Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 6

In recent years, a gap has developed between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. In some communities, police officers are perceived as brutal villains who are above the law. Last week’s class focused on some of the causes for this gap.

While there are numerous causes for this gap, the two most essential […]

The Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 2

My first class at the Citizen’s Police Academy was about judgement. While the instructor did not use the term, he was talking about the importance of context in judging events and people. My second class dealt primarily with officer safety, which is largely an issue of awareness.

Being aware is a choice, and it is […]

The Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 1

Last week, I attended the first class of the Citizen’s Police Academy. It is a 10-week course put on by the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable. For the duration of the course, I will occasionally share my thoughts and experiences as I progress through the course.

The first class was largely introductory. We were introduced […]

The Shawshank Redemption

Imagine being convicted for a double murder that you did not commit and then spending twenty years in prison. You would be forced to endure unimaginable horrors, not because you killed two people, but because, as the hero of the The Shawshank Redemption puts it, you were a bad husband and drove your wife into […]

Justice for Students

I welcome the recently reported justice department decision to further look into cases of race based admissions standards that are alleged to discriminate against whites and Asians in favor of blacks, Latinos or native Americans. I welcome it if the focus is on justice.

Every individual student has huge potential to advance himself or herself […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Part 2

Asset forfeiture is wrong on numerous fronts:

The property of an individual is necessary to sustain his life and if acquired lawfully is his by right to use to support his life and his happiness. To take someone’s lawfully acquired property is in fact taking away his life and his happiness. It is a violation […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Part 1

Attorney General Sessions recently announced reinstatement of provisions of civil asset forfeiture rolled back by the Obama administration. He praised forfeiture as a powerful tool to help police and cited support from law enforcement throughout the country. This is part of the Trump administration’s increased focus on fighting crime.

A criminal has no right to […]

Medicaid and the Movement to Socialized Medicine

A town hall meeting led by Rep. Al Green was held in Houston recently to protest the proposed Medicaid cuts in the Republican health bill. A series of “If it were not for Medicaid…” type testimonials were given by several individuals. Most testimonials claimed they wouldn’t be able to afford treatment without the help of […]

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 […]

Altruism Versus Justice

In an editorial last week, the Chronicle demonstrates that altruism isn’t limited to the devoutly religious. It is a scourge that afflicts Houstonians of nearly all religious persuasions. The editorial briefly relates the story of Jesus’ birth, which it calls an “outlandish theological claim.” The editorial goes on to state that Jesus later

will remind […]