Thursday, August 21, 2014

Not All Texans Like Gov. Rick Perry

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The mainstream media would suggest that most Texas like Gov. Rick Perry with the exception of a few folks in areas like Travis County. While Gov. Perry is supported by a great number of Texans, there are some who simply do not like him because he comes across as arrogant. That said, after a special prosecutor indicted him on silly charges recently – almost everyone in Texas is supporting Gov. Perry now. Seems like that indictment had the opposite effect than what was intended.


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Man Killed By Dallas Police Last Night

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Only hours after a rally in downtown Dallas protesting police shootings, a man was shot and killed by police. No names have been released at this time, but the incident occurred in the parking lot behind the Grand Hotel located on Coit Road.


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Straughter Road Rage Murder Arrest

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A 25-year-old man was arrested yesterday in Houston and charged with murder after a road-rage incident. Travein Straughter was taken into custody on Wednesday. His bond was set at $50,000. The name of the victim has not been released at this time.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schwertner Killed In Multi-Vehicle Crash

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Hunter Schwertner and George Wilke both died in a multiple vehicle accident in Floyd County, Texas on Tuesday night. The wreck occurred on State Highway 207. Schwertner was a recent graduate of Floydada High School where he was the salutatorian of his class. George Wilke was a resident of of Post, Texas.


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Kelly Armstrong Charged With Murder

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The death of Autumn Armstrong on Monday has been ruled a homicide and a murder warrant for her husband Kelly has been issued. His attorney said Kelly is expected to turn himself into police by noon today. Autumn was found dead in her Navasota, Texas home on Monday.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rachel Newton Killed In Car Crash

16-year-old Rachel Newton, a student at Permian High School in Odessa, lost her life recently in a motor vehicle accident in New Hampshire. Her mother also died. Newton played in the band at Permian where her classmates were in a state of shock after learning about her death on Monday.


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Paul Barnard Hildreth Arrested

A man was arrested early Sunday morning in Big Spring after he allegedly broke into a home and began touching a young girl inappropriately. Paul Barnard Hildreth, a registered sex offender, was taken into custody around 2:30AM. This incident occurred inside a home located at Monticello and Pickens.


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San Antonio Power Failure Sunday

Late Sunday afternoon there was a major electrical power failure in San Antonio which effected thousands of residents. The area affected was near U.S. Highway 281 and Loop 1604. According to CPS Energy, the outage was caused by an short circuit that was created while repair crews were working on another problem.


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Cool Weather Is Welcome In August

I've lived in Texas all my life and one thing that has always been predictable is the weather in August is always hot. However, it appears that 2014 is changing that terrible reality in a really good way. The past couple of days, it has felt more like fall than August in the Lone Star state. While 2014 will probably not be the new norm going forward, it is certainly a welcome break from sweating and super high electricity bills.


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Jorge Vera Arrested On Drug Charges

A city council member from Laredo was arrested this week and charged with possession of an illegal drug. Jorge Vera was booking into the Webb County Jail where he posted a $1500 bond and was released. He was also charged with filing a false police report.


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Mikaly Leyva Hit / Killed By Car

2-year-old Mikaly Leyva died after being stuck by a car on Saturday. The 14-year-old driver of the car was not identified. Police said the accident occurred around 2:00PM at 23rd St. and Ave. J. in Lubbock. Allegedly there were also two passengers in the vehicle, both were 8-years-old.


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Riyaz Mazcuri Trafficking Arrest

A doctor who worked out of Kilgore has been arrested on an out-of-state warrant charging him with ‘forced labor conspiracy’. The Gregg County Sheriff's Office arrested Mazcuri on Thursday. According to the complaint filed against Mazcuri from a court in New York state, he and other co-conspirators lured women to the United States under false pretenses, confiscated their passports and forced them into prostitution.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Luis Aguirre Luna Jr. Shooting Arrest

29-year-old Luis Aguirre Luna Jr. was arrested last weekend near Plainview and charged with shooting two men. 48-year-old Jerry Mata and 43-year old Lorenzo Ramirez were shot and taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred on County Road V.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tychicus Sims Drowns In Lake

A young man drown in Keith Lake early Saturday morning near Port Arthur. 22-year-old Tychicus Sims allegedly dropped his fishing pole from a bridge into the water and jumped in to get it. Police believe the water current made it impossible for him to swim back to safety. His body was recovered a couple of hours after he went into the water.


Manuel Martinez-Chavarria Arrested

A San Antonio man has been arrested after his pickup truck slammed into a car killing two occupants inside. 22-year-old Manuel Martinez-Chavarria was taken into custody early Saturday morning. The wreck occurred on the upper level of I-10 West near West Hildebrand Avenue.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Alonso Nunez Killed In Car Wreck

A man from Smyer, a city near Lubbock Texas, lost his life this morning in a motor vehicle accident. 32-year-old Alonso Nunez died on Mallard Road around 9:00AM when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and struck a telephone pole. He was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.


Allen Jay Foste Suicide By Cop?

A Belton, Tx man is dead today after he was shot by deputies with the Bell County Sheriff's Office on Thursday night. 49-year-old Allen Jay Foste was shot and killed after he allegedly engaged the officers. Police were called to the scene by a 911 call saying a man was threatening suicide. His body was sent to Dallas for autopsy.


Bobby Colton Perkins Killed In Crash

An early morning traffic accident on Friday claimed the life of a young man from Decatur. 17-year-old Bobby Colton Perkins was killed when the pickup truck he was driving hit a tree on FM-455 in Denton County, ejecting him from the vehicle. Perkins died at the scene around 5:00AM. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating this fatal wreck.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Brody Stuart Killed In Gilmer Crash

A senior at Harmony High School lost his life in a car accident on Thursday. Brody Stuart died on Highway 154 near Gilmer, Texas when his Ford Mustang was hit by another car that was hydroplaning due to heavy rain. The driver of that vehicle, Anibal Munoz, also died from injuries suffered in this wreck.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Logan Houshmand, Age 26, LeTourneau University Student, Motorcycle Fatality

A Longview, Texas veteran and aviation graduate died on Friday in a motorcycle accident. This tragic wreck occurred on Delwood Street. Houshmand graduated, 3rd in his class, at LeTourneau University in May. As a U.S. Marine, he served his country with honor in Iraq. Friends, family and fellow veterans have spoken highly of Logan Houshmand's integrity. After graduation, he was offered a job at his alma mater in the aviation center. He will be missed by many.

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Stephen Wadsworth, Emily Word, Killed In San Angelo Car Crash

Richard Garcia III was arrested on Sunday in connection to a weekend wreck. Stephen Tyler Wadsworth, age 21, and Emily McKenna Word, age 22, both from San Angelo lost their lives in a collision allegedly caused by Richard Michael Garcia III. He has been charged with negligent homicide, DWI and reckless driving. This accident occurred in Tom Green County, Texas about 15-miles outside of San Angelo on Highway 67. Gary Dudley Lewis and Stacci Rai Norton suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both Wadsworth and Word died at the scene. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Raphael Flajole, Age 62, Run Over & Killed By Truck In Galveston

A man from Lake Orion, Michigan by the name of Raphael Flajole lost his life on Sunday when the driver of a pickup truck slammed into him as he was walking down the street in Galveston, Texas. Another pedestrian, 48-year-old Shane Sabala, was also hit – but is expected to make a full recovery at a local hospital. 49-year-old Kevin Wade Wilson, the driver of the pickup truck was arrested and charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault. His bond was set at $750,000. It is not known, at this time, if Wilson was driving under the influence of alcohol or any other type of drug.

Willie Peters, Gray Ghost Motorcycle Club, Killed In Houston Crash

A man from Shreveport, Louisiana died in a motorcycle crash near Houston, Texas on Saturday. 39-year-old William 'Willie' Peters was riding his motorcycle with three other friends in a Texas construction zone when debris was flung onto the roadway toward where they were riding. This event cause a chain-reaction wrecking all four motorcycles. Peters' died as a result of his injuries. He was a member of the Caddo Parish branch of the 'Gray Ghost Motorcycle Club' in Shreveport. Some of the other riders were also injured, including one whose leg had to be amputated.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Momma Dog Murdered, Puppies Left To Starve, Parker County

For a dog lover like me, stories of animal cruelty don't get any worse than what happen recently in Parker County, Texas. Someone, without a heart, shot a mother dog in the head and left her body and a litter of starving puppies there to die. Fortunately, a passerby saw those hungry puppies still trying to nurse their dead mother and rescued them. The little pups are all expected to survive thanks to a rescue organization called 'Angels and Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch' in Hico, Texas. I am about as mad as a person can be right now after learning about this terrible case of animal cruelty. Like many of you, Texas has been my lifetime home and when something like this happens – I just want to beat the heck out of the person responsible. The Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is outraged, as well. He is asking the public to please contact his office, if they know who committed this horrible crime. His telephone number is: (800) 233-3732.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thousands Of Skipjack Fish Die In Galveston Bay

It was quite a site last weekend as visitors to Galveston Bay were greeted with the sight of thousands of fish lying dead on the beach. Experts believe this massive fish kill-off was the result of oxygen depletion in the water. Government officials said it is not uncommon for thousands of fish to die this way each year. This incident occurred near the Galveston and Harris County line.

Monday, May 26, 2014

McLane Stadium 90 Days Till Competition

The excitement is building each day in Waco, Texas as the new home for the Baylor Bears football team nears completion. Hundreds of thousands of drivers on I-35 have been watching McLane Stadium take shape over the past year and with the first Baylor Bears home football game only three months away – it's easy to see changes occurring every single day. It's hard for Waco residents, like me, not to feel a sense of pride when driving by the new Baylor football stadium. The countdown clock today shows 95 days until McLane Stadium opens for business and it's going to be an exciting summer as the final touches take shape.

Weslaco Teen Shot By Homeowner After Traffic Accident

In the small Texas border town of Weslaco, an 18-year-old teenager was shot last weekend after he crashed his vehicle into the fence at a private residence. The teens name has not been released at this time, but it is known that he was transported to a nearby hospital. No arrests have been made at this time - but tensions have been high, in recent years, as drug trafficking and human smuggling have increased along the Texas / Mexico border. It's fair to say that thousands of U.S. residents who live near the Mexico border are scared to death as lawlessness spreads from one nation to another.

Rain Easing West Texas Drought Conditions

It's been many years since residents of West Texas have seen huge amounts of rain fall where they live, but over the next week to ten days significant rainfall is expected to arrive. It's not just farmers and ranchers who are suffering out west, but major cities like Lubbock are finding themselves facing terrible water shortage problems in the near future - if this drought does not break soon. Late yesterday, I pulled up the weather radar for the entire State of Texas and much to my delight I saw heavy rains falling in locations where little precipitation has been seen in many years. The bad news is there will not be enough rainfall over the next few days to erase a decade of below average precipitation. However, the good news is that anything is better than nothing and I'm sure God is being praised in many parts of West Texas right now.

Seaweed Covering Corpus Christi Beaches On Memorial Day

While I doubt it will detour many Texans who will travel to beaches in Corpus Christi today to celebrate Memorial Day, a larger than normal supply of seaweed will make getting to the water a little more tricky. According to local reports, there is more seaweed near Bob Hall Pier than on the shores of J.P. Luby beach. Just a friendly report for those of you who will be heading to the beach today. Enjoy!

Jose Guardado Killed In Bryan Shooting

24-year-old Jose Guardado was shot and killed this weekend on Groesbeck Street in Bryan, Texas. Police have arrested a suspect in this case, but have not yet released the identity of that person. When police arrived on the scene, they found Guardado critically injured with a gunshot wound to the chest. Funeral arrangements for Jose Guardado are pending.

Blake Long Killed In Lewisville Lake Boating Accident

31-year-old Blake Long from Little Elm, Texas died in a boating accident on Lewisville Lake on Friday night. Police and rescue workers searched for Long's body most of the weekend and eventually found his remains early Sunday morning. According to friends and family, Long love being on the water. Funeral arrangements for Blake Long are pending.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When It Rains It Pours & More Is On The Way To Waco

Wow, so much for being behind on this years rainfall. Last night, Waco and most of Central Texas found itself in flash flood conditions as a cold front dumped multiple inches of rain on the area.

The months of drought followed by buckets of rain is a regular occurrence here. I remember many times over the last 10-years when water rationing was discussed when Lake Waco levels were approaching dangerous levels. However, within a few weeks the heavens opened up and too much rain fell causing flooding conditions at the same lake.

It is expected to be very cool today in Waco and more rain is expected to fall on already soaked soil from last nights downpours. All I can say is, if you don't like the rain – just stick around for awhile and it will get bone dry again as summer approaches.

Political Extremism Might Destroy The Planet Someday

Sadly, the world might be destroying itself right now while political extremes continue to debate which side is right or wrong on the issue of 'climate change'. Neither side wants to admit one thing they believe in is wrong and that should scare the pants off of anyone who believes most truth resides in the middle ground of important issues.

While I come down on the conservative side that the Earth's temperature always has and always will be changing, I must admit that I don't have all the answers as to whether 'climate change' is caused by man or not. It's a shame that this issue has been so politically divisive when the consequences are so potentially severe.

I have no doubt that hard left politics are pushing the case that 'climate change' is not only real and man made, but also using techniques of persuasion where anyone who disagrees with their gloom and doom predictions are just flat out wrong.

On the other side, extreme conservative pundits paid for by oil and gas interests use similar techniques to demonize 'climate change' proponents as nothing more than radical environmental extremist who want to see the world move from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy, even if that brings the world economy to its knees.

Like so many other crazy things that are happening in the world today, it will be our children's children who will ultimately pay the price if everything goes wrong down the road. I just wish there was a way to discuss the issue of 'climate change' without all the political double talk poisoning the conversation at every turn.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Charles Dinwiddie Killeen Police Officer Killed In The Line-Of-Duty May 2014

Sadly, a police officer from Killeen Texas has died from gunshot wounds he suffered on Friday. Charles Dinwiddie passed away this weekend at Scott & White hospital in Temple. Marvin Louis Guy was arrested and is expected to be charged with the capital murder of a police officer as early as tomorrow.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

New Picture McLane Stadium May 2014

When a group of people put their minds into a project, it is amazing what can get done in a short period of time. Check out the photo above of the new football stadium being built near the Baylor University campus on Interstate 35.

Last week, the stadium marque was put into place as hundreds of students, alumni and school benefactors watched with pride. Only a few short months ago, I did not think McLane Stadium would be completed before the first Baylor Bears home football game of 2014.

However, now that the new stadium appears more complete than a work in progress – I am more confident than ever tens of thousands of fans will be taking their seats in McLane Stadium in about three months time.

So much has changed in Baylor athletics since I moved to Waco, Texas in 1983. Back then, no one took the school seriously when it came to athletic competition. However, today in 2014 Baylor students are feared by other teams both large and small.

The digital image above of Baylor's new McLane Football Stadium was taken from a helicopter during the first few days of May 2014.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pros/Cons Of Toyota Moving To Dallas

It was a huge win for Texans when it was announced recently that Toyota was moving it's US headquarters from California to Texas. Gov. Rick Perry has been using the final few months of his tenure to visit states around the nation trying to entice both large and small companies to invest dollars and jobs in the state. Times have not been good, from a business standpoint, in California as the state government there struggles with high unemployment, taxes and runaway spending. Gov. Perry has been making his case that businesses will earn more money by moving their operations to Texas, because the state has a large population of well educated professionals who are not predominately inclined to join labor unions. While state government in California encourages employees to join and support unions, the exact opposite is true in Texas. Simply put, Gov. Perry is presenting Texas as a state where not only current profits are better for business, but future growth will be easier as well. What are the pros and cons of Toyota moving it's operations to Texas? All the pros go to the State of Texas. Frankly put, it was a huge coup for such a large and well known company to pull up stakes and leave California. It is also a huge thing on the pros side for Texas when looking toward the future when other large companies are likely to leave heavily taxed states like California for a new home in the Lone Star State. The biggest thing on the cons side is not California losing such a large and profitable company to Texas, but labor unions in general. For decades, union membership has been on the decline – but well contributed politicians in blue states have been slow to make changes that will help their future growth. Another big loser on the cons side of Toyota moving to Texas is President Barack Obama who champions unions at every turn. I believe unions served a noble cause in generations past when millions of Americans were forced to work in horrible conditions for very little pay. Those days are gone, but labor unions are still around today using dues paid in by their members to finance the campaigns of mainly democratic politicians, who refuse to change with the times.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pros/Cons Of State Death Penalty Law

In Oklahoma last night there was a botched execution of a man using a new cocktail of drugs to cause his death. Unfortunately, the man did not go to sleep before the powerful drugs used to stop his heart kicked in. Many states, including Texas, are using new drugs to kill inmates - who have been condemned by a jury of their peers to die after a first degree murder conviction. This switching of drug protocol became necessary after manufactures in Europe decided to stop selling their products to prisons in the United States. The US Supreme Court ruled many years ago that a death penalty exercised by states around the USA must not be conducted, if it results in a death that is cruel and unusual. What are the pros and cons of using these new drugs to cause the death of convicted murders in Texas? On the pros side, the citizens of Texas decided long ago that there are some people who offer no future benefit to society, because they are bad at their core being. Many of these folks are sociopaths who freely admit they will murder again, if let out of prison. If that is true, then it makes perfect sense that Lone Star State citizens would not wish to deal with these people at some future date, if it is not possible to rehabilitate them into law abiding citizens. For people who believe that the death penalty is a right choice for folks who will never walk a path that is straight and narrow, then most politicians will continue to support the death penalty in Texas. On the cons side, the US justice system is not fair to say the least. It has been proven time and time again that lower income minorities are disproportionately sentenced to death in comparison to white men and women. Sadly, far too many Texans are of the mindset that an eye for an eye is necessary to ensure justice in a court-of-law. With so many mistakes being made, leading to wrongful convictions, doesn't it make sense to be cautious when handing out a death sentence to someone who might be innocent? It is also a huge thing on the cons side to me when these new drug cocktails are not working the way they are suppose to, which leads to the horrible death of the inmate. While Texas has reported no problems with it's new death chamber drug cocktail, I wonder if state leaders would be willing to admit to mistakes of this kind - even if they took place? There are far too many cons when it comes to sentencing a convicted criminal to death. Putting murderers in prison for the rest of their life is not only the right and moral thing to do, but it also removes the risk that someday, someone, will be executed for a crime they did not commit and be torchered by their own state government in the final few minutes of their life.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pros/Cons Of Teachers Carrying Guns

After an explosion of murderous violence by students in classrooms, many people believe the time has come to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns in school. To many people - the very idea of teachers taking guns to work, brings back bad memories of the wild west and a violent chapter, that should not be repeated, in our nations history. However - to many other Texans, the knowledge that teachers in school are armed provides a sense of comfort that their children are safe. What are the pros and cons of allowing Texas teachers to carry guns into their classrooms? On the pros side, it is likely many children would be saved from a suicidal and well armed person who shows up at school prepared to kill as many people as possible, before taking his own life. It is sad when victims talk to reporters after someone goes into their school and kills many of the fellow classmates and then reports how helpless they felt watching their friends and teachers get systematically murdered by a well armed suicidal perpetrator. I can only image how helpless I would feel, if placed in that same situation. What are the cons of Texas teachers taking guns to school? The biggest problem would be the off chance a mentally unstable teacher was able to pass the various background checks and use their gun against the very students they were armed to protect in the first place. I have been concerned in recent years by the increasing numbers of teachers who have become involved with children they teach. Surely, something is not right in the minds of those teachers who clearly disobey the rules and get involved in a physical relationship with one of their students. Isn't it possible that one of those teachers, if armed, might use that gun against a student in some type of jealous rage? There are many pros and cons of allowing Texas teachers to carry firearms into school. We should all think, long and hard, before this is allowed on a statewide basis.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lakes In The Panhandle & West Texas Drying Up At Alarming Rate

Much has been written lately about drought conditions in California, but right here in Texas a shortage of water is also critical. Throughout West Texas and the Panhandle, lakes are drying up at a few each year. These lakes are not just puddle jumpers, but some are water sources for cities and rural customers alike. Years ago, Lake Meredith, near Amarillo, started to lose volumes of water each year until it no long could provide drinking water to one of the states largest cities. To the south of Amarillo near Lubbock, Lake Alan Henry is facing the same dire consequence as Lake Meredith in the near future. While the central and eastern parts of Texas are in pretty good shape right now when it comes to available stored water in lakes, the same is not true out west and each year this drought continues more lakes will dry up. I remember when I was kid visiting my grandparents who had a small home on Lake Buchanan. Back then, the 1970's, that lake was full of water and people on boats enjoyed the recreation of a large body of water that lake provides. In recent times, Lake Buchanan has been full only on a handful of occasions mainly due to the requirement that water be released to keep lakes downstream at a constant level. It may be true that California is in worse shape than Texas right now when it comes to water shortages, but we are not that far behind. If this drought is not broken soon, other large cities will be forced to drill even more wells into a dwindling underground water table. It is possible that hundreds of thousands of Texas residents will be forced to relocate into the eastern part of the state, if our current drought continues to get worse.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Population Growth Is Increasing The Crime Rate Near Fort Hood In Killeen

For the most part - the economy in Killeen, Texas is above average - simply because the Fort Hood military base, nearby, continues to grow. For several years now, the US Army has been closing bases around the country and the main beneficiary of that move has been Fort Hood. While economic growth in Killeen is primarily a good thing, there is a dark side to all those extra people and the money that goes with them flooding into the city. Crime is on the rise in Killeen as has been witnessed by the almost daily news reports on television of their SWAT team being called to protect the public. For the longest time, Waco was the largest city in Central Texas between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. However, the latest census reported that Killeen now holds that honor. A little known fact is this, when cities go through a fast period of growth - it is impossible for local leaders to keep up with the pitfalls that come along with it. The biggest problem revolves around police and fire services, which can not increase as fast as the population. I remember back in the 1970's when an oil boom caused Houston to increase it's population by a staggering 5000 new citizens per week. During that time, Houston experienced the same problems Killeen is facing right now. The good news is that fast population growth does not last forever and eventually city services do catch up with the increasing growth. However, now that Killeen has a population of over 100,000 people. That nasty little problem of more crime is something that will never completely go away. There is always bad that goes along with good and that's just the way it is.

Serving In Law Enforcement Is Dangerous

A police officer in Fredericksburg, Texas was shot and seriously injured yesterday after a traffic stop. 31-year-old Robert Adrian Rendon has been arrested and charged with attempted murder. When you look at the list of most dangerous jobs in Texas, being a police officer is right up there at the top. I sometimes wonder why smart folks who could make more money and take fewer risk in life decide to join law enforcement instead? I think some police officers choose a life of public service simply because they had a good experience with someone in law enforcement when they were a kid. I think most people respect police officers, but unfortunately there are a few folks like this guy in Fredericksburg on Saturday - who make working as a law enforcement officer a very dangerous profession. Another reason why some people choose law enforcement as a career is simply because they are a giving person at their core. Frankly, few professions allow a single person to make as much of a different in the lives of others than serving as a street police officer. I hope that Fredericksburg policeman makes a full recovery and is able to return to the job as soon as possible. If you are like the vast majority of Texans who respect not only the law, but the men and women who enforce it. Why not pick up the tab for a police officer the next time you see one eating at a restaurant. That is a simple and inexpensive thing to do that will certainly make that persons day after dealing with some of the worst people we never want to come into contact with.

No Consequences Leads To More Bad Behavior – It's Simple Human Nature

Over history, it has been proven time and time again that when bad behavior is not met with real consequence, society begins to disintegrate. That is what is happening right now in Texas on many levels, but today I want to focus on how it has affected our schools. Hardly a day goes by when a teacher in Texas is not accused or arrested for an inappropriate relationship with one of their students. Back when I was young, in the 1960's and 1970's, there were teacher student sexual interactions – but at that time they were almost exclusively between male teachers and female students. These days, that mix has changed – but the problem is just as bad or maybe even worse. The state has laws protecting minors for one simple reason. Kids have not matured enough to be able to make their own decisions on matters of sexuality. While I do not understand why there seems to be an increase in the number of sexual encounters between teachers and students, I do believe that the old habit of covering up these problems, in the past, has lead to an explosion of them in recent times. Sadly, school systems in Texas made the choice to look the other way when these issues first started occurring a long time ago. That attitude created a situation where there were no consequence for bad behavior and in return that inaction lead to even more problems. In the world today, if something is not personally hurting you – we are taught to just look the other way and accept the behavior of others you do not agree with. Even in an anything goes society, there should be tough consequences when a teacher becomes sexually involved with a student. If not for any other reason, it might discourage that conduct from happening in the future.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Arlington Teen Killed After Falling From SUV

I always hate it when young people die after doing something that is risky or just down right stupid. Early Saturday morning, 17-year-old Lelys Leyva-Monreal was riding with friends in an SUV when she fell out of a window and was hit by another vehicle. Please don't think I am judging Lelys', because it is only through the grace of God that I survived my own reckless teenage years. Sadly, as adults too many of us quickly forget some of the bad choices we made while growing up. Fortunately, most of us had the chance to mature before our own lives were lost to crazy behavior. According to police, this tragic accident occurred at 2:45 AM and most likely alcohol or drug use played a role in what happened. Now Lelys Leyva-Monreal's family is left to pickup the pieces and try to make sense out of something that should never have happened. While teenagers believe life is tough, it is nowhere close to the stress, worry and concern suffered by parents when their most prized possession is out of sight. Early this morning, thousands of DFW parents awoke to find that their child made it home safe after a Friday night out on the town. Sadly, Lelys Leyva-Monreal's were not so fortunate.

Will GOP Finally Pass Immigration Reform Before November 2014 Elections?

Once again there is talk in Washington that US House of Representatives leaders have committed to passing an immigration reform bill before congressional elections this fall. Sadly - we have heard all of this before from these same leaders, but nothing ever gets done. There is a huge split in the Republicans Party when it comes to immigration reform. On one side, there are business leaders who want to see some kind of road to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally. The other side is made up of 'Tea Party' voters who are dead set against rewarding people who have broken the law. The battle-lines have been clearly drawn on this issue and neither side is expect to blink and give in to the other. Here in Texas, most voters in the Republican Party lean toward the side of the 'Tea Party' when it comes to immigration. While I'm sure there are business interests in Texas who are pushing for immigration reform too, they are usually very silent and keep those opinions to themselves. I think national Republican leaders in Washington D.C. will fail again, if they try to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2014. In a nutshell, the 'Tea Party' has taken over the Republican Party not only in Texas – but nationwide as well. In the past, big money business interests may have control the debate on issues like immigration in the GOP, but it's now Tea Party voters who are calling the shots.

Spacex Rockets Bringing Employment To The State

Only a few hours ago, Spacex had another successful launch of a spacecraft headed for the International Space Station. Father time has not dwindled the amount of enthusiasm I have each time a rocket-ship blasts off into space. Until recently years, all space travel was done by countries like the United States and Russia. However, now in the USA those missions are designed and carried out by private companies like Spacex. Not far from Waco in McGregor, Texas there is a Spacex facility where testing of the next generation of rockets is taking place. The McGregor facility is known for some of it's late night tests where the skies around Waco are lit up like the glow of the sun when those massive rockets are ignited. Spacex has brought some high paying jobs to Central Texas along with their state of the art rockets. Ever since NASA started cutting back on jobs in Houston, some of the best minds in the United States were finding themselves unemployed. However, now that Spacex has built a testing facility in McGregor – at least some of those smart folks have a new place to work their magic.

Young Boy Killed In Houston Freeway Crash On Friday Night

Friday night in Houston, there was a tragic accident where a young boy was killed. Police said the kid was riding in the back seat of a small car when that vehicle was hit from behind by an 18-wheeler truck. Traffic along Highway 290 was brought to a standstill as rescue workers tried to removed people from the damaged car. While it's possible that no amount of protection would have save this young boy from death, I do believe he would have had a better chance of survival, if he was riding in a bigger and heavier car. It's been the norm in recent years for cars to be made smaller. In fact, some of the smart cars of today seem like little more than death traps, if hit by a large SUV or big rig truck. I know everyone is trying to save money on gasoline these days, but is it wise to put our children in danger just to save a few bucks? I feel so bad for this family who lost a child tonight. It was reported that the type of vehicle involved in this fatal accident was a Kia. I personally like the design of Kia cars, but I have often wondered if any type of vehicle that small is really safe while traveling busy freeways in Houston, DFW or San Antonio? It was reported out of Houston tonight that the truck driver was to blame for this accident, because he took his eyes off the road for just a split second to change the channel on his radio.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Are Students Pawns In Conservative & Liberal Social Experiments?

For years I have watched as liberals and conservatives have used school children as pawns in a game to mold the thinking of the next generation of Texans. Put simply - this is nothing more than trying to brainwash future citizens into following propaganda, instead of allowing them to make their own choices based on education and experience. Before both political extremes started using the classrooms of Texas to push political ideology, our children for years were subjected to a few extremist - who made it their mission in life to rewrite history in order to make their brand of propaganda more acceptable to future generations. I wish I could report that there was a solution to this problem, but there is not. Like the old saying goes, some people look at ideology in the much the same way as religion and those folks believe it is their calling in life to push that agenda on everyone else. We just need to have faith that future generations will be able to examine what is being sold to them and make the right choices.

Locals Make West A Great Place To Visit, Live & Work

Yesterday, marked the first anniversary of the West fertilizer explosion that took the lives of 15-people and changed the lives of thousands of others, forever. People who call West home and others like myself who live nearby will never forget where we were and what we were doing when the news broke of that terrible explosion. I was at work when my cell phone started beeping about the breaking news and as the hours went by and the TV video of the extent of the damage began to be broadcast to my living room, I felt a huge sense of depression and sadness. Like many other folks, I have stopped in West to get something to eat while traveling to and from Dallas for decades. Over the years I have done this, I have never personally met an unfriendly person who greeted me during my stops. I also work with two women who call West, Texas home. I felt so bad for them yesterday, as those horrible memories started pouring back into their minds of what happened on April 17th, 2013.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jeff Tobola's West Texas Fertilizer Explosion Video - April 17, 2013

Today marks the one year anniversary when a terrible explosion at a fertilizer company in West, Texas took the lives of 15-people. In the video above, Jeff Tobola caught a different angle of that explosion and in my opinion this view of what happened explains why there was so much death and destruction. In the past twelve months, the citizens of West have begun to put their live back together, again. Jeff Tobola's West, Texas video explosion footage is provided by CNN.

Coronado Village Elementary Student Jada Craft Killed By Bus – Universal City

6-year-old Jada Craft died this week from injuries she suffer after being run over by a school bus. Craft was a kindergarten student at Coronado Village Elementary School in Universal City, Texas. To add insult to injury, after the young girl was run over, a relative tried to get passersbys to stop and help – but no one did. Eventually, that person took Craft to an apartment and provided what aid was possible until EMS arrived. No charges are anticipated against the school bus driver who was unaware of what happened until later. This appears to simply be an accident, but one that is going to be hard for Craft's family to understand. The school has brought in counselors to talk to Craft's classmates who are certainly devastated.