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 dependent upon government, constertuents (as she would say) who reflexively vote D based upon the fine promises she bellows each campaign season… in total contrast to the reality of rot that Sheila Sherman Grant and her Party have inflicted every place they govern. Until these misguided 18th District Americans look into the mirror for the power to ameliorate their lives, Clinton-class unprincipled opportunists and village idiots with “D” by their names will continue exploiting them, ad infinitum.
In these trying times, we tried to keep our minds on thankfulness and remember all the good things for which we are all thankful and blessed each according to his/her personal ideology, theology or philosophy.
It was unpleasant to pick up the Leader and see that the Reader column of the Nov. 25 edition contained yet another bilious partisan screed against Sheila Jackson Lee. I guess we all have the right to be bitter, petty, and hypercritical of people in public office if that is our opinion, but what a bitter pill to find in your mouth so soon after a lovely Thanksgiving dinner.
Firstly, Ms. Lee is mocked for what the writer defined in his opinion as pronunciation errors in her speech at the World Series Parade Ceremony.
Then voters and neighbors who voted for Ms. Lee were mocked by the writer because in his opinion they only voted for her because she was black. The racial insult is clear.
Next, the women who voted for Ms. Lee were mocked as being so simpleminded that they could only vote for their gender. Guess that proves women shouldn’t be able to vote? Guess again.
Then, the opinion that Ms. Lee is to be mocked as being incompetent since she has not singlehandedly changed all of our lives to “milk and honey” was stated. Guess we should forget the Republican domination of Texas politics for all these many years.
Then, we were all mocked, and our parents and grandparents, as well, as being hapless souls who just plod ahead unable to know good from bad in the conduct of our political lives. Disagree, disagree, disagree.
And finally, we come to the “cherry on the top” opinion in which Ms. Lee was called “Nancy Pelosi’s lap dog.”
Opinion is opinion. Can it be voiced without implied insult and negativity? Can we differ respectfully? Can we try to see our common ground and try to hold ourselves to higher standards? Setting one group against another or one person against another is not anything that any of us are thankful for and that is an opinion that we can all share with thanks.
Absence or presence of HOA does not change validity of dead restrictions
Just read through your piece on GOMO/HOAs and wanted to point out a few things. The Changs won primarily because the garage restriction was found to be abandoned. This was a family surrounded by houses that had more than a 2 car garage, and had just witnessed the house across the street built with GOMO approved plans with more than a 2 car garage. As far as the whether GOMO is legitimate or not, the appeals court upheld that GOMO did not wait 5 years after their first failed attempt, as required by the property code, to try again. This strikes me as a kill shot, regardless of whether they filled their bylaws correctly.
Also, your title (restrictions left in limbo) is, at best, terribly misleading . The absence or presence of GOMO or any other HOA does not change the validity of our dead restrictions. Garden Oaks has 5 sections, one of which voted down adopting GOMO ~15 years ago. Apples for apples, the section without GOMO has thrived far more than the neighboring sections, and without all the violations that the GOMO proponents promised would happen without them. The City of Houston enforces deed restrictions, and residents need only call the city if a deed restriction is being violated. It’s really that simple. Section 4, the area that did not adopt GOMO, has shown that neighbors along with the city enforcement office has worked out far better for the neighborhood than GOMO has for its sections.