Archive for May 2nd, 2016

Great Writing

This is why she is a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist. I am talking about the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg and her column yesterday. It made me sad and at the same time pi__ed me off. Lisa is a treasure for sure and I hope the Chron holds on to her for like ever.

Here is her column yesterday: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Houston-couple-fight-to-save-foster-kids-wrenched-7385922.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Go back and check out her column from last Wednesday. Great writing if you ask me.

The ATL is last in MLB in the team dinger department. How many do they have?

The Mayor says he wants to have pension deals in place by the end of the year. As Rocco says in “Godfather, II”, “difficult, not impossible.” Of course, I kind of hope the deal isn’t done by putting all city employees on contract. Check out this start of a front page story from the Chron today:

The city of Houston’s effort to off-load some convention and facilities employees from its pension plan has hit what should have become its end – the Texas Supreme Court. But the city continues to keep these employees off its books long after the court essentially ruled against the practice.

At issue is whether the city can avoid millions of dollars in pension obligations by shifting workers from the municipal payroll to that of an employee leasing company. The Houston Municipal Employees System says no, and has gone back to court to force the city to turn over payroll records from the employee leasing firm and make contributions on behalf of these workers.

“We won every step of the way,” said Travis J. Sales, the lawyer representing the pension board. “I don’t think they want to acknowledge it, and they don’t want to pay for it.”

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Pension-dispute-centers-on-who-s-a-city-employee-7386958.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Then this tweet:

Bill King ‏@BillKingForHou 2h2 hours ago

Expect more of this type of litigation as the City struggles under the burden of its unsustainable pension system.

You are never going to keep Bill out of a pension debate.

All the  employee groups endorsed the Mayor last year so maybe a deal can get done.

Maybe the Mayor ought to make the mayoral staff all contract employees as a show of good will. Just a thought.

Here is from a story on the internet I saw yesterday:

But the “never” in the “Never Trump” movement is beginning to look more like a “reluctantly.”

An NBC poll released yesterday has Trump up by 15 points in Indiana. It looks like Ted’s dead.

The best part of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night was the video of the President and former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

The ATL only has 5 team dingers of course while Jose Altuve has 7.

We were 7-17 in April and we are 1-0 in May as the Twins are in town for 3.

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