Dear Editor: Your Oct. 6 editorial gave us a choice. Here’s mine: I want the city to keep all of its services...police...firemen...garbage pickup...etc. In fact, some of the services like garbage pickup have suffered in our neighborhood from lack of funding. We need more support from the city for these and other services. And the answer is for us to send in more tax dollars. Houston Mayor Turner knows that. We regularly see complaints about taxes. And, the complaints come, not only from citizens like some of my neighbors, but especially from the well-to-do. The very folks who can most afford to pay more taxes are the ones who are the most vocal when it comes to criticizing a tax increase. August Galiano Dear Editor: It’s time to hold the City’s feet to the fire ... regarding … [Read more...] about There are only losers in Prop B measure
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?
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?
Dear Editor: Houston will flood again. I can’t agree that Turner and Emmett were so heroic and brilliant. I have a constant reminder of Harvey, because the neighbor’s giant tree fell, mostly into my yard and onto my house. The neighbor never removed the giant trunk and limb in my yard, nor has my landlord been too concerned. I would love to see a new law that anyone with a large tree in proximity to buildings must have it inspected annually, have it certified, and pay a fee. The tree that fell was all rotted inside, and should have been taken down. Anyhow, if anyone would like about five tons of red oak, come on by and cut and haul this out of the driveway. Jason Hochman Dear Editor: Good thoughts, Jonathan. Just remember that some of us are still living in homes that are still … [Read more...] about Reader: Grab a broom if another Harvey rolls through town
Dear Editor: News of the sale of the Fitzgerald’s property is fraught with unpropitious portent for the historic vibrancy of the Heights Beer District. Real estate taxes increasingly shape development there: Businesses and land uses must evolve in order to generate adequate revenues for fulfilling the earned-income confiscation demands imposed by our city’s/county’s insatiably greedy governments. Can the old Fitzgerald’s structure be accordingly re-purposed -- or will it simply be razed? The Fitzgerald’s building originally housed the Kosciuszko Lodge, a local Polish social organization. The lower story was a parking facility... for horses. Indeed, the interior first-floor open space and timbers are still reminiscent of a stable. Meetings, parties and other affairs were conducted on … [Read more...] about Reader: Fitzgerald’s like Jimmy’s Ice House ruined by progress