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Vote Yes On Renew Houston—Though If They Fix Flooding Like They Run A Campaign….

Renew Houston is Proposition 1 in Houston on the November ballot.

This initiative will levy a fee of property owners to address wastewater runoff issues in Houston and help curb flooding.

The issue is being pushed by engineers who will profit from the program.

Yet at the same time, flooding is a big deal in Houston. Many people in all parts of the city  would benefit from this concern being addressed.

I support Proposition 1 because I believe it will create jobs and manage flooding.

This is an issue you should spend some time pondering for yourself. It involves a lot of money over many years to possibly fix a big problem. It is an issue with both strong pros and cons. I personally feel the good outweighs the bad on this question. However, this is the type of concern that defies easy ideological characterization.

Here is the Renew Houston web home.

The Houston Chronicle supports Proposition 1.

My fellow blogger Charles Kuffner backs Issue 1.

Here is a Houston Chronicle article detailing the views of those who oppose the issue.

While I am for Proposition One, special note must be made of how poorly this campaign has been conducted by Renew Houston boosters.

Renew Houston has picked a needless and avoidable fight with the Houston Independent School Board.

Renew Houston has also engaged in an unnecessarily angry dispute with some black members of the Houston City Council.

If Renew Houston “fixes” flooding with the same skills they have shown in running a campaign, you see below what our streets in Houston would look like.

If they fix flooding like they run a campaign, we will all be underwater.

(Downtown Houston after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.)

October 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Harris County Republicans Fail To Prevent Hurricanes

The Houston Chronicle recently ran a story about the post Hurricane Ike campaign hiatus in Harris County. It seems that because we had a hurricane, most candidates for Harris County office are afraid to run negative ads or campaign aggressively. 

I’m not sure why they see a problem. One-third of people still don’t have power, and many who do have not had cable TV service restored. Who would see the ads?

This is, I suppose, good political sense by the candidates. People want to hear about when they are getting power back and when the debris will picked up off the curbside.

Still, so many people in Harris County live in day-to-day disaster conditions. They lived this way before any hurricane. Negative ads are run all the time when people are suffering. I guess the issue here is that it is not just the poor who are suffering. It’s people who matter to politicians having the hard time, so the suffering has to be acknowledged.

Let me get the ball roiling on the attack ads in Harris County. If this turns out to be a terrible nasty campaign, I want some credit. 

Since Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Ike took place while Republicans were in control of Harris County Government, it seems that Republicans are unable to protect hard working tax paying Harris County residents from punishing tropical weather. Just look at the picture above to see the damage these storms do to Houston.

If storms continue in Harris County after Democrats win control of county government in 2008, it will be because of weather patterns left by the previous county administration.

Both sides to to get with the program and start with the attacks. Imagine the relief voters will feel when they see all is truly back to normal after Hurricane Ike.

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics | , , , , , , | 3 Comments