Dear Editor:
While I was at an IPOB meeting last week, a fellow member from another district complimented our Council Member Dave Martin on being so visible, calling out the Red Cross, and getting the debris removal trucks on the scene so quickly. He said he really thought he was a great council member and that they haven’t seen or heard from theirs. Maybe some of our displeased fellow residents should enlighten themselves as to what is going on in other areas of town. He also mentioned that Mayor [Sylvester] Turner was doing all he could do, considering the massive scale of this disaster and that this is when your local representatives should advocate for their district.

Maryanne Fortson

THE 4 Ps

Dear Editor:
Although the storm has passed, the work has not. I am so proud of how hard the Precinct 4 staff has worked for everyone. The Road and Bridge and Parks crews worked together to open up a self-help site for residents with such fervor that it seemed to appear overnight. And now we’re seeing parks reopen, although there is a lot of work to do to return these green spaces to their former beauty. We are still in the midst of removing storm debris and will be for some time. Remember these 4 Ps: patience, placement, parking and personal responsibility. Separating your debris into the recommended categories will help speed up the removal process, since crews can move through an area faster if the piles are already correctly divided. But if you can’t, don’t panic. We will still pick up your storm debris. I hope you find comfort in knowing Precinct 4 is here to serve you. We will make it through together, one day at a time.

Jack Cagle, commissioner
Harris County


Dear Editor:
I just wanted to share my appreciation of your publication’s focus on the kind deeds done in response to Hurricane Harvey. When it seems like media focuses on the most divisive issues to publicize (such as the Summer Creek parent complaints), it is a very welcome relief to see the focus on those stories that bring us together.

David Braziel
via email


Dear Editor:
Circa 1982, I contacted Houston Baptist University about the possibility of my teaching accounting courses for the school. The business school’s associate dean called me to discuss the matter. She began by asking: “How old are you?” and
“‘Do you believe in God?” Aside from child-labor laws, age should not matter in an employment context. All that should matter is one’s physical and mental ability to do the job effectively. The following two stories illustrate my point. First, in 2015, 92-year-old Harriette Thompson completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in seven hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds. Any man or woman who can accomplish that feat is physically fit to teach college courses. Second, in 2015, Dallas real-estate mogul Ebby Halliday died at age 104. When in her 90s, she was asked, “To what do you attribute your longevity?” She answered, “Don’t smoke; don’t drink; don’t retire.” I agree. Until near the end of her long life, Ebby worked daily in the Dallas real-estate brokerage company that she founded in 1945. Those who want to know an adult potential employee’s age mystify me. Intellectually speaking, I’m light years ahead of where I was when I worked as a Ph.D. faculty member at UCLA in 1978. I’m 39 years older than I was then, but I have far more to offer a university today than I had in 1978; my health is excellent; and I have proven pedagogical skills that few others have. But because of my current age, those who think as that HBU associate dean thought probably would not hire me. The sooner that mode of thought re: age disappears, the better off society will be.

Bill Bailey


Dear Editor:
We had a great sale making almost $750 and added 19 new FOAL members! I can’t thank you enough for the publicity in The Tribune and the fantastic eBlast! I really appreciate your support for FOAL and our community.

Becky Berry


We’ll be back!

Dear Editor:
On behalf of all the members of Kingwood Womens Club, we would like to express our appreciation to the sponsors of our generous community who contributed to our Annual Holiday Marketplace 2017, that sadly, will not happen. Because many of our members were directly affected by the flooding, as well as so many in our caring community, our efforts now are focused on recovery to those impacted. Yet, we still wish to acknowledge these individuals and businesses who tried to support us in our endeavors to bring about this year’s Holiday Marketplace. We truly appreciate your confidence and faith in our nonprofit group, Kingwood Women’s Club, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through this effort for over 20 years. These donations and sponsorships have benefited many charitable organizations within our community. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and hope you will support us again in this endeavor in 2018 for our 21st Annual KWC Holiday Marketplace.

Kingwood Women’s Club


Dear Editor:
During the recent floods a lot of people hit many low points in their lives. The idea of the Jasenovac Holocaust Memorial was in the making for four years and we have found during the last two weeks, since its opening Sept. 16, our local people have shown interest by visiting the memorial. The idea is that common heartache from catastrophic events, can bring everyone together for a common goal: to love, help and respect one another. The First United Methodist Church of Humble is hosting this exhibit. This exhibit is open every day from10 a.m. - 9 p.m.every day through Oct. 16. until the exhibit moves to the Cypress Springs location at The St. Sava Serbian Church, through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Thank you, Alex and Mary, for allowing us to be a small part of your extremely powerful mission. Great job and congratulations again to all of our team of volunteers, sponsors, donors, artists, carpenters, friends and family who helped establish your lifelong, creative vision come to fruition with grace for a dignified reality. Those who haven’t had a chance to personally witness the exhibit yet....please try to go before it leaves the Humble area. We are reminded by quotes of historical proportions: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To learn more historical facts, please go to Alex and Mary Pollak’s website:
Karen K. Boeske

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