Garden Oaks, the vaunted neighborhood of stately homes, prodigious trees, desired schools and envied street addresses, needs to get its act together. For the past few years, a legal battle has brewed between neighbors. Last week, a board of homeowners, called the Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization, decided the battle should end. Now I get the feeling they may have surrendered to fight another war. Those of you who don’t live in Garden Oaks may not care one whit about this, but it would serve us all to understand the dynamics at play. These destructive issues lurch in all our associations. In 2012, Peter and Katherine Chang decided to add an extra garage to their home. Even though deed restrictions to the Garden Oaks neighborhood allowed for only a one- or two-car garage, the … [Read more...] about Garden Oaks has chance to fix itself now
Dear Editor: Carranza followed the vision of the trustees. The trustees have not primarily focused on students since I’ve been watching HISD (2005). Superintendents have brought 7-13 people with them after hired. Carranza came by himself. This was Carranza’s and the board’s vision and plan from the beginning. It complements the pro-charter and anti-union policies perpetuated by the state and federal governments. Larry Residents spot odd trimming pattern Dear Editor: Did the spokesperson intend to insult us? That’s clearly a threat. Mary Dear Editor: If they had trimmed all of the limbs away, the complaint would then have been that they didn’t need to trim all of the limbs, just the ones that were a problem. I don’t blame the trimming crew for doing this. Decades of experience … [Read more...] about Reader: Will HISD finally find a new vision?
Harvey Schmidt has died at the age of 88 in Tomball. No, that should not mean anything to you, although I’m sure it meant a lot to Harvey Schmidt. He was co-author of “The Fantasticks,” the Off-Broadway romance that became the world’s longest-running musical. It opened in 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village and ran for 17,162 performances. A revival that began in 2006 ran 4,390 more times. It was “very lucrative.” You may recall a song from that show, “Try to Remember.” In a 50-year partnership with Tom Jones, they wrote the Broadway musicals “110 in the Shade” and “I Do! I Do!” each earning them Tony Award nominations. And to think it all began at The University of Texas with bad jokes. Coroner: “What were your husband’s last words?” New widow: “I don’t see … [Read more...] about College Humor – sort of
It will be easy to take this the wrong way – some will take it as arrogant – but please stick with me. Over the past few years, we’ve done some really great things at The Leader. Last week, I received a letter in the mail from a lady who lives in Colorado, but she spends a few months a year in Timbergrove. She wanted us to know that she really enjoys our community newspaper while she’s in town, and she even sent us a contribution. The people who write stories and take photos for our newspaper do an incredible job compiling a report of local news each week that is hardly matched in this community. As I tell our writers as often as I can remember, our goal is to always be relevant to the lives of our readers, and the folks who work with us do a lot of great work for a fraction of the … [Read more...] about Working women deserve recognition
To: All Texas Principles From: State Board of Educashun Subject: Potentuall cirikulum chanjes There has been a lot of diskussions about Texas textbooks, or Texbooks, as we members of the State Board of Education, or SBOE, like to joke. This is especially tru since we adopted new books in 2010. Now we are considering making chanjes to those books. Recently, a group of commies, the Texas Freedom Network, again criticized us for our adoption of texts which they say or full of factual erors. Look, they are a bunch of university professors, historians and famed academix, so what do they know? They don’t like the books’ favorable mention of the National Rifle Association. If anyone in America ought to know about semi-automatic rifles, laws that allow crazies to buy them and who’s … [Read more...] about Reading, ‘Riting and Ranting