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SMALL TAXING UNIT NOTICE

The Harris County Emergency Services District #14 will hold a meeting at the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department, 2301 E Wallisville Rd, Highlands, TX 77562 at 12 noon, on Monday, August 24, 2020, to consider adopting a tax rate for tax year 2020. The public may attend. The proposed tax rate is 0.0500 per $100 of value.

No change in the tax rate is planned.

The proposed tax rate for the 2020 tax year is the same rate of 0.0500 per $ 100 the value that has always been in place for ESD#14 since its formation in 1999.

NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE AND MONTHLY MEETINGS

The Administrative office of Harris County Emergency Services District #14 (“District”) is located 2301 E. Wallisville Road, Highlands, TX 77562. The District’s mailing address is PO Box 96, Highlands, TX 77562. The District holds regular meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department located at 2301 E Wallisville Rd, Highlands, TX 77562 at 12:00 noon. The public is cordially invited to attend all meetings. The Board of Commissioners are Jim Strouhal, President; Chester Stasney, Vice President; Jerry Ickes, Secretary; Treasurer, Johnny Gaeke; Member, Mark Taylor. www.hcesd14.net.

The attorney for the District is Weston Cotten, Law Offices of Weston Cotten, P.C., 1500 E. Wallisville Road, Highlands, TX 77562, telephone number 281-421,4050. Email address weston@westoncotten.com.

TO THE EDITOR: We need to change the name to reflect our values and culture

BAYTOWN – Opinions vary widely on whether the Robert E. Lee High School name should be changed. Below is one person’s opinion, and you are invited to send us yours for possible publication. The Goose Creek school board will consider this at their next meeting in September, and may make a decision at that time.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter regarding the name change of Robert E. Lee. I was born and raised in Baytown, as was my father and grandparents. I went to Lee and graduated in 1994. I am in support of changing the school’s name to something that better embodies who we are as Baytownians. I have a Master’s Degree in United States History and teach at Austin Community College. I say that because I feel I have the education and expertise to speak on the issue of who Robert E. Lee was, what he stood for, and why the school’s name is hurtful to African Americans in our community. Please understand that this is not a “new” issue. People have been pushing to change the name for decades, and we have failed to hear them for decades. We are better than that.

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Congressman Brady: Federal Ruling on Texas High Speed Rail Wrong; Fight not over

CONROE, TX – July 16, 2020 – Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement after the Surface Transportation Board released a new ruling on Texas Central Railroad’s (TCR) petition for exemption:

“While I strongly disagree with this decision, the good news is this doesn’t give TCR eminent domain authority to seize property without landowners consent – and finally forces TCR to publicly disclose their shaky financial projections to the Surface Transportation Board in any future bid to gain authority to construct the project.

“This will reveal why private investors have abandoned the project and why taxpayers should not be on the hook when it ultimately fails.”

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An Opinion letter to Barbers Hill ISD Board of Trustees

July 24, 2020

Re: The Case of Mr. Kaden Bradford and De’Andre Arnold…

Dear George Barrera, Fred Skinner, Cynthia Erwin, Becky Tice, Benny May, Eric Davis, Clint Pipes:

I am a Marine Crops Vietnam V.F.W., a retired California State Peace Officer, and an American Indian with long hair. I served as a State Peace Officer with long hair because the State of California recognized my Constitutional religious and cultural rights as an American Indian. I also want to point out that the American Indian religion was the only religion “outlawed” in the United States, just Google the 1883 Religious Criminal Code. This code lead to the Massacre at Wounded Knee because they were conducting an illegal ceremony, the Ghost Dance.

The two young men in question are the type of young people this school should be supporting and recognizing their Constitutional rights for cultural expression. Your decision to not change the grooming standard, or accommodate these exceptional young men is a blatant statement that “only White culture is accepted at this school.” That the only way for a student of color to get any respect at your school is, they must shed any cultural/spiritual expressions that are not “White,” or that are not accepted in the White community. Your decision is an echo of the 1883 Religious Criminal Code, because the “sub-text” of your decision, without explicitly saying it is, all students of Color must act, look, and behave “White.”

Looking at the racial composition of the Board of Trustees it no wonder that the Trustees believe only “White” culture is accepted at the school. (more…)

OPINION, LETTER TO EDITOR: Change Robert E. Lee High School’s name, because the Baytown area deserves better

By Randy G. Dunn
July 25, 2020

I strongly support changing the name of Baytown Robert E. Lee High, the school I graduated from. The name needs to be changed because Confederate values and the values of R.E. Lee are not the values of our students and our community as they exist today. Renaming the school is clearly what is best for Baytown and Baytown’s children and school graduates.

The current name of the school honors a man who was a notorious antiAmerican traitor who fought against the United States of America (and lost), failed to honor his oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, led many battles that killed tens of thousands of Americans (including huge numbers of American troops), owned many slaves, thought that black people were inferior to whites, and fought for the independence of a rogue nation founded to preserve the institution of slavery for economic gain.

The school never should have been given that disgraceful name. (more…)

Texas Ren Fest announces 2018 themes and a Royal Season Pass

Texas Renaissance Festival festivities from last year’s event, held at Todd Mission, 50 miles north of Houston.

HOUSTON – Magic, merriment and majesty await at this year’s Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed event, now announcing unique themes for all nine festival weekends, from September 29 to November 25, 2018, and a brand new season pass, The Royal Pass.

In 2017, Texas Renaissance Festival saw its second highest attendance season, welcoming a total of 644,917 attendees, while facilitating 63 weddings, the most recorded in a single season. Texas Renaissance Festival also saw a 14 percent increase in campers from the previous year, hosting 23,000 guests in the campgrounds – suited perfectly for both those seeking nighttime thrills around a bonfire, and families seeking a quiet retreat with a place to shake off the fairy dust.

“We encourage the noblest lords and ladies of the land who are interested in purchasing Festival tickets to secure the Royal Pass at once to get the most savings — up to 68% off admission, with many free perks included, such as preferred parking and access to TRF After Dark,” says Texas Renaissance Festival General Manager Terre Albert. “We’re thrilled for our loyal patrons to take advantage of such bargains, and excited to see everyone for nine themed weekends this year!”

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U.S. House of Representatives, 36th C.D. race

To the Editor,

My name is Phyllis Creagh and I am the mother of Pat Kasprzak, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 36th Congressional District which includes the communities of Crosby and Highlands. My daughter and her husband, Dan have lived in Crosby for the past 33 years. My son-in-law, Dan is currently the President of the Crosby School Board and the Kasprzak family has been active in many facets of this community for over 3 decades. I was quite astonished and upset when I read your description of my daughter, Pat, in your 1/30/14 article about the upcoming primary election for this open seat as “Some Dude Kasprzak”. I consider such a remark about my daughter to be highly offensive and irresponsible. To think that our hometown newspaper would go out of its way to misinform the public about a long term resident of Crosby who is a congressional candidate with impressive experience as a high school teacher, attorney, and corporate banker is inexcusable.

As a member of the local press, you owe it to our community to report information about the upcoming Republican Primary in a fair and accurate manner. Your insensitive reference to my daughter as “Some Dude” indicates your dismissive attitude towards her as the only female candidate in a field of 12 seeking to be the next Republican nominee for Congress. Perhaps your readers would be interested to know that Texas has 36 members in the House of Representatives (second highest number in the nation) and currently only 3 are women. As women represent 49% of the population of the 36th district, it is time we send another woman to Washington, DC from the great state of Texas.

I am so proud of my daughter, Pat, for entering this race. I know her decision to run was not made easily because of the enormous amount of time, energy and financial resources it takes to compete at this level. However, Pat and her family are willing to do what it takes and only ask in return that your paper provide fair, honest and reliable information to the voters of our community who have an important decision to make at the Republican Primary on March 4.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Phyllis Creagh

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Star-Courier did not comment on the character of Ms. Kasprzak. We reported on the remarks made by the Ron Paul Forums on all 12 candidates for District 36, in an effort to provide some background information from a conservative source for the benefit of our readers. These views do not necessarily represent the views of this newspaper or its editors. As shown by publishing this letter, we welcome diverse opinions and will publish them when appropriate.

Thank you to witnesses of helicopter accident

Dear Editor,

Readers of the Highlands Star – Crosby Courier may remember a helicopter accident that occurred on the afternoon of September 10, 2012, near Crosby. A Robinson R-22 crashed near a pipeyard off Miller Road No. 2 and ten burst into flames. The accident killed the pilot, Christopher (“Chris”) Yeager, and his passenger, Joyce Ates.

The family of Chris Yeager would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of the witnesses who stopped, approached the burning helicopter, and tried to rescue the occupants. We want each of you to know that we appreciate your amazing courage and your kindness.

Although Chris and Joyce did not survive, we realize that you did your best trying to save them, even at the risk of your own lives. Your efforts will never be forgotten.

We would also like to thank everyone who called emergency personnel, assisted at the scene of the accident, provided information to investigators, prayed for these loved ones, or tried to help in any other way. God bless each and every one of you. We will forever keep you in our hearts and prayers.

Joseph and Paula Yeager

Lubbock, TX