The DACA Dilemma

The DACA Dilemma

In Charles Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, when Mr. Bumble is told that the law presumes he controls his wife’s actions, declares that “the law is an ass.”  Similarly, the current law which provides that children who are brought to this country illegally by their...

Initial Thoughts on Harvey

     Because of the work I did on hurricane response after Hurricane Rita, I have gotten a number of calls from the media about Harvey. The initial calls were asking about whether Mayor Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett had made the right call by not ordering a...

What is a Sanctuary City?

     Today’s world of 24-hour, partisan-slaved cable networks and an ideologically re-enforcing blogosphere is dominated by catch phrases that frequently create more obfuscation than illumination.  The term “sanctuary city” is exactly such a catch...
Fact Check before Forwarding/Sharing

Fact Check before Forwarding/Sharing

     Like most of you, I regularly get emails and social media posts from friends forwarding a “news story” that turn out not to be news at all.  Two, in particular, stand out.      Just before the election I received an email forwarding a story that then Chairman of...

Houston Does Not Have a Revenue Cap

Contrary to the claims of the Turner administration and the most media accounts, there is no cap on the City of Houston’s revenues.  There is, however, a cap on how much the City can charge in property taxes every year.  This distinction is important because property...