"Home" run: Reading your article on margaritas made me nostalgic for my old haunt, Chuy's ["Viva la Margarita!" by Robb Walsh, November 16]. As a transplanted New Mexican in Houston, Chuy's was my trip "home" when I couldn't get there. I would drive miles to eat at Chuy's (I lived on Memorial and Dairy Ashford) for their green chile festival. Now whenever I visit Houston, Chuy's is a definite stop for me...and their margaritas are absolutely the best.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The wasteland: Adra Hooks and Jonathan Paull do not represent the property owners and business owners on Richmond Ave. east of Kirby [Letters, November 16].
Over 90 percent of the owners and stakeholders on Richmond are very much against the Light Rail on Richmond Ave. The Light Rail will turn Richmond into the wasteland that Main Street has become. It will destroy small businesses and turn Richmond into another ugly concrete mess with electric wires everywhere.
The Light Rail is not about improving mobility in Houston. The number of stops will be greatly reduced. The Light Rail will not help the people who really need mass transportation. It will not take traffic off the freeways.
The voters approved Light Rail on Westpark, not Richmond. This is bait and switch by Metro, Mayor White and the developers behind them.
He's her Pied Piper: The Houston Press did a fine job covering Kinky Friedman ["Waiting for Friedman," Been There, Done That, by Steven Devadanam, October 5]. I got to observe some of his press conferences and was always impressed by your reporter's questions.
These are some of the things I wish the people of Texas had known about Kinky Friedman before they cast their 2006 governor's ballot. I don't think it's too late to fill in some important pieces of information about this very special man who breathed life into Texas politics.
Do they know that he lives in the Hill Country on land bought by his parents about 25 or 30 years ago? Kinky keeps a place for stray animals there, Utopia, which takes in any stray animal that anyone wants to bring him. Kinky and his few helpers care and feed many stray, homeless animals that are brought to him. Kinky pays for their care and feeding. Where does he get the money? He bottles and sells the best hot sauce in Texas.
I'd want folks to know that Kinky and his Pakistani hairdresser are in the olive oil business in Pakistan. The money from the sale of that oil goes to fund programs for the Pakistani and Israeli children damaged by the horrible long-term violence in that area.
I believe that if more people had understood how Kinky has lived his life, they would have flocked to the voting machines. He is a social commentator, songwriter and musician and has shared his experiences of life and tragedy. He went to Borneo with the Peace Corps for over two years in the '60s. When he got back, his Vietnam service was as a minstrel for the USO. He took merriment, hope and song to the troops.
Many of us who have been fortunate enough to meet the man and work in his campaign don't believe those polling numbers for a minute. Kinky drew people young and old to him in great numbers. He said, "I represent the little fellers not the Rockefellers." Kinky's supporters were in the large majority of people who remain outside the "likely voters" categories. We were easy to pass over in the polls. The "little fellers" are invisible.
Kinky had several messages for his volunteers. He reminded us every time he spoke that it wasn't a political campaign that we had embarked on but a "Spiritual Quest." That quest did not disappear because the numbers didn't put Kinky in the state house. Kinky moved into our hearts. People all over the country spoke about him.
Kinky followed Jesse and Arnold in the minds of the independent voters. The national media followed him with the interest given some rock stars. People in other states want a chance to vote for him for President. This movement is so strong that three days after the election, almost 500 people had already signed on to www.getkinky.org.
I for one am going to miss Kinky Friedman's campaign. I am going to follow the yellow brick road that he has started down. He is my Pied Piper and he will continue to be Texas's Good Shepherd.
Go vegan: If you see one movie this holiday season, make it Fast Food Nation ["There's the Beef," by J. Hoberman, November 16]. Not only will you be shocked by what is actually in your meat, you'll be horrified to see the process it took to get that burger on your tray. I've always considered myself to be an animal lover, but after watching the movie, I looked into the issues a little more and was horrified to find that it's not just the fast-food industries that cut baby birds' beaks off and slit cows' throats while they are still conscious -- it's the norm for the meat industry. Going vegan or vegetarian is really the only way to help animals and your health.
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Ace of bass: Excellent story on Rozzano Zamorano, one of the most talented bass players anywhere [Local Rotation, by Olivia Flores Alvarez, November 16]. Anyone who has seen what he does with a bass can tell you that the great ones make it look easy...and he does!