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Drag racing on Navarro in rush hour traffic with no insurance. How is that any different than attempted murder? If this little douche bag plowed into me while playing "Fast and Furious" on Navarro, and then they send me flowers, I'd return the favor by sending a Molotov cocktail through their front window.
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Two women in their twenties roll over a pickup truck. The trooper believes alcohol was involved, at 5:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. Drunk at 5:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. Sounds like someone needs to get a job, or at least a clue. My older brother died in a car wreck 40 years ago next week. He was 25 years old. He wasn't wearing a seat belt, he was drunk, he was thrown from the car, and the wreck occurred at 10 AM on a Monday morning. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Hey fanofscarlett, lets get some historic facts straight. First, in this area where we live called the Crossroads was once a part of Mexico. When the Americans came in and took it over from the Mexico the Mexicans that were already here for thousands of years just didn't get up and flee down to the new border. They were assimilated into the new society that was forced upon them. This is their land, with their culture still. I am not hispanic, I am originally from New England, but I have lived in Texas for 32 years. I love the Mexican culture. Christopher Columbus wasn't from America, nor did he ever set foot on the American continent, yet we celebrate him still. We didn't celebrate the battles of Concord and Lexington in New England, but if we did, I'm certain everyone, Yankee or not, would have had a splendid time. Maybe you need to chill on the racist rant and embrace some diversity.
Hey BOstinks, FYI, I got laid off once for asking for a five cent raise when I was 19 years old, and guess what, they gave me a PINK SLIP! As for the issue, I think firefighters are a wild bunch as groups go. They have to be, they run into burning building for a living. I'm not condoning what they did, but they have payed the price of losing their jobs and having this follow them on their records for the rest of their lives. Enough already!
That's a real eye opener about the tower not operating when the commercial flights are coming and going. I think the tower primarily is for the benefit of the Coast Guard touch n goes. It seems to me that SeaPort Airlines runs a fairly economical type of plane. If they wouldn't be competing directly against United in the Houston market, then why couldn't they open a new market for Victoria by going to Love Field without the EAS funding? Is there some kind of restriction on VCT having two airlines because of the EAS?
This whole recycling "emergency" seems to be another program that the city is forcing down the taxpayers throats with out any consensus or competitive bidding. Darryl Lesak says there are ongoing "negotiations" with WM. For what? It's already a done deal! As I have pointed out in earlier comments, when you separate recyclables from the waste stream they then become recoverable commodities that have value. Who is going to collect this value? WM or the taxpayers of Victoria? Over time this recovered value can become significant. Has the city calculated this value, and why don't they discuss this issue with the public? Instead, the city is going to tax us more to give away a recoverable commodity, which will be hauled away to Houston. Why isn't the recycle recovery process being done here in Victoria, thus creating jobs for Victorians, instead of Houstonians?
OK, let me get this right. If we get rid of that terrible old UH, and bring in TAMU, then we will finally make progress on educating all these alleged idiots that are littering the landscape in Victoria. Then all we have to do is sit around with our new, more valuable college degrees, and wait for some corporation to decide whether or not they want to locate in Victoria. We can take our new, better (?) TAMU college degrees and fight over the few $8 -$10 / hour jobs that this backwater has to offer. Boy, there's an incentive to stick around. At least it will create a few more jobs down at Workforce Solutions. As for Jeannie Morrison, this is the same politician who said that the Port of Victoria was going to "just explode" with new businesses and jobs with the proposed ethanol plant. Problem was it was like Ronald Reagan's Star Wars plan, untenable and economically illogical. Jeannie Morrison is like a mockingbird, she'll sing anybody's song as long as she can establish a territory and control it.
Battle of the Bands???? Don't they mean Battle of the Free Entertainment? Of course, all the usual local swell heads will show up to play for free. Most people around here think that the band business is a somehow a charitable endeavor.
Well little Ms. Sara Leperio, FYI, I'm not retired, I don't claim to be a know it all, though apparently you're an expert on the subject. If it's true that the person who is negotiating a contract for the city with WM is a former WM employee, then I think there is a possible conflict of interest going on. So I guess there won't be any competitive bidding for this recycling contract for the city. When I lived in League City they used plastics bins about the size of an Igloo cooler for curbside recycling. We never ever required anything as big as a roll around 90 gallon drum for recyclables. See, it's a half-ass deal already. League City sorts its PCR curbside into a multi-compartment truck, which is done by the driver. The best thing Victoria ever did was switch to automated garbage trucks, but this deal here is half baked, and smells of conflict of interest and nepotism.
First, let me say that the good old boy system of government is alive and well in Victoria. I have worked in the plastics industry for over 32 years. In the early 1990's I was on the Society of the Plastics Industry RPCD Technical Committee that developed the Material Identification Code system that you see molded into the bottoms of most plastic bottles and other plastic containers. The triangle emblem is intended to help material reclamation centers to identify the different types of plastics that are in the waste stream for sorting purposes. It does signify recyclability, just type of plastic. What I would like to know is did, or did not our city fathers benchmark how other municipalities handle their recycled post consumer waste programs? Once PCR is separated from the waste stream it becomes a recoverable commodity with value. Question; who is recovering this commodity value, the taxpayers of Victoria , or Waste Management? Apparently, a sweetheart deal has been struck between the city and WM. The current market value for HDPE milk jug PCR is between $0.53 - 0.56 / pound. That equals about seven used HDPE milk jugs. The prices of many plastic resins are soaring due to the rise in oil prices. Yet, our city council just voted to give this valued commodity away, and charge the taxpayers to do to boot, and I'm only talking about the value of just one type of plastic that could be recovered from our waste stream. Never mind the value of metals and paper. No wonder Waste Management is so eager to take our recyclables away to Houston. What does our hippy dippy Environment Man Jerry James have to say about this?