Odd: Interesting article by Paul Knight ["Cut Off," July 10] about the social dos and don'ts in Needville. If Knight had Googled "Needville," he would no doubt have uncovered the fact that this town is primarily known for having a thriving nudist colony. Perhaps this fits in with the town's slogan: "Where thousands live the way millions wish they could."
Superintendent Curtis Rhodes states that some people may consider Needville backwards, but adds, "Backwards isn't all that bad when you become the parent."
nudists in Needville
Not being an expert on nudist colonies, it seems kind of odd that Rhodes doesn't have a problem with nudists running around his town but won't let a little kid with long hair attend school. I guess you have to draw the line somewhere.
Taking on "Temples"
Grow a pair: Is there nobody in the editorial department who had the cojones to clip bigoted comments out of Walsh's latest attempt to push a book of cribbed recipes ["Temples of Tex-Mex," by Robb Walsh, July 3]?
I refer to the sentence that could only be written by a Connecticut Yankee: "Felix provided generations of Anglo-Houstonians their first taste of Mexican food, their first words of Spanish and their first contact with Mexican Americans."
Apart from the abysmal use of the language and shredding of sentence structure, the idea that Anglos in Houston are so unaware of the Spanish language or the Hispanic culture in Houston that they first experience it in a restaurant, is blatantly offensive and racist.
I realize that you must be hurting for content, but please try to read what you are printing before you publish. There were so many contradictions and inaccuracies, starting with the assumption that Felix served Mexican food, that I could not focus on the content.
On the up side, we all had a good laugh over the weekend and have a few new food-related jokes.
An online reader weighs in:
Another fan: I have never enjoyed your writing style; however, I have read the column for years. I am usually one of the first to visit new establishments and have made up my mind long before your reviews. I think my particular dislike is that you think you're able to put a place on the map or shut it down by your tacky reviews. This is usually not the case. The food, prices, location and service generally do the work regardless of what you have to say.
So, I don't know what got into me, but I read "Temples of Tex Mex." It was bad writing to go as far as the DFW Metro area and exclude El Chico's (it's as old as El Fenix, and the original location closed two years ago) and to completely skip over Pete Dominguez's restaurants or Ojeda's. If you are going to do the job, do it well. I did laugh at the line about ferns and cactus, however. Keep trying — or do you just do this for the free food ?
Comment by Tim from Houston
Over Houston: Daniel Kramer's picture of Billy Zoom [BayouSphere, by Daniel Kramer, July 3] almost makes Houston look interesting. The real truth is that most of the time rock and roll shows here in Houston are usually full of impostors (usually supported by Mommy and Daddy) standing around looking bored. They're like a Tylenol PM in human form, and most are terminally unattractive, kind of like Christian from The Hates, no? However, in reference to the "sad" girl in the green shirt...she wasn't sad, she was holding me up, and reminding me not to puke on Mr. Zoom! Hey, it's only rock and roll, but we like it, right? So thanks to Kramer for the photo — it's probably the best one he will ever take. It makes our town look interesting for about half a second, and that is something that is never easy to do.
Shawn J. Stevenson
Y, Oh, Y
Online readers respond to "Bummer: Downtown Y to Be Demolished" on the Houstoned blog, by Keith Plocek, July 1
Foul ploy: This plan began back when Enron was building the new tower (that Chevron now owns). The Y sold their parking lot to Enron to facilitate the construction of the tower. Six months later, the directors of the Y began to publicly talk about how they were going to have to raise money for a new building because their parking situation was untenable. At the time, I could see that the whole mess was a ploy to abandon the current facility and build a new place, despite the historic nature of the Y building. Lame, lame, lame.
Hey, wait: Chevron has done lots of good for Houston; why shouldn't they have the land that the Y is just wasting on homeless people? At least they've got the profits to ensure something beautiful will occupy that space.
Make it funky: I'm gonna miss that old place. It was kinda like working out on your Dad's treadmill — no frills, occasional funky smell, but it got the job done.
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It's classic Houston: Let's tear down our past! Ugh... it's infuriating.
Robb Walsh's review of Voice in the Hotel Icon, "Tastes Great, Less Filling," incorrectly stated the price of the restaurant's Lunch Box. The correct price is $15.
The Houston Press regrets the error.