Free the Energy Producers

In its never ending quest to expand government power, the Chronicle calls for Texas legislators to re-regulate the state’s electricity providers. Electrical deregulation, the paper tells us, has not been economically beneficial to consumers:

Light bills in areas such as Austin and San Antonio, where service continues to be regulated, are lower. In deregulated areas […]

The More Things Change…

In 1993, during the final months of the last attempt to bring zoning to Houston, I gave a talk to the Houston Property Rights Association titled “Winning the Battle but Losing the War.” In the talk, I warned that without a moral defense of property rights, we might defeat the upcoming referendum, but zoning advocates […]

Television, Phones, and Freedom

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on November 18, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

On Sunday the Chronicle ran an article that illustrates, at least in part, a practical benefit of freedom. The development of Internet television is creating concern among broadcasters and cable companies, who fear that they will lose viewers. Prior […]

The Real Tragedy of Bullying

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 11, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

An OpEd in Sunday’s Chronicle tells us that we must protect kids from bullying. Citing a growing number of suicides by bullied teenagers, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, write:

The […]

Sacrifice Today, or Sacrifice Tomorrow

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 16, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

Several weeks ago I wrote about an OpEd in the Chronicle that chastised HISD for the food it is serving at the district’s schools. The author of that article–Bettina Elias Siegel–has responded to my post on her own blog. […]

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 […]

Falkenberg’s Child Care Dilemma

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on March 29, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

The decision to have a child is not one that should be undertaken lightly. The time and expense involved can be substantial. A parent will be faced with many difficult choices and may often have to forgo their own […]

“Unplanned” Charm in Montrose

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 13, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

The American Planning Association recently named Houston’s Montrose one of its “10 Great Neighborhoods” for 2009. The Chronicle laments this award, because the planning that has occurred in Montrose was conducted privately, rather than by the city:

As the […]

Signs and Printing Presses

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 12, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

In keeping with its unstated policy of supporting any idea or policy that increases government control, on Saturday the Chronicle editorial supported the city’s new restrictions on signs:

Houston brings out the nagging mother in us: She’d be such […]