Actions – The Woodlands Villager Opinions April 30, 2009

“As we move forward in our change in governance from Homeowners Association to Woodlands Township, I urge all get involved.  The decisions being made by the Board will impact all of us so share your opinions with the Board so they can act in the best interest of the entire community and not simply the wishes of small self-interested groups.  If you don’t participate in the process, don’t complain later when government doesn’t do what you want it to do.”

The Township and Water Taxis – The Woodlands Villager Opinions, February 11, 2010

“In the past, the Township Board committed to support the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with taxpayer money. That was a good decision.  I suspect the Pavilion attracts more visitors into the Township and is a vastly more supportable use of taxpayer money than is running a money losing business that cannot demonstrate that it will ever be successful.  The Board should be looking for better ways to bring business to The Woodlands.  The Pavilion donation had the added advantage of supporting a successful enterprise that directly benefits the residents of the Woodlands.  Who hasn’t enjoyed an evening of music while sitting on the hill?  No one should oppose prudent expenditures of this type, but I oppose the Waterway Taxi expenditure because of its flawed concept that somehow our Government can succeed where business has failed.  This Board should have rejected the plan being put forward by The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau challenging it to come back with a better plan that could be supported.”

Over 65 Exemption – The Woodlands Villager Opinions, February 18, 2010

“I don’t doubt that there may be some residents of our community who are in need of assistance given the current economic conditions in our country.  But seniors in our community are in no more need than are our younger families, many of whom may have recently lost their jobs.  There must be a better way to help those in need without also helping those with significant means of their own.”

Over 65 Exemption – The Woodlands Villager Opinions, May 6, 2010

In a “Tongue and Cheek” article in opposition to the Woodlands Township Granting an across the board tax exemption to seniors without determination of need I suggested four valid alternatives that I thought would be more beneficial to Seniors in the community than the approximate $82 per year that they would get from a tax exemption.

1.  Increase Security in Our Community.
2.  Improve Response Time of Our EMS System
3.  Sponsor Community Wellness Days – Offering Free Flu Shots to Seniors and Children
4.  Offer Seniors Free Passes to Our Community Pools When Their Grandchildren are Visiting.

The Woodlands’ Independence – The Woodlands Villager Opinions, August 16, 2010

“Programs to increase economic development are worthy of community funding as they create jobs and business opportunities for our residents.  I do not think, however, that anyone is going to move his business to The Woodlands Township just to take rides on the water taxis.”

“Our Board is even considering adding a homestead exemption that will have the effect of shifting tax burden to the commercial owners of the community – the very people we are spending money on to encourage moving to The Woodlands.”

The Woodlands Creating Its Own Version of A Bridge to Nowhere
The Woodlands Villager Opinions, February 24, 2011

“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.”

“They (Business) would be more motivated if the Township Board announced its plans to lower taxes in the community.”

A Community and Not Just a Township – The Woodlands Villager Opinions, May 19, 2011

“The Woodlands has a long history of The Woodlands Corporation, community business leaders, other government agencies and most importantly the residents working closely together to complete George Mitchell’s dream.  My hope is that this close and successful partnership can put the negativeness of this election behind them and rededicate themselves to working together once again in building and improving our community”.

The Real Issue – The Woodlands Villager Opinions, May 21, 2009

“Why has government become so big and so expensive, and why should anyone be asked to pay more taxes than they already pay?”

“If all we debate is who should pay the increased taxes, aren’t we being positioned to pay increased taxes in the end instead of asking ourselves, ‘why are we losing our jobs or accepting reduced salaries when government continues to grow and spend more of our money?’”