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It’s been three months since the Beaumont Independent School District sent 82 employees to New Orleans for the National Alliance of Black School Educators conference and all of the records have still not been reconciled properly or made available for inspection.

A review of several hundred pages of documents made available to The Examiner has raised serious questions about what is permitted and paid for on a school-sanctioned trip. Some BISD board members are calling the trip an “all-expenses-paid vacation,” and that might be what it was.

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Something stinks at City Hall, and it’s emanating from the third floor – Beaumont City Attorney Tyrone Cooper’s office.What is it?

Ironically, it’s not a plea deal that let Kendrick Perkins walk away with only a slap on the wrist, if anything, after being charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Sure, Perkins got a deal that few, if any, in Beaumont would have been able to get unless, they too were an NBA star.

But what really stinks is the way City Attorney Tyrone Cooper and his office handled the case.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice this week trying to force enforcement of the state’s new voter ID law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification before voting. Although the Voter ID bill was declared an “emergency” by Gov. Rick Perry before the last legislative session, it cannot be enforced until it is “precleared” by the DOJ.

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When the Republican governor of Nebraska raised objections last fall to the Keystone XL pipeline because it crossed the Ogallala Aquifer – that state’s major source of fresh water for drinking and agriculture – you’d think it might have blunted talk that President Obama was a job-killer who hated the internal combustion engine and the fuel that makes it go.

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During three public hearings this past week, some members of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees were more concerned about past transgressions than they were about the will of the people to change from a seven single-member districts to five single-members districts with two at-large positions.

The people have spoken, and it is time that board members stuck in the past give way to the future and stop looking back. Yes, there were egregious acts that took place for which there was no excuse. It was wrong and it was changed.

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