Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made a tour of our area last Sunday, visiting a shuttered hospital in Shady Acres and then making stops at the H-E-B grocery store in the Heights as well as the Kroger on West 43rd Street. At the latter two stops, Turner walked the stores with executives for each company, surveyed their stock and took stock of their social distancing practices. We know this because Turner posted photos of himself on Twitter as well as a short video with Joe Kelley, the president of Kroger’s Houston division, in which they thanked the store’s employees for being on the front line of the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some who responded to the Twitter posts thanked Turner for visiting the neighborhood and showing his support for the grocery stores, which are … [Read more...] about Are supermarkets safe places to shop?
DAY 1 – I have everything I need to self-quarantine and thus avoid catching the Dos Equis virus, or the Tequila Mockingbird, whatever it’s called. Ah, the coronavirus. Must have come from drinking that Mexican beer. Some call the sickness the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, although President Trump calls it the China virus. An aide referred to the Kung Flu. Anyway, we were told to stay away from everyone else, and stock up on necessities. That explains my 43 bottles of Smirnoff and the eight boxes of cigars. My food supply is adequate, although the pantry has “use by” markings going back to Christmas. Isn’t it a shame so many people are hording? DAY 3 – Houston announces the shutdown of bars and clubs -- on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Staying away from other people isn’t so unusual. … [Read more...] about Alone among millions
My weekly column doesn’t usually appear on the business page, but given the times and the circumstances and the utter confusion of everything else in our lives, why not mix this up, too? Most weeks, this commentary is directed at our readers and important topics that impact our daily lives. Today, I want to write directly to the businesses in our community – the ones being crippled by COVID-19, stay-at-home orders, and the general malaise gripping this city, this nation and this world. No matter if you own a small business, work for one, or just care about one, the success of the men and women who run small businesses in our community is reliant on having a free and vibrant economy, of which we have neither. For those who don’t know, it’s not hyperbole to say that our national, state … [Read more...] about Local businesses can’t miss this opportunity
As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks. Every sack had seven cats. Every cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives. How many were going to St Ives? -- The Weekly Magazine of August 4, 1779 The Wall Street Journal – Stocks dropped across the board in early trading when word swept the floor that the town of St Ives was being evacuated due to the spread of the deadly Cat Virus. “The mayor has ordered everyone to flee for their lives,” a resident said, running from the town. Later, however, stocks rebounded on word that the mayor had ordered the evacuation to loot the empty houses. After hitting a record high, stocks fell to record lows when the kitten crop scored heavily in European markets. But just before the closing bell, some stocks … [Read more...] about Without rhyme or reason
Opinions like this usually don’t come in the middle of a national panic. They’re reserved for the post-mortem – the weeks, months, maybe years after tragedy or turmoil strike. I’m sorry, but this can’t wait. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve watched two leaders of our community graciously stand in front of podiums with cameras and microphones shoved in their faces. They’ve answered question after question, perfectly blending empathy with strength. They’ve been conscious of the local discourse while unwavering in their commitment to the greater good. No matter how you’ve voted in the past, and no matter how much you may agree or disagree with their positions on matters of policy, every honest soul in Houston and Harris County should be boastfully proud of County Judge Lina Hidalgo … [Read more...] about Raise a banner to beacons we’ve elected