Thursday, July 19, 2012

The great debate of 2012

First came the great debates in ancient Greece among philosophers trying to make sense of the world and the nature of man.

Then came the debates of the Roman Senate.

Don't forget the Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858.

And what about Kennedy and Nixon in 1960?

Now we may have the most grandiose debate yet. Two heavy hitters will square off in Houston on Sunday morning to debate the issues on the minds of Harris County voters. The debate will play out in three acts on KRIV-26, at 6:10 a.m., 6:40 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. One of the moderates will be HCCLA President Chris Tritico.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the candidates for Harris County District Attorney, Mike Anderson and Lloyd Oliver. Mr. Anderson would like to erase the last four years and return to the good ol' boy days of Chuck Rosenthal (you remember how that turned out) and Mr. Oliver who won the Democratic primary by "dumb luck."

Viewers, and other interested folks, may pose questions to the candidates through KRIV-26's Facebook page anytime this week or even during the debate.

Of particular interest to me is how Mr. Anderson proposes to handle the county's largest mental health care provider - the Harris County Jail - and what Mr. Oliver thinks about barratry prosecutions.

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