GRATEFUL FOR GOOD NEIGHBORS

Dear Editor:

On Sept. 19, 2019, our home in South Woodland Hills flooded. Most of our furniture was ruined. After weeks of trying to remodel, we decided to sell as is, mainly because of health issues. Many decisions had to be made; we decided at our ages an apartment would be best for us. We have never lived in an apartment and that presented many challenges. We finally found a 55-plus apartment on Ladbrook called Ivy Point. We felt so blessed to find the manager, Dawn, and the owner’s rep, Derise. After showing us many apartments and taking a lot of time with us, we found the perfect place. Trust me, these women have the patience of Job. The furniture we had been able to save from our home turned out to be too big for an apartment. No problem! Many of our Kingwood friends and church members went to work and had an estate sale and then helped us shop for furniture. We went to Skero’s on Northpark. They were so kind and helpful. I am sure we tried their patience. The owner, Darin, and our salesman, Tim, helped all the way from selection to delivery. We thank God for living in Kingwood. These people are true friends. In 1993, we had a real tragedy. Many people came to our aid, led by Cynthia Calvert. God bless you all.

Rocco and Pat Costa
Kingwood

 

LAST DITCH EFFORT

Dear Editor:

Please follow up with Councilman Martin on where the Kingwood Diversion Ditch (KDD) actually is. It is my understanding by studying the maps available and walking the ditch, it starts a 100 yards or so north of the Northpark bridge over the KDD. It does not run through the Kingwood Park High School grounds. The KDD is the waterway to protect Kingwood from flooding from the watershed into Bens Branch north of Kingwood up to Porter. The KDD was designed for the watershed when this area was undeveloped. Now that development has taken place – concrete, asphalt, roofs and fast drainage ditches – the KDD cannot take the immediate runoff from this vast watershed. The only answer is that the KDD must have a capacity expansion immediately. If part of the ditch is in Montgomery County and they won’t cooperate, then I recommend putting bulldozers in the ditch, fix it to protect the Kingwood residences and let Montgomery County sue us! Of course, our officials have to understand where the KDD is. Also, it is recommended all Kingwood residents stand on the west side of the KDD just south of the Northpark Drive bridge and see the way the bank of the KDD blocks about 60% of the drainage capacity of the Northpark bridge. I am sure there was a reason, but it looks crazy. At least this needs to be modified to allow a gradual entry of water into the ditch which would greatly increase the capacity of the ditch with a simple project. It would be a start at least.

Jerry Davis
Kingwood

Councilmember Martin’s reply:

The Kingwood Diversion Ditch will require widening to convey drainage from the lands in Montgomery County tributary to Bens Branch and possibly Taylors Gully. The Kingwood Diversion Ditch is located within a 300-foot right-of-way, but the existing ditch section is only using about 150 feet. If there is a plan to widen Kingwood Diversion Ditch, any city bridges crossing would need to be expanded. Please be advised that HCFCD is studying all the open ditches in Kingwood to determine existing capacity and what improvements would be required to convey the 100-year event in banks. HCFCD refers to this study as the F 14 study, the label of which comes from the county’s bond project listing. It is my understanding HCFCD plans to hold a public meeting on this project in December. Kingwood Diversion Ditch is the ditch numbered G103-38-00 on the attached map (see Letters online for the map).

 

HONORING VETERANS

 Dear Editor:

On Veterans Day we commemorate the brave men and women who served our country, past and present. We honor their unshakable dedication and the selfless sacrifices they made along the way. Through this legislation, U.S. Army Rangers of WWII receive the recognition they have long deserved. By enacting this bill, we’re telling these veterans, “America will never forget.” Not only do we celebrate veterans on this day, but we also honor the dedication of those who care for and help the veteran community. Congratulations to the Houston-area companies who were recognized for their commitment to hiring veterans. These opportunities give veterans a new mission, team and purpose.

Dan Crenshaw
U.S. Congressman District 2

 

BENEFICIAL BILLS

 Dear Editor:

As someone who works in scientific research, I have personally witnessed the devastating impact of neurodegenerative diseases in patients and their families. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects more than five million Americans, and 200,000 of these individuals are under the age of 65. Because of their young age, people living with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s are not eligible for support and service programs available to older Americans. This is a huge issue since patients with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s face many challenges in their personal and work lives, and this is further intensified by financial problems. The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019 (H.R. 1903/S. 901) would fix this. Another bill I wanted to bring up in this letter is the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S. 2080/H.R. 647). Nursing home residents with advanced dementia who receive palliative care at the end of life are three times less likely to be hospitalized, as well as 3.2 times less likely to have an ER visit in the last 30 days of life. We need to raise awareness about the benefits of palliative care and do a better job of educating both patients and health care professionals about the available services and supports. Please join me in thanking Congressman Crenshaw on supporting the Palliative Care and Hospice Training Education Act (PCHETA-HR 647)) and reauthorizing the Older American Act which had components of the Younger Onset bill in it.

Nika Juricic
via email

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