Open your eyes, Central Texas, and see the native landscape of the region flourishing along roadsides and natural areas where they have not been watered during this drought. As Lady Bird Johnson, with her delightful Texas drawl, use to say: “They’re survivors.” Native plants require no supplemental watering, no pesticides and no fertilizer while providing food and habitat for a plethora of resident and migratory fauna. Enjoy!
Walking the hike-and-bike trail the other day, I noticed work had been done on the trail — the trail leveled in places, new signs posted, and more trash cans put out. In my more than 30 years of using the trail, I have seldom seen work done there and the surrounding area has also deteriorated. It is sad that it takes an event like the Austin City Limits Festival (which effectively closed the trail) as impetus for these improvements. If the city cared as much for its longtime residents as it does tourists, we would not see our quality of life constantly diminished.
To the hundreds of thousands of people who have multiple sclerosis, what recently happened in Washington, D.C. raises strong concerns about how the budget battle is jeopardizing medical research. As an individual affected by MS, I call on the Texas Congressional delegation to work across party lines to fully fund the National Institutes of Health, and replace the sequester. Research brings hope to people with chronic illnesses, rare diseases, and those living with disabilities. It leads to therapies and cures that allow people to remain in the workforce, and improve their quality of life. Thanks to the discoveries funded in part by the National Institute of Health and the National MS Society there are now 10 FDA-approved therapies in existence for MS, when 20 years ago there were none. I implore members of Congress to take the steps needed to ensure that important research funding continues.
Software developers get specifications from their client. This is not a detailed list of what the end user needs to see. It describes at a higher level the functions that need to be performed and where the data may be obtained. From this the developer must estimate the complexity of the task, break the problem down into manageable pieces and determine how many people are needed and how long each task will take. There is nothing in software development that equates to physics. Physics has well-developed laws. You cannot will an object fall faster. Programming has many paths to the same solution. Clients and developer can will the process to go faster and may even try adding more people which cause communication and management issues. If the client alters the specifications, they create a change order not the contractor. This increases time effort and cost. It is not the contractor who drives up costs when the requirements are altered.
Demand exceeds supply? Too many people logging on to get health care they can afford? Is that bad? The fix is on it’s way, however, all of this consternation about nothing is covering up the fact, that because our great state of Texas has declined to expand Medicaid. This will affect those who most need health care, the desperately poor, the single parents and children. We the people of Texas that care about our fellow citizens can, will and should urge our representatives to follow the majority of states that opted to provide for those that need care the most. It is the least we can do for our fellow citizens.
You are invited to a tea party. We will meet at the usual place. The building on the far right side of the street.The menu will be green eggs and Canadian bacon. The speaker will be a Canadian Texan. Please plan to submit your rants and anger on 4-x-6 note cards. Each person will be entitled to 20 submissions. No one on the organizing committee thought this was too liberal. Please plan to show proof that you are not participating in Obamacare. Note: Serving green eggs does not suggest that we are warming to Global Warming or any other eco-friendly ideas.
Re: Oct. 26 Ben Wear column, “F1 looks for ways to improve traffic plan.”
Ben Wear says last year’s F1 traffic plan ran smoothly, but if that’s the case, why did I see the governor’s motorcade cutting through my neighborhood to get to the race last November?