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October 24, 2016

Why bother voting if no one pays attention?

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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 am

A Daily News editorial about a lawsuit that will affect 383 units of public housing on scattered sites said: “The Galveston Housing Authority is going to have no role in the construction of public housing on scattered sites in Galveston. None. That point was clear in court documents filed in the Galveston Open Government Project’s lawsuit aimed at blocking the construction of mixed-income developments in Galveston.”

Be afraid; be very afraid! Why? Because if the lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of Galveston’s mixed-income housing is successful we won’t be able to call the Galveston Housing Authority to seek redress for any problems with the scattered sites, according to Heber Taylor (“Forget about calling your housing commissioner,” Daily News, April 14).

Silly me. Since the “deal” was worked out without any input from Galveston’s voters, most of us assumed we would remain out of the loop. Particularly since we voted overwhelmingly for candidates in the last election who promised to oppose the plan. Interestingly, the next day The Daily News chose to headline the “diversity” of a new local school superintendent and to ignore the electoral sweep by the anti-housing candidates. Hey, maybe you thought it might go away.

Since nearly all of the new councilors immediately broke their promises — thanks Elizabeth Beeton and Norman Pappous — we saw the lawsuit as our only option. Since then, many of us have learned that the key players in this imbroglio, including HUD and GHA, are part of the “poverty industrial complex” and are immune to outside influence.

Now I have voted for liars before but a NASCAR pit crew couldn’t have moved as quickly. Why bother voting if this is what we get?