Oct 14, 2009


In Philip R. Klein's latest article entitled "Nanny" (there have been at least six in the past) on the Southeast Texas Political Review, he derides a simple county ordinance that requires homeowners in the unincorporated parts of Jefferson County to post visible address numbers on their home:
Anyone who knowingly fails to post appropriate address numbers may face punishment as a Class C misdemeanor. Residents are expected to fully comply with this order not later than November 15, 2009.
Philip provides this intellectuarl analysis of the ordinance:
Ohhhhh.....Nanny got mad. Nanny lost her temper. If you do not do what Nanny said - in the way Nanny said and the instructions are not followed by you given to you by Nanny - well Nanny is going to tax you and you will have to go to.....Nanny's judge. And then the Judge will take your allowance to teach you a lesson.
Despite Philip's self-inflated experience with EMS, he's apparently never been on an emergency call looking for the proper address in the rural parts of the county.

Perhaps if the residents of the Bolivar Peninsula were required to post their house numbers, first responders could have found all of the bodies Klein claimed were missing after Hurricane Ike:
Our sources tell the Southeast Texas Review that over 300 bodies will be found.
According to the National Hurricane Center's report issued Jan. 23, 2009:
The latest official counts and media reports indicate that 20 people died in Texas,

Louisiana, and Arkansas as a direct result of Ike. Twelve fatalities have been reported in Galveston and Chambers Counties, Texas, where the worst storm surge occurred, and several bodies were found within debris fields on the bay side of the Bolivar Peninsula, on Goat Island, and on the north side of Galveston Bay in Chambers County.
Philip also predicted that building permits for Bolivar Peninsula wouldn't be issued until last month:
1 year - The time period that we hear it will be before any permits for building are issued on Bolivar and Crystal Beach.
From the Galveston Daily News, Oct. 1, 2009:
County building official Sean Welsh said more than 2,400 construction permits were issued in the year since Ike came ashore. Of those, 1,600 were for repairs to houses damaged by the storm and another 250 were to replace houses Ike washed away.
I digress, but Philip's banal preoccupation with minor but useful county ordinances, divorces, and spelling errors in the Port Arthur News have little to do with real politics in Southeast Texas.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Get a life, Phil: The state law was a Slam Dunk, passed not only to speed aid to those who need it but to promote efficiency and improve the safety of the responders.