HATE THOSE CALLS

Dear Editor:
Why do politicians, wannabe politicians and businesses think unwanted, ‘robo’ calls with recorded messages will induce anyone to vote for or buy from them? Such have the exact opposite to me and so many others that I know.

Bob Gabler
Kingwood

NOT MY BOOK

Dear Editor:
Re: the recent Florida killing of students and adults, it doesn’t help to have a holy book that sanctions the killing of humans. For example, consider this text: “If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and worship other gods’ ... do not yield to them or listen to them. You must certainly put them to death.” The Old Testament also has Samuel saying to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to ... what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants.” There you have God sanctioning the killing even of infants! That folks worship that God amazes me. Those Biblical passages merit revulsion. Wouldn’t it be better to denounce those passages and to adopt this principle: “We should strive to make each person’s brief time on earth as long and as pleasant as possible?”

Bill Bailey
Kingwood

HOUSTONTX.GOV

Dear Editor:
I am excited to announce the launch of the city’s improved website, houstontx.gov. Almost half a million people use our website each month, so I wanted visitors, residents and businesses to have the best experience possible when engaging with the city online. The new site features many of the city’s most popular online pages, such as job opportunities, animal adoption and trash and recycling information. It also features tools that provide the information in more than 100 languages. Launching a website that celebrates the unique diversity and welcoming nature of our city was a priority for me. We now have a site that works for everyone and serves as a tool that makes it easier for Houstonians and others to access services, find information and engage with local government. Since more than half of all users go to the site from their cell phones and tablets, enhancements were made to allow for better navigation on mobile devices. The site also features improvements to Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and general usability.

This would have typically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars if done by an outside contractor, but the redesign was accomplished by a task force led by the Mayor’s Office of Communications and Office of Innovation, with the Houston Information Technology Services Department overseeing the project at no extra cost to taxpayers. Additionally, the three finalists of the “Digital Design Challenge” – Brand Ranch Media, Don Suttajit, and Think Thank Ideas – provided valuable community input by presenting their vision for the city’s website design to me. The city is also launching a new web governance policy in the coming weeks to ensure pages are maintained consistently and content is updated regularly. We are making every effort to establish the City of Houston as a global leader in technology and innovation. Our website exemplifies the spirit of Houston and shows our commitment to making technology work for all Houstonians.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
via email

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