Kingwood Civic Club
The COVID-19 affliction stalled businesses, separated families and even claimed some of our loved ones, but it shall not dampen our spirit to serve. At Precinct 4, we continue to find new ways to serve you and respond to this unique disaster. Your Encore! staff members went from planning senior activities and trips to feeding the hungry and serving our seniors from afar. We recently converted Mangum-Howell Center into a Houston Food Bank sorting site, packing nearly 2,400 meals on our first day. These special employees also called countless seniors to ensure they remained safe and had adequate food and supplies. Our seniors responded by creating protective masks for first responders and Precinct 4 employees. We’ve distributed these masks far and wide. I now alternate wearing my special Star Wars and American Eagle-themed masks with pride. We also serve essential workers and our most vulnerable community members. My Community Assistance Department staff and Road and Bridge crews recently worked with Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. to deliver thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer to Texas Children’s Hospital and first responders throughout the precinct. While many Precinct 4 staff members head out into the community, others work hard to provide quality programs and educational resources to keep you entertained. For the first time ever, we offer virtual programs, videos and learning resources on our social media pages and website. I encourage you to download some of these tools to use on your own at our parks or at home. Follow us on the Jones Park, Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, Mercer Botanic Gardens and Precinct 4 Facebook pages to check out some of our programs and to participate in fun, online activities. Learn about nature, history, gardening, the cultural arts and more. Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a plan for our economic recovery that helps businesses safely reopen while mitigating the spread of the virus. In the next few weeks, Harris County Public Health plans to operate COVID-19 testing centers in Tomball and Humble. We depend on anyone who suspects they may have COVID-19 to get tested. We can beat this virus if everyone continues to maintain social distance, practice proper hygiene and wear protective gear in public.Thank you for your cooperation and sacrifice. Let’s keep safe and get our momentum back.
R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner
NO PRAYER NEEDED
On 5-22-2020, Donald Trump, a self-styled “very stable genius,” demanded the opening of churches. He said, “In America, we need more prayer, not less.” Now let’s hear a real genius (Albert Einstein) on the subject of prayer. Einstein said, “Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the actions of people. For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by a prayer, i.e. by a wish addressed to a supernatural Being.” Einstein clearly regarded prayer as futile. I’ve listened closely to the recent advice of medical experts Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Robert Redfield. None of them has mentioned prayer in their advice for avoiding or surviving COVID-19. On a more practical note, we are told that some 6 million Jews, including Anne Frank, her sister and their mother, perished in Hitler’s concentration camps. Surely many of them prayed for help. What good did it do them? None at all! God stood idly by and watched 6 million men, women and children be slaughtered. So my advice to Trump is, “Wear a face mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, don’t touch your face and forget prayer.”