Dear Editor:

I was flattered to be asked to share my personal story at the recent In The Pink luncheon, sponsored in part by The Tribune Newspapers. The reporter, Tom Broad, that interviewed me did a wonderful job writing an article summarizing my story. Thank you for taking the time to report my story correctly.

Natalie Gaskamp



Dear Editor:

In the next few weeks, Harris County Commissioners Court will vote on the 2020-2021 Harris County budget, which includes $1,000,000 to add meeting rooms to the Atascocita Library. The members of Commissioners Court need to know our community needs and want this addition to the Atascocita Library, which serves multi purposes since there is no community center. More space is needed for elections, community meetings and library programs. In 2021, the Atascocita Library will celebrate 25 years and the Harris County Public Library System will celebrate 100 years. There will be a great celebration of libraries and community and I hope the completion of renovations to our library will be included. Please go to foal.ws to print, sign and mail the letters addressed to Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia and County Judge Lina Hidalgo, urging them to vote Yes to funding the renovations for the Atascocita Library in the 2020-2021 budget year. Together we can do this!

Becky Berry, President
Friends of the Atascocita Library



 Dear Editor:

I write to you with important news concerning your taxes. By a 3-2 vote, the new majority on Harris County Commissioners Court recently rammed through a proposal to impose the largest property tax rate increase allowed by state law without a public vote. However, long-established state law protects property taxpayers with a check-and-balance requiring the presence of a super-quorum of four court members so these types of attempts against property owners and renters can be thwarted. Our office received 1,286 emails and calls requesting me to stop the tax increase. We also received 30 emails and calls in favor of the tax hike. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Commissioner Steve Radack and I chose to represent the overwhelming wishes of our constituents and “voted with our feet” to prevent the proposed “Max Tax” from being adopted. I urge concerned constituents to educate themselves about other Commissioners Court proposals that may affect their lives. You can watch our Commissioners Court meetings live on our Precinct 4 Facebook page to learn more about these issues. I also proudly announce that Precinct 4 has partnered with the City of Tomball to operate Broussard and Mathews park as one large park. Although Precinct 4 and the City of Tomball will both retain ownership of their respective parks, Precinct 4 will operate the greenspace as a single entity and add amenities like walking trails. The partnership demonstrates that when local governments work together, we can accomplish great things!

Jack Cagle, Commissioner
Harris County Precinct 4



Dear Editor:

Today is a good day in America. ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is dead and our enemy is significantly weaker. I’m proud of our U.S. Special Operators who carried out this high-risk mission and applaud the administration for its decisive action. This is what is possible with a forward deployed presence and strong, intelligence-sharing relationships. Now we must keep pressure on the mid-level ISIS leadership that will seek to replace him. Congratulations to JSOC, the intelligence community and the president.

Dan Crenshaw. Congressman
U.S. District 2

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