A Walk to Remember
Brilliant: "The Sole of Houston" is a brilliant article on Westheimer [by John Nova Lomax, October 12]. As an urban planning graduate student, I applaud you. I sent it to my entire class. Keep up the awesome work. You guys need a little more praise.
Memory lane: Loved your walk-down-Westheimer story. Back in the Dark Ages, when the Houston Chronicle had a Women's Section (egads!), sometimes editor Beverly Harris and I (a writer) would run out of story ideas. We'd take off down Main Street and walk to Hermann Park. We'd come home with tons of great ideas. Then we'd stop at Felix's near the corner of Main and Texas and eat incredibly greasy, incredibly delicious Mexican food. Thanks for bringing back that fun memory.
Brenda Beust Smith
Inspiring: That was without a doubt the best-written, most inspiring story you have EVER published. John Lomax has single-handedly raised the level of the Houston Press.
Pedestrian perils: A few years ago, I decided to walk home from the opera -- that is, from Brown Auditorium to Westbury. Five hours and 11 miles later, I reached Bissonnet and 610, where, thoroughly exhausted, I called for a ride for the rest of the way. Why? Never mind my personal physical limitations. The fact is, Houston is not a pedestrian-friendly town. What few sidewalks there are are broken or, in many places, nonexistent, forcing walkers to fight through overgrown lots or traffic. This is not to mention the bad street lighting. Houston leisure walkers will do well to stick to walks in parks...
Not Down with CEP
A joke: My daughter was sentenced to CEP four years ago, after she was accused of smelling like marijuana by the then assistant principal of Bellaire ["Opt In, Opt Out," by Margaret Downing, October 5]. She came to school ten minutes late and came in for a pass, and then was called into the office. A policeman also was called in, and after three hours of interrogation with no parent or lawyer present, she admitted to the offense. There was nothing that we could do to stop it. The other student who was with my daughter had a father who was an attorney; he went through the hoops, hiring an outside attorney and recording the principal's comments during a meeting that contradicted the principal's written statements on his report.
The real issue with CEP was that there were no certified teachers at the school, and good students were exposed to very dangerous students often unattended. My daughter was a good student and found the computer work a joke. She was a freshman and started at CEP in March; they told her if she finished a few more computer classes, she could graduate high school in two months at 14.
Due to the diligence of the other student's father, whose coattails we were riding, we eventually were allowed to return to Bellaire High School, but only us, none of the other students who were in the same boat. That was part of the deal. We felt bad that we were leaving children behind, but we needed to get on with our lives.
Name Withheld by Request
Born late: It seems ironic that a university that started its life as a free institution should have arrested and charged a student impersonator for criminal trespass ["Faking College," by Ruth Samuelson, October 19]. Perhaps his mistake was that he was born decades too late. With his abilities, he might have been admitted, attended classes, graduated and become a titan of Houston business and provided a major endowment to the university.
Coo-Coo for Christy's
Appalled: I was both disappointed and appalled when I noticed the winner for Best Doughnuts of 2006 [September 28]. Was it an oversight that Christy's Donuts did not receive the distinction this year? For two years in a row (there was no category for best doughnuts in 2005), Christy's Donuts has received the award, and it was well-deserved -- just ask any of its many loyal customers. The criteria used for the winner of this year's best doughnuts can be applied to Christy's, i.e., a family-owned and -run business that knows how to make a great doughnut. The article ends by saying that "...a doughnut you can't resist." Stand outside of Christy's Donuts on any morning and ask a customer how great Christy's is when it comes to freshness, quality, price, variety and consistency. If you do so, I can only say that you might have to rethink your choice of anyone other than Christy's Donuts. Mr. Heng and his employees are the best when it comes to service with a smile. Along with the friendly service, you get not only a good doughnut, but how about a muffin, biscuit, kolache, breakfast taco or croissant to go? We know who the best is: Without a doubt, it's Christy's.
To V or Not to V
Lay off the labia: Sorry folks, I don't really care to read about the shape of a woman's labia or the condition of her genitalia ["Give Me a 'V'" by Olivia Flores Alvarez, October 12]. Are we now to be subjected to an article about male crankiness caused by tight jeans, inseams and the way he hangs?
The Press Club of Dallas has notified the Houston Press that its writers and the paper itself are finalists in several categories of this year's Katie Awards awarded to journalists in a six-state region.
The Press is a finalist in the Best Major Market/Special Interest newspaper category.
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Staff writer Craig Malisow is a finalist in the Business Feature category for "Wize Trade," his examination of GlobalTec, a company selling software purporting to tell investors when to buy or sell stock.
Former staff writer Josh Harkinson is a finalist in two categories: Best Feature for "Tale of Two Cities," a story about a Vietnamese Roman Catholic priest and the community he resettled in Houston; and in the Best Specialty/News Reporting category for his story "Gator Aid" concerning what was being done with the rising number of alligators in Texas.
Frequent contributor Brian McManus is a finalist in Humor/Satire for "Road Trip," which recounted his adventures on tour with his band.
Contestants in the Katies come from media outlets in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas. First-place winners will be announced at a banquet on November 18.