Mar 9, 2009

Shake Our Head

In today's Top Story on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein lapses into the "same old think, over and over and over again:"

And the beat goes on in Port Arthur, Texas. Dysfunction breeds dysfunction. You can spend millions and billions and you still have Port Arthur, Texas. And the money will run dry one day - and Port Arthur will drop off the map.

As evidence, Philip provides astounding news: Former Justice of the Peace Thurman Bartee is working as a substitute teacher:

We contacted our source at the PAISD that we use when things get heated up....and well....they did not want to talk other than to confirm that Bartee was employed. In fact, nobody would talk to us - except a parent that called into the Review.

"They hired that man. He abused our kids when he was judge and got fired. The school board hired him. I am sick over it," said the source.

Compare Philip's big story of Thurman Bartee's new job with the headline story in today's Beaumont Enterprise:

Obama's stimulus bill should impact local businesses, but owners are wondering how

By HEATHER NOLAN
March, 8, 2009

President Barack Obama has assured small businesses that they will benefit from $787 billion stimulus bill, but local business owners said they are unsure exactly what is in it for them.

Cara Kinchen, an owner of GiGi's, A Children's Boutique, on Dowlen Road, is among a number of local business owners waiting to see how the stimulus bill will affect her store.

"I don't know if it will help us directly, but I'm hoping it has an overall good effect on the economy," she said. "(I hope) it puts more money in people's pockets and increases their spending."

Henry Venta, Lamar University's college of business dean, said if the Recovery Act works the way it is supposed to, every business in the country should benefit, whether it's directly or indirectly.

"The whole idea of the stimulus is to get money in people's hands quickly, and that tends to help small businesses," Venta said. "The theory is that if you get money in people's hands, then it should pump up the economy, and small business is such an important part of the economy."

Oh look! Quotes that are actually attributed to someone!

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