Congressional Town Hall Yesterday I attended Rep. Michael Burgess' Town Hall meeting. I've got some video that I'm still processing. The major topics of the meeting were the newly passed climate bill with its "Cap and Trade" provisions, and health care reform. Apparently talk radio has been riling people up about this, convincing people that it will be the end of America as we know it.
Recently there was a bit of "controversy" because at the 6/18 Swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Councilman John Gorena, there was a lack of quorum for approximately 15 minutes, delaying the ceremony. Gorena had brought in a bunch of family and guests to witness the ceremony.
Councilman Watts was out of town, and Councilman Tierney had an emergency at his restaurant. Tierney did show up and the swearing in (or affirmation) did occur.
In a recent blog posting by former Mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson, Councilman Tierney (who was challenged by Gorena last year for his seat) was accused of being discourteous and tacky. Lathan Watts, who was absent, was not mentioned. It takes 3 Councilmembers to constitute a quorum. One seat was vacant due to Ueckert's election to Mayor.
Councilman Watts moved to hold the meeting on June 18th at 7 o' clock. Several councilmembers can be heard to be confused about whether it was 7pm or 7am. When Watts confirms 7pm, Tierney expresses concern that he can't commit to 7pm because Thursday nights are busy at his restaurant:
Councilman Tierney: "Oh, no that doesn't work for me, but if you have a quorum..."
Mayor Ueckert: "All we need is a quorum..."
Councilman Watts: "Right, that's..."
Mayor Ueckert: "I will be here whenever you determine."
Councilman Watts: "I'm asking for 7pm - it's after normal business hours... it's easier ... I understand Councilman Tierney's predicament... if we have everybody else."
So, what we have here is Councilman Watts actually making the motion to hold the canvass at 7 pm because it's easier for his schedule. Then he was unable to make it. Councilman Tierney clearly stated that he would be unable to do it.
Still, Tierney tried to make it, but as he mentioned to the Lewisville Leader, he had a large party of about 25 guests come into his restaurant at that time. Tierney runs a lean staff and was unprepared for that many guests.
Still, while things were melting down at his restaurant, he peeled away for a few minutes to go down to city hall and approve the canvass so that Gorena could be sworn in.
What might be better in the future is to canvass the votes in one meeting, and swear in the incoming councilman at another later meeting.
U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R, Lewisville) will be hosting several "town hall" events this summer. The events are taxpayer sponsored and the general public is invited to attend, whether or not you agree with the views of our current representative. The 26th Congressional District covers most of Denton County, and parts of Tarrant and Cooke Counties. Lewisville straddles the 26th and 24th districts.
His initial postings seem to be very well written, which is no surprise from someone of his caliber. We've added his link to the "Other Good Websites" section in the left-hand navigational bar of this site. We wish him the best of luck with it.
In November of 2007, I wrote about a new political party, the Get Out of Our House (GOOOH) Party. Just recently, founder Tim Cox sent me a couple of copies of his book, "Revolution! Get Out of Our House".
Though I don't think there is any danger of me leaving the Democratic Party, I must say that I'm intrigued and impressed with the out-of-the-box thinking that Tim Cox and the GOOOH supporters embrace. The GOOOH party is more about changing the order of business than it is about a specific platform.
I've started reading it, with the hopes of posting a review at some point. Since I have two copies, I'd like to give one away to a reader.
If you are interested in reading the book, and wouldn't mind providing some commentary, let me know and I'll give you one of the books.
Kim Peters, President and Founder of The Prom Shop Project, will speak on the topic of “Women and Philanthropy” at the Democratic Women of Denton County’s inaugural event on Sunday, June 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lewisville Municipal Annex Community Room, 1197 W Main Street in Lewisville.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their gently worn prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories to donate to the Prom Shop Project. Tax receipts will be available. Volunteers will collect, clean and provide formal dresses to students who are unable to afford them.
Recently on his campaign website, former mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson alleged that the City of Lewisville was hiring illegal aliens via the contractor it chose for the Serendipity Village street improvement. Edmondson went down to the worksite at Kent Dr., and attempted to speak to some workers, whom he says he could not understand. Based on the inability to understand them – and one would presume that the workers in question probably appeared to be Hispanic – Edmondson leaps to the conclusion that they must be illegal.
"Not a single worker spoke English. When I attempted to ask the workers at Kent Dr. just a few days ago, I was again thrust into a modern day Babel, as I could not understand a single worker. Imagine if there were some emergency at the site. The English speaking residents wouldn't be able to communicate with any of the workers. That's not good.
As citizens, we've been asking our city leaders to do something about our illegal alien problem and we've been told that the city is doing everything it can do. We know that's not true. I thought they were simply being negligent, but now I see that they're actually complicit."
"It would contaminate our entire system before we would even know it," he said.
Mayor Weger is talking about a pit that is filled with natural gas and oil drilling waste. It is proposed to be placed at the site of a rock quarry just outside town. The mayor said the spot is right on top of the aquifer that supplies the town's drinking water.
Darren Fenoglio, of Fenco Contractors Group, hired an engineer, Grant Jackson Naismith, to design the disposal facility.
"Well, as a result of this facility, I'm not sure any of us can give a 100 percent guarantee on anything in life," Grant said when asked if he could give a guarantee that the town's drinking water won't be tainted as a result of the facility.
Fenoglio promises state of the art containment and said that drilling waste is often simply dumped on top of empty land, which then sterilizes it due to its high chloride content.
Four years ago, Far North Dallas liberals clamored for a group they could belong to where political agendas were checked at the door, and liberals ideas could flow alongside a few pints of beer. The Addison chapter of the national phenom, Drinking Liberally, was formed.
June 18th marks the 4th anniversary of the longest continuously running Drinking Liberally chapter in the Metroplex, dead center in the “conservative enclave” of northern Dallas County. “We have come a long way since 7 of us sat down at Snookie’s in North Dallas and decided to discuss failing national policies over some drinks,” said founding member John McClelland. “We’ve grown by leaps and bounds since 2005, growing to a chapter with over 300 people on its email list, and regular meetings of 15 to 20 people at The Quarter in Addison. I think it has been a successful concept, since we don’t tell you what to think or what to drink.”