Dear Editor: I am disappointed that Landan Kuhlmann’s article (December 21) about the proposed Design Guidelines did not present the reasons why these guidelines should be accepted as is, not altered by Bill Baldwin, and passed by City Council. Bill Baldwin has said “his neighbors” are furious about the guidelines. He lives in Woodland Heights. The Design Guidelines apply only to Houston Heights. Which neighbors are these? In the public hearing in November, Baldwin opposed the design guidelines’ side setbacks and floor area restrictions for houses and garages, arguing instead for wider, larger, and taller houses and garages to be built in Houston Heights. He calls the guidelines “arbitrary”. because developers and builders would have to follow rules and restrictions. Oh my, this really … [Read more...] about Reader: Design Guidelines, the debate continues
Dear Editor: I’d like to correct a few misconceptions in the article on “Why do grackles congregate?” published in The Leader of Jan. 6, 2018. First of all, the large flocks of birds that are the focus of Mr. Kuhlmann’s article are made up of more than just grackles! Next time you see a flock of birds gathering on utility wires in the evening, take a closer look: they are not all the same size. In addition to common and great tailed grackles, these huge congregations include many starlings and brown-headed cowbirds (both species are a little smaller than grackles). It’s hard to tell them apart during the evening when they are lined up in silhouette, but during the day the species can easily be distinguished, not just by their size, but by their plumage. Male grackles are much larger … [Read more...] about Why do grackles congregate?
Dear Editor: As a close neighbor of Slowpokes and the eyesore Alba Food Mart, I am very disappointed at how the landlord has handled this situation. I’ve heard both sides of the story and think that Sam Momin is making some serious mistakes in his business decisions. Yes, it’s his property to do as he wishes, within the law and his contract with Slowpokes. But I also have choices where I spend my money. I will not shop at Alba Food Mart or any other business that moves into the building, other than Slowpokes. I urge other neighbors to do the same AND let Sam Momin know of your decision. (See Slowpokes’ Facebook page if you want to hear their side of the dispute.) Michael Dear Editor: I am a Garden Oaks resident. I have always been cordial with the employees of the foodmart, but the … [Read more...] about Reader: Slowpokes landlord plans renovation of 34th and Alba
Dear Editor: Whilst wondering WHERE I am going to spend my $8 social security raise, WHAT I really want to address is the runoff for the HISD position Anna Eastman (WHO) abandoned after seeing to it Reagan, Davis, etc. schools changed their names. WHEN the current RayGun H.S. Principal – a Ray Gun grad – showed token interest in “saving the name(s)” I wondered WHY. (Kinda looks like maybe she sold out for a promotion in HISD?) I noticed Ms. Himsl was endorsed by Ms. Eastman. Therefore, Ms.Santos is not. I know who I am going to vote for – I would hope all Reagan and Davis grads eligible to vote in this election will choose Ms. Santos. Pass the word, gang! R. Lee Young Slowpokes landlord plans renovation of 34th and Alba Dear Editor: My family watched Slowpokes build out … [Read more...] about Reader encourages Reagan and Davis grads to vote for Santos
Dear Editor: Regarding Jeff Przybyla’s Sheila Jackson Lee letter..... Cerebral Titan Sheila Jackson Lee’s 18th Congressional District originally was established to quarantine the South Texas cohort of economics illiterates who erroneously believe government is the source of prosperity, and who are easily duped by any huckster promising their votes will yield lifestyle upgrades via punishing “the rich.” The idea was to allow them, in perpetuity, to field a like-minded Pied Piper to rant for their cause in Washington, while voters in surrounding districts thus became liberated to elect rational representatives. (A break here. I absolutely cannot tolerate this unconscionable Confederacy homage.) Sheila Sherman Grant’s Democradolescent Party requires for its survival a permanent underclass … [Read more...] about Reader: How does Sheila Jackson Lee keep getting elected?