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"Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent
alliances with any portion of the foreign world.."
George Washington (1796)
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should
be our motto."
Thomas Jefferson (1799)
"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States
in violation of our laws is a serious national problem
detrimental to the interests of the United States." -
Ronald Reagan, 1981
never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It
does so because honor is, finally, about defending those
noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if
it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean
social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution,
or as always, even death itself. The question remains:
What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What
is worth living for?" -
William J. Bennett in a
lecture to the U. S. Naval Academy, Nov 24, 1997
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November 2015 Election Info -
Taking part in the political process is
NOT an option... It is a responsibility.
10-12-2015: Q&A since
last post... Some questions asked of me and my
answers/opinions from the Voting Schedule page and my opinion about
Q: What is the Debt of the City?
A: The scheduled Debt Liability payments show payments of
$172,720,627.47 thru 2032.
to see the current debt summary and data. This current debt is the
principle ($137,255,000.00) and Interest ($35,465,627.47) for these
payments thru 2032 according to the 2014-2015 Annual Budget.
If all these new Bonds pass in this November 2015 election, then the principle
will nearly double with $135 million in new bond principle (debt).
Q: Why don't you like any of the Bond proposals?
A: The projects are NOT necessary and I think it is not worth
accruing more debt. I think with budgeting, the city can
continue paying the current average annual payments of about $17
million and get out of debt in about 7-8 years and start to save
about $15 million a year or use this money to pay as they go.
The ONLY project I think should be done (hopefully without Bonds) is
the Fire and Police projects. However, $10.5 million sure
seems like a lot. Again, Understand what
are... Click here
to see the current debt summary and data. Remember, they
want more money because they have spent everything they have
10-09-2015 - Well, it's time for an "I told you so..." As I said two years ago. The voters gave up their right to vote in the 2013 Texas Constitutional Amendment election when they allowed
a stupid appointing option with
Amendment 7 from the 2013 election... Now
in the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD....
The following is from
the Branch. At Thursday's C-FBISD School Board meeting
(10-8-2015), the board voted by 5-2 margin to change the election
procedures for Trustee positions. The effort was led by Frank Shor, with
VOTING FOR: Shor, Cline, Goode, Mathews and Watten.
VOTING AGAINST: Schackmann, Fleming.
The approved settlement may have set a new precedent as
to how one can secure a seat on the school board. You simply sue the
district to get appointed. Yes, that is exactly what happened!
The agreed settlement terms are:
Change to Cumulative Elections - which means if there are
3 seats open each voter gets 3 votes. They can put all 3 votes on 1
candidate or spread them across multiple candidates.
A sitting (elected) Trustee must resign, effective
immediately. - Nancy Watten was the sacrificial lamb.
The lawsuit plaintiff, Guillermo Ramos, was appointed to
the board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation and he is required
to run for election in May.
The district agreed to do a promotional campaign
(presumably targeted at minorities) to registered voters and get voters out
The district agreed to send a press release announcing a
settlement and praising Mr. Ramos for bringing the issue up (suing our
CFBISD must PAY $60,000 in legal fees to the Brewer
Storefront, PLLC. (This is the same firm that has sued Farmers Branch
There were as many as 75 community
member present and nearly 40 voiced opposition to the settlement. Both of the
Districtís TX State Representatives as well as several current and former
councilmen and many community leaders were present. They were nearly unanimous
in opposition and/or in asking the school board to slow down and carefully
consider all things.
It appears that the majority of this school board has
no regard for the people that have elected them or for their designated
responsibilities. This MUST change! They clearly disregarded the will of the
people last night.
09-29-2015: November Election Info -
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