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Book Review: Factualness

I recently completed Factualness. It was written by Hans Rosling, a Swedish physician. It is an absolute must read.[i] Rosling worked for decades on world health issues, personally traveling to hot spots of epidemic outbreaks, like the Ebola virus. Through his work he...

A Plan for Fixing City Permitting

I cannot even guess at the number of times I heard Sylvester Turner promise to implement zero-based budgeting on the 2015 campaign trail. Here is one such instance during a KUHF radio interview. The...

Spend Every Penny of the Drainage Fee on Drainage

A joint City-County project that could significantly reduce flooding in Spring Branch is being delayed by Turner’s insistence that his cronies get more of the work. The neighborhoods in the vicinity of Neuens Road have repeatedly flooded due to poor, outdated drainage...

The City Does NOT Have a Balanced Budget

This week Channel 13’s Ted Oberg reported that early in the Turner administration 126 doctors and executives with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic made campaign contributions of nearly $90,000 on the same day. Kelsey, which is one of our City’s outstanding medical institutions,...

The Sleaze Just Keeps on Flowing from City Hall

About this time two years ago, many Houstonians were stranded in flooded homes, desperately awaiting rescue. Social media was overflowing with individuals begging for help. Many were forced to flee to any nearby high ground, including freeway overpasses. Some waited...