Oct 12, 2008

Two Stupid Examples

I had a hard time determining whether Philip meant the two examples in his article, or Philip R. Klein and the other Philip R. Klein that make up the "we" with which he commonly refers to himself.

Example 1

Philip castigates the City of Beaumont for its failure to sell the building at 750 Pearl, which formerly housed the Postal Encoding Center:

This entire matter of buying buildings and thinking that government can solve it is simply crazy. 

Typically, Philip's facts are as confused as his opinions. The City of Beaumont doesn't own that building, rather it' s owned by Jefferson County. Neither did the county pay for it; instead, Vic, Ben, Nate, and Sol Rogers donated the building to the city in in the mid-90s at no cost to Jefferson County, who promptly leased it to the U.S. Postal Service. This generated a tidy profit over the years until the Postal Encoding Center closed.

As the Beaumont Enterprise article clearly pointed out, the county failed to advertise the property nationally.  Philip doesn't mention this, but resorts to the "same old think, over and over and over again:"

Here is a reality check for the Enterprise and Commissioners. Nobody wants to move into Jefferson County. It is ANTI-BUSINESS. Taxes are high, crime is high (ask FEMA Reps in Port Arthur) and there is NO TRAINED WORKFORCE.

Question for Philip: If Jefferson County is as "ANTI-BUSINESS" as you claim, why is your business located here?  The City of Port Arthur has approximately 30 tax-abatement agreements currently in effect - both the City of Beaumont and Jefferson County have more.  This is clearly not "ANTI-BUSINESS" as you claim.

Example 2

Philip comments on "Park Street" in Port Arthur:

Seemingly there is a street called "Park Street" that is privately owned by a few lawyers and Doctors. They are mad because seemingly the public is driving their cars and trucks down the private road. In the normal wear and tear of everyday driving - the road has failed. So - instead of fixing the private road that they own - the are forcing the city into fixing it on the threat of a lawsuit.

Actually, Philip is referring to Park Plaza, not Park Street. 

This private section stretches between 34th and 39th streets, but still handles heavy traffic by motorists who are either unaware of the street's status, or simply disregard the private nature of that section.

I'm not sure what the proper solution is, since the road is used as a normal street by local residents.  I'm sure of this however: the City of Port Arthur's agreement to spend up to $15,000 in repairs seems to be very business-friendly. 

Typically, Philip has come down on both sides of the fence.

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