Dear Editor: The City’s Planning Commission on June 23, 2016 okayed the variance for the northeast corner of Ella and DuBarry. Beside myself there were only three other persons present to protest the variance. Pitiful to have only four protesters at the hearing “again pitiful.” The variance will open up Oak Forest into another Cottage Grove. The home that you were offered $300K for expect the new offer to be $200K. Only four persons showed up to protest the variance. Where were the OFHA officers? Where were the homeowners whose home values just dropped? Last word, so long Oak Forest, hello the New Cottage Grove. Also, Oak Forest Section One’s Deed Restrictions D1417 page 193 states “A corner lot shall be deemed to front on the street designated by the corporation as hereinafter … [Read more...] about Where were the protesters at the June 23 Planning Commission meeting?
Dear Editor: Today’s paper had an excellent article written by [Jonathan McElvy]. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s hard to watch the news and read about all these events because they seem to be just as you have written. What I still don’t get is why we are allowing this to happen over and over again. I thought the Sandy Hook killings were just about the worst thing that could happen and yet, nothing has been done. Betty Elliot Dear Editor: Regarding [Jonathan McElvy’s] recent editorials (October 2015 and June 2016) about journalistic integrity in the wake of mass shootings, a lawyer named Geoffrey Riddle and I decided after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012 to figure out if the government could forbid the publication of a mass shooter’s photograph in the same way … [Read more...] about Reader: More integrity is needed in mainstream media
Dear Editor: I’ve been searching for something to post that might help change the tone of social media after the recent events in Orlando and the post that followed. My thoughts go to so many places because I’m pushed to consider sides of an argument from the far extremes. If you aren’t participating in social media posts about politics please do your part at the ballot box and stop reading this. I hope you can find some peace. As for me I will soldier on in the snake pit called Facebook where everything I read makes me sad for our nation and the course we are on right now. Every post worries me about the future my kids will be handed from my generation and my parent’s generation. This is not something new for me to feel but it grows with each day and each meme about them vs us. We are … [Read more...] about Reader: To my friends on the Left…and the Right
Dear Editor: Congratulations to Hillary Clinton, the first woman to be nominated for U.S. president by a major political party. A colleague of mine once interviewed a 30-something female job applicant. He asked, what have you accomplished where you presently work? She said, I was the first woman ever to be made manager of the department I’m in. Good -- what did you accomplish? I was the first woman ever to be made a manager in that department. So, in that role, what did you achieve? I told you -- I was the first woman to be made a manager there. The interview continued in this vein for a couple more iterations. My colleague did not hire that applicant. Let us do likewise this November. J. Reynolds Don’t make Texas blue Dear Editor: I had to laugh at Lynn Ashby’s column about recent … [Read more...] about Reader: The first major party female presidential nominee
Dear Editor: I take some issues with your article. As the person who currently handles much of the “Creek Branding” (full disclosure I’m their Director of Marketing), I’m not sure what is so offensive about having Hill Country themed restaurants in the Bayou City. Can we not celebrate other areas of our great state? Additionally, I would like to invite you to visit our fifth restaurant, Lowbrow. Our first restaurant without the Creek name, it boasts a wallpaper of local landmarks such as the Astrodome, Rothco Chapel Obelisk and the oil derrick that may be more to your liking than Dry Creek’s Austin sign. As someone who grew up in Lindale Park (just outside of the coveted “Greater Heights”) and who now lives in Oak Forest, I too am annoyed with the ever changing marketing of the … [Read more...] about A Greater Heights takeover? Seems like it