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Summer Vacation 2012 Best Picks—As Always It Is Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit & Galveston

(Blogger’s Note—This is a post I run each year. It merits another go-round for 2012 because the places I list here are good places to visit.)

Where should you and your family take a summer vacation this year? Where should you go by yourself or with that someone special for an excellent summer trip?

The answer is clear enough.

Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Galveston, Texas are the places to go.

I have visited all these cities in the summer and I can say they are good places to visit and see.

These cities have long-established museums and interesting neighborhoods to explore. They have good restaurants. They have grand old buildings. Each of these cities has a river, a lake, or an ocean to enjoy.

The wife and I—though she was not the wife yet at the time—spent a summer week in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in 1998. It was fun.

(Below–Buffalo)

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Here is information about visiting Buffalo and the Niagara region.

I took a family vacation to Cleveland in the early 1980’s. Nothing is nicer than the Great Lakes in the summer.

(Below—Cleveland)

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Here is information about visiting Cleveland.

I lived in Cincinnati for 18 years. It is a pretty city in the Summer. There is more than enough for you and your family—unless maybe you would like to enjoy some time by yourself— to do for a few days.

(Below–Cincinnati)

Here is information about visiting Cincinnati.

The (future) wife and I  once spent a weekend in Pittsburgh. The weekend was not enough to see and do all that Pittsburgh offers.

(Below–Pittsburgh.)

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Here is information about visiting Pittsburgh.

There is plenty to do in Detroit. There is an excellent  lake, a Greek quarter, the Tigers baseball team and many museums. It has been many years since I have been in Detroit, but I was there for a couple of weekends in the summer and there was more than enough to do.

(Below–Detroit.)

Here is information about visiting Detroit.

Galveston, Texas is my home away from home. I’ve lived in Houston for 14 years and I go to Galveston every six weeks or so to take a walk on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico. At the least it is worth a day trip if life takes you to the Houston area.

(Below–Galveston)

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Here is information about visiting Galveston.

Maybe you live near one of these cities. Maybe you’d like go somewhere where there is some history and some character.

Give one of these cities a try. Disney does not need your money. Some big dumb theme park where they abuse killer whales by keeping them in tanks is no fun at all.

Go to places where your visit will be appreciated.

You’ll be glad you did!

June 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where Should You Go For Summer Vacation?—Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, & Galveston

(Blogger’s Note—This is a post I run each year. It merits another go-round because the places I list here are good places to go.)

Where should you and your family take a summer vacation this year? Where should you go by yourself or with that someone special for an excellent summer trip?

The answer is clear enough.

Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Galveston, Texas are the places to go.

I have visited all these cities in the summer and I can say they are good places to visit and see.

These cities have long-established museums and interesting neighborhoods to explore. They have good restaurants. They have grand old buildings. Each of these cities has a river, a lake, or an ocean to enjoy.

The wife and I—though she was not the wife yet at the time—spent a summer week in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in 1998. It was fun.

(Below–Buffalo)

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Here is information about visiting Buffalo and the Niagara region.

I took a family vacation to Cleveland in the early 1980’s. Nothing is nicer than the Great Lakes in the summer.

(Below—Cleveland)

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Here is information about visiting Cleveland.

I lived in Cincinnati for 18 years. It is a pretty city in the Summer. There is more than enough for you and your family—unless maybe you would like to enjoy some time by yourself— to do for a few days.

(Below–Cincinnati)

Here is information about visiting Cincinnati.

The (future) wife and I  once spent a weekend in Pittsburgh. The weekend was not enough to see and do all that Pittsburgh offers.

(Below–Pittsburgh.)

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Here is information about visiting Pittsburgh.

There is plenty to do in Detroit. There is an excellent   lake, a Greek quarter, the Tigers baseball team and many museums. It has been many years since I have been in Detroit, but I was there for a couple of weekends in the summer and there was more than enough to do.

(Below–Detroit.)

Here is information about visiting Detroit.

Galveston, Texas is my home away from home. I’ve lived in Houston for 12 years and I go to Galveston every six weeks or so to take a walk on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico. There is plenty to do and see.

(Below–Galveston)

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Here is information about visiting Galveston.

Maybe you live near one of these cities. Maybe you’d like go somewhere where there is some history and some character.

Give one of these cities a try. Disney does not need your money. Go to  places where your visit will be appreciated.

You’ll be glad you did!

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Summer Vacation—Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit & Galveston

(Blogger’s Note—This is a post I ran last year. It merits another go-round because the places I list here are very good places to go.  For 2010, I’ve updated the post and also added Detroit to the list.)

Where should you and your family take a summer vacation this year? Where should you go by yourself or with that someone special for an excellent 2010 summer trip?

The answer is clear enough.

Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Galveston, Texas are the places to go.

I have visited all these cities in the summer and I can say they are nice places to visit and see.

These cities have long-established museums and interesting neighborhoods to explore. They have good restaurants. They have grand old buildings. Each of these cities has a river, a lake, or an ocean to enjoy.

The wife and I—though she was not the wife yet at the time—spent a summer week in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in 1998. It was fun.

(Below–Buffalo)

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Here is information about visiting Buffalo and the Niagara region.

I took a family vacation to Cleveland in the early 1980’s. Nothing is nicer than the Great Lakes in the summer.

(Below—Cleveland)

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Here is information about visiting Cleveland.

I lived in Cincinnati for 18 years. It is a pretty city in the Summer. There is more than enough for you and your family—unless maybe you would like to enjoy some time by yourself— to do for a few days.

(Below–Cincinnati)

Here is information about visiting Cincinnati.

The (future) wife and I  once spent a weekend in Pittsburgh. The weekend was not enough to see and do all that Pittsburgh offers.

(Below–Pittsburgh.)

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Here is information about visiting Pittsburgh.

There is plenty to do in Detroit. There is an excellent   lake, a Greek quarter, the Tigers baseball team and many museums. It has been many years since I have been in Detroit, but I was there for a couple of weekends in the summer and there was more than enough to do. I wager you could find enough to enjoyable do in detroit to last you more than a weekend.

(Below–Detroit.)

Here is information about visiting Detroit.

Galveston, Texas is my home away from home. I’ve lived in Houston for 12 years and I go to Galveston every six weeks or so to take a walk on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston is on the rebound from Hurricane Ike and is open and ready for visitors. There is no oil on the beaches from the oil spill. (You should call any Gulf Coast destination you plan to visit before canceling a trip because of the fear there may be oil on the beaches. As I write this post on June 1, 2010, I’m not aware of any resort area in the Gulf that has a problem with oil. People’s jobs in these areas depend on tourism. Please don’t make a decision without all the facts.)

(Below–Galveston)

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Here is information about visiting Galveston.

Maybe you live near one of these cities. Maybe you’d like go somewhere where there is some history and some character.

Give one of these cities a try. Disney does not need your money. Visit places where they will be happy you came.

You’ll be glad you did!

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

2009 Summer Vacation—Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh & Galveston

Where should you and your family take a summer vacation this year? Or where should you go by yourself or with that someone special for an excellent 2009 summer trip?  

The answer is clear enough.

Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Galveston, Texas are the places to go.

I have visited all these cities in the summer and I can say they are nice places to go and see.

These cities have long-established museums and interesting neighborhoods to explore. They have good restaurants. They have grand old buildings. Each of these cities has a river, a lake or an ocean to enjoy.

The wife and I—though she was not the wife yet at the time—spent a summer week in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in 1998. It was fun.

(Below–Buffalo)

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Here is information about visiting Buffalo and the Niagara region.

I took a family vacation to Cleveland in the early 1980’s. Nothing is nicer than the Great Lakes in the summer.

(Below—Cleveland)

File:ClevelandSkyline.jpg

Here is information about visiting Cleveland.

I lived in Cincinnati for 18 years. It is a pretty city in the Summer. There is more than enough for you and your family—unless maybe you would like to enjoy some time by yourself— to do for a few days.

(Below–Cincinnati)

Here is information about visiting Cincinnati.

The (future) wife and once spent a weekend in Pittsburgh. The weekend was not enough to see and do all that Pittsburgh offers.

(Below–Pittsburgh.) 

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Here is information about visiting Pittsburgh.

Galveston, Texas is my home away from home. I’ve lived in Houston for 11 years and I go to Galveston every six weeks or so to take a walk on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Galveston is on the rebound from Hurricane Ike and is open and ready for visitors.

(Below–Galveston)

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Here is information about visiting Galveston.

Maybe you live near one of these cities. Maybe you’d like go somewhere where there is some history and some character.

Give one of these cities a try. Disney does not need your money. Visit places where they will be really happy you came.

You’ll be glad you did!

June 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

While On Vacation, I’m Reading The Big House—A Century In The Life Of An American Summer Home

While on vacation, I’ve been reading The Big House–A Century In The Life Of An American Summer Home. This book is by George Howe Colt.

The book is about the ups and downs of a family over the generations in a Cape Cod summer home. I like the book.

If you feel you might like this book, look it up online or go find it at a bookstore. I’m on vacation and I’m going out now with my wife instead of digging up a link that you can find yourself.

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls On June 15—Facts And Links Pertaining To This Great Stunt

(Blogger’s Note–This is a post I first ran in February.  The tightrope walk across the falls has been scheduled for Friday, June 15 . Here are a few details from the Canadian Broadcasting Company—Niagara Falls is bracing for record crowds descending on the city this week to watch tightrope walker Nik Wallenda cross the falls on Friday. Hotel rooms are almost sold out… As many as 120,000 people are expected to jostle for a spot on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to watch the 33-year-old daredevil make the 550-metre walk.)

Update—6/15/12–The New York Times published a story about the walk later today.

Permission has been granted on both sides of Niagara Falls for a man to attempt to cross the falls on a tightrope.

(Above–Maria Spelterini crossing a portion of the falls in 1876. The fact that Ms. Spelterini lived until 1912 will clue you in as to the outcome of this walk.)

From Reuters-

“Canada agreed on Wednesday to allow a member of the Flying Wallenda family of daredevils to attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls, clearing the way for the stunt some time during the summer. Nik Wallenda, 33, secured support on the American side of the falls last September when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill giving him one year to perform the feat, which Wallenda says will be the first attempt in more than a century.” 

You can click the link above for all the details. Mr. Wallenda asserts that this walk will be unique in that it will be the first to cross right over the falls.

I support this walk as I can think of no reason not to do so. If this guy is a pro and has the proper permits–More power to him.

Here are facts about tightrope walking.

Here is a history of Niagara Falls daredevils of various kinds. 

Niagara Falls and Buffalo are great places to visit on vacation. Buffalo is one of the cities I encourage folks to visit in the summer vacation post I run each year.

Here is information about visiting the American side of the falls. 

Here is information about visiting the Canadian side of the falls. 

Here is a live image of the falls.

A good book is Niagara—A History of the Falls by Pierre Berton.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Niagara Falls three times.

While it may seem to some a destination more popular in years gone by, there is a lot to do on both sides of the falls for a vacation of a number of days.

The Niagara area is not retro or stodgy or hip. It is just an interesting place to learn and to have fun.

Learning and having fun are often one in the same.

(Below–Niagara by Frederick Edwin Church is a famous painting. It was painted in 1857 and is on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I saw it once and it is quite impressive.)  

June 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Man To Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls—The Niagara Region Is Interesting And Fun

Permission has been granted on both sides of Niagara Falls for a man to attempt to cross the falls on a tightrope.

(Above–Maria Spelterini crossing a portion of the falls in 1876. The fact that Ms. Spelterini lived until 1912 will clue you in as to the outcome of this walk.)

From Reuters-

“Canada agreed on Wednesday to allow a member of the Flying Wallenda family of daredevils to attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls, clearing the way for the stunt some time during the summer. Nik Wallenda, 33, secured support on the American side of the falls last September when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill giving him one year to perform the feat, which Wallenda says will be the first attempt in more than a century.” 

You can click the link above for all the details. Mr. Wallenda asserts that this walk will be unique in that it will be the first to cross right over the falls.

I support this walk as I can think of no reason not to do so. If this guy is a pro and has the proper permits–More power to him.

Here are facts about tightrope walking.

Here is a history of Niagara Falls daredevils of various kinds. 

Niagara Falls and Buffalo are great places to visit on vacation. Buffalo is one of the cities I encourage folks to visit in the summer vacation post I run each year.

Here is information about visiting the American side of the falls. 

Here is information about visiting the Canadian side of the falls. 

Here is a live image of the falls.

A good book is Niagara—A History of the Falls by Pierre Berton.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Niagara Falls three times.

While it may seem to some a destination more popular in years gone by, there is a lot to do on both sides of the falls for a vacation of a number of days.

The Niagara area is not retro or stodgy or hip. It is just an interesting place to learn and to have fun.

Learning and having fun are often one in the same.

(Below–Niagara by Frederick Edwin Church is a famous painting. It was painted in 1857 and is on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I saw it once and it is quite impressive.)  

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Next Senator From New York Should Be From Upstate

I have no problem with Caroline Kennedy in the U.S. Senate (Though some do)  but I believe the next U.S. Senator from New York should be from upstate New York.

(Above–Utica, New York.)

Governor David Paterson must select a replacement for Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton. Ms. Kennedy is seen as a leading contender for the spot.  

My mother’s side of the family is from upstate and I know this part of New York to be one of the great parts of our nation. I’ll also note it has been moving towards Democrats in recent years after many years of voting strongly Republican.

New York’s other Senator, Chuck Schumer, is from the city.

The need for a senator from upstate was highlighted by the idiotic comments of New York City Democratic U.S. Representative  Gary Ackerman. Mentioned as a possible candidate for the vacant seat, Mr. Ackerman said he does ” not do Utica.” ( Mr. Ackerman is now, inevitably as these things go, planning to visit Utica.)

Yet the people of Utica and the Utica area elected a Democrat to Congress in 2006, and again in 2008, after a number of years of Republican representation. The Democrat in the House from Utica is Michael Arcuri.

My mother’s family is from Utica and I have been to Utica many times. It is a fine city that has been welcoming to a number of refugees from around the world in recent years.

I’ll also note that the wife and I took a summer vacation to Niagara Falls a few years back and that we enjoyed seeing the sights of Buffalo.

I’ve not spent much time in New York City, but I’m glad to say I have good memories of Utica,  Rome, Buffalo, Albany, Cooperstown and Lake Placid. As upstate follows the general trend of the Northeastern United States away from Republicans, let’s help that trend along with a Democratic U.S. Senator who shows that all people in New York State matter.

Here is a view from Rochester in favor of a Senator from upstate.

(Below—Geneva, New York in Ontario County. Geneva is the Gateway to the Finger Lakes.)

December 19, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Aggregation Or Association?—The People We Spend Our Time With

  

The National Audubon Society Guide To Marine Mammals Of The World uses the word “aggregation” to describe dolphins that come together only for purposes of feeding. These dolphins are linked in this case by a practical purpose and will break back down into more stable and normal social groupings once they eat enough fish. 

In Jean-Jacques Rosseau’s The Social Contract, Rosseau uses the word “association” to describe people in political union or unified in some way transcendent of immediate needs.

I was reading both books around the same time. Seeing both words used in these ways got me to thinking about why we spend time with the people we spend time with.

For example, on a city bus you have an aggregation. The people are on the bus only until they reach the right stop.

At work, you might have of mix. At core it’s an aggregation because you are the there to get a job done and earn a living. But with time, as relationships form and the common purpose, possibly, takes on more meaning, an association may exist.        

When I hung out at punk rock bars, I always felt that many of us had something in common—If only various types and degrees of alienation. That would be an association.    

At a hotel bar you would have more of an aggregation. People just passing through.

How about school? For some it is an association with real meaning and substance. For others it is an aggregation as the days are counted down to summer vacation, graduation or dropping out.  

People today can be linked today by computer and e-mail. You might have a substantive association with others far away, while you feel the people you spend your time with daily are no more than an aggregation. 

Jail would be an aggregation. Tough I suppose a widespread plot to escape could turn it into an association.

I see society itself as an association. People on the right might see it as an aggregation.  

You might see the distinction between aggregation and association as a kind of academic exercise.

However, I’d say it is important to realize who we feel we share a common purpose with and who may be more incidental to our lives. Having such knowledge would provide a more clear sense of what is important in life and what is worth your time. 

On the level of society as a whole, the more people we feel as truly connected with in an association of fellow citizens and fellow human beings, the more likely we are to pursue fair and humane policies of basic social justice.

November 9, 2007 Posted by | Books, Politics, Sea Life, Taxes---Yes! | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pygmy Sperm Whale Stranding In Galveston—Every News Story Gives You The Opportunity To Learn More And To Take Action

A Pygmy Sperm Whale washed up on the beach in Galveston early on Wednesday.

Above you see a Houston Chronicle picture of the incident.

From The Galveston County Daily News-

“A vacationer from Dallas and his 11-year-old daughter discovered a pygmy sperm whale thrashing about in the surf Wednesday morning on the West End. The Marine Mammal Stranding Network came to Shores Drive and FM 3005 shortly after 9 a.m. and placed a stretcher under the whale and lifted it into a rescue truck. The animal was breathing and its eyes were open. It was taken to a holding tank at the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.”

Here is the link to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Unfortunately, the whale has since been euthanized.

Here are facts about the Pygmy Sperm Whale from The American Cetacean Society.

Here is a Houston Chronicle story about different types of whales that live in the Gulf of Mexico.

An unusual number of dolphin calves have been found dead in the Gulf of Mexico in recent months.

The article I link to above does not assert that these dolphin deaths have been caused by the BP oil disaster.  It does say though that this is possible and tests are being done to determine the facts.

More concrete is the fact that large parts of the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico are covered with oil.

From The Huffington Post–

“Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist’s video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn’t degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012. At a science conference in Washington Saturday, marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia aired early results of her December submarine dives around the BP spill site. She went to places she had visited in the summer and expected the oil and residue from oil-munching microbes would be gone by then. It wasn’t.”

Here is the web page for Dr. Samantha Joye. Dr. Joye led the study about the oil at the bottom of the gulf.

Here is the Gulf Spill Restoration website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

My friend Bob Cavnar has written about the oil at the bottom of the Gulf at The Daily Hurricane.

The impact of the BP spill may not be as bad as some first feared. But it appears to be bad enough.

The government, academic researchers, the press, and groups such as Greenpeace should keep monitoring conditions in the Gulf.

(Below–A picture of the oil-covered bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It seems that sea worms of some kind do well in oil. Here is a previous post I’ve written here about sea worms.)

Every news story offers the chance to learn more than we know at the moment. It is up to each of us to learn about the world. When we learn more, then we are more likely to take action to improve the world.

A great book on marine mammals is the National Audubon Society’s Guide To Marine Mammals of the World(Books remain the strongest source on many issues and subjects. Please consider getting off the computer and reading a book.)

From the Marine Mammal Stranding Network of Texas are facts about the 29 types of marine mammals that live in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here are some basic facts about the Gulf of Mexico. This site I link to here, Gulfbase.org, has far more than just basics if you would like to know more.

A useful book on the coast in and around Galveston is The Formation and Future of the Upper Texas Coast by John Anderson. This book, published by Texas A & M,  has scientific value while also being accessible.

I cannot stress this fact enough—It is up to the individual to learn about the world and to take action to improve the world.

You may well decide to take that action in concrt with others. But at core—You must decide yourself to be involved.

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up With Ted Kennedy Links

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At the bottom of this post is the latest Texas Progressive Alliance weekly round-up. The Texas Progressive Alliance is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. Immediately below this paragraph are a number of links I’ve compiled to recall the life and work of Ted Kennedy. These links are from a post I made just a few days ago, but that I feel deserve another go-round.     

The Kennedy links—

Here is the link to Senator Kennedy’s official government website

Tedkennedy.org is a good memorial site.   

Ted Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the Senate for 46 years. Here is the link to the Art & History page of the U.S. Senate web home. If you look around, you’ll learn a lot. It’s a site to bookmark and visit many times.

Health care was Senator Kennedy’s leading cause. Here is the White House Health care reform web home. President Obama and the Democratic majorities in Congress must keep faith with Senator Kennedy’s lifelong work for health care for all. 

Here is the web page of Physicians for A National Health Program.  This group supports single payer national health insurance. This is the public option that has been in the news.

Here is Senator Kennedy’s obituary in the New York Times.

Here is coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing in his hometown Boston Globe.

The American Prospect and The Nation are good liberal magazines. These magazines are strong resources to learn about many of the causes Senator Kennedy fought for and to renew your own commitment to political liberalism. 

To win the fights still to come, we need leaders like Senator Kennedy and we need the hard work of average citizens.  

The TPA round-up—

From TXsharon at Bluedaze, EPA testing has now confirmed wells are contaminated with various substances connected with gas drilling–proof that hydraulic fracturing contaminates our drinking water. Even Motley Fool supports the FRAC Act and says industry is “crying wolf.”

Should Texans care about NJ? The Texas Cloverleaf examines why the GOP thinks we should.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme says a ‘Wise Latina‘ kicks Republican butt once again.
Continue reading

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 5 Comments

Houston School Kids Will Not Make Up Days Misssed For Hurricane

Kids in the Houston Independent School District will not have to make up classes missed because of Hurricane Ike. 

This means students will lose between seven and eleven days of the school year in Houston. Different schools opened at different times depending on when the power came back on.

Gayle Fallon, President of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said she would have taken the district to court if school officials attempted the make up the missed time. Ms Fallon said ”This is something  we would have taken them to court over because this was hardly a vacation.”  

See–Teachers don’t get enough vacation. What if teachers only got five or six weeks over the summer instead of seven or eight? And that vacation time is in addition to the vacation time already built into the school year.

The Houston Chronicle article on the issue said also that some principals and parents expressed concern about making up the missed time.

Right. It might be an inconvenience to extend the school year a couple of weeks.

Teacher and parents should be lobbying for an extended school year. These kids in Houston are already in for a rough ride in life. Instead, the message is being sent that education is not the most important thing for these kids.

October 3, 2008 Posted by | Houston | , , , | 2 Comments