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I Voted Yes On Houston School Levy So Kids Can Take More Civics Classes And Question Legtimacy Of Political Structure Unable To Address Global Economy And Climate Change

I voted this morning in our Houston city elections. I voted just a few minutes ago. I did not get the sense of high turnout.

High turnout would require voters that care, a Republican Party that thought Houston was worth fighting for, and a Democratic Party that had the competence and imagination to make at least some effort to generate turnout of Democratic voters.

We don’t have any of those things in Houston.

For Mayor of Houston I voted for Amanda Ulman. I posted about this last week. Bill White did not need my vote and voters deserve options.

Can you imagine that not one Republican in Houston cared enough about his or her city to run and offer competing ideas in contrast to Mayor White to our citizens? 

I voted forJolanda Jones for Houston At-Large Position 5. Hopefully she’ll make it to a run-off and the sneaky Zaf Tahir will not. Please click here to read about Mr. Tahir and the things he has been up to as a candidate.

I voted for Melissa Noriega and Peter Brown in other at-large Council races. I’m looking forward to Mr. Brown’s possible candidacy against Annise Parker for Houston Mayor in 2009. I think Mr. Brown will offer a hopeful vision for Houston in sharp contrast to the deadening business-as-usual pragmatism that characterizes Ms. Parker’s type of politics.     

In addition to the city candidates, there were a number of important school levies, county bond issues and Texas statewide matters on the ballot.

I voted yes on the Houston school levy because we need to prepare these kids to have the civic awareness to realize that both major parties are selling them down the river on the global economy and climate change.

I think that with a few more social studies, civics and history classes, kids might begin to ask questions about the basic legitimacy of a system that either cannot or will not address the most important issues of the future.     

November 6, 2007 - Posted by | Houston, Houston Council Election '07, Politics, Ways We Hate Children | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great minds think alike, Neil; in addition to all those I voted for Alfred Molison, the Green Party chair running against Anne Cluster*uck in District C. Mr. Glaser is a grassroots Democratic activist but it seems Council might benefit even more from someone to the left of him.

    Comment by PDiddie | November 6, 2007

  2. hopefully they will teach them through podcast or some kind of hip electronic communication. teach them how to organize and have protest via text on their cell phones. the mobility of the young people today and the communication that is out there is amazing and untapped for the most part.

    Comment by bill brady | November 6, 2007

  3. Mr matt stiles,carolyn and (Houston chronicle ) Killed the dreams of a young man who was the most capable and qualified candidate in the race by being partial,biased and racist.

    Comment by David stien | November 7, 2007

  4. PDiddie and Bill–Thank you for such insightful comments.

    Mr. Stein—Zaf Tahir did himself in with a lousy campaign that was transparent in its lack of candor and sneaky ways.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 8, 2007

  5. That is assuming that these kids learn how to read, write, perform arithmetic, a useful trade (which is good to know whether you go to college or not … Booker T. Washington was the man, he founded my alma mater!), discipline, respect, and to think for themselves, which our public school systems have been doing a horrible job of for the past 25 years despite increases in education funding that are multiple times the rate of inflation.

    Comment by healtheland | November 8, 2007

  6. Children and young people need to be told what to do in a non abasive way they makes them feel they are deciding these important actions in their lives. they are being told what to do via media and its no good.

    Comment by bill brady | November 9, 2007

  7. healthland did you teach yourself how to read? where did you learn your strong ethics? were they self tought? do you see the foundation is crumbled and we need to try what we can to reach out to the disadvantaged.

    Comment by bill brady | November 10, 2007

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