Letters to the Editor 02/24/16
Extra Valentine’s Day Story
(We apologize for leaving out the Valentine’s Day Story of one local couple, but here it is…)
A LOVE FOR UMBRELLAS AND EACH OTHER
On a rainy Valentines Day in 1960, my now husband took my roommate to a campus basketball game.
Of course, I was jealous and upset that he had no idea that I was the one that was in love with him.
So….to make a long story short, I went to the basketball game alone the same night, and sat next to the two of them for the duration of the game.
It began to pour down rain before the game was over, so I politely excused myself, taking with me, his umbrella.
When the game was over, he discovered his umbrella was missing and my roommate knew I’d taken the umbrella.
Days later, he stopped by our dorm to retrieve his umbrella. By this time I think he had gotten the message that I was the one that was interested in him!
He asked me out and our first date was a Donkey Baseball Game in Seguin. This is a baseball game in which players bat and catch the ball while riding donkeys. What a Hoot!
We were engaged the following Valentines Day and married in August of 1962.
Umbrellas have been collectibles in our home for almost 54 years now and we still enjoy a good Donkey Baseball Game when we can find one.
— Betty & Paul Moyer
THANK YOU FOR FIRST TEE ARTICLE
Michael, I commend you and The Star for publishing your recent opinion article “Local First Tee Program is above par “. It shines a bright light on The Houston First Tee Program at Quail Valley and the commitment of its leader coach Roger Dauzat, the many dedicated volunteers, the QVLGA and the golf staff at Quail Valley Golf Course. As stated the success of this program over its short life of 3+ years, from 16 students at its inception to the current status of 675 enrolled/graduated young people, is a testament to the acceptance of this program. Its infusion into many Missouri City and Fort. Bend schools also brings these concepts to many more young people. This success also demonstrates that the value of the Quail Valley Golf Course is more than an amenity that makes the game of golf available to residents of Missouri City or enhances the value of homes in Quail Valley and surrounding areas but equally important it promotes and sponsors a program which instills the Nine Core Values and Life Skills in the young people in the Program. These are our future leaders and it is incumbent on us to provide the tools, like The First Tee Program, to prepare them for their future role in society.
— Floyd Emery
Missouri City Council Member
Improving Missouri City
Even a casual observer of Missouri City’s geography notes that the southeast corner of Murphy and Cartwright Roads is prime real estate with good access to many points in the city and great commercial potential. That the property is owned by the City makes it even more fortunate for Missouri City residents because, due to its size, it could easily be used to accommodate either a major town center or a regional shopping center to compete with Sugar Land’s.
Missouri City needs to make a paradigm change to the way it does business and this is a prime opportunity to do just that. Zoning this property commercial and selling it to a major developer could reap huge immediate rewards for City government and City residents.
Look at some of the immediate positives from this sale. Missouri City could pay off a large portion of the burdensome debt it now carries and be more financially able to handle the needs of residents and a growing town.
The property would go back on the tax roles and the additional property and sales tax revenues from a large shopping center would be a huge boon to an otherwise financially strapped town.
The move would help diversify Missouri City’s tax roles which are now very much tilted toward residential housing, not a healthy sign.
The sale would signal a more progressive and innovative approach toward running the City by the City Council and Manager. It would allow for more retail and commercial office space, both huge needs in Missouri City. These are just a few of the many benefits.
Are there negatives to the sale? Sure, but none of them are anywhere near as significant as the positives. The Golf Course property is protected by a State law passed so that it would remain golf course property.
Laws can be repealed. Would the City lose a large portion of one of its two eighteen hole courses? Yes, but does Missouri City really need two eighteen hole golf courses? There may be others but isn’t it past time that Missouri City stopped fostering its image of a golf/senior citizen/retirement community, which it never was.
We need new and progressive approaches toward development of our town and this is just one suggestion that assists in that objective.
— Howard E. Moline