By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Hunter, then Hyde: All I have to say is...WOW! ("Cruising With the Whore Cop," by Jesse Hyde, September 7.) Nice journalism. Very graphic. It shows a point of view like no other I've been acquainted with. A bit Thompson-esque.
Give this man a raise! He deserves it.
Truck-stop hookers: Great story on lot lizards! You really captured it.
Killer johns: I remember hearing in the news about the truck-stop hooker killer. It was always on the news here. I am a human relations graduate student at OU and deal a lot with what people do not want to, even though these are the people who need the most help. I just wanted to say I think you did a great job trying to give these women a "human" status. Most people do not even bother talking to them let alone read about them. Maybe someone will read this and want to do something. Often people think of hookers as meat--like they're cleaning society. Anyway, thanks for the story.
Fish and Friends
The guest that doesn't leave: We moved back to Houston after 20 years in Dallas. As a native Houstonian, I was (and am) proud of the Houston response to Katrina evacuees ("The Rip," by Jim Schutze, September 7). I am no bleeding heart liberal--in fact, quite the opposite--but I saw this outreach as the possibility to profoundly change the lives of people who had been stuck in poverty for generations. I have found in my own life that some of the darkest times in my life have ultimately led to the best possible things I could have desired. So with the evacuees: People who had suffered through a hellacious tragedy would find that there was a whole different world out there. They would have the chance to make a new life for themselves and especially their children.
It is so disappointing to find that this has not happened, that there are still thousands of people living in Houston who have not found work nor even given a thought to doing so, even though jobs are available. They are surrounded by the same aura of crime and misery that smothered them in New Orleans, and they are making the neighborhoods where they reside miserable. Co-workers that live in areas where large segments of the evacuees now live in apartment complexes are bemoaning the rising crime and stores that are closing. In some complexes, all non-Katrina tenants have moved out.
We were fortunate in that we also acquired many people who have settled in, are productive and who add to the value of the city, but many of them have said that they had planned on leaving New Orleans before Katrina because the city of New Orleans was such a mess, politically, socially and economically. Katrina just pushed up the timeline for these folks. But what do you do to get through to people who do not have initiative and want to continue to be guests rather than part of the family?
I cannot diminish what these folks suffered, and I hate the ungracious thoughts I have, but you did a great job of summarizing the thoughts and feelings of many. I hope someone can find a way to resolve this situation, but continued welfare is not the answer.
Your honky-tonk world: I am victim of Katrina and I thought that your statements were very closed-minded, selfish and unfair. How would you feel if your whole Texas honky-tonk world was taken from under you without warning? How would you handle it? The people who didn't leave the city "really did not have a way to evacuate"--besides, that's something we New Orleanians don't do! Just like you white folks don't want us here, we don't want to be here! If that cocksucker of a president would have been paying attention to the fucking news and current events we would not have had this problem.
November means NO: Amen, Sister Sharon (Boyd, Letters, September 7), I second or first the nomination. Jim Schutze should be awarded the title of "most impactful" citizen/journalist (best investigative reporter). Elbert Hubbard said of such character, "There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing--'Carry a message to Garcia.'"
And amen to other letters about this "Eye Candy for Suckers" (August 31), and a a big amen to a "start from scratch." How do we start over? You've asked the multimillion-dollar question here. How do many people like myself, who have stood near the sidelines and cheered for news such as Jim hands us, take action on such facts? What to do?
"Eye Candy for Suckers" surely will keep many of us radioactive for stopping those "idiot highways," and stopping those idiots from getting even more multimillions from us on this November's ballot. As for this November, I'd think it's as simple as most of us just saying, November is for NO.