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Over the last two days on Lubbock’s First News, we have been talking about expanding gambling in Texas and the possibility of having casinos open up here. We have been focusing on an article from the Houston Chronicle from Monday discussing the chances of a vote happening. The chances aren’t looking good for Texans.
According to the Chronicle, 86% of Texans believe that the public should be able to vote on whether to legalize casinos. That is a huge majority of people. 86% of Texans believe we should be able to vote on this one issue. That doesn’t mean that all 86% would support casinos in Texans though. According to the Star-Telegram, 67% would support casinos in the state (63% of people in West Texas support casinos). That’s still a good majority and I do think it would pass if put up for a vote, but being “for” or “against” isn’t what I want to talk about here. I want to talk about the 86% figure and why that 86% is being ignored.
State Senator Robert Duncan from right here in Lubbock doesn’t want you to be able to vote on the issue. According to the Chronicle, Duncan has no plans of advancing the bill that would let Texans vote. In the article Duncan says the following:
“There is no support in my committee”… “I just don’t think there are the votes in the Senate. I don’t see any chance of passage.”
“A lot of us have strong opposition to using gaming to solve our budget problems,” Duncan said. “We’ve got a lot of other pressing issues to deal with. It is not my intent to bring it up for a hearing.”
As I said on the show, I understand not wanting to use gaming as a way to solve or fund different areas in the budget. Instead of having money from casinos dedicated to education or some other area, just have the money flow into a general fund. That way you direct the money where it’s needed and you won’t have to hope that you make enough money to fund something.
Having said that, I think Duncan is way off base with this. How arrogant do you have to be to deny Texans a vote? It’s obvious that Sen. Robert Duncan believes that government (himself) knows better than you do. Even though he was elected to represent us, it’s clear that he has no interest in doing that.
Who is Duncan looking out for? Why doesn’t Duncan want the people of Texas to vote?
Duncan says that there are more important issues to discuss. He must mean the texting while driving ban (big government). Or maybe the Pay Day loan ban (big government). He could be talking about the state-wide smoking ban (again big government). Maybe he is talking about having a state-wide property tax for schools. Or he might just be talking about groundwater rights and that little “public interest” part.
So all that big government stuff is more important than letting people vote. Interesting. I forgot, someone tell me which party he is in. It’s hard to tell really.
Texans should be able to head to the polls and determine our future. Whether we vote for casinos or not, we shouldn’t leave it up to politicians who are looking out for themselves rather than looking out for us. Senator Duncan is wrong on this issue and the people here in Lubbock are starting to get fed up.
If Duncan isn’t careful, the next time he is up for re-election, he again might not want people to vote.
The left has lost it.
One of the first things liberal bloggers and Twitter users started doing on Saturday after the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was looking to place the blame on someone. The shooter, is a 22 year old nut job, who did not like Rep. Giffords. He believed that the Government was in the business of mind control. Oh, and he was drug user with no life. He had planned this attack for a while. So who is to blame according to the crazies on the left?
Yeah that’s right. Sarah Palin is to blame according many bloggers out there. Why? Because a while back she put out a “target list” and Rep. Giffords’ district was on the list. Here is the map incase you haven’t seen it:
Looks scary doesn’t it? This is why some on the left are blaming Sarah Palin. Forget about the fact that most campaigns target certain area’s. In fact, the Democrats used their own target mar in 2004:
So, it was okay then, but not now? This type of rhetoric and targeting has been used for a while now. Most people think nothing of it.
Now, you’d think that the crazies that blame Sarah Palin would only be national folks, but sadly no. Lubbock’s very own Carol Morgan jumped on the blame Palin bandwagon on Saturday posting this on her Twitter account:
CounselorCarol1 Carol Morgan
@SarahPalinUSA hope you’re happy 2day, ur NUTBAG supporters killed a fine woman & ur “hitlist” website is responsible–ur a HORRIBLE person
Morgan ran for State Representative and lost (thank God), but did receive 30% of the vote. Whether she likes it or not, she represents the Lubbock Democratic Party and is considered a leader by many in the party.
It’s pretty shameful if you ask me that a former candidate and school Counselor would act this way.
On the show this morning, I called for Lubbock County Democratic Chair, Pam Brink, to denounce Morgan’s statement. Though I disagree with Brink on many issues, I know she cares about the Lubbock Democratic Party and wants it to be taken seriously. If leaders of the local Democratic party are allowed to make statements like this and they not be denounced, then it will do more harm in the long run to the local Democrats.
After the show, this morning Morgan posted this comment on her Facebook page:
“Isn’t it ridiculous? I don’t know why KFYO is so obsessed with me…it is positively laughable. They will do anything to pump up their ratings and get their listeners all “ginned up”. This is what they like to do and this sort of behavior is what caused the Saturday incident…”
Again, what Carol Morgan doesn’t understand is that first, we aren’t obsessed with her. I hate ignorant statements, and her statement on Twitter was ignorant. Second, talk radio didn’t force a nut job to try and assassinate Rep. Giffords.
Carol Morgan is the perfect example of those on the left that don’t believe in personal responsibility. Morgan says it was Palin’s fault. That my show fosters the type of behavior we saw on Saturday. Those on the left nationally are doing the same thing. Sarah Palin is to blame. Talk Radio and FOX convince people to murder and take up arms!
Palin didn’t pull the trigger. Talk radio can’t force people to kill. This guy planned this attack on his own and executed it on his own. HE is responsible. No one else. Why can’t people deal with personal responsibility anymore? Why must we always look to blame others because of our actions? It makes no sense.
Something else I get tired of? Having to put someone in a political party. Some people are just nut jobs. There are crazies on the left and on the right. I get sick and tired of people placing blame on political parties when a tragedy happens. There are bad people in the world and I don’t think they necessarily fall into a political category. Unless that category is “Crazy”. Unless Republicans or Democrats start advocating killing, I refuse to blame an entire party because of one lone moron.
What happened on Saturday in Tucson was a tragedy. But, what I saw online afterwards was pathetic. Some people should be ashamed of themselves. But I’m sure they would just blame someone else for their writing and actions.
More on this later. What do you think?
The 112th Congress will begin their work on Wednesday and that has many Republicans and Conservatives giddy with visions of repeals and conquests over the Democrats and President Obama. I’ve gotten emails saying, “this is it!” or “this is the year we take back our Country!”. Many Republicans and Tea Party folks who I talk to are ready to plan victory speeches for years to come.
This sorta sounds like what people said about the 2010 Dallas Cowboys. Remember all the talk of how great the Cowboys were? Remember how the experts picked the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl? That the Cowboys would be unstoppable? All the fans were excited and couldn’t wait for the season to start. Oh, the experts even picked the Eagles to come in near the bottom of the NFC East.
Then the season started. It started off bad, then ugly, and then got even uglier. Reality happened. So much promise, so much excitement, and so many expectations.
The 112th Congress will be the Dallas Cowboys of the political world. Republicans are excited about repealing Obamacare. Reality? President Obama would have to sign off on any repeal.
I’m with the majority of you in wanting to see it repealed, but I don’t see it happening. That’s why I’m not that excited to see what the Republicans can do. I’m not 100% ready to declare Obama a one term President either. Why? There will be gridlock in Washington and Republicans will get blamed. Obama’s poll numbers will go up and who knows who will be nominated to run for the Republicans.
I’m glad the Republicans are in control of the House. I think the Republican party has potential. But, I’m not ready to crown them Super Bowl Champs just yet.
This morning on the show we discussed how the City Council is looking to increase taxes without being tied to raising taxes. In a nutshell, the council wants to raise taxes from the bond election that was approved by voters a year before they start any of the approved projects. So your taxes will be going up because of the bond projects you approved, but we are at least a year away from starting those projects.
Instead the council will use that money to repaint City Hall, fix concrete at a fire station, and whatever else they want. Of course, they never mentioned any of this during the bond election and I’m pretty sure they knew about some of these projects back then.
Many people in Lubbock aren’t too happy about this. When I first heard this plan a couple of weeks back it was shady and I knew what the council was up to, and many of you have felt the same way. Many of our elected officials ran for office saying that they were against raising taxes. What they never said publicly was that while they are against raising taxes, raising fee’s however much they want is just fine. Now our elected officials are trying to pull a fast one on us regarding raising taxes due to the bond election. The council wants to do many things with your money, but they just don’t have enough to do it with. And of course they can’t be caught raising taxes either. So instead they plan on raising taxes, but blaming the bond election all while hoping that you don’t see this as a tax hike for projects you didn’t approve.
Like I said earlier, many people are upset about this and want to have their voice heard. Well lucky for you our council will hold two public hearings… during the morning hours. As Boortz would say, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?!
Why is this council against holding important meetings at night? The council is going to raise taxes and they want your input, but only if you can skip work in the morning. By only having 2 meetings and only having them in the morning shows me that the Lubbock City Council doesn’t care about your opinion. They want to hide from you. They don’t want to be confronted and told that they are doing something wrong.
We have asked Mayor Tom Martin why they don’t hold council meetings at night and his excuse is that all meetings would last until 2am. Yeah, I don’t see that happening. Council meetings could start at 6 or 6:30pm and instead of doing closed door sessions after the meeting, they could hold them before. If the meetings were at night then more people could attend and get involved. I know it’s a radical idea and it might mean missing Wheel of Fortune, but if the council really wants citizen input they would hold meetings at night.
City Council meetings probably won’t change. I know that, but it should still be brought up and debated. What should change though is this unwritten policy the council has of holding public hearings in the mornings. Sure, have your morning public hearing, but let’s have a few at night too where more people would have the opportunity to attend and have their voices heard. Many on the council have said that they want more participation from the citizens, but it doesn’t seem like they really do to me.
More tomorrow on LFN. It’s an Open Line Friday so I encourage you to call in about this.
Yesterday I sat down with Ryan Hyatt and we discussed the story in Thursday’s AJ about St. Luke’s Southwest helping a local family out. If you haven’t read the story, then I encourage you to do so by clicking on the link.
Before I go on, I want to say that I’m not anti-mission trips. I’m fine with churches sending people overseas or even across the country to do mission work. However, I think sometimes churches miss the need that is in our own city. Many churches in Lubbock go out in the community and serve and I’m proud to be a member of one of those churches, but I think we can all do more.
This morning I issued a challenge to the churches in the Lubbock area. Find a local family and help. St. Luke’s went to Frenship ISD and asked if there were any families that needed help. What if all the churches in Lubbock went out and found a family that was in need? Many churches could find more than one family and Lubbock could see well over 200 families served by the churches right here in Lubbock. Oh and that’s if you only go out and find a family once a year.
Now, I know that not every church can raise $20,000 to buy a family a new mobile home. But, can a church find a family who needs new paint on their home? Can’t we find a family who needs simple repairs done? School is starting soon, and I’m sure a church can raise enough money to take kids to get new clothes. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
There are families in need here in Lubbock. Why not step up and help them? As we were discussing this yesterday Ryan recalled a conversation he had with a friend years ago when the friend was heading out of the city to help with homes somewhere else. Ryan asked how many homes that needed help here did you drive by to get out of town? Something to think about.
If you are reading this blog, why not step up to the challenge? Go to your church and mention this. Tell your churches that you should go help a family in need here in Lubbock. It might just go a long way in making this a better city.
Seriously? Why should we even care what other nations think?
PHOENIX — Seven other Latin American countries want to join Mexico in supporting a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.
Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru filed separate, nearly identical motions to join Mexico’s legal brief supporting the lawsuit filed by U.S. civil rights and other advocacy groups. A federal judge formally accepted Mexico’s filing July 1 but did not immediately rule on the latest motions filed late last week.
Mexico says the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade, tourism and the fight against drug trafficking.
The law is to take effect July 29. It requires that police conducting traffic stops or questioning people about possible legal violations ask them about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally.
(This version CORRECTS date in last paragraph)
Last week LISD changed it’s dress code and it was a much bigger story than I thought. In a nutshell, students can have whatever kind of hairstyle they want and whatever color they want. Boys can now wear earrings too. I didn’t know guys wearing earrings was still the “in” thing, and I still think it’s stupid but whatever.
Personally, I think this is a good move by LISD. Who cares if a kid has a mohawk or an earring? Who cares if a girl has purple hair? If that’s all a kid is doing in High School to act out, we should all be happy. Mohawks don’t distract kids in classrooms and neither do earrings. You know what is distracting? Bad teachers and bad parents.
People can complain all day that this new rule is another example of our society breaking down, but they are wrong. If you want that example, look at the homes that some kids come from. They aren’t distracted by hair, they are distracted because they live in a home with no food or the parents are never home or worse addicted to drugs.
Teachers have a tough enough job dealing with bad students or good kids who come from bad homes which turns them into bad students. Let the teachers teach instead of worrying about how someone is dressed. Remember, if the teacher thinks that the student is a distraction, they can still be removed.
I’ve only heard complaints about this new dress code from my conservative friends. The same friends that call for smaller government and for the feds to stay out of their lives. Yet, they want schools (government run) to tell kids how to dress. Odd. Shouldn’t the parents be the ones telling the kids what they can and can’t wear? I guess this is just another example of my crazy Libertarian side coming out.
Good job LISD.
For the past 2 weeks The Chad Hasty Show has been off the air for different reasons, but this Saturday we are back on the air and broadcasting from one of our favorite places, Heroes and Legacies (16th & University). Not only will we be out there, which is reason enough to come out, but 601 Cigars will be there as well for another one of Heroes famous Cigar Events.
That means that starting at 5pm on Saturday you can come out to Heroes and Legacies at 16th and University and get food, drinks, 601 Cigars, and hang out with us on The Chad Hasty Show. Oh, and I’m not 100% sure, but the Smokin’ Heroes Hotties might even be there. You put all of those together and it sounds like a fantastic Saturday evening and a great way for us to come back on the air.
We hope to see a lot of you out there on Saturday and be sure to come by say hello. We might even put you on the radio if you have something to say. So remember, The Chad Hasty Show broadcasting LIVE from Heroes and Legacies (16th and University) during the 601 cigar event. Drinks, food, and maybe even the Smokin’ Heroes Hotties. It all starts at 5pm and the fun continues after the show ends at 7.
KCBD ran a story last night about water and the Lubbock City Council. The city wants to be able to cut-off your water if you don’t pay your other utilities. Lubbock also wants new people to pay a $75 tax deposit unless they can show proof of a good payment history. Here is the story from KCBD, please let me know how you feel about this. Some comments will be used on the show tomorrow.
New deposit required for water service if Lubbock City Council approves
Posted: May 23, 2010 10:23 PM
By James Clark | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock water customers might see some changes, if Lubbock City Council approves this week. Under the proposal, water service will be disconnected if a customer fails to pay for other utilities (not just water or electricity).
A reconnect fee will increase from $44 to $55. An after-hours reconnect fee will increase from $57 to $87. New residential customers will have to pay a deposit of at least $75, unless they can show a good payment history with Lubbock or another city. The cost of new water and sewer connections will go up to $400 each.