Regarding “Major election cycle awaits the voters” (Feb. 3), Dr. Richard Johnson’s primary challenge to Sheila Jackson Lee for this year’s 18th District Democratic Party candidacy — a sure winner for that seat — could be telling us something significant. Congresswoman Jackson Lee has represented the 18th for about 22 years, developing into a formidable cornerstone of the House, a legislative luminary. Emergence of an eminently qualified replacement provides a superlative opportunity for Ms. Jackson Lee to move to the Senate. Her district will remain in good hands, but her abilities and experience will be unleashed to benefit our entire state (and by extension, the whole nation). Lyndon Johnson served only about 11 years in the House, then dominated the Senate; Ms. Jackson Lee is perfectly positioned to do as well or better — and in due course, “Senator Jackson Lee” would be an absolutely fantastic fit for the Vice Presidency.
Scan and Go
Won’t work! Usually things like this start when a good technology sales person gets to a young corporate exec. (striking for a promotion); but this is an invitation to an expensive disaster. Currently, automated check-out is only functional for people with small amounts of grocery products. The elderly will not be able to lift the big bag of cat litter, cases of bottled water, etc. onto the scan counter. People purchasing large amounts will still clog the lines, and mistakes will still have to be resolved by a human being (oops, I didn’t realize that was ORGANIC celery). Every time I’ve tried to use the current system, I ended up cussing at the computerized lady inside the machine (OK, I’m inept, but she should know I’m old enough to buy beer). In the future, 3-D holographic equipment totaling purchases in real time before one leaves for the parking lot might work, but the current technology isn’t up to speed yet. Experienced checkers deserve more appreciation.
HISD is making a bad situation worse
What the article is not saying is that by allowing each school principal to manage their own budget, they get to decide what gets funded. Since librarians, nurses and counselors are not required positions, a principal gets to decide whether or not these positions should exist. I think we can all agree that these are crucial positions at any school and should be a standard part of any child’s education, Not just those who have a principal who chose to budget for them. Our area schools may have proven their ability to fund these positions, but it is often with the help of community $ support. Therefore wealthier neighborhoods help to ensure funds are available at their schools for these crucial elements. Also, Not all school principals are equipped equally to make these decisions.