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Baytown's Anti-Pedestrian McKinney Road

Today, I wrote a letter to the City of Baytown's government asking them to look into a street improvement that many of us feel is long overdue.  I am asking citizens to do the same if you agree.

Lynn Caskey is the District 5 Councilmanlynn.caskey@baytown.org.  Write him asap.  Include your own feedback also.

Here is the letter and the map:

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I suggest we work to get culverts and sidewalks installed on McKinney Road between SH-146 and Massey Tompkins.  This is a high foot and car traffic section with numerous trailer parks and no shoulder.  There are also apartments and a convenience store on both ends, which precipitates foot traffic by children at great risk to their safety.

This proposed improvement has become almost an obsession with me after being ran in the ditch by a car when riding my there.  The new surface is great, but this town's roads are very hard on people walking or riding a bicycle.  It is actually against the law to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, …

Pay the same - Get less Baytown Sun?

I am a subscriber of the Baytown Sun. Without my permission they decided to reduce delivery of their publication from 7 days a week to 5. So, in order to keep our contract viable, I am going to reduce my payment accordingly. 

It appears the logic behind this decision was reached so that those who pay for a subscription can underwrite those who read on the web only.

So, once again, those of us who pay for a subscription, will subsidize those who free-load the newspaper by viewing the online edition only.  I smell a rat and a form of Socialism in this decision and this change is basically less for more.

From the Publisher: Changes in The Sun

Cliff Clements

The Baytown Sun

Published September 6, 2009
Effective Saturday, Sept. 12, you will notice major changes to The Baytown Sun.

The masthead will be changed to The Sun and will feature the Baytown Oak Tree. A new typeface will be used for the body copy and for the headlines. This redesign of The Sun is to better organize the newspaper and…

Questions raised about the Health Care Bill

“On Main Streets across Texas, the quote of the year belongs to Rep. John Conyers: "What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?"

Feeling swindled from the $787 billion stimulus bill, wary constituents are picking up the slack and reading the health care legislation themselves. And they want to make sure their elected representatives know what the fine print actually says”.

The following question is one that I personally asked and Sen. Cornyn (R) Texas also poses it:

--"Minimum benefit packages" that are mandated as a part of every insurance plan sound great, but since there's no such thing as a free lunch, don't mandated benefits actually reduce choices and drive up costs for all patients?

It's my opinion that a one-for-all base health program would be the equivalent of no insurance, or at the very best an entry-level policy that would be nex…

I want to share some photos

I've been out and about lately and been more concerned with pursuing life and happiness than worrying about TEA parties, health care programs and the general miserable state of our government and economy - so I want to share some photographs instead of getting worked up over some lesser issue. So, without further ado...

The photos above are of a metallic wood borer beetle and the next one is a wharf roach (thank you Mary Wicksten - Biology professor at Texas A&M University).
The photo above is of a real sweaty Baytown Bert hiking the Goose Creek Trail in Baytown, Texas.

These last 2 photos above are of delicious grilled food in my backyard here in Baytown, Texas - Stuffed w/cream cheese, peppered thick slice bacon-wrapped jalapenos, premium all beef hotdogs and DJ's jalapeno boudain! Yum!