In many ways, graduating from high school is like breaking free from the shackles of childhood. Most graduates turn 18 years old within the year before they receive their diplomas, making them newly minted adults who can vote in elections, apply for loans and buy lottery tickets, among other newfound freedoms. And by the time classes are dismissed and final exams are taken, high school seniors can smell the summer and the carefree attitude that comes with it. It’s a time to relax and reflect, a time to have fun and a time to start branching out from the homes and families that have helped to nurture them and prepare them for adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. Some will soon head off to college, and others will enter the workforce on a full-time basis. For the … [Read more...] about Plan for citywide celebration of graduates could backfire
Maybe it’s because most of us had gotten a little stir crazy. Perhaps we were so tired of being stuck at home, and unable to go to a ballgame or a bar or a neighborhood barbecue, that we weren’t thinking clearly. It could be that we just needed to unleash our pent-up anger and anxiety over COVID-19, the disease that has damaged our families, our economy and our emotional wellbeing. Whatever the reason, many went ballistic when Lina Hidalgo said we had to wear masks in public and could face a $1,000 fine for not doing so. The Harris County Judge faced immediate criticism from citizens and her counterparts in Galveston and Montgomery counties, and some state officials scoffed as well. Hidalgo even got sued by a Houston-area doctor. Nevermind that when Hidalgo announced her executive … [Read more...] about It’s fine not to want to wear a mask, but do it anyway
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?
It’s all about local at The Leader, which strives to provide community news that no one else can. National media outlets don’t bother to report on issues involving area homeowners associations, happenings at schools in Northwest Houston or the latest shopping center to take shape. In turn, we generally don’t concern ourselves with things that happen outside of the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest or other nearby neighborhoods. Last week, though, we took a step out of our wheelhouse and delved into national politics – specifically the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But we still kept it local, going to a polling place in the area to seek out perspectives of voters from the community. Our community has proven to lean decidedly to the left, with Democrats holding … [Read more...] about Give journalists vote of confidence during elections
As Rodney Ellis said during a November meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, elections have consequences. So do the decisions made by Ellis, the commissioner for Precinct 1, and his four colleagues on the court. And a course of action they’re considering would have unwanted consequences for a large group of homeowners near the site of the former Pinemont Park & Ride location just east of U.S. 290. When METRO was in the process of selling the spacious property to the Houston Housing Authority in 2015, those homeowners spoke up and successfully lobbied Harris County to buy it instead. Residents in nearby neighborhoods such as Pinemont Park, Forest West and Forest Pines did not want to live next to another apartment complex – there already are three in the vicinity – … [Read more...] about Fate of Pinemont Park & Ride property up in air