During my student days at the University of Texas at Austin, Professor X was a sexual predator. That status was known to others, but not to me until one day as I was walking down the hall headed to the accounting department office. Just as I got to Prof X’s office, the door opened, and I saw firsthand a battle between a departmental secretary and Prof X. She was trying her best to exit his office, and he was trying his best to pull her back into his office. Upon seeing me watching the battle, he let her go. Another professor later told me about Prof X’s reputation as a sexual predator. As far as I know, no punitive action ever was taken against Prof X, for he was a big shot. He thrice was the department chair; he was a past president of the American Accounting Association; he co-authored a very successful accounting textbook; and he was a tenured full professor. I took a course from Prof X, and he and I got along fine. As a student, I respected him. I even used him as a reference once when I accepted an offer to teach at a major university. But he had another side of which I was unaware until the aforesaid episode. I felt so sorry for that secretary. She had to see Prof X virtually every workday. I’m sure she dreaded going to work. She was in her 20s; he was in his 50s and definitely not handsome. I’m glad to see women speaking out publicly and naming their abusers. My respect for women stems from my infinite respect for my late mother.
Back to Business
Business is surely returning to the Lake Houston Area, especially after the month of November with over 40 businesses returning after suffering damage from Hurricane Harvey. The re-openings are highlighted by Costco, Randalls, Alspaugh’s and Chuy’s as well many key small businesses. Going into December, we expect no less than 15 businesses returning to the Lake Houston area. We hit a major milestone with 104 businesses that have re-opened to full capacity, 27 businesses that have reopened to partial capacity or a temporary location, and we have 57 businesses who have confirmed to me that they would be re-opening. That gives us a current retention of 40 percent of businesses back with a projected retention by August 2018 at 71 percent with a potential to increase. The Back to Business Campaign made it a goal to retain 70 percent of all businesses (10 percent higher than the FEMA projection of 60 percent) in our jurisdiction and so far it is looking to be a great possibility to achieve our goal. A second major effort by the chamber is the #PleaFor3LakeHouston initiative. This campaign is doing great so far. We are nearing 1,000 emails sent out and getting so much traffic on our website that the site server crashed Dec 13. Though preventing citizens from reaching the website, it conveys the community’s dedication for change and to have a voice in disaster relief legislation in Austin.
Andrew C. Cardenas
Business Recovery Coordinator
Lake Houston Area Chamber
It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue but, similar to other diseases, Alzheimer’s has a broad impact on communities. As such it is more than just a health problem, because the burden is large; the impact is major; and there are ways to intervene – Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. In Texas alone, there are roughly 360,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and thousands of others caring for them each day. The most expensive disease in the country, in 2017 the cost of caring for people with Alzheimer’s will be $259 billion, and the costs are expected to rise. Congress has a chance to take decisive action by passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256). Passing BOLD would multiply our efforts to care for those living with the disease, improve care quality, provide enhanced support for caregivers, and allow us to better understand the disease. Please join me in asking Representative Ted Poe to support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act today. The Houston area is not immune to this disease and support from our elected leaders such as Congressman Poe will go a long way in advancing the goal of the Alzheimer’s Association to finally rid our country of this dreaded disease. Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher once said, “Alzheimer’s is the most under-recognized threat to public health in the 21st century.” It is time that we recognize this public health threat and pass the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act.