Speech Presented at the South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce

On March  23, 2012,  I participated in the “Whistle Stop Tour Luncheon 2012″ put on by the South Montgomery County  Woodlands Chamber of Commerce at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center.  Candidates for the US Senate and House of Representatives joined statewide and local area candidates, including those running for The Woodlands Township Board of Directors.  The following is a text of the speech I gave:

 “I am John Risher, a candidate for the Woodlands Township Board of Directors, Position 4.  First, I would like to thank the Chamber of …

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The Woodlands Independence

The Woodlands Independence

by John Risher

It wasn’t very long ago that our community leaders called upon us to vote in favor of The Woodlands establishing its independence from the City of Houston.  The most compelling reason put forward for this change was that we could better serve our own needs than that which big city politics could produce. We have only recently completed that transition from Homeowners’ Association to The Woodlands Township and, almost like magic, we have already embraced the very failings of big city politics that …

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The Woodlands Version of a Bridge to Nowhere

The Woodlands Version of a Bridge to Nowhere

by John Risher

How do we expect our Federal Government to control spending if we are not willing to do it ourselves right here in our own community?  The reason we have a $1.5 trillion deficit and $14 trillion in accumulated debt at the national level is that we have lost sight of the difference between things we need and things we would like to have.

A case in point is Pastor Bruce Webb’s recent request to the Board of the Woodlands Township for an expenditure of …

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Nothing Changes in Washington

Nothing Changes in Washington

February 17, 2011 – by John Risher

It has been only three months since the mid-term elections and there is already ample evidence that no matter what the people say, our elected officials are still committed to doing it their way.  Maybe I am wrong, but I thought the outcome of the election was crystal clear – cut spending, reduce the size of government, get out of the way of business so it can create jobs, and fix or repeal ObamaCare.

The Republicans seem to be debating …

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The Township and Waterway Taxis

The Township and Waterway Taxis

February 11, 2012 – by John Risher

John Gordon wrote a Wall Street Journal article last year entitled, “Why Government Can’t Run a Business”.  The Woodlands Township Board could have learned something from that article before it voted on the issue of taking over responsibility for operation of the Waterway Taxi.

Government’s record of running businesses is unquestionably abysmal.  Among the more notable reasons for this poor record, cited by Gordon, is the fact that “Governments are run by politicians, not businessmen and accordingly they can only …

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One Branch of Government

March 3, 2011 – by John Risher

Am I the only one who noticed that our President thinks he has so successfully undertaken the duties of the Presidency that he should now take on the duties of the Supreme Court?  I am speaking, of course, of the President’s unilateral decision that the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush is, in his opinion, unconstitutional and, therefore, should not be enforced.  The Constitution grants the Supreme Court the power to …

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A Community and Not Just a Township

A Community and Not Just a Township

May 19, 2011 – by John Risher

On August 19, 2010, in this newspaper, I wrote a letter to the editor in which I expressed my concerns that our community was spiraling down the negative path that cities before us had traveled and lamented that we were promised more when we approved transition from Woodlands Homeowners’ Association to Township.  I also chastised the Board for its decision to exclude Peggy Hausman from equal participation on various decision-making committees.  My exact quote was, “We did not elect …

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