It finally happened. I broke the pickle jar. Right there, on the floor, with a hippy man standing in flip flops next to me, and an agitated robot woman howling to kindly place the blasted pickles back in the bagging area, lest I be prosecuted for grand theft kosher. My days of ringing up my own groceries have come to an end, and it all happened when I looked around and saw fellow shoppers staring at me with adolescent anger. You know what happened, don’t you? I was in a hurry – we’re always in a hurry these days, which is the only reason these kiosks with monotone voices have made it this far. I had nine items in my small cart, and every check-out line at the grocery store looked like the pick-up line at the elementary school. What’s worse, the sweet lady writing a check to the … [Read more...] about I’ll take human cashiers over pickle juice
Dear Editor: Great questions. Why isn’t the media doing its job to look after the public? This has already ballooned into a 20 billion construction project excluding right of way when they first estimated it would be 10 billion. They are aggressively seeking our federal taxpayer loans (RRIF, TIFIA) for at least several billion dollars and plan on paying off the initial investors (75 million plus interest) with our tax dollars. This is a developer project folks and they have talked a nice game to get people to buy their story. They still only have 15% of the land acquired in option contracts with only 10% down and most of the remaining property owners will not sell for these people. They continue to mislead the public in order to push forward their development scheme. They told everyone … [Read more...] about Why are big media silent on this train project?
THE TV – “Stand by for the must-watched shows of the new television season.” Here we go again. Each fall the networks trot out their great new programs which replace last season’s great new programs that bombed. To no one’s surprise, this season is heavily influenced by recent events in the White House. MONDAY – America’s Got Talent – Just not on this show. The Price Is Right – An in-depth look at donations for Congressional campaigns from lobbyists for Big Pharma. Late Breaking News – Fall began on Sunday, September 23 and ends on Friday, December 21! Police raid a mortuary to discover lots of bodies. “It looks very suspicious,” says a police spokesman, “but the witnesses won’t talk.” Movie Time: “Men in White” – KKK members unexpectedly run into a group of NAACP bodyguards. Monday … [Read more...] about Don’t touch that dial – new TV season lineup influenced by recent events
By now, you’ve all heard about Proposition B, a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot in Houston that will determine if Houston firefighters get a pay raise. If you haven’t heard about the vote, go drive around the area and look for the bright signs imploring you to support firefighters. Or, next time Mayor Sylvester Turner opens his mouth, listen to him plead with you to reject the ballot item, lest the walls of our city come tumbling down. Let’s start with a simplistic description of Proposition B, just so we all know the facts: Houston firefighters want to be paid the same as Houston police officers. Meanwhile, if the city is forced to give the Houston Fire Department the raises they want, the city says the increased costs will push us over the edge. In an op-ed piece, Turner sounded the … [Read more...] about There are only losers in Prop B measure
Dear Editor: I agree with you. The media has not picked up on this story. I have followed this project since I first heard of it. I don’t recall hearing how many times a day this train would run (90 minutes one way) but I have heard that it would cost $200 one way. I DO NOT believe that that many people would be riding in middle of day. I certainly can see morning and evening commutes for businesses. In all the meetings I have gone to, majority of private citizens are against but big businesses are for. Duh! One meeting we were told that there would be no eminent domain. That is a lie. But then our government officials were the ones telling us. BEWARE OF POLITICIANS. When I first heard of it, I was ready to ride. Many friends have moved to the Dallas area. But when I heard the … [Read more...] about Reader: Why are big media silent on this train project?