Editor's note: The following columns were written by participants in The Leader's annual Media Camp, who are kids ages 10-15. Why America's women's soccer team deserved to win By Olivia Donohue The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) is the best team and deserved to win the World Cup. They also won the last World Cup. This is their second consecutive win and they defeated all the opposing teams and seem to have a pattern of greatness. From beating Thailand with 13 goals (most goals ever scored in a FIFA World Cup) to slipping past France with two goals, they seem to have it down. Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored the game-winning goals in the finals, but they don’t just walk out there and play. The variable that sets them apart is that they train daily, rain or … [Read more...] about Media camp columns: Kids weigh in
So do you think cash will go away? Will enough stores reject cash that we stop using it? I hope not. I like cash. I like cash in my wallet and my fingers and I like to count cash and use paper money wherever I go. But many people, I guess, don’t feel the same. My first brush with the cashless society came for me at the Whole Foods 365 on Yale. Wait, can we still say 365? I think they are dropping the 365 part. OK, back to cash. There is a coffee bar in that store and my wife ordered something from it. I don’t drink coffee but I had my wallet and she had no purse so she told me to pay. I pulled out a $10 bill. “I’m sorry but we don’t accept cash,” the clerk said. I asked why and was told the coffee bar was on an “environmental sustainability program.” She handed me a paper … [Read more...] about Maybe cash isn’t king after all
As a parent, I understand the value of a preemptive strategy. When it came time to sign up my son for the etiquette class I wanted him to take, I just signed him up months ahead of time and then told him about it 12 hours before the first class to keep complaining to a minimum. Was he happy about it? Quite the opposite. Did he have enough time to really dig his heels in and refuse to put on a coat and tie? Negative. But that’s parenting. The variance notification process with Houston's Planning and Development department is something else entirely, but I feel like the process follows some of my same tactics – although as I found out, it’s all perfectly legal. Take the story we published last week about the proposed apartment development that Hines is seeking to build on 34th … [Read more...] about Denson: When following the rules isn’t enough
By Robb Reeves For The Leader My wife didn’t like my shoes and we had to be at an Oak Forest social gathering in 40 minutes. “If you would have told me you didn’t have any shoes, I could have gotten you some today when I was out.” “I have a closet full of shoes,” I said. “You’re not wearing any of those.” So where could we get shoes on the way to this event in 40 minutes? Sears, I thought. I verbalized this where my wife could hear it. “OK,” she said. “I guess they will have some.” Sears was on the way and we were at the door of the 4000 N. Shepherd Sears in five minutes. I hadn’t been in this store in decades. Many years ago my parents took me to the Sears on Shepherd to get school clothes. We lived in the Aldine area then. In the early 1970s, before Greenspoint … [Read more...] about From school clothes to men’s shoes, Sears store has provided
In 2016, Richard Carranza’s comically short tenure as Houston ISD’s superintendent began with a great deal of so-called “listening.” Just prior to Carranza’s selection, trustees held “listening sessions” to hear from constituents about the qualities desired in the district’s next leader. The search consultants ultimately used words like “community-focused,” “financially and politically savvy” and “transparent communicator” to describe the type of person people desired to lead HISD. During the search process, I had asked several trustees when they planned to write a new vision for the district. After all, the current vision document was authored decades ago and prior to the hiring of the last several superintendents. Furthermore, the then-new board, ushered in with the election … [Read more...] about Will HISD finally find a new vision?