I hope that with cities working together, we can have a “carbon neutral” nation in my lifetime. But with so many lives and so much property in the balance, reforming the federal government’s financial response to natural disasters could, and should, happen much sooner.
People are paying more attention to the tragedy of human trafficking. Laws such as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act severely punish perpetrators and support survivors whose cases are being prosecuted. But survivors who choose not to engage with law enforcement need an approach to human trafficking that includes public health measures.
More than 450,000 children in Texas will lose their health care in early 2018 if Congress fails to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program. These are the children whose working parents are making too much money for Medicaid and too little to afford exorbitant private health insurance premiums.
Houston has long been a strong proponent of disability rights and has crafted first-of-their-kind regulations to ensure all Houstonians can take part in the ride-sharing revolution which has swept our state.
The answer to Houston's pension problems is compromise.
As we commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, our hope is health care providers, the public and policymakers in Texas realize the virus is still invading neighborhoods at astonishing rates, often so silently that increasing numbers of youth don't realize they are living with HIV.