SAD! Fr. Frank Pockets the Silver for Health Care District.

Father Jerry Frank lashed out at the opposition yesterday by calling on local media to help spread the word that only parishioners were allowed to attend Health Care Workshops. Unfortunately for Fr. Frank, my media outlet, though small, will not spread the word which calls for a controlled and agenda driven discussion in favor of more taxes. Continue reading “SAD! Fr. Frank Pockets the Silver for Health Care District.”

Father Jerry Frank’s Silencing of Tax Opponents Is Not Catholic Teaching.

Since the final weekend of August, participating Catholic parishes throughout Hidalgo County began offering “informational” workshops with the sole purpose of pushing a County Health Care Taxing District, and influencing those that participate to vote for said District.  The information workshops are being spear-headed by Father Gerald (Jerry) Frank, a Pastor of St. John the Baptist, and one of the leading proponents of the Taxing District, who also presented the signed petition to County Commissioners.

Opponents of the Taxing District, concerned that a religious institution is taking sides on a political issue, decided it was in the best interest of the electorate to provide an opposing view, and let the voters decide. Continue reading “Father Jerry Frank’s Silencing of Tax Opponents Is Not Catholic Teaching.”

Desperation! Facebook Page in Support of Health-Tax Takes Aim at Local Veteran.

False allegations prove Pro-Taxers are losing information war.

 Today, a Facebook Page that supports Proposition 1, titled “Stand With Hidalgo County” took issue with local conservative activist, George Rice, and his continuing campaign to inform citizens of Hidalgo County about the disastrous Health Tax District that local medical elites stand to impose on tax payers.

Rather than refute any points made by Mr. Rice, an administrator of the Facebook page chose instead to attack Mr. Rice personally.

First, implying that Rice has the potential to physically assault those with different opinions. Secondly, that there is already a police record on file for harassment.  FALSE! Continue reading “Desperation! Facebook Page in Support of Health-Tax Takes Aim at Local Veteran.”

No Surprises. The Monitor Moves the Goal Post for Healthcare District.

Once again, Naxiely Lopez of The Monitor has released an other column painting a positive spin for the creation of a Healthcare Taxing District in Hidalgo County.

Lopez takes aim at one of the counter arguments made by opponents of the Taxing District, which presents Hidalgo County as the most taxed county in the State of Texas. Continue reading “No Surprises. The Monitor Moves the Goal Post for Healthcare District.”

No Shame! Healthcare Tax Masterminds Meet in Edinburg

Edinburg – Today, 3 local Mayors and hosted a luncheon at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Topic of discussion was how the new School of Medicine would benefit the health care industry in Hidalgo County.  However it didn’t take long until true motivations were revealed, and that being how wonderful a Hidalgo County Healthcare Tax would be on tax paying citizens of Hidalgo County. Continue reading “No Shame! Healthcare Tax Masterminds Meet in Edinburg”

Health Care District Back on Ballot. And Why This Time It May Pass

Tuesday, August 9th, the honorable, incorruptible, and always ethical elected officials of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court overwhelmingly approved via a 4-1 vote, to allow the Proposition of a Health Care Taxing District to be on the General Election, November 8th ballot. Of the 5 deciding officials, only Eddie Cantu of Pct 2 was the dissenting vote.  Cantu’s primary reason behind his objection had to do with language on the petition, which were presented to the court by Juanita Valdez-Cox, Director of La Union de Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, and Father Jerry Frank, of Valley Interfaith.  The petition called for an 8 cent property tax for every $100 valuation.  According to Cantu, the setting for Health Care tax rate should be reserved exclusively for the Commissioner Court appointed “Board of Directors” and the tax rate ultimately approved by Hidalgo County Commissioners. According to Senate Bill 626, the ballot must specify a proposed tax rate. However, SB 626 also allows the Court appointed Board of Directors to set a tax rate, and to be approved by the Commissioners Court.  Essentially, the rate you see at the ballot box may not ultimately be the rate Hidalgo County tax payers will have. That rate will be decided behind closed doors.  As for why the proposed 8 cents, it’s likely that it was carried over from the first attempt at establishing a medical taxing district, which was narrowly defeated in November 2014.  However, unlike 2014, the 2016 version may have a better chance at passing, and it all comes down to the numbers…. Continue reading “Health Care District Back on Ballot. And Why This Time It May Pass”

Cesar Chavez Would NOT Support DACA and DAPA.

On April 18, hundreds of supporters gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse in McAllen, Texas in support of the Deferred Action for Parents or Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The event was organized by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, which was founded by revered labor activist, Cesar Chavez in 1989.   His presence and influence was abundantly clear as many in the crowd had their t-shirts adorned by his image.  LUPE, who favors progressive immigration reform, made mention of Chavez connection to labor rights, and community empowerment.  However, what LUPE fails to disclose, either by way of ignorance, or intentionally revising Chavez legacy, was that Cesar Chavez was staunchly anti-illegal immigration… Continue reading “Cesar Chavez Would NOT Support DACA and DAPA.”

Hidalgo, TX is a big fat mess!

It would appear that residents in the Rio Grande Valley can’t go one week without hearing about some additional buffoonery coming out of the city of Hidalgo.  In fact, simple google searches would reveal that Hidalgo has been plagued by controversy for quite some time.  From commissioners placing restraining orders on one another, and using administrative influence to obtain business opportunities, to soliciting the services of a known drug trafficker to provide alcohol distribution, and topping off with a few knucklehead representatives embarrassing themselves and their city during a goodwill trip (ahem, vacation) in Brazil.  There has never been a shortage of shenanigans coming from the little city that couldn’t, Hidalgo, TX. Continue reading “Hidalgo, TX is a big fat mess!”