• I wonder if a renewed interest and involvement in government job training and vocational exploration would help. I think that public counseling that would confidentially focus on drugs, alcohol, obesity, depression could help. Federally subsidized jobs for youth would help. Recycling would help. Alternative energy fed/state grants would help. Regular town hall meetings would help. An annual fair and street fairs would help. And, encouragement of all forms of small business is a necessary part of partnership with the inevitable growth of big business. Thanks for reading.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:51 a.m.
  • Lets add a few things to this.

    Could the legal problems within Victoria be a factor in this??

    Could the High Drop Out Rate be a factor in this???

    Could the local problems and unending issues be a factor??

    December 21, 2010 at 11 p.m.
  • What people must understand is that there is nothing here for people to move to. Why do we continue to kid ourselves? This is an old oil field town that went bye-bye when the bust hit in the '80's. The population growth is primarily in the poverty striken areas of this town, because of the hoards of people searching for convenience to medical care and social services. It also doesn't help that our schools are in such terrible shape. VISD hurts our chances at ever attracting any type of high end industry. Professionals are never going to transfer their children to a school district that has as many issues as VISD. As long as VISD is Academically unacceptable, and the current schools that they built don't even have enough room to house classes that normal high schools have, then your always going to struggle to attract families. Houston Highway, one of our major thoroughfares is probably one of the most disgusting and unsightly roads anywhere! Start cleaning up the crime, the schools, and the unsightly buildings and maybbe you will attract some families and new business. Until then, keep dreaming!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
  • BS Spotter.

    The clue of that is in the Editorial in support of the so-called Commission.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:14 p.m.

  • Doesn't Kaminski head the department responsible for the hike and bike trail to nowhere? What about the lack of sidewalks for new schools? What about the lack of foresight regarding the traffic flow around the new high schools?

    Please cite WHAT jobs Victoria lost to WHICH Metro areas, Mr. Kaminski. And your excuse for annexation? Hogwash! It was simply done to increase tax revenue, not for some "Master Plan" for the City's future.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:41 p.m.
  • Fireup: "Well, voting the same guys (Armstrong - Pozzi) back into office is not much help."

    You're giving those guys way too much credit. There are plenty other central planners who deserve merit badges (yellow badges of scourge?).

    December 20, 2010 at 3:59 p.m.
  • nietzsche: "I would love to pay more taxes... to have downtown rejuvenation..."

    For what purpose, and to whose benefit?

    "All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
    —Friedrich Nietzsche

    December 20, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.
  • Well, voting the same guys (Armstrong - Pozzi) back into office is not much help.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:15 p.m.
  • The eplosion of growth is in the Loan Shark Sector. They use cute
    names like 'payday loans", 'car title loans' and least we forget
    the plethora of rent to own centers. They all disclose that they are not fanancial institutions so that our goverment wont enforce usury laws against them.
    How about the over 25 dollar stores in the city?

    December 20, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.
  • You might want to look outside of the city. What about the county population or the surrounding area. Last I knew our 7 county region had about 250,000 population. This info is available at the Workforce.

    December 20, 2010 at 12:34 p.m.
  • the chinese cartels are taking over!

    December 20, 2010 at 12:01 p.m.
  • Lack? UH, I thought I read "Lack's new jobs"

    December 20, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.
  • there's apparently a boom in chinese buffets. with three new ones opening soon i wonder if the ratio of chinese buffets to population is sustainable.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:44 a.m.
  • @ cobraden: to answer your question, I would love to pay more taxes for the following: to get sidewalks on all neighborhood roads. To have bike lanes so children can come to schools and colleges safely. To have downtown rejuvenation and access to pedestrians so we all can feel civilized. and lastly to have professional help provided to people like you.

    December 20, 2010 at 9:40 a.m.
  • Ever think about the outlandish tax rates imposed on the people of this town and how it impedes growth?
    Ever wonder about how the tingods that govern this town impede growth?
    Ever wonder how the infrastructure of this town impedes growth?

    It's a never ending story...

    December 20, 2010 at 8:20 a.m.