The removal of statues is inconsistent with civilization. Build new statues, but please don’t tear them down. This natural human impulse is why we have lost so many precious artifacts, many of objectionable historical figures, but many great ones as well. All those statues of Julius Caesar, gone. Hammurabi. The Kings of Ur. The Emperors of Early China. Aristotle. We know of the Pharaohs because they buried their statues in tombs so they would not be destroyed. We need to build new statues. A Commanche war party outside of Austin. Barbara Jordan. El Franco Lee. Caesar Chavez. Selena. First Responders with Rescue Victims during Harvey. And a most important note, Sam Houston resigned as governor rather than sign a secession order and before that advocated against placing the capital in Austin because it would mean war with the Commanches. So we must keep his statue in Hermann Park for sure. He died in obscurity, after catching the flu in Galveston in 1864, advocating for peace with the Union.
Jonathan C.C. Day
We need a better place for the billions
Public trust is a huge burden. Many rise to the challenge others fall a little short, others fall a lot short. Like you I wish everybody could meet every bodies expectations but like any public effort some will be unsatisfied. In the end I hope and pray that to those the trust has been placed of so many is not misplaced. Because the net affect of that is the next time people will be less likely to help.
No need to apologize. You’re only asking out loud the type of questions that are probably on the minds of many others (or at least should be).
Ironically my only objection of your article is this statement:
“It certainly isn’t my intention to question him, or the Greater Houston Community Foundation or even the Red Cross about how they’ll spend the money they’ve been given.”
In particular with Red Cross their (executives) behavior should make a reasonable person suspicious. Can someone please tell me why a “non-profit” would be concerned about keeping “trade secrets?”
Red Cross Says It Can’t Disclose How it Spent Hurricane Sandy Money Because of “Trade Secrets”
Red Cross CEO Dodges Congressional Questions About Cuts Around the Country