The Personal Approach to Flooding

Barry Klein of the Houston Property Rights Association has a very good article on Houston’s perpetual flooding problem. Klein’s crucial point is that individuals must take responsibility for flood proofing their own properties, rather than looking to government to solve the problem.

In recent months I have decided that flood proofing needs to be routine […]

Harvey’s Newest Victims

The Chronicle reports that more than 1,000 homeowners have requested that the government buy their flooded homes. The Harris County Commissioners Court has asked FEMA for $17 million to buy 104 homes that are considered high risks for flooding.

Since any money spent by government ultimately has to come from taxpayers, this means that individuals […]

How Cronyism Made Harvey Worse

The flood waters from Harvey not even stopped rising before pundits began casting blame. And the blame focused on man-made causes: climate change, the failure of city and county officials to control or mitigate flooding, and Houston’s lack of zoning.

The pundits got it partly right. There is a man-made factor that contributed to Harvey’s […]

Why Houston Didn’t Evacuate

I’ve watched a lot of coverage of Hurricane Harvey on both the local and the national level. I am struck by the incredulity of the national newscasters that the people of Houston didn’t just leave. They almost sound like we are deserving of criminal punishment for endangering our lives.

First and foremost, each individual has […]

First Responders

Politicians in their public announcements and remarks have repeatedly praised the “first responders.”

I would like to praise the real first responders – my friends and neighbors in Houston who got out their john boats, high trucks, and all kinds of flotation devices and rescued people trapped by flood waters. They often worked for many […]

Helping Others Can Be Selfish

To the good people of Houston, Texas and surrounding communities so devastated by Hurricane Harvey:

I, with you, am suffering Harvey’s mal-effects and sympathize with you. I’ve provided direct help and plan to make financial contributions to help.

It is profoundly selfish on my part to provide emergency help to my loved ones and friends […]