Jul 7, 2008

A Case of Misdirection

For my "Open Letter to Caroline Klein," follow this link.

Philip R. Klein writes in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

However, it is interesting to watch according to town leaders. The guys that call themselves dedicated servants to the city that most of the townspeople seem to love and hold high - walked off the job when the going got a little hard for the sleepy town in East Texas.

Oh, look! It's another sleepy little town in East Texas! 

While Philip takes pot shots at the city's police force, readers should note the real issues. According to KBTV 4:

City officials tell KBTV-4 that all officers resigned; the last officer worked his final shift Monday morning. The Police Chief is said to be on vacation and will be back to work on Thursday. This comes after the city cut the hours of city employees to cover the high cost of fuel.

Officials are hoping the cut in hours will help save thousands of dollars. Council member Frank George says the council voted to cut 16 hours per month for every city employee. 

Philip's so-called take:

This is America and if these guys do not like what the city can offer as pay - they can get another job. The chief will hire some officers and the county can cover for a few days while the chief gets back from vacation. And that is that. A smaller police department working smarter. Out with the old and in with the new. And that is that.

Philip is speaking out of both sides of his mouth again - with the high price of gasoline, tax payers can expect to pay more for the same services they now enjoy.  Philip's notion of "a smaller police force working smarter" is gibberish - a two-person department can only do so much, no matter how smart they work.

I wouldn't want to live in any city where the officers on the front line are paid minimum wage for essentially what amounts to a part-time position.  No raises are one thing, but a cut in pay for a job where officers risk their life on a daily business is another.

But, Philip often claims he supports the officers on the street.

While PRK comments on the issue of the Kirbyville Fire Department, he failed to mention two other much bigger stories about which he's had much to say in the past. 

Here's one of those "FLASHBACKS" of which Klein is so fond from June 10, 2008:

The Southeast Texas Political Review has been told over the weekend that complaints have been filed with the Texas Ethics Commissioner on Willie Bae Lewis. According to the source, Lewis "violated two election codes."

It's interesting to note that Philip didn't say which one of the eight TEC Commissioners this was filed with, but since the complaints weren't filed properly according to TEC guidelines, that's probably why the TEC has no record of these complaints.

On Monday, May 19, 2008, Philip wrote of Wille Bae Lewis:

Another source who spoke to the Review this morning told us that Willie's intent is to take as much time and money of the city [sic] and try to bring it down some more.

That didn't happen either, since Lewis quietly packed up his belongings and left the building.

However, Philip missed the real story behind his story in the Port Arthur City Council Chambers. From the Beaumont Enterprise:

An ousted Port Arthur city councilman's dispute of his loss in the city's May election will be heard in a trial June 28, a judge ordered Monday.

Carroll "Cal" Jones, defeated by Elizabeth Segler, sued her after the May 10 election, claiming city election administrators improperly excluded mail-in ballots that could have swung the Position 2 race in his favor.

Isn't it ironic that even though Philip claims he's wired into sources in the Port Arthur City Hall, they somehow missed that big story.  As it turns out, Willie Bae wasn't really the story after all.

Here's another "FLASHBACK" for Philip from January 15, 2008, where he wrote of the jail dispute between Jefferson County and the City of Port Arthur:

And so war starts between the elected officials of Port Arthur Texas and commissioners court in Jefferson County.

He followed this up with a Tidbit on January 18, 2008,

Folks this is going to get good and bloody and we like good and bloody politics!

From Channel Four:

Jail Fees Dispute Between Port Arthur & Jefferson County Ends

Port Arthur has paid up and Jefferson County now has $250,000 in its coffers. County Commissioners accepted the money as part of a compromise settlement that ended a longtime dispute between the County and Port Arthur. The county had sued Port Arthur for being delinquent in paying for its city prisoners housed at the county jail. Port Arthur had refused to pay for inmates with class "A" and "B" misdemeanors since 2004. As part of the compromise, Jefferson County has dropped its lawsuit, and Port Arthur has agreed to pay the same jail fees as the other cities in Jefferson County.

Not only did I miss the bloodletting, but I apparently missed the entire war! Philip has no comment; instead, he's throwing rocks at the Kirbyville Police Department.

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