Dear Editor:
I’m proud to announce the grand reopening of Mercer Botanic Gardens. My staff spent nearly seven months restoring the gardens after Hurricane Harvey, which is still a work in progress. I encourage everyone to visit this beautiful park, and see how far we’ve come. Looking for outdoor entertainment all ages can enjoy? View a baseball-themed movie under the stars at Matzke Park. Attend a family-friendly adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” at Precinct 4’s outdoor Shakespeare Festival in Burroughs Park. Or, bring your preschooler to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for Easter eggs during Mangum-Howell Center’s Bunny Hop. I encourage adults 50 and better to participate in Senior Health and Fitness Week. You can participate in activities such as archery, bowling, yoga and more. The activities and projects included in this edition are just a small slice of what we offer every month in Precinct 4. I hope you enjoy the great lineup of events we have for you this spring.

Jack Cagle, Commissioner
Harris County Precinct 4



Dear Editor:
Suppose presidential candidate A says publicly, “I adamantly oppose the death penalty.” Shortly thereafter, candidate A says publicly, “I adamantly favor the death penalty.” I doubt that voters would think much of candidate A. Now consider these statements. First, “Thou shalt not kill” (Deuteronomy 5:17). Second, “If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and worship other gods’…, do not yield to them or listen to them ...You must certainly put them to death” (Deuteronomy 13: 6-9). After telling me not to kill, the Bible (supposedly God’s word) tells me to kill. God sounds like candidate A. Would God (a perfect being) contradict himself? No! Then the Bible is not God’s word! That contradiction also refutes the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, for a statement and its negation cannot both be true.

Bill Bailey


Dear Editor:
In looking over our past two shows at Curtain Call Cafe, I’ve noticed that ticket sales have moved upward among the Humble/Kingwood folks. This is due to the fact that we decided to use The Tribune’s eblasts to get the word out about upcoming events. It seems to be working, thanks to your hard work and innovative promotional ideas. CCCafe participated in a Tribune Club promotion. Those who won tickets actually attended and some wanted to sign up to participate in our next show. When auditions were over, our two main characters were not cast. But before the first week was over, both had been cast. One of them saw your ad and gave us a call hoping they weren’t too late. CCCafe will definitely continue to partner with The Tribune in getting the word out about Christian community theater at the Nathaniel Center. Thanks for all you do to shine a spotlight on CCCafe.

Brenda White
via email


Dear Editor:
Re: last week’s “slow speed chase” by HPD for 1.5 hours – what an example of ridiculous use of police manpower and vehicles. Multiple HPD vehicles ‘chasing’ the suspect vehicle held back traffic for many miles while the perp drove at under 20 mph for that long. When the perp finally stopped, at least 12-15 HPD, sheriff’s deputies and SWAT vehicles had lined up in the chase. After the perp was loaded into a second ambulance (?), dozens of said police milled around the scene instead of dispersing and getting traffic flowing again. Channel 2 was the only channel to televise this saga and hyped it at the end as a great achievement as no one was injured. Oh, PAH-LEEZE!

Robert L. Gabler


Dear Editor:
Robert Gabler opined in his recent letter that “Our Founding Fathers could never have conceived of such a heinous item (bump stocks) when they drafted the 2nd Amendment.” I would go an additional step that the Founding Fathers never conceived of weapons designed for mass killing being a constitutional right in order to protect the individual from government tyranny. Such reasoning is antithetical to the republicanism constituted by the framers.

Pete Donaldson

March for Remembrance

Dear Editor:
Seventy years after the founding of the State of Israel, Holocaust survivors continue to bear witness, not only of the atrocities suffered in the camps at the hands of the Nazis, but also of what happens when good people remain silent. The burden of testifying to the need for bystanders to speak out in the face of persecution, prejudice and indifference is now being passed to the younger generations. The question is: Will we listen? On Sunday, April 15, the public will gather on the Rice University campus to remember the Holocaust, honor survivors and their families, listen to personal testimonies of suffering and triumph, remember those who served as liberators, upstanders and rescuers; and march as sign of their commitment to never forget the price of remaining silent in the face of persecution, prejudice and indifference. The opening service features pastors, rabbis, and government officials, as well as professors from Texas A&M Galveston and Rice University. Kingwood has hosted a march for the past six years; due to the flooding after Harvey, the usual venue was unsuitable. Therefore, all local residents are invited to join the march at Rice University at 12:45 p.m. For details, visit

Rozalie Jerome


Dear Editor:
Thank you, Dave Martin and Dan Huberty, for working so diligently to help prevent further flooding in our beautiful area! We continue to fear flooding of Ben’s Branch running between the YMCA and The Enclave as drains are not clear and no work is being done. I applaud dredging that has been done in Atascocita between the school and Chase Bank/ H-E-B Center on West Lake Houston Pkwy. and hope we can see that done on Ben’s Branch and other tributaries soon.

Halene Crossman

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