Opinion

A four-month battle over public records that should have been released involving the arrest of NBA star Kendrick Perkins is still being fought in Judge Layne Walker’s court, but the truth is the fight is more about the cover-up at the highest levels of city government than it is about Perkins’ behavior and statements on the videos from that night.

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It has often been said the rich man dances while the poor man pays the fiddler. With the the Supreme Court’s recent Citizen United opinion, money is more influential and important in politics than ever before in the history of America. A perfect example of how multi-millionaires and billionaires are influencing America can easily be found in an organization primarily sponsored by the Koch brothers called the “American Legislative Exchange Council,” aka A.L.E.C.

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After writing about Texas, the Lone Star State, for two weeks now, I have received some delightful pieces of information about the state I call home. Ted and I also took a few days off and toured the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. All of the locals we spoke to in Burnet, Marble Falls, around lakes LBJ, Inks and Buchanan, in Llano, Leander, Mason County, and at Enchanted Rock assured us that the bluebonnets were the prettiest they had been in over a decade.

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The Jefferson County District Attorney has been asked to investigate State Board of Education member David Bradley after two fundraisers for his reelection campaign featured a prominent political leader who also publishes instructional materials used in Texas public schools.

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After writing my original article about the state I call home and dearly love, I received a good many comments from those who love her in like manner. Some shared clippings, other writings, lists of things, and their own words about the great state of Texas. I enjoyed reading every one of them and share a kindred spirit with so many who wrote. I’ve also had the opportunity of meeting some real “Texas characters,” and believe me, when I say we have our share of those, too.

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The United Postal Service was created by the Continental Congress in 1775 under the leadership and espousal of Benjamin Franklin. It has existed ever since, furnishing a variety of convenient services to the people of America for well over 200 years.

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The fight between The Examiner Newspaper and the city of Beaumont over records from the night Kendrick Perkins was arrested has little to do with Perkins and everything to do with city attorney Tyrone Cooper’s actions to keep the documents secret.

For months, Cooper has fought the newspaper and others to keep videos showing Perkins’ arrest from ever being viewed. Why? Most likely because Perkins let loose with a slew of curse words and incendiary remarks before and after he was taken into custody, according to police at the scene.

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Of late, in conversations with my conservative leaning friends, I have detected a greater frequency of the use of the term “socialism.” From our extensive conversations, I am somewhat skeptical as to whether some of these friends really know the true definition of socialism. Webster, Wikipedia and others simply describe socialism as a method of government by which the government controls the means of production and distribution of wealth. As to distribution of wealth, the current tax system that favors the rich over the middle class is clearly a method of distributing wealth.

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“Government ought to be all outside and no inside. … Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places,and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.”

– Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

Last week was what is known as Sunshine Week in Texas – a time when governmental agencies are supposed espouse the importance of open dialogue and access to public documents and foster a more open relationship with the public.

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In the early 1960s in Texas, homeowner paid lower property taxes on their homes than homeowners in 45 other states. Currently, Texas property taxes are among the highest in the nation. There are several reasons for this change.

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