Archive for April 9th, 2014

Yesterday a few folks showed up at the H-Town City Council meeting to show support for a botanical gardens at Gus Wortham Golf Course and some showed up to show support for an upgraded Gus Wortham Golf Course. Some fella said that a botanical gardens would transform the surrounding community. He really didn’t explain the transformation process. I guess you could say the same about an upgraded Gus Wortham without really explaining.

Here is the deal. Commentary hasn’t taken a side. When this first came up, the idea of a botanical gardens sounded a lot better than a rundown golf course. Now that an upgraded golf course is on the table it kind of changes the dynamic somewhat.

An upgraded Gus Worthan Golf course will almost certainly increase the green fees and force some of the current Wortham golfers to head to cheaper tee boxes like Brock and Glenbrook. However, it will attract a new golfer that will want to play on an inner city upgraded course.

Of course the botanical gardens will also charge admission so it is not going to be a park-like place where community folks will regularly hang out. Folks will be coming in from all over to visit. I really doubt that the families that live in some of the older nearby apartments will go out and support the botanical gardens. They don’t support the golf course.

If you live nearby you can currently go and walk the course for free – you just have to watch for errant golf balls. You won’t be able to walk the gardens for free.

I think I have only had one conversation with one council member on this issue so I couldn’t tell you where council is headed on this but one would think that it would be a bit harder to change something than to improve something – got it.

Yesterday I mentioned the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s record breaking dinger against the Dodgers. Name the former ‘Stros player that was in the starting line-up for the Dodgers that evening?

One of the new shows Commentary checks out is “The Crazy Ones” with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. This week Pam Dawber of “Mork and Mindy” makes a guest appearance – cool.

Some GOP members of the State Board of Education will probably quash the effort to teach Mexican American Studies in high school. If the GOP does not support Mexican-American Studies, how can they expect our votes in November if we don’t exist?

Way to go DREAMERS! Put and keep the heat on Dem leaders. This from the SA Express News on the Civil Rights Summit up in Austin:

The summit began with former Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a fast-rising Democrat and top surrogate of Obama, urging Congress to tackle immigration reform before the end of the year.

“The stupidest thing we can do economically is make them leave. We don’t have anybody to replace them,” said Barbour, referring to the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the country without legal documentation. “So the impracticality of sending them home should be obvious to everyone.”

Their discussion was interrupted by a woman in the crowd shouting she was a so-called DREAMer — a young person who immigrated illegally into the United States — and calling on Castro to urge Obama to stop deportations of families.

No one removed the woman, who began shouting again when the panel was over.

Castro, the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, did not respond to the woman but later said he was troubled by families who are deported after minor crimes such as traffic stops.

“My hope is that his administration will go about it in a different way. I’m not comfortable with the number of deportations,” Castro said.

Like I said, way to go.

Jimmy Wynn of course was the starting center fielder for the Dodgers 40 years ago yesterday.

When you go 0-14 with runners in scoring position you aren’t going to win. Now we are in last place.

49 years ago today the Astrodome opened with the Yankees playing the ‘Stros and the rest as they say is history.

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