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 the second floor. Rumor has it that Elvis played there once, in the early 1950s.
I first visited Fitzgerald’s in 1978, when our local music scene was appropriately dominated by the great Shake Russell Band. Big ancient wooden building, my initial impression? Gracious, this place is a fire trap! However, despite the hand-held butane flames employed across decades by multitudes of concert-going dope-smokers igniting their joints, the building never burned up.
Good old Jimmy’s Ice House got ruined by progress — unless one is fond of milling among millennial dudes looking incredibly intelligent wearing baseball caps backward, fist-bumping and high-fiving a lot, calling everybody “Bro.” Good old Fitzgerald’s most likely will follow suit.
Jonathan, I have emailed you usually positive thoughts but you dropped the ball this week. I never mentioned that I worked for the probate courts for 16 years and am back in private practice. I have been published many times and have given many speeches. One topic that I spoke on was Elder Abuse and Exploitation. Did you know it is a crime if you are aware and do not report it? Did you know even if you find out about due to a privilege (doctor/patient, attorney/client) you shall report it? You should have gotten that guys card and reported him. For every one case reported there is thought to be 14 more that are not due to embarrassment by the senior. I hope there is a special place in hell for these people. I am sure you can tell this is a hot issue with me.
Reader seeks support for BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act from Senator Cornyn
Greetings Senator Cornyn,
I want to begin by thanking your staff for the incredible hospitality extended to our Alzheimer’s Association volunteer Advocates and during our time on Capitol Hill in mid-June of this year.
As your assigned Alzheimer’s Ambassador, I know that with your support, a cure for this dreaded disease is not far away.
I also would like to mention the BOLD Act (Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act).
The bipartisan Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R.4256) would strengthen the nation’s public health response to Alzheimer’s by providing state, local, and tribal public health officials with the funding and resources necessary to increase early detection and diagnosis, reduce risk, prevent avoidable hospitalizations, and address health disparities—all of which impact those living with the disease, and their millions of unpaid caregivers.
These important priorities track with the most recent research advances as well. During the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) last month, research showed that aggressive lowering of systolic blood pressure significantly reduces the risk of developing cognitive decline and dementia. As scientists continue to search for a treatment, we must act now to address the growing public health crisis Alzheimer’s poses to millions of families across our country.
The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would build upon research advances like this by implementing public health interventions to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, such as by controlling cardiovascular risk factors.
It is my hope that you will work with Senate leadership to both encourage as well as ensure the passage of this bill when it comes to the floor of the Senate for a vote.
Although this bill will not help my wife’s Grandmother who suffered with Alzheimer’s for 13 years, whom we cared for in our home, it will make a difference to the projected number of Texans who are expected to be diagnosed in the future. By 2025, Texas will have 490,000 of its citizens affected by Alzheimer’s disease, this is a 28.9 % increase from the 380,000 Texans who are currently living with Alzheimer’s in our state.
So again, I want to thank you Senator for your consideration in this matter and we look forward to your support on this game changing bill.
Volunteer -National Alzheimer’s Ambassador, Texas
Reader helps Ashby find Trump’s 3 Million quasi voters on aisle 2600.
Cleanup on aisle 2600. Lynn Ashby has fallen and hit his head again. Show me the illegal voters Ashby cries.
While Ashby and the rest of the liberal media cry foul in their beers over supposed Russian interference.
Perhaps our liberal columnist missed the story that the rest of the liberal media quitely swept under the rug in the 2016 election.
2016. An email obtained by Senate Republicans shows a Texas immigration office demanded volunteers to work weekends, hoping to get as many people onto the citizenship rolls as possible before the end of September — which would give them enough time to register to vote in November.
Democrats and immigration groups had launched a drive to try to get eligible immigrants to become citizens in time to vote against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The memo from a branch chief at the USCIS Houston field office said in the July memo that the goal was to get as many applications approved as possible “due to the election year.”
Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, chairmen of two committees with oversight of the Homeland Security Department, demanded answers from Secretary Jeh Johnson.
“Your department seems intent on approving as many naturalization cases as quickly as possible at a time when it should instead be putting on the brakes and reviewing past adjudications,” the two Republicans said in a letter to Mr. Johnson.
Hmm, I wonder how many “quasi-legal” voters the Democrats and Obama’s DHS registered to vote for Hillary before the 2016 election? Hillary even beat Trump in Houston, TX. How did that happen? The Democrat’s interference in the election makes the Russian social media interference seem a drop in the bucket. If Ashby knows US history he would know that our forefathers had very strong views with regards to voting limitation for citizens who didn’t have long vested interest in the country and the havoc it would create for our Republic.
There was even consideration towards limiting voting rights to only people who own land like previous democracies had used. So why not consider voter ID cards? If we had voter ID cards and a reasonable limit of time to 3 years(an honorable pathway to citizenship) when quasi citizens were granted the right to vote (like our forefathers wisely believed) then perhaps we wouldn’t have this obvious interference by the Democrats in our election process. Then again, that would probably just give the Democrats something else to whine foul over. Afterall what’s 3 million newly granted citizens being told to vote Democrat when you can point your liberal finger at those evil Russians infiltrating Facebook to explain Hillary’s loss?
Will Railway draw locals or just more traffic?
It won’t be the locals enjoying it. Everyone else from God knows where. I grew up here. I like it the way it was. I’m all for improvement, but all it does is draw more congestion to our area. They just come in droves from everywhere. Wish these developments would happen elsewhere. Are they not jamming anything into any little space that exists?