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AARP Urges Burgess to Act Decisively on On Health Care

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/6 23:03:47 (3286 reads)

(Ed. Note: The following post is by neighbor and longtime Lewisville resident Kathy Aljoe, who is a volunteer for the American Association of Retired People.)

As the national conversation on health care reform reaches a tipping point, AARP volunteers in Lewisville are asking to have a conversation with Congressman Michael Burgess and his staff about the need for Congress to pass legislation to reform our health care system this year.

The national debate on health care reform has reached the moment of truth. Unemployment continues to rise, and skyrocketing medical costs are squeezing individuals, families, businesses, government and the nation as a whole. The nation’s broken health care system has finally reached the top of the nation’s agenda, and it’s time to tackle the problem.

In a recent TeleTown-hall meeting, Representative Burgess said that he prefers a consumer directed health plan, where employees contribute a small amount from each paycheck to be used when medical expenses arise. Consumers currently have this option; it’s called a medical savings account. The real problem is that many Americans can’t afford to set aside additional money for health care when they are already grappling with sky high premiums and deductibles.

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Early Voting Outpacing 2007 numbers

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/6 12:02:12 (1138 reads)

Early voting in the 2009 Lewisville City Council Runoff Election is continuing at a brisk pace, according to City Secretary Julie Heinze. As of Friday afternoon at 4pm, the unofficial count was 519 voters. Two days of early voting remain: Monday and Tuesday. By contrast the 2007 Runoff election between Ron Aljoe and Lathan Watts had only 495 early voters.

In this runoff election between John Gorena and TJ Gilmore, we endorse T.J. Gilmore.

Election day voting in the runoff will be Saturday, June 13. Any registered voter may vote, regardless of whether they voted in the first election.

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Sex Change Used to Allow Gay Marriage

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/2 23:50:00 (2827 reads)

Conservatives Warn Quick Sex Change Only Barrier Between Gays, Marriage

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We Endorse T.J. Gilmore for City Council, Place 4

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/2 23:29:15 (2189 reads)

For a couple of weeks now, I've been procrastinating from doing what I've meant to do, which is to post an endorsement of T.J. Gilmore in the runoff election for the Lewisville City Council, Place 4.

As is common for me when I feel strongly about something, I started writing, and writing and writing. And am nowhere near done with a very long dissertation of the reasons why.

But I just want to get this out there. T.J. is more than qualified to serve us on our City Council. He is an intelligent man who looks carefully at all angles of an issue before making a decision. He has the education, experience, and knowledge needed to make wise decisions for the long term benefit of the citizens of Lewisville, and that is his only agenda.

We may differ from Gilmore in political philosophy, or on certain issues, but on the balance, I believe he will serve us well, looking out for the economic development, safety, and well-being of our city.

So, although I do hope to later revise this post with an abridged version of my original endorsement, let me just for now add this blog to the long list of endorsers:

- Former Mayor Gene Carey
- Mayor Dean Ueckert
- Ms. Margie Rochelle
- Former Councilwoman Ronnie Cade
- Councilman David Thornhill
- Councilman Greg Tierney
- Mr. Doug Killough
- Dr. Scott McDearmont
- Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors

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Open Letter to Governor Perry on Renewable Energy

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/2 12:20:00 (1527 reads)

With permission of the author, I'm publishing this open letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry:

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Dear Governor Perry:
I hope that this letter finds you well, and thank you for your commitment to Texas and its citizens.

Congratulations to you and the rest of our Legislators on the recess of the 81st regular
session. While numerous issues were discussed and debated, numerous renewable energy items although they showed overwhelming support in the Senate, were lost to incorrect information, or bipartisan bickering.

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Lewisville City Council Notes - 6/1/2009

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/2 1:07:33 (1850 reads)

Open in new windowIt wasn't a huge or controversial agenda for tonight's Lewisville City Council meeting, but there was no shortage of entertainment.

Mayor Ueckert honored high school senior Emily White on being named a 2009 Presidential Scholar. She is an impressive young lady.

Farmers Branch requested a zoning change and some variances for their Camelot landfill, which is located in the Lewisville city limits. They want to start generating electricity from burning landfill gas rather than just flaring it off and wasting it. They expect to generate 3.2 MW of power with the improvements. All variances and the rezoning passed without objection.

The council voted to indefinitely table the public hearing for condemning a substandard house on College st. because the city staff have been successful in negotiating with the property owner to fix the problems.

A public hearing (sort of) was held regarding the city's juvenile curfew, originally adopted in 1994. Nobody had anything to say about it, so the hearing was closed without comment. A Fox 4 news photographer was outside chambers waiting to cover the issue, and seemed disappointed that nobody was there to fight it.

Here's where things got weird:
A public hearing for the consideration of amending an application for a federal grant for $151,565 for replacement of sanitary sewers on Edwards Street. This money would become available simply by declaring the project to be "shovel ready". In other words, someone writes a check, and shovels start turning dirt now. This is the kind of project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - a.k.a. "the stimulus bill", because the money would be spent rapidly and give the overall macro-economy a shot in the arm.

Councilmen Tierney, Thornhill, and Durham all voted for this free money, and Councilman Watts voted against it, giving no explanation at the time.

The Visitor/Citizen forum had no speakers.

The consent agenda was split so that another federal grant issue could be removed and voted on seperately. The consent agenda, aside from the grant item passed.

$913,000 Federal Money for Energy Efficiency Improvements
This agenda item was to authorize city staff to apply for $913,000 in free money from the Department of Energy. No matching funds would be required. Just ask for the money and get it. Then spend it on making the city more energy efficient.

This is money that we would get and not have to pay back, that we could invest in our city facilities so that we could lower our utility bills. Money that we could invest maybe in more fuel efficient fleet vehicles so that we could save money on fuel. Money that we could maybe use to install geothermal heating and air conditioning in city buildings. This is money that could be spent with local contractors who hire our residents.

This $913,000 to be paid for by the U.S. Taxpayer amounts to about 0.304 cents for every man, woman, and child in the United States. And it's money borrowed at basically just about the lowest possible interest rate you could have - probably less than about 2% interest.

On the other hand, were the city to borrow this money at its 3.78% interest rate, the amount of the principle would add up to about $9.82 per Lewisville resident.

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Texas Blog Roundup for Week ending 5/31/2009

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/6/1 8:00:00 (966 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

This week from the Texas Progressive Alliance blogs, emission from drilling are more than cars and airports, women are running things in Denton County, Liberty University Democrats lose their recognition, President Obama's political coalition leaves out the far-right and the poor, and much more on this weeks TPA Roundup.

This week’s roundup was compiled by Teddy from Left of College Station.

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Lewisville City Council Runoff Election, 2009

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/5/31 17:10:00 (1951 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville voters will soon go to the polls again to choose a new City Council member in a runoff election. Candidates T.J. Gilmore and John Gorena will face each other in a runoff since they were the top two vote-getters, and neither received a majority of the votes.

Any registered voter in the City of Lewisville may vote in the runoff election REGARDLESS of whether they voted in the original general election. Runoff elections generally have lower turnout though.

Council Member - Place 4 Special Election

John Gorena, 47Campaign Website
(Also on Facebook)
Our Interview
Thomas John (TJ) Gilmore, 36Campaign Website
(Also on Facebook)
Our Interview

This election is for the unexpired term of the seat vacated by Dean Ueckert, former Place 4 Councilman. Ueckert ran for and won the Mayor's seat in the May 9th election. The term of the Place 4 seat is until May, 2010, when the winner will again have to defend his seat. Lewisville has 5 At-large Council members, each elected by all of the voters of the city for 3 year terms. Council members are paid only $50 per twice-monthly meeting plus expense reimbursements.

Early Voting

Early voting is June 1 - 9. In Texas, any registered voter may vote early without giving a reason. You may vote early in any early voting location in Lewisville.

Early Voting Locations and Times:
- Lewisville City Hall
- Lewisville Municipal Annex

June 1-5 (M-F) 8 AM - 5 PM
June 8,9 (M-T) 7 AM - 7 PM

Election Day Voting

Runoff Election Day is June 13th, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. On election day, you must vote in your designated precinct polling location only.

Election-Day Polling Locations
- Lewisville City Hall (Precincts 113, 114, 138, 221, 224, and 309)
- Lewisville Municipal Annex (Precincts 300, 308, 310, 311, and 324)
- Memorial Park Recreation Center (Precincts 301, 305, 312, 315, 318, 319, 321, 4705, 4707, 4708 and 4709)
Your precinct # is printed on your voter card

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The Lege - Free entertainment, Train wreck, or Both?

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/5/26 19:48:05 (852 reads)

Hard to say, but it's hard not to watch it burn.

All because the House and Senate Republicans chose to place their voter suppression bills above their duty to the citizens of this state.

It is sad that today other priorities have to be sacrificed so that we can preserve the rights of Americans once again just to cast their vote without excessive hassle.

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Video: Obama Talks about Judge Sotomayor - Nominee for Supreme Court

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/5/26 18:59:06 (902 reads)

The President of the United States has a few words he would like to say about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, his Supreme Court nominee.

Now, some will say that she's an "activist" judge, and point to about a 4 second video clip of her speaking. Here's the whole thing, so you be the judge:

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