“In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country.”
All Americans would certainly agree with the statement above- and in a moment I’ll identify the man who wrote it.
The current effort by the San Antonio City Council to remove the Confederate statue in Travis Park is among many similar efforts underway across Texas and the South. As a descendant of several Confederate veterans, and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, you may be surprised to learn that I can support the removal of San Antonio’s Confederate monument.
Some homeowners south of San Antonio’s downtown fear they will lose their homes after becoming aware of the increasing property values in their neighborhood. Apparently, the appraisal amounts for several houses along Lone Star Boulevard south of downtown SA have jumped 70% to 90% in value in five years.
A WOAI radio news report in 2016 showed the average San Antonio taxpayer owes $3300 toward the city’s long term debt as the municipal debt balloons. Couple that with school district, college district, health district, county, state and federal taxes and fees. This municipal money is for the maintenance of basic government services like, fire and police and streets and sidewalks.
A plan to leverage tax dollars for private development at San Antonio’s Hemisfair Park won’t benefit the city or its taxpayers, a Texas economist predicts. But he says the projects are gold-plated deals for developers.
“There are only two possible outcomes for each project,” said Dean Stansel, economist at Southern Methodist University's O'Neil Center:
Taxpayers will prop up unprofitable real-estate development projects that should not have been undertaken, or,
Tax dollars will be used to line the pockets of the developers of those projects that would have been profitable even without the subsidy.
Josh Brodesky calls himself a “Texan by choice”, but he’s just another liberal transplant hired by the liberal San Antonio Express-News. His opinion piece, published on Sunday, July 17, shows how out of touch he is with grassroots Texans and how the SA Express is shamelessly promoting Texas Speaker Joe Straus by proposing that Straus should run for president in 2020!
Democrats are using the courts again, to keep Latinos and other minorities politically segregated. A special federal judicial panel in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas has ruled on Thursday that the redistricting plan adopted by the Texas legislature deliberately diminishes the influence of the growing Latino voting population. US District Judges Xavier Rodriguez (a Democrat who was appointed by GW Bush) and Orlando Garcia (another Democrat who nominated by Clinton) found that the map was drawn in order to protect incumbent Republican candidates because it that did not create any new minority opportunity districts or enhance minority voting strength. Judge Jerry Smith, a Republican, dissented.