The Real Poop On Bathroom Regulations

Both nationally and locally, there has been much said and written about the propriety of having separate bathrooms for male and female, where at least a small percentage of the public chooses to consider themselves differently sexed than the perceptions of most would indicate. Where sexual identity reassignment is concerned, it is claimed that business […]

Texans Face a Choice

A recent Chronicle editorial tells us that Texas businesses must choose who their allies are in the state legislature. Traditionally, state Republicans have been viewed as business-friendly, but the editorial questions whether that remains true.

That choice isn’t between Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative. That’s not the divide in Texas anymore. The choice is […]

Opportunity and Freedom

Yesterday, I wrote about a Chronicle article that claims Houston denies opportunities to the children of low-income families by failing to build subsidized housing in wealthier neighborhoods. The article focuses on education, while completely ignoring the most fundamental aspect of opportunity: freedom.

Freedom means an absence of coercion. It means that an individual can pursue […]

Get Out of Their Way

We frequently hear the cry that “somebody needs to do something.” Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson has joined the fray, exhorting lawmakers from Washington to City Hall “to boost the economy and create jobs to build a stronger nation.”

What Tomlinson (and many Americans) doesn’t understand is that lawmakers don’t create jobs. All they do […]

The Two Faces of Statism

A recent Chronicle editorial laments the recent trend in Austin to limit the legislative prerogatives of municipalities. Republicans are threatening to pass legislation that will usurp local control on issues like plastic bags, Uber, restrooms, and cutting down trees.

After decades promoting local control, now Republicans in Austin have decided there’s no municipal issue too […]

A War Story

Several years ago, I purchased a four-plex in a low-income area of Houston. About a year later, I received a letter demanding that I register the property with the City of Houston. But before I could register the property, I had to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.

The property was fully occupied when I purchased […]

David Crossley is Smarter Than You

This post was originally written in 2010. The points made remain true today. Houston Tomorrow remains active in promoting the same ideas as it did in 2010.

David Crossley, president of Houston Tomorrow (HT), demonstrates what happens when one drops context in an attempt to promote a political agenda:

Standard of living is basically […]

Gun Violence and Government Force

Last week, students from Yates High School presented an original play, “Gun Violence: The New Normal.” The play was written, performed, and directed by the students. The Chronicle noted:

Although a good-sized crowd filled the auditorium, those who most needed to see this play were absent. Some elected officials, whose obeisance to the Second Amendment […]

Houston’s Critics

Almost without fail, critics of Houston point to some other metropolis as an example of what a city should be like. The critics want parks and bike trails. They want mass transit and sidewalks. They want walkable communities and sustainable development. Other cities have these things, and Houston should have them too.

Interestingly, the critics […]

HERO and Jim Crow

In 2014, Houston City Council passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which prohibited discrimination on the basis of fifteen “protected characteristics,” such as military status, age, gender identity, and race. But less than one hundred years ago, a different set of ordinances forced Houstonians to discriminate.

Through the first half of the twentieth century, […]