Who's in Charge?
Cop-out: I feel great sympathy for Lisa Collins and her child -- heartfelt sympathy ["Baby Blues," by Todd Spivak, September 14]. However, I suggest that Lisa fell into what is the All-American Health Cop Out: "I'm not in charge of my body. My doctor is." When something goes terribly wrong, people say, "Let's sue the doctor and the pill producer because, hey, I'm just the one living inside this body. I'm not in, like, control."
Does this make Lisa wrong? Not at all. She was likely raised with the myth that "doctors know more about you than you do." Television, print and Internet news promote this mythology.
It is time that Americans be indoctrinated, not with the miracle of medicines, but with the power of choice. Your doctor may not know it all. Doctors are people. Pharmaceutical companies are big, profit-swallowing lizards. They don't care what we put in our mouths.
It is time that we protect ourselves and our children (born and unborn) by asking so many questions that our doctors have to start questioning themselves. It starts with each of us. Lisa, my prayers are with you.
Option No. Three
A Libertarian candidate: The July 27 issue of the Houston Press featured an extensive article covering the race for State Representative in District 134 ["Changes in Attitude," by Josh Harkinson]. The article neglected to mention that there is a third candidate who will be on the ballot in November.
Having lived in this district my entire life, I feel that my platform and positions can best represent the needs of area residents.
While the article emphasized the failure of one of my opponents to represent the socially moderate nature of this district, my positions emphasize full equality under the law for everyone, in addition to the conservative fiscal stances desired by the constituency.
One must not disregard the importance of ensuring that the public know their full range of options. My concern is that the voters in this district are made aware of all the issues. They do not deserve to be blindfolded.
Mhair S. Dekmezian
Libertarian for State Representative District 134
Lovin' it: Missouri City has an image? ["Name that Town," Hair Balls, by Richard Connelly, September 14]. Really? Where? I have resided in Mo City for 19 years, having bought in during the real-estate crash of 1987-'88. Back then, you could grab a mostly brick 3-2-2 on a nice-size lot for less than 50 large. Since then, prices have rebounded significantly, but not as much as inner-loop homes. Also, all those black folk have a few other things going for them -- namely, the highest concentration of TSU grads in the Houston area and one of the highest median household incomes of any majority African-American community in the Southeast Texas region. The Fort Bend Sun recently ranked our crime rate lower than Sugar Land's. I think any dollar spent marketing Mo City is a misspent dollar. Think sidewalks! Highway 90 is undergoing a major rebuilding process that will make my 20-mile commute to Allen Parkway and Taft about five minutes longer than folks living at, say, Braeswood and Chimney Rock (10 miles closer to town). Bottom Line, zip-codes.com states that 77489 has an elevation of 102 ft. above sea level. We're at the top of the hill, looking down at all those new flood plain maps.
The official motto of Mo City should be: Mo City! High, dry, and lovin' it!
To hell with you: Oh boy, you guys are so going to hell for that article on Missouri City in Hair Balls. I agree, "Misery City" is quite black. When my wife and I visit the stores in that area, especially Wal-Mart, we do understand how the black people felt back in the segregation days. At times, I have found myself walking through Wal-Mart, yelling to my wife, "Hey, there's a white person!" She's pretty tired of that now, though.
However, you do have a lot of balls to call that place "Brown Sugar Land." I laughed out loud when I read that, and I can't help calling it that when I mention Missouri City, which is not very often. However, for calling it that, you're surely going to hell. I'm surprised that Quanell "Where's the Camera?" X and his bow-tied thugs haven't surrounded your building by now. But I guess you don't have enough money, so it's really not worth his time to bully you.
Oh, by the way, please don't give out my phone number. I don't have money either.
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Ambiguous: Your review of The Black Dahlia ["Ghost World," by J. Hoberman, September 14] made no sense. I can make neither heads nor tails of the plot, any of the actual occurrences in the film, or whether the writer thought this movie was entertaining or not. I'm not slow, or so I thought before I read this article. I think the author here needs to use language that is more straightforward and less ambiguous.