If there was ever a time a group of city officials would need to pump the brakes and revaluate things, the situation regarding sidewalks on North Shepherd last month would be it for the Planning Commission. As many have read and shared online, we wrote a big story about how the commission was butting heads with a beloved local business – Wabash Feed & Garden Store – after a dispute over plans for an extended porch somehow turned into a proposal for a new sidewalk and actually losing a portion of her own property. I have tried to wrap my head around that sentence and admittedly it has been a challenge. I am huge proponent of walkability and sidewalks in Houston, and I believe the lack of substantial pedestrian amenities through the bulk of our sprawl to be one of the city’s greatest … [Read more...] about Planning Commission making no friends along North Shepherd Dr.
THE TV – "I am running against the Establishment." "If elected, I shall take on the Establishment." Can we stand one more? "This is an anti-establishment campaign." No matter which party, gender, age or silly promise, all the presidential candidates are running against the Establishment. But who or what is this awful creature that seems to personify evil? Many of you -- OK, maybe someone was going to – have asked this question so, as your intrepid reporter, I set out to find this wart on the body politic. My first stop was the campaign HQ of Sen. Bernie Sanders. "Senator, you have made a big deal out of running against the Establishment. So what, exactly is the Establishment?" He set fire to a stack of stock certificates and turned to me. "IT’S WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA!" he shouted, … [Read more...] about Presidential candidates take turns stabbing at the Establishment
A reader sent me a note this week about her concern for the direction of The Leader. Largely, she worries we’re headed in a very liberal direction. For many of you, that begs the reply: "So? ‘Bout time." Others may have wondered why, as this lady put it, "You already have a liberal point of view writer and many in your area that I have spoken to do not understand why you would add another liberal editor to your otherwise professional paper." For those new to The Leader, the writer is talking about two distinct people. One is that devil of a man Lynn Ashby, who apparently loves proving to our readers every week that he’s old enough to smoke a cigar (see below). Lynn is a veteran columnist who makes most of our readers laugh every week. To be certain, he’s not a fan of Trump or Cruz or … [Read more...] about Don’t view us through the national lens
Dear Editor: I have lived in this area for 50 years and have really looked forward to reading The Leader from its’ inception but lately have been very disappointed in the direction you seem to be taking. The January 30 comments in The Reader section had five articles on the Reagan name change that should bear some responsible thoughts on your decision as what your readers need and want. You already have a liberal point of view writer and many in your news area that I have spoken to do not understand why you would add another liberal editor to your otherwise professional paper. Two sides are good but not more in a small neighborhood group one. Especially one who insults your readership. His comments would be considered if they were not so one-sided. Your paper has been excellent and … [Read more...] about Reader concerned about the direction of The Leader
HERMANN PARK –It is a busy Saturday afternoon, with joggers, walkers, zoo visitors. Sunny, dry, a gentle breeze ushering in eau de Pasadena. This is the perfect place to read a newspaper article to a local businessman. The newspaper is the Boston Sunday Herald, specifically the edition of Sept, 6, 1863. This story reports "a well authenticated rumor that Gen. Lee has resigned." Even back then the press got it wrong. The local businessman is Richard W. Dowling, better known as Dicky. He was once honored in Houston and all of Texas as a savior, but now, like the boll weevil, he’s just lookin’ fer a home. Actually, I can’t even find his statue. We start with the newspaper, which has turned orange and brittle, yet legible. This from New Orleans, which is in Union hands: Word of a massive … [Read more...] about There is a Statue of Limitations for Texas savior Richard W. Dowling