Bennett, a man who, unlike Dr. Brown, received high praise from Republicans and Democrats alike for his leadership as the nation's drug czar, has sharply criticized Dr. Brown's efforts as commissioner. In his book The De-Valuing of America, Bennett describes Dr. Brown's strategy for fighting New York City's war on drugs as marked by an "attitude of inertia and fecklessness" -- an attitude, Mr. Bennett goes on to say, that is "born of overtheorizing."

In his book, Mr. Bennett is complimentary of a number of the nation's leading law enforcement officers, saluting them for their steadfast support at the local levels. Ironically, the only police chief that Mr. Bennett singles out for his poor performance is Dr. Brown. Indeed, listening to the words of police officers in Atlanta, New York and especially Houston who served under Dr. Brown is a sobering experience. Added to the running commentary these cities' governmental and civic leaders have made about the lack of efficacy in Brown's leadership leaves this citizen to wonder why on earth this man thinks Houstonians would want him as their chief executive.

John Pontefract

He's Chapped
"Counter Revolution," my ass. Megan Halverson, in her debut article [July 7], left out one very important thing: the truth. So I guess it is my fault I agreed to the interview, except that upon doing so, I laid a few guidelines:

I in no way condone theft.
I in no way wanted to discredit Smoot Hull or the Empire Cafe.
But Megan took my words, twisted them up and untied them at will. I agreed to the interview with intentions of a fair story on what I knew (not much). Megan disregarded me entirely. She inspired me with a hot-breaking Montrose story, and all she wrote was secondhand trash. It has changed the way I look at the press in general. In her attempt to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Empire, she got lost in what she wanted to print -- not the truth. Disappointed and very pissed off,

David Brown

A Volunteer's Plea
I am 47 years old and have never written a letter to a newspaper or magazine, but after reading your story, "The Last Safety Net," [by Steve McVicker, August 15], I felt compelled to do so. While your story is very comprehensive, a very important fact was left out: at no time was it mentioned that there is a volunteer group that is part of the Harris County Guardianship Program. In your story, a former caseworker says "that it takes a lot of time to establish a rapport with the wards so that you can solve a lot of their problems -- there just wasn't time to do that." What she states is true. That is where the volunteers come in. Volunteers visit the wards weekly -- we are the eyes and ears of the social worker and the voice of the ward. There have been times that I have called one of the social workers and they have not been available, but there has never been a time that they did not return my call or follow through on what I had brought to their attention.

There are two types of volunteers needed -- those who can telephone wards and those who can visit. If anyone would like to volunteer, please call the Harris County Department of Social Services. Being a volunteer makes a big difference in the lives of these people, and I can tell you that it has made a tremendous difference in my life.

De Guggenheim

Doing the Best They Can
I have dealt with the Harris County Guardianship Program for several years, in my position as a nursing home administrator and with my current employer. I have found that the county, strapped with an almost impossible task to assist people who cannot take care of their own needs, has handled its duties with the utmost quality and professionalism. As an old saying goes, "don't criticize me until you walk in my shoes." To Diane Webb and her entire staff, I say, "Keep up the good work." I look forward to the next time I deal with them.  

Ron Johnson

In the August 22 story "Travels with Doug," staff writer Brian Wallstin erroneously reported that Jimmie Schindewolf was never confirmed by City Council as director of the city's Public Works and Engineering Department. Schindewolf's appointment was unanimously approved by Council on May 19, 1993. In staff writer Randall Patterson's story "Beastly Behavior" in that same issue, the name of P.C. Hanes, a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, was misspelled as P.C. Haney.

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