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I’m Sorry?

Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus attended Alamo Heights High School. Name the top pitching prospect for the Astros who also attended Alamo Heights High?

I think H-Town’s reasonable minds will agree that Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) president Joe Gamaldi crossed the line with his remarks after the botched HPD drug raid three weeks or so ago. Today, the Chron E-Board called for Gamaldi to apologize for his remarks.  Here is from the E-Board’s take today:

Confidence in the Houston Police Department took a hit as a result of that botched drug raid, and Gamaldi’s comments only made things worse.

The people of Houston deserve a police department they can trust to protect and serve. Police officers deserve a union head who has their backs — and that means working to improve community trust rather than undermining it.

Gamaldi has failed them in that respect, and he now has the responsibility to apologize. Doing so will help rebuild confidence in HPD. If he can’t do that, then our police deserve a new union leader — one who understands that backing the blue means building trust, too.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Divisive-rhetoric-by-police-union-president-13632307.php.

If Gamaldi was representing a far-right wing faction of the GOP, I wouldn’t expect him to apologize. But he is not. He is representing the women and men of the Houston Police Department who put their lives on the line every day protecting the folks from H-Town, the most diverse city in the world. HPOU is a respected organization. An apology would work.

Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley attended Alamo Heights High School of course.

Spring Training baseball gets underway tomorrow.

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