To serve and protect? Sometimes I have my doubts. The motto of many a police department seems questionable to me at times. Before I explain, let me just say that I have the utmost respect for law enforcement officers and value what they sacrifice for our safety. At the same time, I see and experience too much in the way of abuses of power and neglect of duty when it comes to … [Read more...] about Are the police really serving and protecting us?
Joe Southern - FAITH • FAMILY & FUN
To those of you who managed to read my story on the front page about the Fort Bend County Legislative Conference all the way through, I congratulate you. You have just discovered a pretty decent sleep aid or at the least a cure for insomnia. Actually, I hope you did get something out of it. Covering the event was like drinking from the proverbial fire hose. Throughout the … [Read more...] about Public school financing must be Legislature’s top priority
Have you ever noticed how the day after an election feels a lot like Christmas afternoon? The excitement of opening gifts is over and the weeks of anticipation melt away into reality. Maybe you got something you really wanted (or a candidate you supported) but now that you have it, the hope and anticipation are suddenly gone. Perhaps you got stuck with packages of underwear … [Read more...] about Election results reflect ethnic, gender equality in Fort Bend County
What really scared me was the big, red dot. The dot itself was not scary, but its size and location on the map gave me chills. The map is of Houston and the immediate surrounding area. The red dots, which varied in size from a BB to a grape, represent high concentration areas of human trafficking. The biggest dot in all of Houston sits just north of where the Southwest Freeway … [Read more...] about One of the worst human trafficking hotspots is in our back yard
Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s a scary thought. I’m going to talk about politics again, but only briefly. A few weeks ago I wrote a column titled “It’s time for this red state to bleed a little blue.” There are a couple things about that column that I need to update and clarify. If you recall, I went on a little rant about how none of our Republican elected officials – with … [Read more...] about Politics, Halloween, and the Texas Renaissance Festival