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Disaster Funds For Churches, And Road Design Contributing To Speed-Related Crashes: The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of The Week’s News

Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of this week’s news.


A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to a rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all.

This week, our panel weighs in on a rule change allowing area churches to receive FEMA relief funds if they were damaged by flooding from Harvey, and a study suggesting how Houston roads are designed is encouraging drivers to speed — and therefore crash — more often.

Our panel of non-experts this week includes:

  • Wayne Ashley, academic adviser, digital media strategist, and editor of
  • Vlad Davidiuk, communications director for the Harris County Republican Party
  • Monica Richart, attorney and community education advocate