Democracy and the Astrodome

State Sen. John Whitmire has announced plans to introduce legislation that will require a referendum on the proposed $105 million project to refurbish the Astrodome. “I’m trying to allow the public to have a vote, the taxpayers to have a vote, before we spend over $100 million on the Dome with no stated purpose,” Whitmire […]

Say No to Upgrades to NRG Stadium

With Super Bowl LI behind us, we are hearing that NRG Stadium needs a major upgrade if Houston is to host another major sporting event. Even though the stadium is only fifteen years old, we are being told that it is obsolete. The Chronicle reports:

“There’s a difference between being architecturally obsolete and being obsolete […]

The Dowling Statue

The Houston/Harris County political shift of last year makes it somewhat more likely that measures of the liberal variety will affect county historical assets. One possibility would be the moving or otherwise forced retirement of a statue in Hermann Park commemorating a Confederate soldier, Dick Dowling, for whom Houston’s Dowling street was named (the renaming […]

The Subjectivism of Modern “Art”

While defending government schools with raging vehemence, the Chronicle routinely complains about nearly every aspect of those schools. They complain that funding is unfair, grading schools and districts is misleading, we aren’t paying enough attention to ESL and poor students, state skills tests of students are unreasonable, and on and on and on. A recent […]

Altruism and “Economic Justice”

The Regressive movement likes to portray itself as being on the side of justice. But the reality is, the policies they advocate are worse than unjust. They invert justice by granting the unearned and penalizing the innocent. Consider the Houston Peace & Justice Center (HPJC) as an example. Some of the policies the organization advocates […]

Winning Isn’t Everything

We have all probably heard the quote, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” The quote, often attributed to legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, implies that anything less than winning the championship is pointless. Contrast that quote with one from the sportswriter Grantland Rice: “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play […]

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 […]

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A History Lesson: What We Can Learn From the 1990s Zoning Debate Typically, when we study history, we learn about the consequences of something that happened. Seldom is there a meaningful reason (or even […]

Bauhaus Innovation

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

From the opening of the 20th century to the present, there are three massive talents in the study of architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, the midwest American of Prarie School fame, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (better known as Le Corbusier) of France who popularized the use […]

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, […]