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Not Taking Credit

The Astros have won 104 games and the Dodgers and Yankees 102 each. How many other teams have a shot at a 100 win season?

You know how our top elected officials like to get out in front of a headline and take credit. Commentary is betting no one will jump in front of this one from today’s Chron:

Houston region’s poverty rate increases in 2018 as household income flattens

Here is the article:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Houston-region-s-poverty-rate-increases-in-2018-14468509.php.

Or this one:

Houston area rate of uninsured highest among big U.S. cities

Here is the article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Houston-area-rate-of-uninsured-highest-in-nation-14468575.php.

This is from today’s Chron E-Board:

If you want to know one reason Houston ISD is facing imminent state intervention and is in dire need of effective leadership, take a gander at school board President Diana Dávila’s Twitter account.

On Thursday, after Tropical Storm Imelda unexpectedly roared back to life and soaked Houston, Dávila was busy sniping at interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan for her decision to hold classes that day.

The decision surely ended up inconveniencing many families who braved water-logged roadways to pick up students. But it was also an informed decision based on the best information at the time of a predawn call with Harris County emergency management officials and other area superintendents.

“As the largest employer of Harris county sometimes those decisions need to be made by HISD only,” Dávila had tweeted.

It was the kind of unproductive, petty posturing that does nothing to help students. The same kind of empty bluster that has kept the school board mired in dysfunction and now leaves it flailing against an all-but-certain takeover by the state.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Are-you-the-leader-HISD-needs-Speak-up-14468449.php.

Care to guess who the E-Board will endorse in the Davila-Judith Cruz HISD Trustee race?

My Dad got his mail ballot yesterday.

One of my best friends, State Sen. Carol Alvarado, tweeted this at some of us a couple of nights ago:

Cy Young battle. What do y’all think? Which one of our @astros will win? Wondering what some of my baseball buds are thinking.

The Senator is talking about the outstanding seasons by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. That’s a tough one. Verlander already has 20 wins. Cole has 19 wins and 316 strikeouts. They are both deserving. Can they make it a tie vote and each gets the Cy Young?

The Twins have won 98 games with 4 remaining and The ATL has 97 wins with 3 left of course as the teams with a shot at winning 100.

Home field advantage throughout the playoffs is looking better for us as we end our season with 4 in Anaheim.

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Not Taking Credit

The Astros have won 104 games and the Dodgers and Yankees 102 each. How many other teams have a shot at a 100 win season?

You know how our top elected officials like to get out in front of a headline and take credit. Commentary is betting no one will jump in front of this one from today’s Chron:

Houston region’s poverty rate increases in 2018 as household income flattens

Here is the article:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Houston-region-s-poverty-rate-increases-in-2018-14468509.php.

Or this one:

Houston area rate of uninsured highest among big U.S. cities

Here is the article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Houston-area-rate-of-uninsured-highest-in-nation-14468575.php.

This is from today’s Chron E-Board:

If you want to know one reason Houston ISD is facing imminent state intervention and is in dire need of effective leadership, take a gander at school board President Diana Dávila’s Twitter account.

On Thursday, after Tropical Storm Imelda unexpectedly roared back to life and soaked Houston, Dávila was busy sniping at interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan for her decision to hold classes that day.

The decision surely ended up inconveniencing many families who braved water-logged roadways to pick up students. But it was also an informed decision based on the best information at the time of a predawn call with Harris County emergency management officials and other area superintendents.

“As the largest employer of Harris county sometimes those decisions need to be made by HISD only,” Dávila had tweeted.

It was the kind of unproductive, petty posturing that does nothing to help students. The same kind of empty bluster that has kept the school board mired in dysfunction and now leaves it flailing against an all-but-certain takeover by the state.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Are-you-the-leader-HISD-needs-Speak-up-14468449.php.

Care to guess who the E-Board will endorse in the Davila-Judith Cruz HISD Trustee race?

My Dad got his mail ballot yesterday.

One of my best friends, State Sen. Carol Alvarado, tweeted this at some of us a couple of nights ago:

Cy Young battle. What do y’all think? Which one of our @astros will win? Wondering what some of my baseball buds are thinking.

The Senator is talking about the outstanding seasons by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. That’s a tough one. Verlander already has 20 wins. Cole has 19 wins and 316 strikeouts. They are both deserving. Can they make it a tie vote and each gets the Cy Young?

The Twins have won 98 games with 4 remaining and The ATL has 97 wins with 3 left of course as the teams with a shot at winning 100.

Home field advantage throughout the playoffs is looking better for us as we end our season with 4 in Anaheim.

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