Editorial: We recommend Dan Huberty for state House District 127

In his decade in the Texas Legislature, State. Rep. Dan Huberty has emerged as a powerful voice on issues facing Texas schools and schoolchildren.

The Republican lawmaker served as chair of the House Committee on Public Education and was the prime driver of House Bill 3, the landmark 2019 school finance reform package that increased per-student funding, gave teachers raises, and helped fund full-day pre-K for eligible 4-year-olds.

“If we don’t do this, we’re failing our kids,” Huberty said when the education overhaul was unveiled.

That commitment to education has made Huberty an effective lawmaker who has served his district, which includes Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita, well. Huberty’s expertise and influence on education issues will be all the more important in the upcoming session as Texas school districts grapple with pandemic-related costs and the challenges of virtual schooling.

Huberty also helped secure a $30 million grant for a dredging program in the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston through the Texas Water Development Board, an effort to alleviate the flooding that has hit the district in recent years.

That is why we are recommending voters send Huberty back for another term representing House District 127.

Huberty, 52, also served on the Humble ISD School Board for five years and has served effectively on a variety of committees in previous sessions of the Legislature.

That experience has taught him the necessity of working across the aisle to get legislation passed.

“I passed the most reformative education bill that the state of Texas has seen in the last 30 years with unanimous support from the House and from the Senate,” Huberty told the editorial board during the primary race. “You gotta work with everybody.”

Huberty’s record shows that he not only works with everybody, but he also works for the people of his district.

His opponent in the race is Libertarian Neko Antoniou.

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Dan Pearson’s Japanese forest garden offers a fresh and sensitive approach to horticulture

She writes: “When we grow perennials, we sometimes meet a moment of chaos… Chaos can be romantic in the garden, but on the other hand it can soon look tired. We enjoy the time we have had with the plants so far and then we make a bold step change at the right time for the garden.”

A reverence for the right time permeates the Millennium Garden. As part of her training, Shintani worked as a traditional gardener, where she learned “self-discipline, diligence and devotion”. This ethic underpins everything carried out at Tokachi.

Gardeners often carry out tasks silently, in awe of the mountains that dominate the landscape. There is, too, a constant awareness of every season. We are familiar with the idea that cherry blossom is celebrated in Japan, but the 72 seasonal changes recorded in the ancient Japanese calendar provide regular prompts to respect the beauty of evanescence.

Throughout the turning year, there is a phrase for each five-day shift: “The earthworms rise, The plums turn yellow, white dew on the grass.” This close observation is a constant reminder of the passing of time, of the coming of death to us all.

But each natural change is also a cause for celebration. Under the veranda of the Garden Café is a display table, an encouragement to look closely at an arrangement of whatever foliage, flowers, or produce is in season.

Pearson has brought home much of what he has absorbed from Tokachi. In his West Country base at Hillside, the land is worked only enough to support the life he shares with his partner, Huw Morgan, who acted as editorial and creative director of this beautiful book. (Commitment to the Japanese aesthetic was also shared by Julie Weiss, the book’s designer.)

Pearson says that through the experience, “we have learnt to prize the small and the fleeting”. At this time of year, pears are gathered and spaced out on a wooden table. Dahlias are picked, each in its own small vase for closer inspection.

Satoyama is practised in the garden, where a dialogue is being established with nature that aims for balance and diversity. At Hillside, repetitive tasks are celebrated, the pace of life is slower and modest undiscovered beauty waits to be revealed. The influence of Japan has been potent.

Tokachi Millennium Forest by Dan Pearson (£40, Filbert Press). Order your copy from books.telegraph.co.uk. 

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