Food available for purchase from a vendor during the Otaku Food Festival in the same space as the Asian Night Market, in the parking lot of the Vietnamese Community Center, Sunday, August 1, 2021, in Houston.
Regarding “17 must-visit restaurants for Houston’s Asian Restaurant Month, one for each cuisine,” (May 3): Houston, as you know ranks high in diversity, and it was nice to see the Chron recognize some element of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. But this article should’ve been written by a set of writers familiar with Asian cuisine, as wide-ranging as its scope was.
Some of the choices sadly appear lumped together. Himalaya is a spectacular Indian-Pakistani restaurant, yes, but how could represent the many exceptional restaurants from the north, south, east, west of India, which has over 1.3 billion people and its own hefty representation in Houston. There’s an entire district in the southwest of Houston that features an assortment of delectable dishes from the many different countries that make up South Asia.
Yes, we also have a substantial “China Town,” but three of the 17 entries in the article are from regions in China (typical American palate choices, I might add), and two entries for Japan (ramen and sushi, more American-oriented favorites). Yes there are mentions of Filipino, Thai, Malaysian, South Korean and Taiwanese food, but hundreds of better options exist.
What it tells me, an Asian-American, is that the Chron couldn’t care to celebrate the truly magnificent repertoire of culture we have in this city — because it doesn’t fit the bland palates of its primary readers. The Chron missed a great opportunity. Have you sampled Houston’s food from Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Laos, and the fusion food that our melting pot has spurred?
Sonal Patel, Houston
Regarding “Activists keep up pressure as Biden weighs student debt move,” (April 30): President Biden continues to consider forgiving contractually obligated student loans. As a taxpayer, I don’t remember co-signing these loans. I don’t remember agreeing to the degree programs or loan amounts. I don’t remember where the Constitution allows the government to print yet more money to buy votes of a generation.
Bryan Roy, Cypress
Why is Joe Biden only looking at forgiving student loans and ignoring everybody else? If he wants to be “fair and equitable,” shouldn’t he be taking into consideration those students who actually repaid their student loans or the students who struggled to work their way through college and getting them some form of relief? And would there be any kind of forgiveness for the open balances on second mortgages or loans that parents took out to pay for their kid’s college education? And what form of reimbursement will there be for parents who tapped their retirement accounts to pay for a college education? Just how far back should this “forgiveness” go?
Robert M. Louie, Houston
I am very much in favor of the government canceling student debts, especially since I would think that they will also reimburse those of us who have already struggled through many difficult years paying off our student loans.
Debbie A. Schnautz, Pasadena
Regarding “Opinion: Biden’s trying to buy votes with student loan forgiveness,” (May 1): In a recent letter to the Houston Chronicle, David Reynolds claims that a lot of college graduates can’t pay off their debts because they chose the wrong major and couldn’t get a good paying job, saying, “It is safe to assume that very few of these poorly compensated graduates have degrees in engineering, math or chemistry and that most of the poorly paid graduates have degrees in the humanities.” I have news for David. My wife earned a degree in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology and still struggled to find a good-paying job after we married. Mr. Reynolds, you know what they say about “assuming,” don’t you?
David Kelly, Spring
Regarding “Houston ER doctors say they were urged to work through illness and avoid COVID testing in new lawsuit,” (April 27): As a patient safety activist, I work with many frontline caregivers in the medical professions. They tell me that, one is often expected to work, if possible, while ill. Of course, there is a limit to this when the illness becomes overwhelming. There are indirect ways to impel work while sick. One way is for the employer to combine annual leave and sick leave into a single category. By doing that, an ill employee knows that she is giving up leave if she does not work during her illness. In health care, this may be an invitation to suboptimal care for the patient. Managing medical professionals during the height of the pandemic was not easy but expecting employees to work through their sickness seems a bit cruel to me.
John T. James, Houston
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