Dallas City Hall Loves Cars, Hates Activity. Oh, I’m sorry, perhaps my headline didn’t get it quite right. But when I read this article about how Dallas City Hall is trying to limit the number of marathons and walks in the city, that’s what I got from it. Neighborhoods and organizations (particularly First Baptist Church) don’t like these events to happen because they shut off streets and make it difficult to get around. I get that that can be annoying. But I’ve heard rumors of a certain downtown church not being very accommodating to any kind of activity going on. Hey, guess what: your organization is downtown where things happen. It’s a good thing people are getting out and participating in walks, runs, jogs. Why make it difficult (and expensive) for people to be on the streets of Dallas? Please don’t discourage people from getting out of their cars. Try joining them.
People Don’t Want Joy, Laughter, Exercise in Their Neighborhood. Along the same lines of the above item, there’s this. The Ursuline Academy girls have won 22 soccer titles in the campus’ existence, but they don’t even have a field to practice on. Eleven years ago, the school tried to get a field. They were turned down. Now they’re trying again. But it looks like they’re going to face some resistance.
Dallas Wants To Be More Ethical. And it’s willing to spend $435,495 to upgrade the city ethics program and train people on ethics for three years. All said, this will cost only $34 per city employee. Sounds like a deal, right? Here’s the catch, according to this story: “Notably missing from the list of city employees who will undergo the planned ethics training is the Dallas City Council, the group that has the most direct say over the expenditure of city funds.” City Council doesn’t need ethics training, does it?