MAKE JOURNALISM GREAT AGAIN!

Dear Editor:
The Tribune should request White House credentials.

Ted Mandel
Kingwood

 

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your vote of confidence, but we have plenty to cover with our local elections!

 

ENJOY OUR PARKS

Dear Editor:
What makes a park special to you? Some look for bustling, kid-friendly spots with plenty of playground equipment, dog parks and sports fields. Others prefer secluded areas where they can admire the beauty of nature. Still others love the tiny pocket park across the street simply for its convenience. Fortunately, Precinct 4 offers them all. With more than 1.2 million residents to serve, my staff and I constantly work to provide more parks in more neighborhoods. In April, Precinct 4 opens its newest park, the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, in northwest Harris County. Eventually, we plan to expand access to this park by connecting it to the Cypress Creek Greenway trails. I also proudly announce plans to develop a micro park in honor of a historic oak tree that local community members helped us save. I hope you can visit Kissing Tree Park to see this ancient tree, which locals remember as a favorite photo spot among young couples. We welcome lovers of all ages, but please keep your osculatory displays to a tasteful level. Visit Precinct 4 online at and learn more about the road projects taking place, as well as the upcoming events at Precinct 4’s community centers and parks, and Senior Adult Program activities through Fun4Seniors.

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4

 

WHITHER THOU GOEST

Dear Editor:
I really do not understand the liberal left’s outrage over the use of public restrooms by the transgendered among us. I have to ask, where have the transgendered been going to the bathroom up until now? I would think that anyone could go into any restroom that fits their attire and dress they are wearing and no one would question or confront them. Of course, if a person with a dress went into the men’s restroom and used the standup urinal, I would expect there would be some raised eyebrows. There is only a problem if someone wants there to be one. However, when it comes to dressing rooms and showers, this is a totally different situation and in these facilities a person should be required to utilize only the one that matches their physical makeup whether it be natural or medically changed, period. The rights of normal boys or girls should supersede those of transgendered individuals due to the vast numbers involved. To disregard the rights of the majority to impose the rights of a few is wrong, as all are to be treated equally under our Constitution. Rather than change all the existing facilities in schools, restaurants and other public venues, an additional facility for the transgendered should be added for their use. As for President Trump voiding Obama’s ruling and sending it back to the states, this is exactly what our Constitution requires us to do. The federal government is only supposed to perform the limited actions the states cannot do for themselves. Doesn’t the liberal left trust their state government to be able to govern themselves? We have many more pressing issues facing our nation like security, taxes, healthcare, infrastructure and our national debt. Let’s stop the bickering and allow the new administration to do its job.

Sid B. Nice
Humble

 

COUNTING SPACES

Dear Editor:
Celie Sternson Herbst (Tribune, 2-22-2017) writes, “I know to spell out the numbers 1-9 in a newspaper article because of [Cynthia Calvert].” That’s because The Tribune, under Ms. Calvert’s direction, follows the AP Stylebook. That book and others, including the Chicago Manual of Style, concur on the writing of the numbers 1-9, but none of them gives a reason for their rule. Unlike most folks, I prefer to think for myself instead of blindly following a style manual. In 2007, I published “A Thinker’s Guide to Effective Writing.” That book’s Appendix B is titled “Writing Numbers.” In preparing that appendix, I examined six style manuals. All six agree with the AP Stylebook’s rule re[garding] the numbers 1-9, and all agree that it’s OK to use numerals in labeling tables. So I ask, “If it’s permissible to write ‘Please see Table 2.,’ then why is it impermissible to write, ‘I own 2 tables?'” I have yet to hear a good answer to my query. All seven books that I have written follow the style that logic and my common sense dictate. Here are four good reasons for writing the numbers 1-9 as numerals instead of as words. First, consider the number 8 (eight). Parsing one character is easier and less time consuming than parsing five characters. Second, writing one character takes less of an author’s time than writing five characters. Third, printing (on a desktop printer, for example) one character takes less time than printing five characters. Fourth, printing consumes paper and ink or toner, all of which cost money. So printing one character is more economical than printing five characters.

Bill Bailey
Kingwood

 

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

Dear Editor:
The world is a tough place to live [in]. After all, there is disease, famine, war, murder, strife, rape, poverty and a host of other things. What gives? Some will even argue that the God of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ is either not real or powerless to do anything about it. Some will even venture to ask the question, “If God is a God of love, why doesn’t He do something to stop the evil?” Well, understand that when God created all things in six days, He said everything was good (perfect). Man, however, was created a moral being accountable to Him. Man was created perfectly free to choose good or sin (evil). Man chose to disobey God; hence, sin was introduced into the world. God didn’t create evil, only the possibility of it. Man made it happen by his free will. It is because of the bad choice of the man and the woman in the garden [that] we have disease, famine, war, murder, etc. So if God really loves us, why doesn’t He just stop evil? But this begs the question … Should God stop the act of evil, or the evil person from desiring to commit the act? Perhaps God should stop the evil person from being trained to commit evil, or maybe God should not allow this person to be born. Hmmm … A dilemma for sure. But is the Lord really not doing anything about evil? It seems that the problem people have is a heart problem. The Bible says the heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. Who can know it? It is from the heart that evil comes. But even our good as humans doesn’t meet the standard God requires. So what is the Lord God doing about all the evil in the world? He is changing the hearts of men who repent and put their faith in the only Savior, Jesus Christ. God gives believers a new heart; one submissive to Him. Believers are freed from the slave market of sin, and become servants of the Great Jehovah. Evil is conquered by the change of heart. So the Lord is doing something about evil. He is attacking it at its source, the heart, and one heart at a time!

John Lister
via email

 

PARK NOT!

Dear Editor:
I'm copying you on a letter I sent to the city of Humble in regards to unsafe operating conditions on Woodson Park in front of Woodcreek Middle School, 14600 Woodson Park Dr. Apparently, the street has no signs saying not to park on that curb, so it has now become a home for trailers, 18-wheelers, and all sorts of big, heavy-duty trucks. The problem is that it's directly in front of a middle school, which causes that area to be extremely dangerous to get through in a car, much less a child walking from the street and crossing with parked 18-wheelers blocking the view of oncoming traffic. I've voiced my complaint to the apartment complexes that have these issues and their management said they agree and have tenants that complain as well, but cannot do anything since the street is city property. If you were to see the amount of trucks being parked on this street and the level of chaos and danger that it presents, I know you would agree. My daughter goes to this school and I have to pick her up due to extracurricular activities and it's frightful for me everyday driving around the trailers that go from one corner to corner of the street directly in front of the school. As you can imagine, schools populate a lot of traffic on their own and this issue presents much danger currently. I hope that you can fix this problem with: "No parking for big trucks" or "No parking during the day between hours of 7 a.m. - 5 p.m." or "No parking for longer than 1-2 hours" or even "Parking for school only." I know that parents have to park here because of lack of parking for orientations and events. But the current situation of storage of 18-wheelers on the street should be unacceptable in front of a school, not only from a parking and traffic perspective, but a host of other dangers like kidnapping/sex-trafficking. So, I'm writing this to you in hope of some help. This is my home, and I would love to know we do our best for the families that live here.

Angelina Zarate
Humble

 

Editor's Note: Stacy Williams, of the City of Humble, replied: The particular road that you referenced (14600 Woodson Park Dr.) in front of Woodcreek Middle School is located outside the City of Humble city limits, therefore the City of Humble has no responsibility or jurisdiction over this roadway. This road either belongs to the City of Houston or is located in unincorporated Harris County. Please try contacting Harris County Road and Bridge at 281-454-4795 or the City of Houston