The Disinfectant Fiasco

By Bob Hebert When the Covid-19 virus hit Fort Bend County, two things happened almost at once. First, there was a run to stock up on cleaning supplies, toilet paper, Coca-Cola products plus a few other basic commodities, and second, social distancing became the norm. Those reflex actions were quickly...

Repeal the Property Tax?

By Bob Hebert – It’s election time, and once again calls are being made to repeal the property tax. I certainly favor repealing the property tax due to its regressive nature. A property tax is levied against what you own, not what you earn. That can create extreme hardship for homeowners finding...

Diversity – Strength or Weakness?

By Bob Hebert – Fort Bend community leaders speaking publicly are often quoted saying that diversity is our strength, while they privately worry about how one ethnic group or another may negatively impact the future. It is true that the Kinder Institute at Rice University reports that, as of 2018, the...

U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Is a Huge Mistake

By Pete Olson – Out of the blue, our NATO ally Turkey announced a planned invasion into Syria. President Trump responded by announcing plans to withdraw most of our military in Syria. Since elements of the almost-defeated ISIS in Syria may reemerge and threaten peace with a U.S. pullout, President...

Non-Protective Levees: The Water – And The Stakes – Are Too High

  By Bob Hebert – It should be obvious to all who have watched the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) bleed money funding multiple flood recovery efforts in recent years that no equitable or effective national flood insurance program can be achieved without collecting premiums from...

Sugar Land 95

OP-ED | By Jim Rice – “The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class. It is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.” Dr. Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858-1964) wrote these words many years ago, but they still ring true today. Dr. Cooper was an...