Steak Your Claim

I enjoyed your story on the 38 best steakhouses in Texas [“ Meat Your Maker,” December 2007]. However, I was disappointed that Western Sky Steakhouse, in San Angelo, was not mentioned. I live in Kerrville, and for nearly thirty years I have been flying friends and clients out to Western Sky. If I had to guess, I’d say I’ve made one hundred trips, with some three hundred passengers, all of whom seem to agree that this is indeed the best steakhouse in Texas.
Barry McCollom
Kerrville

You missed one of the state’s best butcher shops: Old Town Market, in Lewisville. If you want to buy good beef or even get a great meal, go see Dickie Grant. He can barbecue your pickup and leave you saying, “That’s the best barbecue I ever ate!”
Jack Arnold
San Antonio

I cannot believe you didn’t include Myron’s Prime Steak House, in New Braunfels. It’s better than Ruth’s Chris any day.
Frank Panebianco
New Braunfels

Thanks for the great steak article. Interesting recipes and dining suggestions. And photos that made my mouth water. But—there’s always a but—you left out Reata, in Alpine. And if you ever do another piece on butcher shops—ones that are somewhere besides Austin and Dallas—put the Uvalde Meat Market on the top of your list.
Dudley Ilse
Uvalde

Any beef eater who lived in North Texas in the forties and fifties knows that few, if any, newcomers can hold a charcoal to Lester’s Minute Inn, in Wichita Falls. It was cattle-country cuisine at its best. My first passage into manhood occurred there, when I graduated from ribs in a basket to ribeyes.
Foster Hurley
Santa Fe, New Mexico

I understand that the majority of Texans (your readers) love to eat meat, but I am just trying to figure out why there is raw meat on your cover. I am a vegetarian, and I challenge you to look at the message you are sending to an already sick country and state. The cover of your magazine promotes death and cruelty to animals and, to be quite honest, looks disgustingly like roadkill.
Mariana Azenett Saldana
Houston

Drain Man

Nate Blakeslee’s story “ Everyone’s Poop” was fascinating [December 2007]! Our nation’s clean-water infrastructure has been the Rodney Dangerfield of civilized society for far too long. The U.S. is currently investing more on protecting and enhancing the sewage systems of foreign countries than it is on our own; our clean-water infrastructure deserves the respect and funding afforded to the nation’s other critical infrastructure.

There’s a great old saying: The only thing that smells worse than a sewer is a city without one. Thanks so much to the author for shedding light on our sewers and the environmentalists who work every day to make sure those pipes continue working.
Jamie Samons
Providence, Rhode Island

Objection!

Thank you for your story about Judge Sharon Keller [Reporter, Topic A, December 2007]. I have an innocent brother on death row who’s been there for ten years because his case has not been fully investigated. It seems like the system rubber-stamps these poorly investigated cases and turns a blind eye to justice. My brother has suffered needlessly for ten years, and I, for one, hope Judge Keller is removed from the bench and the capital cases she’s had a hand in are reviewed.
Delia Perez Meyer
Austin

No Comprende

In Paul Burka’s Behind the Lines [“ No Niño Left Behind,” December 2007], this statement was made: “Everyone in Texas understands that educating the emerging Hispanic majority is the most important challenge we face—everyone, that is, except the people we elected to lead us.” Wrong, Mr. Burka.

Everyone does not understand this challenge. Until the parents of those niños understand the importance of their children’s getting a basic education, you can quit blaming our elected leaders.

As a former teacher and administrator, it is my observation that Hispanic students are bright, teachable, and eager to learn when they have the support of their parents and the education establishment. Why is it that success is expected when the design of the project is flawed?
Bill Estes
Odessa

Good Sports

Texas Monthly’s reporter failed to contact us before writing the uninformed article “College Try” on the University of Texas athletics/academics program [Reporter, The Cheap Seats, December 2007]. If he had been interested in facts, I could have offered him a very different viewpoint.

We’re proud of the academic success among UT student-athletes. In December senior football player and starting center Dallas Griffin was honored by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame with the 2007 Draddy Trophy, considered the “academic Heisman.” Griffin has already graduated with a 3.88

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