A lady dropped by the office last week to grab her usual stack of newspapers. If you’ve never seen The Leader office on a Thursday, you should come by just to see – it’s a steady stream of cars throughout the day, with folks walking to our front door to get their weekly dose of local news. I happened to be rushing out of the office at the same time (seems I do a lot of rushing these days), and the lady apparently recognized me from this ugly mug that gets published each week in the paper. “You’re Jonathan, right?” she asked. Yes ma’am. “I heard The Leader was about to close down.” I asked where she heard that, and she said it was from somebody else, though she couldn’t remember who, or she just didn’t want to tell me. We got another call a couple of weeks ago asking the … [Read more...] about The Leader will be here long after I’m gone
For some reason, the big players in Houston and Texas media continue to ignore one of the biggest news stories of our day. Maybe they’re too busy covering national politics or posting photo galleries of the best darn chicken-fried steak you’ve ever eaten that they can’t find the time. In the process, corporate-owned media of our city and state are missing an opportunity to do their real jobs as watchdog for the rest of us. You’ve heard about the purported high speed train that will, one day (in the far, far future), connect the booming economies of Houston and Dallas. You’ve seen snippets of smiling politicians lauding the innovative (yep, that’s the word) technology of trains, and you’ve read public-relations pieces boasting of a new board chairman or a new CEO joining the team of … [Read more...] about Why are big media silent on this train project?
We get these sorts of emails occasionally, and it’s about time I addressed them, just in case you’ve been on the receiving end of the venom. There are people in our community who have no use for The Leader. Sometimes, the notes and phone calls are quite kind. “Dear Leader, I appreciate what you do in our community, but I travel for a living and there are many weeks when I’m not home. When there are three or four papers piled on my driveway, it’s a safety hazard for our family.” Normally, with a call or letter like that, the person gives us a street address and we stop throwing a paper the next week. (And actually, our carriers are told not to throw papers in yards where there are multiple editions for exactly that reason.) Then, you get the calls and emails like the one that came … [Read more...] about Stopping Leader delivery isn’t so hard
This weekend marks a year since I stood at the back door of my home with a broom and a prayer. Most of you did something of the sort on Aug. 26, 2017, when Hurricane Harvey’s transmission fell out somewhere over southeast Texas. My story is not unique. We have a pool in our back yard, because I’m not sure what else a person should do in Houston when the temperature gauge reads 103 and the actual temperature is 301. As flood waters raced across nearly every street in this city, drainage pipes designed to flow water away became dyslexic and sent water shooting the other way. True story: During Harvey, I ran our pool pump continuously, draining water into the street as soon as it filled our pool. If I hadn’t, the pool would have continued to rise, burst out of the ground and flood the … [Read more...] about Grab a broom if another Harvey rolls through town
A business partner and I sat down for lunch earlier this week at a local restaurant short on patrons and quiet enough to hear the sear of meat behind the kitchen door. Sounds relaxing, right? Two tables away, a portly man stole the ambiance. With oiled hair and a golf shirt as shiny as his gold watch, this fellow had a captive audience of two seniors – presumably a husband and wife enjoying the years they had left to dine at such restaurants. For a while, Frank and I kept to ourselves, talking about new business plans and the upcoming college football season. But every time we stopped to take a bite of food, we couldn’t help but hear the obvious salesman dishing another load of garbage toward the seniors at his table. “I’m not sure if you know this,” he said as he pointed his … [Read more...] about Senior scams are a $36 billion industry