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Letters and comments from our readers

Chase’s Can-do Spirit

Your story of John S. Chase is about the kind of man whose can-do spirit is so lacking in society today [An Unlikely Blueprint, July 2021].

Daniel Svetlik, Pedernales EC | Victoria


Forgiving Our Teen Selves

I loved the story and the illustration [Parent Imperfect, June 2021]. Martha Deeringer wrote a wonderful tribute to her father while also reminding us to forgive ourselves for having once been teenagers embarrassed by a parent or grandparent.

Linda Piazza | Via Facebook

Slice of Heaven

We agree Dala Burk’s Tangy Tomato Slices [June 2021] are a winner.

We used Big Beef tomatoes, Texas 1015 onions, fresh basil and parsley—all grown in our garden.

We read Texas Co-op Power’s recipes enthusiastically every issue and have for the past 25 years. However, we had never made any of them. But with a counter full of tomatoes from the garden this year, we couldn’t resist.

We could not wait for the dish to marinate in the refrigerator and had to try it once done. OMG!

Marilynn Schmidt, Bluebonnet EC | Somerville


Minor Typo, Major Figure

Chet Garner’s article about the funeral museum was interesting, but I need to correct one thing [A Serious Undertaking, July 2021]. The millions of Catholics in Texas will know that we buried our beloved Pope John Paul II. We haven’t had a III yet.

Theresa Phinney, Bryan Texas Utilities | College Station

Coach Bill Yoeman and the University of Houston made Warren McVea, above, the first Black player to receive a scholarship to play football at any of the major college programs in Texas. “My mother thought the world of coach Yeoman,” McVea said years later. “Coach Yeoman promised my mama that he would always take care of her son. And he did just that.”

Courtesy University of Houston Athletics

More About McVea

Groundbreaking Cougar [Currents, July 2021] reminded me of a game Warren McVea played in 1963. San Antonio Brackenridge faced crosstown Robert E. Lee in one of the most entertaining high school football games ever played. My dad and I watched it together at Alamo Stadium.

It had two of the most explosive running backs in the country, McVea and Lee’s Linus Baer. Each team scored just about every time they got the football—McVea dancing and speeding around Lee defenders, and Baer running through and over Brackenridge defenders. Lee won, 55-48.

Rick Covington, Pedernales EC | Cedar Park