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The 28th Amendment and the Richmond Strip: Thursday’s Show (July 23, 2015)

There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition and another repeals it. From time to time, citizens call for […]

There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first ten, of course, are the Bill of Rights, which address matters ranging from speech to religion to guns. The other seventeen Amendments include one dedicated to abolishing slavery, others ensure voting rights, one establishes Prohibition and another repeals it.

From time to time, citizens call for a new Constitutional Amendment – one that might, for instance, outlaw desecrating the flag, or might declare equal rights on the basis of gender, establish term limits for lawmakers, require a balanced budget or incorporate prayer in public schools.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we want to know what’s so important to your life in Houston that you would add it to the Constitution. If you could personally ratify a 28th Amendment, what would it say?

We welcome your suggestions, and then discuss the ramifications of your ideas (and whether they’ve been raised before) with Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, and Dr. Jon Taylor, Chair and Professor in the political science department at the University of St. Thomas.

Also this hour: Back in the 1980’s and early 1990’s the “Richmond Strip” (Richmond Avenue close to the Galleria area) was a vibrant place. Young professionals who worked in the Galleria were moving into new apartments there. But then, additional development seemed to pass the strip by, while it has remained about the same. That might be about to change though, as Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin will tell us.

Plus: Adapting Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick for the stage can bring with it some unique challenges. You need ships and sailors, some representation of water — but the biggest challenge may well be how to present a great white whale. Houston’s Horse Head Theatre has devised a unique solution. Michael Hagerty will have a report.

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