TRIBUNE TRIBUNE STEPS UP

Dear Editor:
Dear Editor:I would like to thank Cynthia Calvert, Linda Wolter and The Tribune. The Tribune has always been there for our kids – Cynthia was a BIG part of helping Cherrie Ledoux and I back in 2013 with Project Graduation – and now you’ve stepped up to help us again. Cynthia has and continues to “be there” for the community and our seniors. We couldn’t do what we do without her and her team. You guys are wonderful and have such a big and loving heart.Thanks so much!

Vicki Weaver-Rosen2018 KHS Project Graduation co-director


WHERE’S TED?

Dear Editor:
Ted Poe supposedly is a strong backer of the American military. His Kingwood office has a wall of photographs of many KIAs. Dan [Crenshaw] came perilously close to becoming another picture on that wall. Dan has paid a very high price for serving his country as a Navy SEAL, having had his right eye blown out in combat. His valor in combat earned him several medals. Dan DESERVES Ted Poe’s total support and endorsement … IF, repeat IF Ted Poe actually does support our military and those who paid the ultimate price as Dan almost did. He deserves Poe’s endorsement.
Robert Gabler - Kingwood

HOPING FOR HELPHOPING FOR HELP
Dear Editor:
The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report reveals a steep increase in the strain of Alzheimer’s disease on people living with the disease, their families, caregivers and society at large. For the second consecutive year, the total national cost of caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will exceed a quarter of a trillion dollars, amounting to $277 billion in 2018. The number of people now dealing with Alzheimer’s has risen to 5.7 million persons nationwide. Last year a person was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds; now it’s every 65 seconds. These statistics require our immediate attention and Congress is the one body that can take the lead in bringing us toward a world without Alzheimer’s. Currently there is a new bill in Congress that desperately needs the support of Congressman Ted Poe. The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R. 4256) will reframe Alzheimer’s disease from an “old person’s” disease to what it really is – a public health crisis. This bill will create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions. The Alzheimer’s Association calls on Congressman Poe to co-sponsor the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R. 4256). We are confident that with Poe’s support, one day we will have a treatment or a cure and no more families in the 2nd Congressional District will have to face the burdens of this devastating disease.
John Harris, Staff LeadAlzheimer’s Association


NO ABSOLUTES
Dear Editor:
A serious problem is: “Person A uses X intentionally to kill person B.” Students are focusing on X (where X=guns), for guns were used in the Fort Hood, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas and Lakeland shootings. But Hitler used gas chambers; KKK members and the Pilgrims who hung Mary Dyer and two other Quakers used ropes; Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols used fertilizer bombs; and ISIS uses suicide bombers. So does the fundamental problem lie with A or X? In my opinion, it lies with A’s lack of respect for human life, for if A genuinely respects human life, then barring highly unusual circumstances (as occurred in WWII), A will not intentionally kill anyone. The death penalty reflects a lack of respect for human life, for it results in the intentional killing of someone without any real need to do so. How can we teach our youth to respect human life when we display a lack of respect for human life by applying the death penalty? How can we foster a respect for human life when we have our youth read the Old Testament where God orders the killing of men, women and children – even infants (Deuteronomy 13:6-11 and 1 Samuel 15:1-3)? We should strongly denounce those passages! Biblical morality tries to scare folks into behaving sensibly. I prefer a morality that motivates with logic instead of fear. Example: “We should strive to make each person’s time on earth as long and as pleasant as possible.” That principle displays a genuine respect for human life, and it implies a robust moral code that is free of fear. As you can see, I believe in moral principles, but not in moral absolutes. The right thing to do always depends on the circumstances one faces.
Bill Bailey - Kingwood


HARVEY UPDATE
Dear Editor:
Mayor Turner recently directed the lowering of Lake Houston from its normal pool elevation of 42.5 feet to 40 feet in advance of a predicted multiple-day rain event. The lake quickly dropped due to the lack of rain in our region from 42.5 feet on the evening of Monday, March 26, to 39.9 feet by the evening of Thursday, March 29. Overnight on Thursday, areas in the San Jacinto Watershed received between 3 and 6 inches of rain, quickly filling many areas that were bone dry just the day before. The rate that the river, lake, channels and inlets refilled is astonishing. By the afternoon of March 30, water had surpassed the normal pool elevation of 42.5 feet and continued to rise until it reached its peak at 44.34 feet on the afternoon of Sunday, April 1. This trend can be followed by looking at the Coastal Water Authority website. The District E Office provided an aerial and boat tour of the Lake Houston Area to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. He had a unique perspective on the river as it was still swollen from rain that the region received. The Lake Houston Region received 15 inches of rain collectively across four of the tributaries that feed into the San Jacinto Watershed in about a day. I’ve said since the day after the water receded post-Harvey that we could flood again tomorrow if we did not do anything quickly. Nothing has made the urgent need for dredging more apparent than the way our waterways reacted to this most recent rain event. Dredging is on the horizon and I am committed to accomplishing this goal before the end of the upcoming hurricane season. There have been many meetings moving this ball forward, and with the continued help of state officials this will get done through their assistance, removing cumbersome red tape so that we can have the peace of mind in the Lake Houston region to sleep at night. It is important to note that dredging will not just occur once. Just like with storm debris pickup, multiple sweeps will continue for an extended period until we restore the capacity of the west fork of the San Jacinto River, the east fork of the San Jacinto River, and Lake Houston. Dredging will not solve our problem, which is why the City of Houston has also submitted applications for approval of flood control infrastructure to be added to the Lake Houston Spillway Dam. The plan does not stop there; we, the City of Houston, are working with the San Jacinto River Authority, Harris County, and Harris County Flood Control on a plan to add flood control measures throughout the watershed to slow down and store water before it reaches the Lake Houston region. We have the state’s attention and I am committed to keeping their attention until our issues are resolved, permanent plans have been created, and projects are in motion. Together our region has proven to be resilient and continues to stand together in the face of adversity.
Dave Martin - District E Councilmember

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