After a public comment period, the Lewisville City Council is now scheduled to again take up the issue of passing proposed changes to the city's Oil and Gas drilling ordinance.
Among other things, the new ordinance would require additional landscaping, change how it regulates noise pollution, require a road usage agreement, and loosen restrictions on flaring and night-time flowback operations.
The company was charged with a host of ripoffs of taxpayers: "Upcoding," or inflating the seriousness of illnesses treated on billings to Medicare; unneeded blood tests; padding of home health care bills; inflated Medicare cost reports; wound-care centers that tried to foist marketing costs onto taxpayers; and kickbacks to doctors to induce them to refer patients to Columbia/HCA hospitals, which is illegal.
Eventually, the company pleaded guilty to 14 felonies and paid $1.7 billion to settle the criminal and civil cases. The New York Times, which unveiled many of the rip-offs, described Scott's downfall as almost "a Greek tragedy." His associates said his brilliance was undone by his arrogance and aggressiveness, The Times reported in 1997.
Now the same guy who ripped off the taxpayers is starring in his own ads attacking President Obama's Health Care Reform plan. Perhaps there's not enough "something for nothing" in it to appeal to Mr. Scott and the rest of the GOP?
What: Lewisville City Council and School Board Candidates for LISD appear in a forum so you can meet them and see what they're about. When: Tonight, Thursday April 2nd, 2009 - 6:30 PM Where: Lewisville Municipal Annex, Community Room - On Main Street attached to the Library. Who: Local residents who want to know who they're voting for on May 9th.
A friend of ours passed along these one-liners from an email forward. Though they've been around for years, they're worth a chuckle, and certainly will lighten the mood around here, given all of the recent political coverage:
Lewisville Mayoral Candidate Winston L. Edmondson, Jr. acknowledged today on his website that he had never voted in a Lewisville municipal election:
I am ashamed to admit that I allowed the distractions of my career and family get in the way of my civic duty and I have not voted in local elections. Lewisville has a population of over 92,000, but fewer than 1,000 typically turn out to vote in our local elections. We all lead busy lives and it's very easy to assume that we're in good hands and that voting doesn't matter. I was wrong to assume that, and I regret it.
After battling some strange new computer virus earlier in the week that my AV software only detected after the 2nd update of the day, I thought I might be able to get by on my 5 year old laptop for just a little while longer.
This morning, as if to say "let me die in peace", my old rig once again failed to boot. It has been in the other room running diagnostics all morning.