IMPROVING OUR SAFETY AND QUALITY OF LIFE
After weeks of clear, sunny weather, Tropical Storm Beta’s drenching rain reminded us of just how quickly heavy rainfall can attack our creeks and bayous. Your team of experts with the Harris County Flood Control District needed no reminders. This tireless group works to improve our flood control systems every day of the year. With their help, Harris County forges ahead on the majority of the projects identified in the 2018 $2.5 billion bond program. Once complete, these projects will expand our flood-mitigation system’s efficiency and will add capacity and save homes, businesses and lives. I encourage you to learn more about these critical projects. Improving your quality of life also remains a priority for Precinct 4. I urge you to look to our parks for recreation and relaxation. We offer a variety of programs, beautiful ponds and lakes, gardens, trails to explore, and, of course, trees to see along the way. With luck, you may spot Precinct 4’s recently crowned state co-champion winged elm. This massive tree stands 95 feet tall with a canopy nearly as wide. Ancient trees like this never fail to amaze me with their ability to reshape landscapes and withstand drought and storms. I hope to continue protecting and nurturing proud trees like our champion winged elm for future generations to enjoy.
Jack Cagle, Commissioner
PRAYING WON’T WORK
The Bible (supposedly God’s Word) says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up …” (James 5:15). The coronavirus has killed more than 213,000 Americans. For months Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and other M.D.s have advised Americans re: ways to avoid the virus. Very ill patients are put on ventilators and given drugs in hopes of healing them. I have heard no one quote James 5:15, nor have I heard any M.D. advise those who contract the virus to pray! Amanda Kloots prayed daily for her husband (Nick Cordero), who contracted the virus. After 95 days in the hospital, Nick died. He, a talented Broadway actor and singer, was only 41 years old with a beautiful wife and an adorable baby son. Medical experts lack faith in the Bible’s James 5:15, which clearly failed Amanda. Trump and Pence call themselves Christians. I haven’t heard either one of them mention James 5:15 or advise relatives of infected persons to pray as a way to rid the body of the virus, so it seems that they too lack faith in James 5:15. They also reject Jesus’s admonition to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44), for they had Iran’s General Soleimani killed. To those hypocrites I say, “If you’re going to claim to be a Christian, then act like one!”
GOOD ATTRIBUTES SHOULD APPLY TO ALL POLITICIANS!
Accolades are in order for Bill Bailey providing a thoughtful list of desirable attributes for the U.S. President (9/23/2020 letter). I submit the same attributes apply to the city and state officials, congressmen, congresswomen and senators. I also would add: (1.) Possesses a minimum level of intelligence, (2.) Possesses a minimum knowledge of civics (this expands upon “Knows something about the U.S. Constitution” from Mr. Bailey), (3.) Values the role of science-based expertise in decision-making, regulation promulgation and crisis management, (4.) Has demonstrated leadership skills, (5.) Serves the country rather than the party, (6.) Serves the people rather than corporations, (7.) Respects the rule of law for all people (including the U.S. president), (8.) Understands and addresses national security issues, and (9.) Values the sanctity of all human life (not just fetuses). Finding examples with the desired attributes from the 2017-2020 U.S. Congress or the U.S. president is difficult. The only two examples that come to mind are Mitt Romney and John McCain. Unfortunately, anyone who deviates from the “party line” to the benefit of the country risks expulsion from the party and being labeled a traitor, e.g., Republican in Name Only (RINO). The future of the United States will be determined this November. Careful consideration of the attributes you desire in each candidate will determine the world we live in starting in 2021.
RICH GREEDY PEOPLE
The Trump Organization has built quite a business empire. What Bill Bailey failed to mention was how much was paid in taxes by all the employees that the organization employs, both directly and indirectly. Remember that is still Trump money. You could not even begin to calculate all the tax money collected because of the trickle down of jobs to support that organization. I personally own rental properties. A tenant once told me “You rich greedy people are all alike.” It is sad that a large percentage of the population does not understand why they have a job, a place to live, a place to go eat, a place to buy clothes, etc. All of that is provided by us “rich greedy people.” That is called capitalism. In the United States you can start with literally nothing and become a rich greedy person. I am a poster child for that scenario. And yes, some like President Trump get a head start because his (their) parents (or grandparents) started with nothing and built a business. That is a good lesson for the young readers of this paper; leave something better for your children than what you were left. How many jobs has the Clinton organization, the Obama organization, or the Biden organization created? How many of you take as many tax deductions as you can in order to lower your tax burden? How many of you send more money than you owe when you pay your taxes and tell the government, “Just keep it”? Now, as far as us rich greedy people: the top 1% of wage earners (>$515K) pay 38.5% of the federal income taxes. The top 25% (>$83K) pay 86.1%. The bottom 50% pay 3%.
So, how much more do you want us rich greedy people to pay? Although I bet those making $83K do not consider themselves rich.
BIDEN WRONG AGAIN
More than 14,000 scientists and medical practitioners have signed a petition against lockdown measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, saying that they are causing “irreparable damage.” As of Oct. 8, more than 9,400 medical practitioners and 4,900 medical and public health scientists have joined more than 120,000 members of the general public in signing the petition which was created Oct. 4 and co-authored by Harvard professor of medicine Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Oxford professor Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Stanford Medical School professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. “As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists, we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.” The petition calls for an end to current lockdown policies, saying that they are producing “devastating effects” on short- and long-term public health like lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health. They argue that this will, in the future, lead to greater excess mortality, with the working class and younger generation “carrying the heaviest burden.” “Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.” They instead insist on an approach that instead focuses on protecting the most vulnerable, while working toward achieving so-called herd immunity, which they describe as “Focused Protection.”
P.S. Remind Bill Bailey that President Trump donates his $400,000 salary to U.S. Veterans each year. Plus, anyone who does not take advantage of LEGAL tax deductions is a fool.