Does Councilman Dave Martin actually read his own thoughts? First he says that any project must meet the restrictive covenants of Kingwood which are very stringent. Then he turns around and says, “However, anyone can buy that land and do whatever they want with it.” [The Tribune, Martin Meets Marina Developers, Feb. 27, 2019] Which is it? I strongly suggest he talk with Bob Rehak, who has done a lot of research on this project, including taking pictures of bald eagles’ nests right next to the proposed marina.
Our region’s criminal justice system took a major step forward last month with the opening of the Joint Processing Center, a combined effort of Harris County and the City of Houston. Not only does the inmate processing facility save taxpayer dollars, it also diverts low-level offenders with mental health issues to the appropriate facility, frees more officers from jail duty, and improves efficiency. Kudos to the team of forward-thinking individuals who began this process more than a decade ago! On another note, I want to recognize the C-SPAN Bus program for providing mobile educational resources to students throughout the country. I recently had the pleasure of climbing aboard the C-SPAN Bus to share my perspective on American government with students at Spring ISD’s Twin Creeks Middle School. I appreciate the opportunity to speak with such a great group of students! I also want to thank the teachers and administrators at Spring ISD for making this opportunity possible. Thank you for everything you do! With spring approaching, I encourage you to explore some of the fun, free events your Precinct 4 staff has planned this season. Find information about Spring Break activities at Jones Park and Mercer Botanic Gardens along with festivals happening throughout March and April, including NatureFest at Jones Park, the March Mart Plant Sale at Mercer Botanic Gardens, and the Shakespeare Festival at Burroughs Park. I hope to see you there!
Harris County Commissioner
Anyone who has had chicken pox may get shingles (a painful nerve disorder accompanied by a blistering skin rash). You’re at risk because the virus that causes chicken pox also causes shingles. It can afflict anyone of any age, for some of the virus that causes chicken pox remains in you. If you have had chicken pox but not shingles, then consider getting vaccinated against shingles. The Shingrex vaccine reportedly is 90 percent effective in preventing shingles. It’s possible, but unlikely, for one to get shingles multiple times, so the need for one who has had shingles to get vaccinated against a recurrence is probably low. Re: the contagion issue: Suppose Person A has shingles. If Person B has not had chicken pox, then B should avoid contacting A’s blisters or the fluid that emerges from those blisters. If B has had chicken pox, then the shingles-causing virus already is in them. Otherwise, it’s my understanding that shingles is not contagious. If you suspect an onset of shingles, then go quickly to a doctor (preferably a neurologist or a dermatologist) and get the medicine for shingles. Per my doctor, that medicine’s effectiveness declines after the first 72 hours of symptoms. My symptoms began with the skin on the right side of my stomach being extremely sensitive to touch. The rash appeared a few days later. If you don’t get the medicine, shingles eventually will go away on its own, but you are at higher risk of having “postherpetic neuralgia,” which is pain that continues (for months or years!) after the shingles rash has ended. I’m a shingles survivor – not a medical doctor. Please consult an M.D. for shingles information and care instead of relying on this letter, which stems solely from my recent miserable experience with shingles.
DON’T BAKE THAT CAKE
Jack Phillips has won the latest round with the sexual eccentrics. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed anti-religious bias when it sanctioned him for refusing to bake a cake to celebrate a homosexual “marriage.” Immediately after that ruling, Denver Attorney Autumn Scardina picked Phillips to bake a cake to celebrate the his or her “transgender” status. Of course, it was a setup, and Phillips picked up the challenge suiting the commission when it supported Scardina’s bias claim against Phillips. Phillips countersued the commission for religious bias, and a federal judge ruled that his bias claim against the commission could go forward. Senior Counsel Jim Campbell from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) representing Phillips said that they “look forward to moving forward with this lawsuit to ensure that Jack isn’t forced to create custom cakes that express messages in conflict with his faith.” Today anyway, that won’t be necessary. The commission just folded and has withdrawn its complaint against Phillips, so he is free to bake or not bake cakes as he sees fit. John Hickenlooper, then governor of Colorado and now a Democratic candidate for president, demonstrated his party’s view on the ability of people of faith to practice their beliefs, saying, “I can’t imagine we have a vendetta against anyone, but it seems to me you shouldn’t be able to withhold your services or products from someone else based on their religion.” But, it is a vendetta. The left will rage a scorched-earth policy against those who don’t surrender to its dictates. Remember how Anita Bryant was chastized and drummed out of polite society for her actions against the homosexual lobby? She was right all along. Thankfully, men like Jack Phillips and legal organizations like the ADF are still with us.
Recently, Reps. Steven King (R-IA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) communicated some nasty thoughts, and the response from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives was interesting. In January, the House passed a resolution against King’s comments on white supremacy. King himself voted in favor of the resolution, saying on the House floor that “what you say is true, is right and is just.” Last week, the House passed a resolution again Omar’s comments that were widely seen as anti-Semitic; but, before it before it could be passed, progressives balked at singling out one of their own. They insisted and prevailed that the resolution against anti-Semitism also be expanded to include White Supremacy (directly against) and attacks on “African American, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and people of color…Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, LGBTQ community, immigrants and others…” It is all very well and good that the House condemns all these things, and I note strong language against anti-Semitism remained in the new resolution. But, the House resolution just should have condemned one thing, anti-Semitism, the issue directly brought up by Omar’s specific comments, just as it condemned King for his specific comments.