The Government’s Monopoly on Roads

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 8, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

If you made a list of the places that you spend the most time waiting in line, I suspect that virtually all of those places would be some government agency or department. These government agencies have no incentive to […]

“Selling” the Public on Light Rail

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 7, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

The Chronicle tells us that new Metro chairman George Greanias faces the challenge of selling a “sometimes skeptical public” on the alleged merits of light rail. The article makes it appear that Greanias is more concerned with the troubled […]

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on August 17, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

Ramona Davis, executive director of the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, tells us that opponents of the proposed preservation ordinance are using a “a barrage of misinformation, disinformation and scare tactics” in Sunday’s Chronicle:

It is not clear whether the […]

The Problem Isn’t Term Limits

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on August 12, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

The Chronicle’s editorial on Wednesday again voiced opposition to term limits:

We continue to believe they entail needless public cost for staging elections while denying the best officials the opportunity to continue serving the city. The system prevents citizens […]

A Tale of Two Walmarts

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on August 4, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

Two Houston neighborhoods are unhappy with Walmart because of the retailer’s plans to build stores nearby. One is in The Heights, and it has some residents fearing that small businesses won’t be able to compete. As one told the […]

Killing Two Birds with One Bio-Degradable Bag

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on August 3, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

For several months I have been complaining about the city’s mandate that citizens use bio-degradable bags for lawn debris. The bags are too small, don’t work with my lawn caddy, and are simply a pain to use. This past […]

Private Parks in Houston, Kinda, Sorta, Not Really

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 21, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In 1976, some concerned Houstonians formed a group call the Houston Parks Board (HPB). According to the group’s web site:

They wanted to contribute to the city’s parks system through a private organization that would respect their needs and […]

David Crossley is Still Smarter than You

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 13, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In March I pointed out that David Crossley, head of Houston Tomorrow (HT) thinks that he is smarter than you:

HT advocates, among other things, “smart growth” and “public transit”. On both of these issues–and many others–HT advocates the […]

Democracy and Libraries

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 12, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In an effort to balance their budgets, cities across the nation are reducing the money they spend on public libraries. Not surprisingly, the Chronicle finds this “alarming”:

For Americans of limited means, and that includes many Houstonians, public libraries […]

Misrepresentations, Fallacies, and “Deregulation”

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 1, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

It is summer in Texas and that means that it is time for the annual chorus of voices decrying “deregulation” of the electric industry in the state. As an example, Bay Area Houston (BAH) declares that “Electricity deregulation has […]