Reader Mail



Philip R. Klein, Editor

Welcome to Reader Mail! This section of our website dedicated to the email sent to us, comments made on other websites and the answers to questions asked of us in public.

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The Southeast Texas Political Review

From Port Arthur :

Kline, you are right again! We love our new police chief!

Answer : He will do a great job. Old school guy – needs to do some cleanup and then rebuild. 

From Beaumont :

Read your predictions and you again were good. Sorry to see Tim Funchise not make it back in. That office was running great. It happens. 

Answer : You are right – it happens. Tim is one of the nicest and greatest guys you will ever meet. This Hallmark guy is certain to have a chance. We are going to watch this eat like a hawk. 

From Houston :

You people live in a judicial and corrupt hell hole. I just tried a cut and dry bench trial. Walking in I was told that I would lose because of the local lawyer is friends with the judge. My guy was in a dead stop at a redlight witnessed by 3 witnesses. The judge ruled against our motion for summary judgment. When I questioned it under the law 

Answer : I think I have said this 100 times – so listen : IT IS NOT THE LAW IT IS WHO YOU KNOW IN JEFFERSON COUNTY! Some of these judges will have to answer to that some day. 

From Houston :

Left the place a long time ago! But love to read of the bullshit! Klein you are the bomb!

Answer : Boom right?

From Beaumont :

I am a strong supporter of law enforcement, have family that is current and retired from the job and I believe in law and order.

In the past 3-4 months I have witnessed something that just doesn’t make sense. Beaumont PD has at least two Tahoe’s that they place along heavy traffic areas and just leave them there. These vehicles have very dark tint on the windows, including the windshields, you can’t see in them. I have seen them parked at the Fire Station on Walden Rd., on I-10 on the westbound side close to the Harley-Davidson dealership, under the underpass at Dowlen/Eastex Freeway and most recently on Gladys at Rogers Park. They leave them in the same location for many days. For the local people who routinely drive the same path to work it’s easy to figure out they aren’t occupied. What is the thinking behind this??? These vehicles are expensive, to have them sitting idle seems like a waste of money.

Answer : They tell us it is to scare the criminals and for recruiting. Yes…

From Port Arthur :

Kleinman! Just to let you know we love our chief! He has brought good ideas so far! The union loves him too! You called it again buddy!!!! Stay safe!!!

Answer : Tim will do a great job – if he stays out of the crazy politics of city Council. You guys stay safe! 

From Beaumont :

Why do you not sue the hell out of Jefferson County, the DA’s office and those that try to hurt you. If I were on a jury I would pay you millions to send a message! Keep the faith Klein! Thank you!

Answer : Because in Jefferson County you cannot get a fair trial. End of story. 

From Houston :

Easy to understand the inept and impotent DA’s office when you realize the Courthouse is simply a bad Gilligan’s Island remake and the DA is the bumbling Skipper (minus only the hat). Walker is just his Little Buddy that will ensure the County will never be rescued.

Answer: I disagree. There is a shadow government, however.

From Beaumont :

I’m sorry that is just too long to read. I don’t have that much patience or brain power to take in all that crap about Jefferson County. Just figure if it is in this county it’s corrupt and call it a day. It’s never going to change. With Gods’ help, we will be out if here soon. I am going as far north as I can get. Northwest Territories of Canada are looking pretty good.

Answer: The place is falling on top of itself. The cops are scared and just want a job so that they can retire nicely, and when those people that break the law and the cops do not stand – it is what it is. You get what you got. Just learn to duck when you hear the gunfire. 

From Port Arthur :

Klein, man, I am worried about you!!! You need to chill out. They are going to come to throw your ass under the jail!

Answer: They have tried twice in the last two years. When they figured out the FBI and SAG were watching they puckered up. I have more to come on Thursday. Get ready it has to do with law enforcement. 

From Kirbyville : 

I worked in a law firm in Beaumont. I got laid off. You know who I am and who I worked for. I watched them talk and come up with a plan to take you out. Remember the incident at the Mexican Food Restaurant? Her husband thought he was a real badass. We all just laughed at her. When I was laid off and got out of there I figured it all out. Mr. Klein, there are many in that office that respect you and laugh at those stupid lawyers. We loved Chip (Ferguson) and many of us wanted to go with him. But we see him for who he is now. Good luck. We are cheering for you!!!

Answer : Yes….thank you….I know who you are and your family. Thank you for your words. 

From Nederland :

Mr. Klein – thank you as always for what you do for our community.  There are a lot of us that appreciate it.

In regard to today’s posting about the Nederland Sanitation Department, I thought I would share a photo of the handiwork of our sanitation workers, and what they did to my cans a couple of years ago because I – gasp! – put my cans out at 7:30 a.m. (but before the truck got to my house).  

My story was similar; when we would put out the cans at night, a neighborhood dog would knock them over, every single time, and make a mess in the street.  So I started putting them out in the morning.

What you see on the cans was painted on them (that is not chalked) – it would not come off either – by the garbage collection worker, who got out of his truck and took the time to deface my garbage cans.  When I called to complain, the Solid Waste folks gave me a half-ass apology and said they would look into replacing them.  

A few days later, a city pickup truck pulled up in front of our house after dark around 8pm at night.  The guy got out of the cab, got in the bed of the truck, and literally flung the two new cans in the middle of my front yard and drove off.  

I would ask that if you share this on your site that you do not include my name, as our house was mysteriously passed up by the garbage truck for a couple of weeks after this incident, even though we had the cans out the night before… 

And to be fair, we haven’t had any recent problems.  For now, anyway.

Answer : Thanks so much for the email… is the photo that you sent us – we get it. 

From Port Neches :

And that is why Port Neches does not want the city issued garbage cans. I will gladly put my garbage in a bag and tote it to the curb.

Answer :  Ya…we get that too!

From Beaumont :

For about 10 minutes after Trump was elected, I thought there might be hope for Jefferson county. But, following your reporting of an extensive investigation around Larry Tillery’s gambling arrest, and seeing NOTHING happen as a result, I think the area’s FBI & DOJ are as impotent as they’ve ever been. What did I expect after 2 years of watching Russiagate & NO charges against the Clinton machine or DNC? Sad, as the Donald would say.

Answer : It is over…it is gone. 

From Port Arthur :

When will you acknowledge that this whole dog and pony show, gratis the taxpayer, is about discrediting the 1st black female Sheriff in the history of Texas, & you promoted it? Say, how is Hollis Horton doing? or the most corrupt courthouse in Texas? or ANYONE else to whom Tillery gave money? All I see is the continued ineptitude of the Feds in JeffCo, and the continued practice of only sending black people to prison.

Answer : Let me answer shall we? First, nobody has accussed the sheriff of anything here. We just report on what they are saying. If you are suggesting that there is some super secret group going after the sheriff you need to get on meds. Second, I have no idea how Horton is doing. He is a republican with an agenda. The greatest thing about an appeals judge is that he has a long history or rulings. When you have those rules, for example, ruling one way for one attorney and another way for another attorney on the same exact question – you tend to be called out. The most corrupt courthouse in Texas is doing just fine making their own laws. Third, don’t know about Tillery – he gave money to a bunch of people they say – nothing will be done. And you may be right in some aspects – but I do not believe it is about black or white….it is about power. Look at what they have done to me – and I am white.

From Beaumont :

That is some good stuff Beaumont City Council is smoking. I can’t stop laughing getting a visual in my mind of a ferris wheel. 

Answer : We can all play the body game – how many bodies can you count in the river?

From Beaumont :

I disagree with you regarding the proposed Ferris Wheel.  It is a great idea to revitalize downtown Beaumont and the cost is very reasonable.  Since the corruption in Beaumont goes around and around, we need a city-owned Ferris Wheel so the taxpayers can go around and around too! 

If the Ferris Wheel is big enough, the taxpayers can see Victory Hospital when they are at the top and be reminded that appointing a fiscal genius like Becky Ames to be CEO leads to automatic tax exempt status. 

I heard a rumor Valero is thinking of hiring Becky Ames as CEO.  I understand Valero’s accountants are pushing for it, due to tax reasons.

It is almost impossible to understand anything Audwin Samuel says.  I bet his words will make more sense when he gives a speech while riding the Ferris Wheel.  I doubt we would be able to hear him when he is rounding the top of the Ferris Wheel.  That would be a great improvement in the quality of life of the taxpayers.

Some citizens are concerned that Michael Getz always looks so serious.  A bet a good Ferris Wheel ride when the temperature is 97 degrees would make him smile.

You need to stop worrying about the water situation.  Beaumont has a massive supply of water.  Half our streets are flooded.  If the taxpayers are thirsty let them scoop up water from the street or directly from the Neches.  All they have to do is pour the water through a strainer packed with cotton balls.  That will purify the water very cheaply.  We do not need to waste taxpayer dollars on water mains or water treatment facilities.   A Ferris Wheel is cheaper, more fun and more necessary.

Mr.  Klein, you need to look on the bright side of life!  I am excited about the prospect of going around and around with our City Council members.

Answer : Different perspective……..

From Beaumont :

Haven’t heard about the amusement ride but do remember plans to dig ditches off the river to irrigate downtown! If I remember correctly didn’t city council take over the , formerly exclusive Beaumont yacht club? Has it made money yet? 

 Does Jefferson Theater?  Does Hotel Beaumont?

If any of these facilities ever make a profit would citizens property taxes go down?

Unfortunately i know the answer & like you am powerless to stop it.

Just have to wonder whats next!

Answer : Anyone and I mean ANYONE that votes for it – is not a conservative. 

From Beaumont :

Buy a broken building and put up a ferris wheel in “Beaumont”? Klein, I think you’ve been drinking the tainted water too because you misspelled “Detroit.”

Answer : Are we in Detroit? Oh….click our heals….there is no place like home?

From Port Arthur :

Do your research and get it right. xxxxxxxx is still on patrol. Did not retire. Allowed to go on sick leave until Melvin left. Owens took care of him.

Answer : Thanks for the info – we got it. Keep it coming!

From The Jefferson County SO :

Klein, you got the story right for once. We are all sickened by what happened in our parking lot. Some of us have sent you the video and we hope you show it. Out front it shows you the corruption! Don’t beat us up as cops. These are the core group of cops that make this county corrupt! Go get them Klein! Thank you for supporting the “good guys” in the departments!

Answer : I know and I want you to know I give a crap! Sorry had too. You guys should be upset. I have had so many calls like this : “Ya know Klein if that were you, you would be spending life in prison!” Uh huh!

From Port Arthur :

Mr. Klein, you never cease to amaze me.  For years you have complained about the ineptitude and corruption of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept.  You have also complained about both of the last two Sheriffs.  You even claimed the Dept. has targeted you for unjustified charges.  Now, you complain about a drunk cop relieving himself on the Sheriff’s Dept.’s parking lot.  Instead of complaining about the cop, why not praise him and recommend him to be the new Sheriff for Jefferson County?

This Port Arthur cop obviously knows how crappy our Sheriff’s Dept. currently is, and that intoxication is the best way to tolerate our Sheriff’s Dept.   Also, perhaps this cop could order the use of Tillery’s cash as toilet paper for the Sheriff’s Dept.  Imagine our cops switching from their current money laundering to money flushing.   This would be an improvement. 

What are your thoughts?


From Dallas :

A PAPD officer gets drunk and gives 2 shits on a JCSO parking lot? I’ve been to Jefferson Co. Maybe that man had his reasons.

Answer : Exactly

From Port Arthur :

You said it would make us sick. Well, it didn’t. You see some of us out here have had to deal with this for years. You have just scratched the surface.

Answer : I get it. 

From Port Arthur :

I’m glad this isn’t the story that was supposed to make us sick. For years this was common everyday stuff at PAPD. It was kept hidden, now most of them are gone. We are becoming passive about this stuff. No big deal. Not in old PA.

Answer : It’s that bad where it is okay for a cop to take a dump in the parking lot of the SO? OMG….it is that bad. 

From Houston :

Maybe the Port Arthur City Council could learn from this :

Answer : No……..they are smarter than us all.

From Beaumont :

There seem to be too many “stories “ about the immigrant children. I heard a story just now that 80% of these children arrive alone, without adults or parents.

Answer : You would be correct.

From Beaumont :

Any story on the Groves recall petition? Seems like there is more to the story on both sides and we need you to dig into it.

Answer : Nope….

From Houston :

thought you might find this article from the Houston Chronicle interesting.  The article was in the online edition of the Houston Chronicle on June 4, 2018. “Motiva won’t expand oil refining in Port Arthur.”

Ya….but the good news is TOTAL is. We will see how it works out. 

From Beaumont :

Yes, there are likely as many predatory teachers who are female as are male, and they’re all bad. But, the male ones in our area get crucified? I love you guys, but you KNOW that doesn’t pass my smell test. I’ve never seen a place as lax on predatory teachers as here. And the reporting on sexual assault on students? I gotta say, thank God for you guys.

Answer : You are welcome – see the next email. 

From Beaumont :

I am an excop. I know how these things get shoved under the rug. Mr. Klein don’t you let up on this new police chief Porter. This is where he will get his bones or just be another chump! Great work! We have you at least!

Answer : Well, kind of. A $300,000 theft got shoved under the carpet. However, the new police chief is not a pushover and was never a cool kid. There are many watching what happens and how he handles this one. 

From Beaumont :

Never heard the final numbers on $ or attendance this year (Heritage Fest).  My personal view when attending every evening is the numbers were down. Is there still investigating occurring ? Hope so…..

Answer : I heard they are working it. 

From Port Arthur :

Mr. Klein, I was greatly distressed by your article about Layne Walker becoming District Attorney.  Walker cleaning up Jefferson County is equivalent to Adolf Hitler becoming Prime Minister of Israel.   Werden Kopfe Rollen!

Answer : Exaggerated ….. a little. 

From Beaumont :

You’re nice to compare Layne Walker to a cat with 9 lives. In reality, he’s more like herpes.

Answer : Ouch.

From Beaumont :

Just short of 30 years in the law enforcement, where I’ve seen politics bust the ass of the good guys (cops)…..  Finally some action for the good hard working cops.   Keep them indictments coming.   And, you bet your ass if a beat cop was indicted for a felony they would be suspended!!!!  I’ve seen plenty suspended for less than a felony. 

Answer : Uh huh…read on!

From Beaumont :

We are all so proud of you Klein. You have fought them! You stayed on the up and honest side! From all of us at **** PD! Way to f’in go! Clean it up!

Answer : No no….was not me….I just was the town crier. 

From Beaumont 

The feds stick their thumb into the sewer that is Jefferson Co, and pull out Zena Stephens? She has a bit of toilet paper stuck to her shoe, but everyone else is up to their ears in pee & poo & vomit & blood & used hypodermics & dead fetuses and you want to throw her out 1st thing? Hell no, Zena shouldn’t go. Show us a few white male power brokers getting forced out of their jobs based on these indictments & maybe we’ll talk. The crisis here is caused by feds looking at 52 individuals and STARTING with the best sheriff this county has seen in years.

Answer : I love Zena too. I think she has a great heart, a great push to do what is right, and most of all the want to improve this county. With that said, if I were advising her, I would tell her this, you don’t take cash money from a known bookmaker with connections to the mob. If you did that – then stand up and say I did – take your punishment – and show the world that you what you say you are. Even if you lose your seat. It is that simple. 

From Beaumont :

Your latest article on Jeff Dorrell reminds me of a story. A blind rabbit & a blind snake meet in the forest. Each asks the other what sort of creature he is. Neither knows, so they agree to feel each other to see if their species can be identified. The snake goes first. “You’re furry & soft, and you have long ears…. You’re a bunny,” he says. Then, it’s the rabbit’s turn. “You’re long & slimy, and you have no balls…. You’re a lawyer!”

Answer : Funny – but true. He is hooked up – or was hooked up with one until Friday – with a new law firm. We are watching to see what the new law firm does with his buddy. Maybe a story?

From Houston :

I’m mystified how foreign intelligence surveillance is involved.

Answer : A phone tap is under a FISA statue in some cases. Judges have to sign a search warrant to listen in I am told. And they have been listening in. 

From Mid County :

Wow. Just wow. I wish there was something I personally could do to help you with this. Waiting to hear what drops, hopefully, next week. Read you faithfully. Please hang on to keep us informed where mainstream media sometimes fails.

Answer : You can do nothing. We the people either do not have the power – or we are drones voting the same way everyday.

From Port Arthur :

What’s up with the seemingly vacated Navigation District office on Turtle Creek Drive? What’s being navigated…the flow of tax $?

Answer : Flooded? Who knows…….love the flow of tax $ suggestions.

From Beaumont :

Charlie Wiggins is a part time Deputy in Pct 1 under Earl White. Former Constable Joe Stevenson is the Chief Deputy under Earl White. Maybe we should poll Wiggins would be a great return…..

Answer : Who knows – let’s let this play out.

From Beaumont :

I hate this f****** county. It is so corrupt. Where does it end?

Answer : It simply doesn’t – sorry – deal with it. 

South Newton County :

In difference to the famous words of Led Zeppelin, I am not in the mood for a Melody! After listening to that banter, if I was a Jeff Cty voter (especially an undecided or Repub), I would be both fired up and scared of this possibility! Get out and vote!!!

Answer : The GOP is pissed. No doubt. 

From Beaumont :

So the legal enabler of Carroll Thomas and the massive corruption, theft and fraud at BISD is concerned about the future of Jefferson County? The fact that she is even in a runoff for a judgeship of any kind is beyond belief, but simply illustrates the pending death of the county. Hopefully, she is sent packing in defeat. Perhaps she can then retire to her taxpayer-funded Belize estate down the road from Dr Thomas.

Answer : You can blame law enforcement and prosecutors on that one. When we lost that – we as citizens loose it all. 

From Beaumont :

So what’s your take on Chief Bush retirement? The city manager already announced it will be a internal hire. Which I don’t agree with at all…

Answer : I think he paid his dues. I wish him luck (as I said to him in person) and as for not going outside – it is what it is. Nederland has a problem as they fear outsiders. Sometimes its okay – but you give up power when that happens and thus….well….you see. 

From Beaumont :

Remember when Port Arthur was the All American City and our school District was #1.  1950- 1995.    This was  when the city council cared about the City.  They didn’t throw away money / didn’t over pay employees.   The city council only wanted what was best for the City of Port Arthur & the citizens.   This is very sad.  The City of Port Arthur needs to stop thinking about themselves.  

Answer : Its all about a power game now. That is all…just a power game. 

From Port Arthur

#1 I frequent a local hardware/lumberyard & thought about recurring violent events at an apartment complex located across Hwy 365. As I entered last week I noticed myself scanning the storefront for any signs of holes/or damage. 

To your knowledge have their been any reports of collateral damage along that stretch & do you think that area will ever be the same again?

#2 Annexed all the little towns around it & 15 miles into the Gulf of Mexico in the 70’s & 80’s , could areas like Pt. Acres form their own entities & secede from that mess?

Answer : Nope – nobody wants anything to do with Port Arthur!

From Nederland


As much as I hate you and I really do you are right. This Nederland project stinks. Glow this!

Answer : And I thank you! It’s spelled Klein….but I am not the best on the spelling gig. 

From Beaumont :

At my company(I retired 1/1/2018), we had an occasional pigeon problem in our warehouse. We were no allowed to kill them. We called out bill Clark to run them out.

Answer : You don’t work for Jefferson County Texas! Bring a gun to work and kill birds! You have to love it.

From Beaumont  :

No word from you on Central/Ozen merger.

Any chance the new name will be

Dr. Thomas Education Center


Walker Career Path Learning Center


Jessie Haynes Behavioral Center for Advancement

Answer : Why? I have told you all what is coming! Jefferson County ISD! Ask the Port Arthur ISD Super – who got a surprise visit. 

From Nederland Texas :

Hey Klein, why don’t you STFU about the Heritage Festival. Move out of town would be better!

Answer : Thanks for the advice. Not yet!

From Beaumont :

Why does the Southeast Texas Record have against you? They are lighting you up!

Answer : They just don’t like me. I picked on the Enterprise and they took it to heart. Libs v. Conservs. That simple. Yates does anything he can – with the grace of his management. That simple. 

From Port Arthur :

You need to do some investigating.  It seems the mayor or Port Arthur and some San Antonio based environmental law firm just protested Valero’s environmental permit request to construct a One Billion Dollar Coker Unit at the Port Arthur Refinery.  They did this on the last day possible.

Answer : Watch and learn. Sometimes you simply sit back and watch it play out. 

From Port Arthur :

What if the returning 5 did do the crime? If they went quietly they could keep their retirement and it wouldn’t open a lot of ugly stuff against admin. What does this do for the honest ones that stayed and played by the rules? Crooked is as crooked does. It stinks of corrupt city officials coming back to work and bringing back corrupt cops.

Answer : You cannot take someones job away on a what if. That simple. \

From Beaumont :

The Beaumont-Port Arthur unemployment rate is the highest in the state.  There are signs at businesses all over the area looking for help.  Maybe the unemployed in the area are not looking for work or they have a criminal record or drug  problem and no one will hire them.

Answer : It is hard to put that together and offer jobs to people that are on government assistance. Port Arthur has just over 54% of its public on the “check.”

From Houston :

I know it’s a stretch but, Remember when Ma Bell was run almost entirely by local residents? Although times were much simpler then, chances were if you had issues with your phone or bill, a neighbor was on the other end of the line helping fix it. Now you stay on the line, talking to a computer that keeps telling you it understands complete sentences until they connect you with “Donald” in the Phillipines! Do you think this kind of applies to our elected officials? The longer they stay in office the more people they hire between them & reality! Term Limits for all elected offices would be a good start. What would, “Donald” think?

Answer : Donald would think that he needs his people to have term limits…….just saying….!

From Beaumont :

“We love your site. My wife and I wake up every morning, get our coffee and read your site. Rumor has it that you are going to end this year? Any truth?”

Answer : I hate rumors. What that said – honestly – there is a point where you say what the hell – you cannot change anything. I really wanted to be “a” voice of change. I am told that I am from some very big time names in the political world and business world. I just don’t know right now. Is it in my mind – yes. I have been doing this since 1994 – and 1997 on the net. I have been eyeing 25 years – but I don’t know. Let’s give it six months and see where it goes. There is more than just me now that inputs on this site and it has grown so big. Over 124m page views this year. That is huge – number 2 in the state? Thinking that maybe it might be time to leave on a high…… you see where we are?

From Kountze :

Kountze chief of police lives in Crosby, Tx and drives back and forth daily using a city vehicle.  He was allotted living expenses which should have been used to lease local housing.  That has not been done.  Yet he takes the funds.

Answer : We are looking at it. 

From Beaumont :

I’ve noticed that for years the Beaumont-Port Arthur unemployment rate as reported by the TWC was always one of the highest in the state, but always lower than McAllen-Edinburg-Mission.  Well not anymore.  Not only does the area lead the state in per-capita murders, now it leads the state in unemployment.  Rock bottom can’t be too far away now!

Answer : Uh…businesses are leaving…ya know.

From Nederland :

When the State of Texas Education Agency takes over Jefferson county skools, have you thought of a “politically correct” name for the new merger?

Jefferson – out

Beaumont – no

How about,

Helter Skelter

for all the “fruit loops” left?

Answer : Funny

From Houston :

Carl the technician that works on the DD 7 pumps said they ran out of diesel DD 7 don’t watch weather reports ?the DD 7 manager said he never had to deal with any rain like what Harvey brought so what does that tell you DD 7 manager ? Do the Math and a mostly Democratic board and another Democratic failure ? Welcome to a blue county ? Yep

Answer : Sigh…….

From The Jefferson County Courthouse :

We love you Mr. Klein! They still don’t let us look at you at work but they let our bosses read you. We still have phones and when you post it is like we all grab our phones! Keep up the good work!

Answer : Thank you. 

From Friends At Beaumont PD : 

A 32 year veteran of Beaumont Police needs our help – Lt. Ky Brown has cancer.  Could you post this information about him on your blog and maybe we can push it over the limit to reach the goal for $15,000.  Back the Blue…………one of our own………

Answer : You bet we will and will do so on our front page! Here is the Go Fund Me Page!  

From Beaumont :

Answer : Your welcome. And thank you for the fingerprint we lifted. Nobody is that stupid. 

From Beaumont :

Former Army Ranger and current Pittsburg Steeler Alejandro Villanueva exemplified, Sunday Sept. 24th , what the National Anthem should mean to everyone that claims they are American.

We no doubt have problems in this country but that is disrespecting yourself, your family, your heritage & the same for everyone else in the country.

 WE are America

 All of us

 including those with no clue so our only hope is…

Answer : He apologized to his team for not staying with them. That from a Ranger.

From Beaumont :

Just read your latest postings.  <sigh>  Disheartening — it’s Isaiah Chapter 3 all over again; with a special emphasis on verse 4 — different nation; same path.  Lord help us all!

Answer : Every 250 years countries through out history have had civil wars. Just saying.

From More Snail Mail :

Editors Note : We love posting these from our stalkers – we have many but this one you can really tell the deep issues they face. Here you go – enjoy!

From Unknown Snail Mail :

Answer : Oh…let me retort by paragraph :

  1. McCain sucked then and does now. He is bitter and angry and he voted not because he wanted his piece of flesh from Trump. He got it. Now he dies with that wrapped around his neck. End of that story. 
  2. Ah….here is the better than you routine! Love it…..I am one of the 18,000,000. I cannot afford $2,900 a month. So save your bullshit – there are many of us out here. 
  3. Yes…it is flowing – and thanks to the Crenshaw family and Exxon – not the city. Wanna know a secret – don’t tell anyone – but the city will not be online and the new pumps will not be operative until JANUARY!!! But shhhh….don’t say anything. 
  4. Oh there will be a day for that. There will be day…but shhh again…no really….shhhh.
  5. You are welcome about publishing – we hope you enjoy your dinner at “the club” – if you even know how silly that sounds. No really – I am better than you and I am in a club type guy. What the Beaumont Club? Oopss….shut down. The Beaumont Country Club – dead. What club? The Black Club in Beaumont? Got flooded and is closed? Or maybe Pompano Club in Port Neches? Ooops…close due to water? What club? Here is some advice – since all the clubs are closed – go to one of the venues – Ford Park or just pick one. Giggle….how silly you sound.
  6. And now to the name calling! Fat Ass – well – down over 64 pounds – and working on it daily. Kind of like being a narcissist like you – you have to work on it everyday. We all hold our crutches right? Yours is a little harder than mine –  like being too scared to sign your name to something – using the term “we” in your letter like you represent some click or group – sad isn’t it not being able to stand up and be counted like a real man (or woman) – pick your poison? 

For you our readers….this is why Southeast Texas fails. NOBODY is tough enough to come up to me and say anything. And if they do – they end up walking away figuring out that we all have things in common and we all have things we disagree. But it is pinheads like you that simply refuse to come out like a cockroach hiding in the walls. 

So with that – enjoy your free lunch at “the club” (God how silly that is). 

From Unknown Snail Mail :

Answer : Well now – nice snide email from a gutless person that cannot sign their name. Usually I would ignore – but you set up the home run :

  1. The two months is still on dip shit. Read what we wrote – and then you will see we were right. Remember that the pumps STILL DO NOT WORK AND WILL NOT FOR TWO MORE MONTHS TO REPLACE THEM. Surely you are not that …..
  2. Nobody feeds us fake stories – you have to be silly to think that we do not check them out. What we are told is that we break the stories and there is a mad scramble to fix it and say : “See there was never a problem.” Shall we remind you of Fire Station 11 – and the story in Beaumont? We could go on – but you are again too much of a dip shit to figure it out.
  3. And last – and oh yes – the usual bad spelling thing. We get it. For now 26 years it has been the idea of the left and the power base that bad spelling equals stupid. That train died long ago friend.

Do you see folks – how easy it is.

From Beaumont :

Hello Southeast Texas Political Review, What are we to believe of the City of Beaumont news release, “The Lawson Pump Station intake system on the Neches River was put back in service at 3:30 p.m. yesterday, 9-6-17.” Does this change any of your thinking or any of your investigative  research into Beaumont’s current water issues, as to when there will be a permanent and safe for baths repair? I ask this question reference you post yesterday titled “Two Months” Thank you for all that you do to keep us informed.   

Answer : No – if you go back and read the story what we were told as exact. It will take two months for the system to be back fully online. What they have is generators – that are running the pumps. The other generators are not online. Our position was and will be that government failed. They knew of the problem and did nothing to solve it. But there is pretty bricks and there are nice senior citizens centers? Right?

From Houston Area :

I took your advice and moved from Jefferson County last year to Polk County, which voted 83% straight republican in 2016 presidential election. However, I still have a multitude of friends and follow Jefferson county activities pretty closely. For instance, I heard about the DD7 fubar almost before the flooding even went down. However, the commissioners for the district are golden, since they’re appointed by the county commissioners, who are insulated because of that layer of deniability. Still, I encourage you to raise a stink about there being poor preparation for the storm, despite having a week’s warning before landfall.

What I believe will be the BIG issue in the next 18 months will be if Allison Getz can purge the evacuated voters from the registered voter list before the 2020 census and the presidential election. Jefferson County could swing totally red if she can, 

The 2020 census is big in how it will affect Port Arthur’s automatic entitlement status for non competitive access to federal grants. Should the official # drop below 50M citizens, they will be on the same footing as Nederland, Groves, and Port Neches for grant money. 

It will be a interesting thing to watch.

Answer : Everyone will be watching that. Our belief is that the number being thrown around is 7,900 off the rolls. But we will see…..

From Beaumont : 

Port Arthur City officials contact Port Arthur Police Association for a sit down meeting. They want to negotiate an agreement on paying the officers. Say they don’t have enough money to make payroll next Friday. To much overtime due to storm. I can’t even comment on this it makes me furious. As a Port Arthur citizen I demand these officers get their entire pay they are due after all the crap they have had to put up with from both City and police admin. The city put the screws to them royally last contract now they want help from same officers. Not no but hell no!!!!!!

Answer : We are watching this closely. 

From Beaumont :

looks like this may be a little off? “Two Months”

Answer : Uh no……the water situation is NOT FIXED. It is on a temporary fix….two months to fix it. Read up. 

From Beaumont :

You are right sir. Your way with words tend to salt the wounds. If the wounded public can’t stand the harshness of salt in the wound then they shouldn’t scratch themselves. I tend to be hopeful that maybe just maybe the wounded souls of our community understand now that black or white or even brown that we are all in this together. When a politician is elected he is our politician. Hold them accountable each step. Shame on the ones who profit from position as well as all who do not participate in ensuring that they get some too. We end up living in trash when our house is not cleaned. Our community leaders are trash by letting this happen. I am getting my house cleaning done. If you change party you better be ready for a scrubbing if you want my vote. 

Answer : It hurts…but it is what it is. 

From Beaumont :

Your statement in the article was twice the number of employees and half the population.  Even per capita the number of employees is approximately the same.  Port Arthur has 653 employees and a population of 55,457  for 11.78 employees per thousand and Beaumont has 1298 and a population of 118,299 is10.95 per thousand.  If you consider that the City of Beaumont contracts for transit and those employees are not city employees by taking transit employees out of the Port Arthur total the Port Arthur per capita drops to 10.41.  No matter how you look at it does Port Arthur have twice the employees.

Answer : Sigh….

From Beaumont : 

I retired in 2012 to help my Dad care for Mom.

I priced health insurance for just me ,from before ACA & after

I thought my monthly earnings would be tight but would cover it. Boy was I wrong. My pension is $200 shy of qualifying me for ACA so that means I am put under Medicade guidelines ,but you cannot have any assets if you sign up (house, car, or pay your own way through life means nothing)

So I tell you this because I have sent numerous emails to Cruz, Cronyn, Poe, & Weber

Only Randy Weber has replied directly on this subject (not a form letter) & his aide interviewed me by phone about my situation.

I have always regarded myself as a pessimist & will argue the glass is twice as big as need be,     but…..

Our nation’s news gets worse by the day & it probably won’t matter much longer ,what DC does.

      God Bless America

Answer : Wow – okay – I am speechless. Never give up hope sir. Never. 

From Beaumont : 

Maybe a different perspective is needed. Many of us , who are responsible Pet owners, are sick and tired of the stray dogs and cats who crap on our vehicles , import fleas into our yards, and mate vocally every full moon outside our windows. People need to stop feeding them out their back door . They are not adoptable and need to be put down. We are compassionate and if the killing by injection is good enough for Huntsville death row folks ,it is Ok for the mangy animals. A  .22 bullet ( maybe 4 cents) would be cheaper but then those guns command a $100 cash card if turned in so that won’t work?

Answer : Interesting?

From Beaumont :

“In other words, even if the new tax rate passes, it will still mean area residents will have lower taxes than in 2006.”

Answer : Ya….we saw that. What a crock of crap.

While I continue down the path of unrealistically affordable healthcare insurance I continue to be unable to find any policy worth having I only qualify for catastrophic coverage & I agree if I needed it , would be good to have, but, $800 a month with a $7500 deductible is not affordable if you are working, much less retired.

Thats right over $17 thousand dollars a year & who knows if it gives you perscription help. If you never work & have nothing,  just entered this country illegally, or robbed a bank, (or if you just don’t care)

You get free healthcare. So my question is, While I agree John McCain is deserving of it, like all our vets should be, How much was his deductible & out-of-pocket for his latest surgery & does he have a go-fund-me page?

Answer : I LOVE YOUR QUESTION! He is an elite. And elites get everything better than you and me. He is a king – so kings get king stuff! Now for a little gogo for you – I just lost my healthcare. It was $400 a month with a $15,000 deductible. Now… the middle of the year – they raised it from $400 a month to $1,900 a month with a $25,000 deductible. I told them to go blow. For the first time in my life I am without health insurance. Screw congress I say. They could not even screw a light bulb in. 

From Beaumont :

Concerning the gun buy-back program in Beaumont:  I remember many moons ago (early to mid 1980’s?) an organization tried the same thing in Shreveport LA.  They opened for about five minutes, or so, and then shut it down.  Why?  Well, I’m not sure.  They ran out of money?? They said?  However, on the news footage, all I saw was a bunch of, what in my opinion, were big fat pawn dealers with dozens of rotted-out old Hopkins & Allen (or LK&Q) single shot shotguns.  I suppose that’s not what they were hoping for?  Were they hoping for something better?  Is the current buy-back in Beaumont hoping for something?  I’m not sure how it works, but if the milk is soured, can you put it in a different icebox and it will be better tomorrow?  I would suggest some preachers read about Jericho.  The prostitutes knew the gig was up; surly the gentry knew.  There always comes a time when you can’t stand the stench any longer, and no matter how much you don’t want to, you have to take out the garbage!

Answer : Giggle.

From Beaumont : 

Is there any funding from any local, state or federal government being used for this program? Have any of the gun buyback programs around the Country had anything other than marginal success in getting working guns off the streets?

Answer :  That program failed six times over in the 2000’s.

From Houston :

Okay Phil, here is where you can really help us gun owners. Please post dates, times, and locations for the gun buy back in Beaumont. You see, I have several worthless, rusty “Saturday Night Specials” that I have acquired over the years from friends, family, etc. They have absolutely no value to me or anyone else that I shoot with. But, if I can turn them in one at a time for a Benjamin gift card, I can use that $$$ to buy more gun stuff that I really do need. So, do all of us gun owners a favor, post the gun buy back info when you can, as I’m sure that I’m not the only one with thinking this.

Answer : Scam the scamers? Why do I want to come in on that?

From Houston :

So out of curiosity, what are the churches going to do with all these guns they collect?   Will they melt them down?  Will they lock them up that night in their church (I hope in a safe and not some room/building that a thug can gain entry in to an steal them back)?   Will they have armed guards protecting them while they oversee this project at night?  Will they turn them over to law enforcement? I’m pretty sure that the thugs won’t turn in any functioning gun they might need.  There will however be some stolen guns that are turned in for some freebies.  If the church takes in a gun that was stolen in the course of a burglary, are they then libel for holding stolen property?   If the church takes in these guns, and then they are stolen from them, are they libel for any damages from a new crime? If I had a gun stolen recently, I think I’d be wanting to know if my gun was turned in!  Just saying that I hope they have thought all the way through this process…….

Answer : Give them to the cops. The cops will process them and melt them. 

From Beaumont :

If all the good people leave the area, that means the bad can even do more to those that cannot leave….Stay and fight.  Make contact with all these elected officials and let them know you are watching .  Don’t expect  those “state appointed officials” to know everything. Go to ALL the meetings and speak your mind  .   If you have to, write down your thoughts and read it to the”Board” meeting you are attending.  This whole area is on the downward path and 2 or 3 people cannot be expected to fix it………..and Pray, Pray, Pray….. 

Answer : Sigh….I love hope!

From Beaumont :

Being Pro-Life I applaud the Kinsel’s daughter and and the baby’s father, and his parents for doing the right thing and allowing the child to live; it is NEVER, NEVER the child’s fault  for poor decisions made by the new parents to be; NEVER. There are alternatives, and solutions when the child is born; there will be time for that.  As to the Kinsels’ “shame on you” for what ever your reasoning is  for wanting to end the child’s life. I don’t care who you are, are, who YOU THINK you are, that gives you , or any other pro-choicer the right to decide who lives and who dies. Have you even considered the rights of this unborn child” blood of your blood, flesh of your flesh, he/she is part of you, have you even thought of that. To the daughter, and the father to be, stick to your belief(s), not for spite, but because it is the right the to do. No one knows the future, or how you will get by, but there are people and programs to help; hang in there.

Answer : Read on friends….

From Beaumont :

It’s hard to believe the other grandparents could have said anything as damaging to the Kinsel’s reputation as the facts of this case. Whose welfare is Sparks looking out for, his clients’ or his own? For goodness sakes, threatening your unemancipated minor with loss of shelter qualifies as criminal neglect under the Texas Family Code, not to mention the questionable legality of trying to strongarm a 16-year-old to have an abortion she doesn’t want. Any lawyer worth his salt should have calmed the parents down and convinced them that this is a bad idea.

Answer : And there are about six more – but let us say this – this all needs to go away. Way far away.

From Beaumont :

Where do you get off saying that black communities in Beaumont are infested with thugs? Do you live in any of these communities? I do, I for one am not afraid, and still attend bbqs and get together.. it seems as tho people just want something to talk about.. i, Devon Kelley, invite you to a evening with me in the North Beaumont for some lunch and take you around the neighborhood that I call home so you could have more of a n unbiased report on the recent crimes around Beaumont.

Answer : The same place you say that it is not? How about that? So all of law enforcement says there is a problem with people getting shot in the streets almost daily – primarily in the black communities – and all is good? I am glad you are not afraid because there are many more that are. Babies are getting shot in the neighborhoods now. Over 19 shootings in the past 45 days? But there is not a problem? I accept your invite only if you allow me to bring a dish to share. It is a start. So?

From Beaumont :

Has anything become of any of the investigations/complaints about Wanda Hollier stealing $350,000 and only paying back $100,000 (yes, those are estimates)?  I’ve seen other people do this type of crime, pay it back and still go to jail and get a fine above and beyond the pay back.  Why does she get a pass?  I know she’s connected, but seriously – the board can hold their heads high and think this is okay?  Did the Rangers ever contact you?  Sigh……….crime does pay in Nederland………..

Answer : NOT A PEEP!

From Beaumont :

The ACLU needs to go take a hike. It’s been a tradition since before I played sports there, late 90s, that players/coaches say the Lord’s prayer before/after an event. Even Phil Collins doesn’t have a problem with “In the Air Tonight”. You have muslim doctors in Michigan mutilating young girls and not a peep but God forbid someone prays! That’s the liberal agenda, it is anti-Christian and pro everything else. I guarantee that if a field full of students were praying towards mecca and chanting “death to America” the liberals in the area wouldn’t say a word. However, the moment someone prays FOR America someone’s civil rights have been violated. Every time I took a knee I never felt coerced or forced to pray, I did it willingly.

Answer : They are who they are.

From Beaumont :

Phillip, how are you?  Concerning your filing of charges on the Heritage Festival situation, was Bush’s response, sending it to the Texas Rangers, the correct response?  Thanks…

Answer : Here I will post it again – he did the right thing.  

From Beaumont :

New Orleans is foolish to tear down its historical, sited monuments. The largest city of the Confederacy, those sculptures represent the reality of their day, and were major tourist destinations. But, for all of the legitimate criticisms of the city, you chose “…… nobody goes to that smelly town anyway.”? Smelly town? You do remember where you live, right?

Answer : Uh….my bad?

From Mid County :

Any indication Mid-County school supers knew something about the new, Jefferson County ISD, forming? Who will be first to dip into that taxpayer funded cookie jar?

Answer : Now what do you think? Good question!

From South Beaumont :

Just read your post concerning Maddie Peel (& other BISD candidates), and what I would like to know is, why is one of Ms. Peel’s roadside campaign signs posted at the corner of Spurlock & 18th St. in W.C.I.D #10?

Answer : Her name is Mandie – and people in Beaumont work in mid county?

From Port Arthur :

Just wondering about any updates regarding the investigation that is/was going on at the PAPD. So what’s up with all that? Some of us out here would like to see some updates on all that. You were told back in 2011 that Sterling and Chad Hogan were shady. Hogan’s corruptness was finally found out and proven, just waiting for more!

Answer : That is over. It was a blow up in the face deal for the new police chief. 

From Beaumont :

According to your story, the feds are about to indict many high placed people in the city of Beaumont…… How many times have you had reliable information similar to this and people would get excited only to see almost nothing whatsoever actually done. Until Beaumont is cleaned out from top to bottom, all of these supposed investigations have amounted to little pore than a bunch of cow pies.

  A forensic audit was to be done for BISD and the result—- nothing…..

  The man harassing you and your family was to be looked at and the result—- nothing….

  The case against Morgan and a wild judge to be looked at and the same result—- nothing…..

  The Nederland Heritage Festival thefts to be looked at and again— nothing……

Doing exactly nothing is just as evil when honest action is called for as the evil done originally!

Answer : You have street cred in your comments. You really do. 

From Beaumont :

The judge in the Morgan case is corrupt as are many in the area. You seem to infer that there are federal officials watching the thug who continues to make threats and my question is a simple one- Why has he not been arrested? My question about the judge in the Morgan case is the same- Why has he not been arrested? People are not free to make threats freely nor are they free to do as they wish in court. If they have not been arrested, there is a much bigger problem showing through and it is that the entire system is failing because of the corruption. You would think the FBI would be involved at some point, but alas, they are as bad as the judge they would be going after.

Similarly, the officials in Nederland are just as corrupt and are proving that we do not have a system of laws, but a system of greed and corruption taking care of their friends. The stories you cover may be different, but have the same theme. One difference is that it doesn’t seem to matter how much light is shined on the corruption because people are conditioned to accept it and the thieves know it.

Answer : Because unless you are one of the cool kids in Jefferson County – you live in civil and criminal anarchy. And you have not figured this out?

From Nederland :

Reading about DA Bob Wortham’s lack of leadership to pursue an investigation of crimes in Nederland make me wonder….. What are his stats like on prosecutions? Is he winning or losing?

Answer : This is in the eyes of the beholder – or the voter?

From Port Arthur Texas :

Mr. Klein, I read your site every morning with my coffee….I love it!!! However, one thing I find repetitive in your stories is the fact that you are always saying “someone needs to step up”, “someone needs to do this” or “someone needs to do that”.  This morning while reading your editorial on NHF you said “All they have to do is go to the City of Nederland and file a criminal report saying these words according to five lawyers I have spoken with. They are: “I came to the festival to contribute my money to the foundation for the betterment of the community. I have found out that the money I gave to the community was stolen and I want it investigated.” 

Didn’t you also say you’ve have lived in Nederland for 21 years and are a citizen of Nederland? YOU GO DO IT.  Why are you waiting and goading someone else to go do it.  Why sit around and wait for the other blind chickens in the area to do anything, because it won’t happen!!  Just do it.  As in most of your stories….you want things done but you want others to do it.  If you have all the inside information, which it sounds like you do, then just do it!!!  Instead of sitting behind your keyboard, be the Marvin Zindler of Southeast Texas!!  Do it yourself!!!

Answer : Do you know what? You are right. I will post my AFF on the web site. 

From Nederland :

Not a very good press release is all I can say…BULL S.  So bush did know about it and by law any law enforcement have to report any criminal use at any time?

Answer : Well…..some say it is good that he did what he did and some say not. I know what I would have done if it were me. 

From Nederland :

Okay, so apparently Wanda Hollier stole 300K+ from the Nederland Heritage Festival. That is bad, and it’s far, far worse to realize that, had you said nothing, not one single legal consequence would have befallen her. And, it’s a 100 times worse to hear Bob Wortham sit back, relying on a “report”, to act. It’s like when America watched New Orleans drown & couldn’t lift a finger because the mayor hadn’t contacted the correct people with the correct forms. But, to put things in perspective, what is the final dollar amount that BISD stole? 10M? More? What about the Indigent Defense Fund that Layne Walker ran out of the Jefferson County courthouse? Has anybody even audited it? Skimming money is a major industry in this wretched hell hole. And the good people of the Golden Triangle? Pure submission. Silent, passive, praying somebody will say something, cowering in abject submission?

Answer : Some would say it is the norm?

From Nederland :

How could NHF need that money so badly, when they didn’t know it was there.  Nor did they know how much should be there (so they say).   So who is paying for this lawyer?  With what funds? Has anyone looked at other nonprofits she has worked with?  I’m sure she had to work her why up to taking $7000 at one time.  She had to have been doing this for years. Funny how she bought a house around 1998, and started volunteering at NHF around the same time.  I believe she drives a 2011 car, wonder if NHF made those payments.  Oh I could go on and on.  I can’t even fathom how much money she actually took.  You know she has been taking money for years (which they didn’t look into).  You can’t let a felony be brushed under the rug.  This make Nederland look like a dumb hick town and that’s embarrassing.  I love this little town and it hurts.  

Answer : Ya….we get all of the above. Welcome to the Cool Kids Camp. 

From Nederland :

Wow. That good ole boys club of Nederland sure has screwed the community!! After working a booth for a number of years for the Cub Scouts, i really feel the theft personally and really hope an official complaint will be filed. I hope the community is as outraged as i am and if i am hearing correctly, anyone can file charges; however, i bet everyone is waiting for someone else to do it. Philip, i know you aren’t scared of anything or anyone so please get the ball rolling. With my luck if i filed the complaint it would backfire on me. I just hope this doesn’t mean the end for the festival and all that the community gets from it.

Keep up the good work champ!

Answer : Thank you….and yes the community is totally screwed up. 

From Nederland :

So is there any way a citizen, or just someone who spent their money at the festival, can raise a stink and make them investigate and prosecute?  All those years we spent our hard earned money out there, and to see it stolen………and Wanda Hollier to get a way with it…..makes me sick.  I will not spend another dime out there.  I am tired of those people who are connected literally getting away with everything.  I know my boss wouldn’t let me get away with stealing $350k.  And even if I tried to pay it back (or like in this case where someone else paid it back for her), they would prosecute me AND go after they money.  It’s not either/or – it’s BOTH.  

Answer : Unless you are a cool kid. Get it?

From Nederland :

Mr. Klein – I already consider you a Mid-County hero; thank you for everything that you do, and at considerable risk.  In regard to the Heritage Festival and Wanda Hollier’s fiscal escapades: once again, the Nederland “good ol’ boy”, or as you call it, “the cool kids”, network rears its ugly head. And children here are taught how the Nederland “cool kids” system works starting in school.  A while back, a bunch of 1st string football players get caught drunk by NPD one night on the roof of the NHS gym – no problem!  When asked about why they were not suspended or disciplined, Dr. Beagle replied that “we couldn’t prove the alcohol on the gym roof belonged to those kids”.  Yes…booze apparently magically & spontaneously appears on our high school gym’s roof.  If this had been a bunch of FFA kids, or Key Club kids, or just regular old kids – they would have been thrown in RAC for three weeks and kicked out of any activities in which they were involved.  If you had not intervened, that cheerleader with the school board connections would have never been disciplined for her horrible behavior that was caught on camera. If you are live south of Hwy 73 in Port Arthur and are in the Nederland ISD as a student illegally, but can play football and have an second-cousin-thrice-removed in the district who will let you use their address – the red carpet will be rolled out, even if your parents are not paying a dime in NISD taxes.  In fact, the city celebrated one of these very students with a day named in his honor just a couple of years ago, and he lived way closer to Proctor Street than he ever did Nederland Avenue.  However, if you are an honors student who just wants a better learning environment and do the same thing, but can’t contribute to sports, NISD will send the full wrath of their investigators upon your parents. Ultimately, all of this “cool kids” stuff is why more local businessmen and incredible guys like Jeff Ortiz cannot get into positions in our city government – or other committees like the Heritage Festival boards.  Its why the woman over the water department can curse at you without impunity and be defended by her boss, the city manager.  It’s why our streets and sidewalks look like something from a border town in Mexico, but the Golden Croissant gets 10k for a flashy sign on HWY365 from Nederland Development money.  I have had friends who worked for the city who related how city council members have used our city’s services as a weapon against their personal enemies, such as telling the garbage collection people to bypass their homes for weeks on end. 

And I could go on and on. 

How does this finally stop?  This “big fish in a small pond” mentality that these people display is destroying what used to arguably be the nicest place to live in Jefferson County.   I moved away for a few years, and it was amazing how great it was to live in another state in a fully functional city with ethical leaders.  I unfortunately came back after a few years to find the same Nederland mess that it was before I left.

I don’t know how to tell all of you who have never lived anywhere else outside of this weird little freak show known as Nederland – it does not have to be like this.  It is not like this everywhere.  And it starts with flushing the Wanda Holliers of this town out of positions of influence.  Here’s hoping that shining a light on her criminal behavior and the unethical actions of the HF board is the beginning of the draining of the Mid County swamp.  Which needs to occur before Nederland is driven into the ground to the point that we end up annexed by Port Arthur or Beaumont and become just another Port Acres, Pear Ridge, or Sabine Pass.

Answer : One of the best EMAILS that has ever come into the Review. Let me answer : 1) Cool Kids run things and then elections mean things. Get it? 2) It never stops because the public elects the cool kids with the other cool kids because it is cool. 3) There is an agenda – to help other cool kids and screw the others. That simple – it has not changed. 4) Do you remember my story on “Dan The Garbage Man?” It was a classic. I get the punishment thing. In the end – I am afraid unless this commission comes in from Austin and goes after the cool kids in Jefferson County – it might be time to pack them bags again. Oh…and do you know what the black community is screaming about?

From Nederland :

How is it that Darrell Bush, who is a sworn officer of the law, became aware (first-hand) of a felony crime committed in his jurisdiction and did not initiate an investigation? 

Answer : Maybe give him a call and ask him? 

From Nederland : 

“I am a resident of Nederland for 20 years. To try and explain the anger I feel right now is beyond expression. Mr. Klein you are a hero to many of us “peons” that give our hard earned money only to learn that those we trust steal from us. Thank you Mr. Klein. Keep it up!”

Answer : You are welcome read on!

From Nederland

Wanda Hollier, for all intents and purposes, was a fantastic Festival manager.  Even with the new information that has come to light, I still commend her on how well she did her job (save for her monetary bookkeeping, of course).  She was the first one to arrive and the last to leave at every event leading and up to the week of the Festival, and she knew the answer to literally any question anyone could possibly come up with in regards to the Festival.  She dedicated decades of her life to the Festival, which is a feat in and of itself.

That being said, the new information that has come to light, thanks to your website, has forever tarnished my, and every other citizens’, opinion of Mrs. Hollier.  Yes, she was good at her job on the surface, but now, we all question if she was really as good at it when she was out of the public eye?  How good was she at running this massive event, and the smaller events leading up to it, when she was behind closed doors? If she was as good at the rest of her job as she was at the bookkeeping (which, let’s be honest, she wasn’t very good at), then how much better could the Festival have been?  These are questions I have been asking myself daily since last week when you first thrust this story into the public eye.

It is incredibly shameful that someone with as much responsibility and public adoration as Wanda Hollier would abuse their power and STEAL from a charitable organization.  This single act, which was most likely spread out over many years, suddenly discredits everything she ever did for the Nederland Heritage Festival.  Did she truly love her job, the people she worked with, and the citizens of this town, or did she only stay in the position because it was a source of cash flow?  Would she have ever stopped or even have started slyly putting the money back if she had never gotten caught?  An act like this brings every single aspect of an individual’s character under major scrutiny; she shouldn’t be sheltered by the comments of “oh, but she gave so many good years of service to the Festival!” To that, I say, “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”  She lied to every single board member.  She lied to every single volunteer who gave HOURS of their time to making the Festival great.  She lied to every single citizen of Nederland and every single person who traveled to our town for the Festival.  She lied to the young children who look forward to Spring Break with a sparkle in their eyes because they just can’t wait to ride all the rides.  She lied to every single little girl who found the bravery to get up on stage at Central Middle School in a pretty gown to compete in a pageant.  She lied to EVERYONE, and that is shameful.  We all deserve better than that.  We deserve ANSWERS.

Answers are something that not even the Volunteers have been privy to.  Volunteers, who give HOURS of their time throughout the year and sacrifice their entire spring break for the Heritage Festival, were fed some bullcrap story by board members last year when Mrs. Hollier resigned.  The story I got was that Mrs. Hollier had gotten belligerently drunk one night at the Festival (copious amounts of beer can be found throughout the Festival week in one of the refrigerators at the Heritage Festival office), so drunk that Nederland Police had to be called over in order to calm her down and regain control of the situation.  The board essentially told us that Mrs. Hollier had too much to drink (something she had done on more than one occasion) and got out of control (again, something that would not be too surprising).  This, to me, did not seem like grounds for Mrs. Hollier to resign for “personal reasons.”  Shortly after her resignation, Shannon Hemby was designated interim manager, and was later promoted full-time manager.  This did not come as much of a shock to anyone at the Festival Offices (they officially announced Shannon as the new Manager at our yearly Victory Party in Spring 2016) as Shannon was one of the, for the lack of a better term, “good ‘ol boys” of the Nederland Heritage Festival.  At this Victory Party, the Volunteers talked (as we always do).  A hot topic last year was “why did Wanda resign?”  Along with the now-debunked story I had been told, people threw around suggestions of “maybe she was just ready to pass it on to someone else,” “she probably just wanted more time with the grandkids,” and “Boo probably convinced her that it was time.”  Whatever the reason, we thought, we hoped she was enjoying retirement and hoped for the best with Shannon as our new manager.

As I write this perspective and have to think back to last year’s events, I now know why Shannon was such an obvious choice for manager.  Yes, she had many years of service to the Festival, and yes, she was Wanda’s right-hand, but I now see that the most glaringly obvious reason is that she knew of Wanda’s wrongdoings and was aware of the deal between Wanda and the Board.  Even though she was not on the Foundation Board, her husband Danny was.  Both of them are “good ‘ol boys” of the Nederland Heritage Festival, so why wouldn’t they be privy to that information?!  Of course the Board wasn’t going to select a manager who was not aware of the real situation at hand; they would have started asking too many questions once they realized the books didn’t add up! The Board would never open themselves up to that kind of outside scrutiny, especially given the fact that the deal they struck allegedly only recovered 1/3 of the money stolen by Mrs. Hollier.  Questions are not something the Board wanted to risk, so they put an insider in the manager position (which, I might add, is a paid position; everyone else are volunteers).

Speaking of the Board, I bring your attention to one of the names you so graciously provided in your most recent article: Police Chief Darrell Bush.  Anything “common knowledge” (again, your words from the article) at the NPD is knowledge to the Chief.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.  If your (and, frankly, now my) suspicious are indeed correct, then Chief Bush knew about this injustice for who knows how long and did not take action.  If he did know, then this is a disgrace.  Our longtime chief of police having something to do with, well, I won’t say covering up, but not fully investigating such an injustice to the public is sickening.  If Chief Bush is not involved in any way, shape, or form, however, then I hope he seriously considers separating himself from such a scandal and that he and the department do all they can to further investigate such a travesty.

Finally, I wish to say that I sincerely hope that the Nederland Heritage Festival can overcome this and continue to be a wonderful annual event for our community.  I have been going to the Festival for as long as I can remember, and I know how much joy and happiness it brings to the young (Rides! Sweets! Late bedtimes!) and young at heart (No cooking dinner this week! Kids don’t say “I’m bored”! Thank goodness, something for the kids to do since school is out this week!).  The thought of an impending IRS investigation into the Board and the Festival scares me, but I do truly hope that we can overcome this.  It would be such a travesty if the Festival was brought down by this.  I do plan to continue volunteering with the Festival for as long as I can, and, in doing so, hope to help it maintain its good name in the community.  To the members of the Nederland and Jefferson County community (and anyone else who travels to our little corner of Texas just for the Festival): I hope you will still continue to support the Nederland Heritage Festival, as the wrongdoings of a few are not the sins of all.  90% of the Volunteers had no idea what was going on behind those closed office doors, and we still remain dedicated to the Festival and to you, the public.

Answer : You bring up good points.

From Nederland :

“I want that job! I want to work for a foundation and get a deck and $200,000! Robbing the bank? Did you read the Chamber of Commerce President? There is the problem Mr. Klein! GO GET HER!

Answer : It is all spin. Nobody has anything to do with anyone but they all serve on the same boards. Sigh…

From Nederland :

Do you think that the board members are in trouble with the IRS? It seems that if they signed a false and fake tax return they would be in trouble. Thanks for answering my email. 

Answer : Yes. Here it comes. 

From Houston :

Mr. Klein, I do not know whether to love you or hate you? Today I love you. Last week I hated you. Stop confusing me so much!

Answer : How many times have I heard that.

From Beaumont :

Seriously, some are offended by our flag?? But they’re comfortable enough living and working here? I’m offended they are choosing not to have the flag on the uniforms.  We should respect the flag and what it it stands for and wear it proudly. Why would you choose to live in a country where you would be offended by the flag?

Answer : Do you think that is bad? You should have heard the comments in the public meetings that were held. Question – what is the county doing with ICE? Maybe that is a news story?

From Port Arthur :

What kind of ignorance is this no flag CRAP. I am disgusted with this stupid explanation. The Mexican American citizens should be as well. We already know the city dont like Texas, or they would register the Louisiana buses, now it is the Union. maybe they can be their own little country, I guess they really already are. what a joke! 

Glad i moved out!

Answer : When liberals run a county.

From Port Arthur :

I’m wondering why isn’t anyone reporting that officers are being demoted after being found innocent of all charges?

Answer : Because it was never about the charges – it was about the ride.

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein,

Why do you insist on breaking balls on our political officials? If you think they are so bad why don’t you run for office? Your BISD story is a fake news story. There will be elections! They will take their seats! Stop lying!

Answer : Sigh………no really sigh……..we have simply no words. And BTW – I could never run for office. Don’t want to take the pay decrease and I serve my community in other fashions. 

From Lumberton :

You have been awful easy on us here in Hardin County! What is up with that big boy!

Answer : We have some stuff brewing. However, all is quiet right now.

From Beaumont :

You never told us the end of the story with John Morgan? When are you going to report it again?

Answer : The answer is nothing. Mr. Dorrell stated he was shocked to the court after Morgan filed a letter that all parties got about six weeks before and asked the judge to recuse himself. So the judge shut it down. We call it rope a dope. That simple. Morgan paid his $7,000 and it looks like the case is closed. 

From Beaumont :

The 9th Court of Appeals is either the most corrupt court in the country or this country has been given over completely to evil. The FBI sits back and does what they do best- nothing and yet you think there is no corruption in that? Where is the outrage from some of the decent judges in Jefferson County at the ruling from the 9th- there isn’t any and there isn’t any because the entire system is rotten. You keep saying that Stevens is a good man and yet he also is silent as the corruption continues….. When did remaining silent in the face of evil corruption qualify anyone to be considered good. If there is no outrage from the citizens, starting with the local leaders, all of this will continue as is and we end up with what we have. The fact of the matter is that because of this silence in the face of corruption, it will only get worse. This is on a local level and just look to the national level- has Hillary Clinton been indicted yet? Of course not and Trump has decided to allow this evil to go unpunished. What he doesn’t realize is that he can try to do all the good he thinks of and the end result is a weakened country that doesn’t have the stomach to look at evil and call it what it is. The judicial system, the legislative system, and the executive system are all broke from bearing the weight of this corruption and there will be no fix until good men rise up and do something about it and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Answer : Well, you know, when people get power over other people, they do one of two things. Either they 1) respect and honor that power, or they 2) use it to their personal advantage. Maybe some in the 9th will wake back up. 

From Houston :

I am a former lawyer from Beaumont now moved to a firm in Houston. I read the 9th Court’s opinion on your site. Never in my life have I seen in my professional career a hit to the constitution as that ruling. There must be something personal involved. Keep up the fight Mr. Klein! Expose them all. 

Answer : See above. 

From Beaumont :

The 9th court of appeals has it out for you and anyone associated with you. You are a cancer to them Klein! I know first hand! As you say it is not about the law but it is about you! My family and I have seen this up close and personal as well. We are out of here! Why stay?

Answer : I get it. No I really do. 

From Beaumont :

Speaking of Judge Gilliam, whatever happened concerning the allegations of sexual assault against him in 2010? Did the evidence collected at his empty rental house exonerate him?

Answer : It’s Jefferson County…what do you want? A trial?

From Port Arthur :

I am confused, I was in behind a bus on hwy 365 and it stopped at the bus pick up point near the HEB drive. My confusion lies in the fact that the bus had Louisiana license plates. Are they renting this bus or did they buy it and if so why has it not been properly registered in the great State of Texas. Just cant wait to hear this story. ( only 2 people on board and they got off at that stop)

Answer : Stop it. Now really stop it. The buses are used from New Orleans – ya….we know. Insert Joke Here

From Beaumont :

If Liberty Co.’s own Judge Tommy Chambers is corrupt, I want to know all about it, but it will break my already wounded heart. Until his actions in open court confirm it, though, I won’t believe it. The cancer in Jefferson Co is malignant; it spreads. Best wishes to John Morgan and those fighting corruption in the Golden Triangle.

Answer : It is what it is. We will see. 

From Houston :

If Obamacare has been repealed, why are,, commercials still running? Airtime isn’t free last I heard.

Answer : Because it still is the law of the land. 

From Beaumont :

You keep defending an organization as not corrupt that refuses to investigate serious crimes…. the act of refusing to investigate crimes against you and or your employees because of a prejudice, political reasons, or any other rationale is the corruption itself. When an organization selects which crimes to investigate, then they have lost all legitimacy. Soviet federal police agencies acted in the same manner and they were corrupt. When it happens here, people go into denial and blame it on laziness or any handy excuse….

Answer : My name is Philip Klein and I will never every have a fair chance in any  court in Southeast Texas. I will never ever be treated like a citizen with rights. Welcome to my life. 

From  Beaumont :

I am very sorry to hear of your problems in the federal courts, but it is what it is. Common sense dictates that if the FBI is as corrupt as they are, then the court system is in bed with them. I may sound like a broken record, but there is not any ruling on any case that I would trust coming out of Jefferson County. All of the judges and politicians you keep telling people are alright are a part of the system. Until a man runs and wins under the platform of cleaning out the riff raff, there is no hope and I highly doubt this ever occurs. On the national level Trump did this and won and I highly doubt he will do anything he promised as far as cleaning out the crooks. I am not a pessimist, but a realist. America is gone and will not come back to what we would hope as long as these criminals continue to get away with what they are doing. In the case of your employee, where was the mighty FBI? They couldn’t be found because they are an effeminate group who protects only criminals.

Answer : You are wrong. The FBI is not corrupt – some say lazy and some say they just don’t give a crap. I don’t know – but they sure as hell don’t give a crap about my civil rights. That is for sure. 

From Beaumont :

Well, you have to hand it to “James Smith” aka Thomas Retzlaff – he called the decision Hawthorne’s court handed down in your suit correctly. It creeps me out that a psychopathic little weasel like Retzlaff is privy to the inner workings and decisions of a federal court. How do lawyers arguing before the court tolerate it?

Answer : It’s not him. It is a well known lawyer and law firm in Jefferson County. When we lose the law – we lose the arm of justice. 

From Beaumont :

It seems as if you think there is legitimacy to the claim that all they are doing for the corrupt judges and lawyers is waiting on a US Attorney and then he will take action. I don’t care who they appoint US Attorney, it will not change a thing and the judges and lawyers will not be held criminally accountable for their crimes anymore than Clinton will. Just keep giving the “conservatives” hope and they will keep believing in the system. The system is broke from bearing the weight of corruption and cannot be fixed at this point. To expect that is to expect California to pay off its massive mountains of debt and start acting responsibly. All Trump will do is slow down the final collapse for a few months. If the people will not rise up and demand the system stop their abuses, there is no hope.

To put this into a simpler context- if the people of Beaumont do not demand that Stephens fire the deputies under indictment and demand that all involved be held accountable in court, nothing will be fixed. You can say all the nice things you want to about Stephens, but the truth is she and the rest of the politicians that allow this to go on have the character of a water moccasin.

Answer : Interesting take?

From Beaumont :

With the FBI having become nothing more than a political arm of the Democratic Party, could you expect anything else? Zena Stephens will not hold officers who break the law accountable as long as the FBI is willing to look the other way. Just like the refusal to hold the Clintons accountable for their crimes, they (FBI) pick and choose who they will hold accountable for breaking the law and political affiliation is very important.

Think they also realize that if they oppose Trump at every turn, he will not be able to affect their culture of corruption so do not expect changes to take place because of a new administration. They will dig their heels in for a long fight and will not budge on anything from holding the corrupt sheriffs in Jefferson County responsible all the way to the Clintons continued federal protection.

Answer : It is a shame to see Trump fall back on one of his promises. 

From Houston :

It is obvious to me, and to you also if you will admit it. Zena has been told what to do regarding these two corrupt deputies AND she has been told, “don’t worry, the fix is in, they will be cleared of ALL charges!”

Our ONLY Hope is that a new US District Atty. Is appointed that has some intestinal fortitude and cajones to stand up to the big time lawyers and the $$$ power base that not only runs Jefferson County BUT ALL of S. E. Texas.  Orange, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Liberty Chambers Counties are all under some level of corrupt influence. It is stronger in some than others but they corrupt politicians have their tentacles in this whole corner of TEXAS!

Answer : Well we do not believe that the “fix” is in. But we believe that Stephens made a very bad decision and she lost respect of many in the community – including us here at the Review. And you are right – the only hope is for a good US Attorney pick and the kids over at the US Attorney get kicked out. 

From Vidor :

Now we have Jefferson County’s problem with Rod Carroll. A big thank you from North Orange County!!

Answer : Give him a chance. His power base is now gone. He has to deal with John Kimbrough and John doesn’t put up Jefferson County Bullshit. 

From Sabine Pass :

I enjoyed you’re recent editorial post to the new candidates. I have an idea, and a question, how does one/group  start a watch group to keep the newly elected’s feet to the fire? #2. How would the group go about watching them, I do not think the media would be of any help since they mostly have selected reporting. I think it would be great to be able to report to the community/voters when something of interest (their interest) occurs, God knows it’s time! 

Answer : Welcome to Operation Stained Robe!

From Beaumont :

It is obvious to me, and to you also if you will admit it. Zena has been told what to do regarding these two corrupt deputies AND she has been told, “don’t worry, the fix is in, they will be cleared of ALL charges!” Our ONLY Hope is that a new US District Atty. Is appointed that has some intestinal fortitude and cajones to stand up to the big time lawyers and the $$$ power base that not only runs Jefferson County BUT ALL of S. E. Texas.  Orange, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Liberty Chambers Counties are all under some level of corrupt influence. It is stronger in some than others but they corrupt politicians have their tentacles in this whole corner of TEXAS!

Answer : We agree – of some of what you say – the New US Attorney will have to step up. 

From Beaumont :

With the FBI having become nothing more than a political arm of the Democratic Party, could you expect anything else? Zena Stephens will not hold officers who break the law accountable as long as the FBI is willing to look the other way. Just like the refusal to hold the Clintons accountable for their crimes, they (FBI) pick and choose who they will hold accountable for breaking the law and political affiliation is very important. I think they also realize that if they oppose Trump at every turn, he will not be able to affect their culture of corruption so do not expect changes to take place because of a new administration. They will dig their heels in for a long fight and will not budge on anything from holding the corrupt sheriffs in Jefferson County responsible all the way to the Clintons continued federal protection.

Answer : Again – the solution is a good US Attorney pick. 

From Beaumont :

“Two things happened during the national election: 1) Decent people rose up and voted that they could not take any more corruption from Hillary Clinton and her clan of criminals. 2) The FBI exposed itself for the most inept and corrupt organization that it has become with zero trust.”

Answer : Yup…well said. 

From Nederland :

After the FBI Director Comey came out recently and stated yet again that he has no change or reason to continue his investigation into his looking at Clinton and her blatantly criminal activities and treason, it is easy to see why the local FBI is as useless as it is. It really is a top down organization and they will not investigate crime unless it serves their political purpose. Truth has nothing to do with them and it will not disrupt their turning away from crime after crime.

Answer :  It is what it is. 

From Port Arthur :

Klien, I thought you were full of shit. But man you called it! You rule baby!

Answer : Not really – the Trump thing was writing on the wall. The others…..not so much.

From Beaumont :

“Our feel is that if Trump rolls over the next two weeks – watch out.” You think that might happen?

Answer : This past evening it is reported that Trump had a speech where it was expected 15,000 would attend. It turned out to be 20,000 and another 11,000 was turned away. Who knows? You just get the Reagan felling right now.

From Houston :

Good luck Garrett Peel.  As a person that has worked as a Republican poll watcher at the Port Arthur library for the 2012 Presidential election, you have your work cut out for you.  Those people in Port Arthur are slick.  I heard a worker tell a girl to go home and get her grammie’s voter registration card and she could come back and cast a vote for her grammie.  More power to you brother.

Answer : We get it.

From Port Arthur :

Well, I am very surprised that the media picked up on part of the video. I have yet to understand the “black lives matter” that was being yelled out. I only saw one light skinned guy, possibly a teacher, and no one listened to anything he said. With the approaching holidays I am adopting me a slogan. as I am sure iI will be dragged into the malls. “BLACK FRIDAY LIVES MATTER” You are welcome to use my slogan if the need arises. It will make more sense than the ones at the riot yelling it out.

Answer : You heard that too? It was blacks fighting blacks. You can see the mentality that is being pumped into these young peoples heads. I feel bad for them. 

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein, I am a cops wife in Jefferson County. My husband is furious with the way that the law is applied differently to you. I don’t know how you do it sir. If that were my children I would be a crazy women! On behalf of all the good cops he wanted you to know how much you are appreciated in supporting them.

Answer : Well, I cannot lie. It is hard to watch my children go through it.  But what is worse is the cops that just let it go and blame the DA’s office and their inability to act. 

From Beaumont :

The FBI is corrupt and I wouldn’t doubt Ron Clark being corrupt. He has done very unethical things in past cases that he could not have gotten away with if it had not been Jefferson County. The entire system is laid waste. If the ruling comes out like was told you, You would think Ron Clark would want these email terrorists brought to justice, but again I think it will be crickets.

Answer : We will see. They say Clark is up and up…we will see. As for the FBI – it is Red Ribbon Week. Nope sorry my bad…it is Pink Ribbon week. I guess a grand jury will be formed because I was wrong on the Red Ribbon Week thing – get it?

From Beaumont :

I saw the debate Wednesday between the candidates for JC Sheriff, and there is something that Zena said which I’m not sure I quite understand.  If I understood Ms. Stevens right, she said something that indicated to me, that she believed the corruption effecting the JCSO is originating from “outside” the department.  Umm… OK… Uh… Let me see if I’m following her here — so, she’s saying that the corruption in the JCSO is occurring because employees of the JCSO are being compelled to commit illegal acts by a person, or persons, who are not employees of the SO, not a supervisor within the SO, and/or possess no official capacity to direct the SO in any way; and that external compulsion to engage in criminal activity is so great that employees of the JCSO are incapable of resisting it?  Now, of course, I have no inkling what goes on in the Skunk-works of any law enforcement agency.  Perhaps there’s some sort of symbiotic relationship between any given police department, and other organizations, or individuals, which might exist informally, in order facilitate a more efficient operation of our justice system.  However, if I were a police officer, and I was approached by someone from “outside” my department, who wanted me to commit a criminal act, and I told him to talk to my supervisor, and my supervisor told me to go ahead and do it; then from my perspective it would be internal.  Not saying that’s happening in Jeff. Co., but is it really possible to be in the crowd without being part of the crowd?

Answer : Hey – you can have felony charges on you and get this have a badge and gun.

From Beaumont :

Did Zena not realize her camera was still on? Horrible posture, looking all over the place, not looking at Ray while he was talking. She looked visibly pissed off, esp when Ray was talking about his past. Ray looked poised, he would look at Zena and at least pretend to listen to what she had to say. I for one am glad he at least mentioned the big issue with his past. Zena’s halo claim should set off alarms to any informed individual. (For those uniformed, that means she claimed to have no past issues that may come up, essentially she claims to be an angel, hence halo). They both politically skirted a couple of questions, which is to be expected with politicians. Whomever gets in I hope they do more re-allocating at the higher levels than at the lower levels. And for what it’s worth, the good ole boy system is alive and well in the sheriffs department.

Answer : Giggle. Sigh….

From Beaumont :

Was it just me? Or was that entire debate a train wreck. I loved the part when the moderator starting laughing!

Answer : No…you would be correct. 

From Port Arthur :

Heard you on the radio yesterday. The wife and I were talking about it and remembered how much we missed you on the radio! We listened for two years straight! Loved it!

Answer : Thank you. I do not do much media anymore. But it is fun to do the local thing about twice a year. I miss all of you as well. Loved that show – but I have to make a living.

From Beaumont :

If the information you posted about Get’s taking money for a union and not being registered in the state to do so is correct- then a crime has occurred. Tens of thousands of dollars taken and what saith the great FBI and the wonderful US Attorneys Office……. crickets. They refuse to go after criminals no matter what- that is why Jefferson County is in the shape it is in..

Answer : It is brown ribbon week for the Feds. Stop it…they are all wearing their brown ribbons. Giggle. 

From Port Neches :

Port Neches-Groves High School Indians Football team vs Livingston High School on September 23 at PN-G High School Stadium.  PN-G won the game 41-21.  Prior to entering the game, the entire football team gathered in the end-zone in support of the American Flag and the USA.  The Indian band drum-line led the football team under the Home team stands and onto the track with them carrying flag.


Answer : WE LOVE PORT NECHES! Other than one week a year. Ya know….Way to go parents! Teaching good things to young people!

From Beaumont :

“Mr. Klein, you have stated on prior occasions that you have connections to Fox Media.  Have you considered asking Fox to create a television show called “Get Wright.”  The TV show “Get Smart” was very popular in its day, and it can serve as a model for “Get Wright.”   In “Get Wright,” the show can accurately portray Ms. Wright and the rest of the City Council, with all their corrupt antics.  The American viewing public would not believe such a degree of total stupidity and corruption is possible, and therefore will consider the show to be a comedy.  I predict the TV show would be a hit.  The public would love the character playing Audwin Samuel, because virtually every sentence he speaks contradicts the sentence he spoke before.  You could also consider creating a TV show called “Get Woods,” about the keystone cops in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.   The show can start with a pilot having  Sheriff Woods, Kolander, Smith and Broussard attending an educational seminar called “How to Destroy Evidence Effectively in Ten Easy Steps.”  What do you think?”

Answer : Interesting…money?

From Beaumont :

“I hope you understand that the light should be shined as brightly as possible on our inept and possibly corrupt FBI in Beaumont for not doing anything about these threats. If it were a member of their family, they would have every asset in the government at their disposal to stop the threat. It seems as if they wish the threats are successful on you and your family and for that they are despicable.”

Answer : They don’t care. Why? Because it is me. 

From Beaumont :

” I would hope that you are correct that judges are being looked at. The federal judges in Beaumont are no different than their state counterparts and I doubt they will be looked at. As much as everyone would like to see corruption cleaned up, I do not believe it will happen. If you supposedly know of an investigation going on, then indictments should be coming in September and not waiting for the new year. If you commit a crime, you will be indicted very quickly. The judges commit crimes and the rules become different. The FBI and the US Attorneys Office in Beaumont are absolutely useless and they will rewrite the rules for their fellow corrupt political hacks.”

Answer : Do you think?

From Beaumont :

“It seems to me that Mr. Shaffer has decided that the judge may have wrongfully agreed to quash the indictments as they stood and is asking for clarification. It may also be that he (or people working with him) want to see exactly what the 9th Circuit will do in this instance…. almost setting them up if you will because of all their bad rulings.”

Answer : Right…….the 9th…..I have nothing good to say about them. 

From Houston :

What I hear Josh Schaffer saying is that the demand that he refile with more details than he has already provided is unreasonable, unless Judge Able can demonstrate that it isn’t.He is basically countering the nonny-nonny-boo-booing bullying that passes as acceptable law in Jefferson Co with logic – imagine! The way I see it, Judge Able can either support his decision in writing, or concede that charges do not need to be refiled, and continue to trial. If he chooses to move forward with his directive to Schaffer, the special prosecutor may accept his arguments and submit new charges, or he can appeal it to a higher court. This is careful, deliberate, ethical law. Josh Schaffer is impressive. He’s going for a win that can’t be easily overturned.

Answer : I believe that. 

From Beaumont :

I just read the proposed tax rate for 2016 and noticed it is unchanged from last year. However the “effective” rate is higher than that! In plain English this means, due to less available good tax paying citizens, the ones left here to watch the circus, have to pay more for front row seats! News Flash: The new management company touted to run Ford Park will be doing it for MORE money! I dare the commissioners to prove me wrong.

Thank you Mr. Klein for this platform & your tireless efforts.

Answer : Noooooo……something smells? Not in Jefferson County!

From Houston :

I grew up in Port Neches in the 60s and 70s, got my degree from Lamar University, and moved away in the 80s, never to return.  It saddens me to see what the area is turning into.  I have always gone back to visit friends and family but there is less reason to every year. Reading your blog makes me both angry and sad.  When I was younger I thought the courts were impartial and fair, but now I know better.  I read about Detroit, Chicago, and other large cities with their problems, thinking that only happened in other places.  Watching the slow decline of SETX from afar and reading your blog has finally made me realize how easy it is to not see the rot until it’s finally exposed and it’s too late to repair the damage. Keep up the good work, but it sure must be tiring to keep uncovering the constant corruption and nobody seems to give a damn.  What I find the most depressing is that the whole country is slowly sinking into this mess.  I’m a Trump supporter and although he has flaws, at least he provides a glimmer of hope things can change.

Answer : People have given up on government. It is said that every 250 years a country goes through a “war” of change? How old is the US?

From Beaumont :

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
The Landing = RAMCOR II
Jefferson County spent $750,000 on engineering for a project that was never built…..sound familiar?

Answer : GOD I LOVE IT!!!!

From Houston :

Just read your blow by blow of the latest Hassle In The Castle.  I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Knauth spoke to Wortham at the lunch break — and you know he did.  I wonder, was it kind of like, “Help Mr. Wizard!!”, or “You [CENSORED] lying [CENSORED]!”??  Kudos to Schaffer for doing his job, and raspberries to the media for NOT doing their’s.

Answer : That was pretty funny!

From Beaumont :

Kountze ISD is facing a budget shortfall. Many figures have been thrown out there ranging from 150,000-1,200,000. The previous school board cut approx. 30 positions from our district in an effort to keep us from a shortfall. Now our current school board has filled those approx 30 positions and CREATED MORE positions that are useless. The community deserves the truth and not the same old (pardon the French) bullshit that has been said over and over, something similar to: “Everything will be alright, we’ll find the money.” The district is going to hell in a hand basket real quick. If your staff passed this along thank you for taking the time to read this.

Answer : We will look into this. Good tip!

From Beaumont :

Tom Maness tried to ruin Stephen Hartman’s life, and he got caught conspiring to do so as his colleagues roll over on him and because of Hartman’s camera. You just have to wonder how many lives that man has ruined as DA that have yet to be exposed.

Answer : Well…..that seems to be what the special prosecutor is leaning towards.

From Nederland :

Because of your article the Nederland ISD removed those girls from the cheer squad. What would we do without the SET Political Review? I feel bad for the girls but good for the community. 

Answer : You do the crime you do the time and what comes with it.

From Beaumont :

First off…I want to say that your article was right on.   There is no way these two cheerleaders should be allowed to stay on the cheer squad.  All the cheerleaders are made aware of what would happen if they did not follow the rules.  These two girls were charged with MIP’s.  “Charged”  The only reason they have lawyers is to get them off the charges.   What about the other cheerleaders that have been dismissed or lost “titles”.   Were they given second chances?  No!  So what will be the case if this happens again? If the school and administration do not support their own rules…then they should not have any at all.   Maybe the video should  be made public in order for justice to be done.

Answer : We are PIRing the video – and we will see. We have another story coming – and you will not believe what we are going to tell you now. The story will be up Monday. 

From Nederland :

There are a lot of angry parents in Nederland over this decision to hold off on punishing the cheerleaders. The unfairness to selective people is beyond ridiculous now. If the NISD administration wants to wait until after the trial to officially make a decision then the girls should be suspended and not allowed to participate in ANY event until the trial. THAT would be fair if they want to go by the rules… even though the rules state that they will be kicked off if arrested, do anything that puts the organization in a bad light, etc. But instead, depending on who you are, they skew the meaning of the rules and have the audacity to ask the other members of the organization and students to keep quiet and accept the embarrassment. They are teaching our children to lie and that it’s ok if you get in trouble. What is this…. the MOB?

Answer : It is Jefferson County Texas! That is where you live? Do you not get it?

From Beaumont : 

Drunkgate at the old alma mater?  Tsk! Tsk!  Oh, for the good old days when they passed a doobie around in the smoking area between classes, and explored the joy of carnal knowledge in daddy’s car, in the parking lot, during lunch.  Sigh!  Well, at least they were just watching the moon on top of the dome, instead of spray painting “Mrs. [art teacher] sucks!” on it.  Say, are they still riding motorcycles through the halls of the Jr. High during the summer?  Probably not.  Do you know if they ever got the mascot’s ear glued back on after that dude shot it through the front door with a .44 mag?  I haven’t heard of any bomb threats lately… Oh, I forgot; they took out the pay phone in the hall near the gym — never mind.

Answer : Sigh…and two giggles. 

From Houston :

I read your article on the hiring of consultants by BISD and was wondering what your take was on this. BISD maintenance director is currently a consultant from Harris County Department of Education  (not a government agency as the name suggest)  which has a division that is a co-op (Choice Partners) that the district is purchasing through. Why not hire a director, which pay is ~85000 rather than the 131000. they are paying HCDE Is it legal(or ethical) to to use a co-op that is directly tied to  your maintenance director? Talking about putting the wolf in the chicken coop

Answer : NOOOOO…….stop…….don’t say?

From Houston :

Isn’t Dr. Jimmy Simmons the President of the BISD Board of Managers? Wasn’t he forced to “retire” as President of Lamar for financial impropriety? And, now, you’re telling us the BOM is a financial failure and he’s about to be forced out, again? Shocked. I’m shocked. 

Answer : Sigh…..yes. 

From Pleasure Island :

There are about 30 slips that are occupied  by Port Arthur Yacht club (private  club) members who pay for the slips and also do a lot of their own improvements and repairs. Those slips are all facing North/South which is prudent given the prevailing South winds year round. The vacant Pleasure Island Commission slips are all facing East/West. When boaters have tried to use the slips  the wind and waves would actually break the mooring linesand lead to damaged boats. No one will ever use them. The reason for the stupid design ( all post IKE / FEMA construction) was to maximize the number of slips, not  what works best and could actually be marketed. Typical government  spending!

Answer : Ya…we get it. 

From Beaumont :

   Do the law enforcement agencies have an obligation to investigate the threats against you and your family or not? I understand the DA has to be willing to prosecute, but don’t the law enforcement agencies have an obligation to investigate a crime no matter what? The DA to my knowledge cannot tell the police what they can or cannot investigate…. just wondering. I know they are supposed to work together, but if the DA Office is corrupt, the police still have a moral obligation to do their due diligence….

Answer : You would be wrong. First, my last name is Klein – therefore the rules don’t apply. Second, and most importantly my last name is Klein and the rules do not apply to me. 

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein, many of your readers want to know what is happening with the District Attorney, Bob Wortham.  For so long, you sang his praises and called him a corruption fighter who would clean up the D.A.’s Office.  Recently, there have been rumors that Wortham is seriously ill and may not have all his mental faculties.   Also, Wortham kept employed all the same prosecutors who were there under Maness, which is not good at all.  Now, we have heard that Wortham is a personal friend of Walker, and Wortham is trying to get all the charges against Walker and the other criminals dismissed.  This is all very confusing and disheartening to the citizens of Jefferson County who are tired of the corrupt judges and lawyers destroying our community.  What is really going on with Wortham, and is he really a crook too?  Also, is there any hope of getting these bad judges and plaintiff lawyers out of power?  This place has truly gone insane.   Thanks in advance for your reply.  

Answer : I think I was wrong. 

From Mid County :

Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.  I drive from Hardin County to Motiva for work. The unused youth facility in Mid County has had hay cut and baled, I’m wondering who is getting the free hay?

Answer : We have a story coming – stand by. Too much on the platter. 

From Beaumont :

35 years in law enforcement I’m tired of this bull Sent from my iPhone

Answer : Thank you for your service – hang in okay!

From Beaumont :

Klein, thank you so much for your support of all of us on the streets. You point out what we cops see on a daily basis. We are screwed on the state and federal level! Go nowhere man! You are our light!

Answer : Well that light is getting tired and getting out of here as the ship goes down may be in my future. 

From Houston :

You hit the nail on the head as usual. Your “Cops and Religious Community” was spot on. As is the norm these days, it’s somebody else’s fault for the degenerate lifestyle one chooses to live. We reap what we sow….don’t give up!

Answer : Ya know…for the first time we see the end coming. It is time to maybe let this thing go. It can and will never change.

From Beaumont : 

You think that even though the local cops will not stand up and say anything about what the crooked cops did to Hartman are still good cops??? Then your logic must be that when a thug commits a brutal crime and no one rats him out, then the silent people are good also? My logic is that a cop that covers up for dirty cops is just as dirty. It seems as if this new logic you apply may be the reason so many are turning evil in these days. Who is going to say anything? Layne Walker seems to have this new model of logic down pat as do many others….

Answer : Ditto again. I see the end to this site and the fight almost over. You cannot win. The Lawyers and the Corrupt judges win. Law Enforcement does not stand on its own any longer. They have no backing from the DA’s office. That simple. Don’t blame the cops. Don’t do it. 

From Beaumont : 

I just got back to the cesspool, and read your latest posting about BISD wanting to barrow(?) PNG’s gridiron.  It reminds me of the time, many moons ago, when one of my father’s coworkers wanted to barrow my father’s brand spanking new pick-up truck for the weekend.  When my father asked why, his coworker said he was going to the beach, and didn’t want to get all that salt & sand on his old car.  “We don’t want to have to clean up our $20 million over budget cost-plus temple to our daddy, “Butch”, after the “Gangstas” get through shooting it up… Could we make a reservation at your Reservation?”  <sigh>

Answer : Go Indians?

From Beaumont :

Isaiah 54:17 But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you

Answer : Ya…we get that. 

From Beaumont :

You might want to check out the slaughter house a little further.  It is a Muslim project promoted by the local EDC, of which I am not a fan.  With the slaughter house there would probably be an influx of Muslims to this small town.  With the current conditions between Islam and the rest of the world I don’t this as a positive thing.  I doubt that the majority of people in Kountze and the surrounding area are in favor of this.  The all mighty dollar is not everything.

You seem to have the idea that Hardin county is a republican strong hold.  We have the same people running things.  They just change their label.  They have not changed the way they think.  It was expedient for them to change their label in order to get reelected.  Getting in the bed with Nick Lampson certainly is not the answer to anything.  The only other local politicians that can compare with him would be Jack Brooks and Carl Parker.

Answer : I get that…but jobs….?

From Houston : 

I just read your latest post about the meat packing facility, that PA rejected, moving to Hardin Co., and taking all those jobs with it… Jobs?   Humm?… I wonder.  I remember reading in the paper, when they were trying to put it in the cow pastures of west PA, that it was going to be a “halal” facility.  If I understand it correctly, halal butchering must be done by a Muslim, who slits the animal’s throat while praising Allah.  What I’m not sure of is whether only the guy with the big sharp knife has to be a Muslim, or if everyone who touches the meat has to be a Muslim.  If it’s everyone then how many jobs will be created for the folks now living in predominantly Christian Hardin Co.??

Answer : So if a Jewish man owned it…..?

From Beaumont :

I just received an e-mail from a friend in the area that did not want the slaughter house in their area.  It seems the whole story is not being told.  The guy that is behind getting this done is the same one that had Hillary C. to his house in Beaumont.   The slaughter house also comes with an apartment complex because the packing plant has to be run by Muslims.  I was told this will not bring jobs to the area,  just bring a couple hundred Muslims to this community.    So, if N.L. is involved he may be the “front man” and being well paid…….  please check this out……..some in Hardin County are just like Jeff Cnty…. ….      Our water resources will be ruined…..

Answer : Sigh…fear. Not fact. 

From Nederland :

So happy that we finally sold our home in mid-county!  Yay!  When we moved there 25+ years ago it was for good schools and a small town atmosphere.  Change is inevitable, but it saddens us to see the decline in the area – schools are crumbling, NISD has no real reserve fund, the good old boys continue to control the political seats, corruption is everywhere, crime is up, and there are too few good jobs in the area.  We have seen the handwriting on the wall and needed to get out of Jefferson County before it finally implodes.  We exposed our kids to the outside world so they know there is so much more opportunity outside our area.  The kids graduated from NHS, but both have stated they will never come back.  So off we go to follow the kids/grandkids on new adventures.  Good luck to all those who stay………..because they are going to need it!

Answer : Ya…I get it. 

From Houston :

Dorrell (as an assistant grand jury foreman) tried to push for the indictments of Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and his wife back in 2008:

I wonder what the Medinas’ attorneys thought of Dorrell?  One of them filed contempt against Dorrell, according to this article. I wonder if the Medinas or their attorneys were ever harassed by anyone during that time? 

Answer : No telling. Interesting however. 

From Beaumont :

Oh Jeff, Jeff, Jeff….. You can take the boy out of Vidor, and stick him into a fancy law firm in Houston, but not so easy taking Vidor out of the boy, is it?

Answer : I have no comment. I think there is an end game. But I will leave that to the Feds to work out. 

From Vidor : 

I knew Dorrell back in school in Vidor. He was a great guy. What a shame to see what he has turned into now.

Answer : I am conflicted regarding Jeff. I like him to talk to him. A very nice and engaging man. The question is this – why would he go after me? He is a Houston Boy now – and the only thing I can come up with is simple – he simply has someone who is paying him. Unless it is personal. And then I have no idea. He is on quest to shut us down I assure you. Someone is pulling his strings as looking at his cases he has far better things to do than screw with me. Or maybe not. 

From Port Neches :

I read your editorial regarding the incident that happened this past Friday. As I looked at the picture of the man you spoke of I could not help but notice what he was wearing on his right wrist (or what it looked like to me). If you have ever heard of ACTS community then you know what the term ACTS stands for and represents. If in fact this man is part of the ACTS community then I stand appalled at his actions. I am not here to cast judgment on him, he can judge himself and decide whether, or not his actions blew his witness. I will tell him that no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. 

I sincerely hope I am wrong, and that the bracelet he was wearing was not that which represents “fishers of men”, but if I am correct in what I saw, then this mans nets came up empty.

Answer : Thank you for pointing that out. And I am sure that you are right. I have said it before and will say it again – he is very lucky that he did not come up to attack my auto. Very lucky.

From Port Neches : 

I know that man and his lives near me. My husband says he is a nice man. Why do nice people do stupid things Mr. Klein?

Answer : Because we are all human. That simple. 

From Beaumont : 

While I agree Patricia Lambert broke the law and got less punishment than she deserved, she should be commended for educating not only her students but the entire nation on how the system can be played. If she serves half of her sentence for a first non-violent offense, then something is wrong.She will not live long enough to pay back….. (25% of her monthly income and does that include SS, or like some BISD employees didn’t pay into it?)…. taxpayers money , the fact that she must pay back any at all, windfalls, settlements, inheiritence monies, etc. is a joke.

She diverted most of her loot while still employed to her son. Who thinks she will win anything or inherit anything now that the rules are plain? She went to school, got her phd.(I thunk) and had a long time to plan and truth be known she is not alone. Yes she did her job well. 

She educated the public on how to succeed at exploiting the system.

When will the book tour start?

Answer : As soon as she gets out in 40 months. A day for day in fed.

From Hardin County :

What gives? Neither Ch. 6 or 12 said a peep about Hardin or Jefferson County runoffs???   Loyal Hardin County Reader.

Answer : Not important? Hell don’t ask us.

From Beaumont :

I read your story on being attacked by Judge Layne Walker after he was arrested and charged with crimes? Do you think he can get a fair trial?

Answer : No. I think it needs to be moved. For his sake and for the citizens of Jefferson County.

From Houston :

I just read your latest post questioning the motives of the news media.  In my opinion, the news media in Jefferson County is just plain old incompetent.  It is easier to slap-dog a remote live broadcast from the parking lot of the station with gossip you got off Fooybook with your smarty-pants phone than to actually build a rapport with a real human being, and sit down with them to ask probing questions, then arrange their answers into coherent sentences, devoid of slang and colloquialisms.  It is easier to sit in the dark, and spin through a reel of microfilm, then cut & paste an archived article about a couple of murdering, thieving, criminal punks from 1934 rather than extensively question police and citizens about a bunch of murdering, thieving, criminal punks in 2016.  I think they have more than enough intestinal fortitude to pester anyone until they get a strait answer; but it’s just so easy to play on the computer while you wait for the official press release, and then simply regurgitate it to a blasé public — and if the press release never comes, you always have the puppies & kitties at the shelter.  As far as Woods is concerned, he shouldn’t have to resign — he should be expeditiously removed from office in a most vigorous manner.

Answer : Their story selection is at best silly. No really. 

From Beaumont :

Concerning the city bus issue, I would venture to say that there is some entrepreneur out in that place the leadership of Jefferson Co. doesn’t believe exist — that place the rest of us call “the real world” — who would be more than capable of starting a privet bus line that could service Beaumont, without any connection to The City, and could do it for significantly less than $50K a head, but if they tried the city would probably skin it alive with ordinances & regulations.  Wait… Sorry, I forgot, this is Jefferson Co.  We’ll get Greyhound or Trailways to come in and service our bus port for $50 million a year with a guaranty that if all the seats aren’t filled The City will pay them out for the empty seats; and when the bongos run out it’s “Thank God, And Greyhound You’re Gone”.  Yep, that sounds more like it (Geez!).

Answer : The wheels on the bus go round and round…just like the money tree does. Follow the money!

From Beaumont :

“I have always said and will say again Klein! KARMA IS A BITCH! And what happened to your guy is a bitch!”

Answer : If Karma is a bitch I guess I should be quiet for now.

From Houston :

You have done it sir! My wife and I left Jefferson County because of people like these officers. Maybe we will come back if we see that something is really being done! We are tuned in Mr. Klein!

Answer : It starts with one. Just one. Do the right thing.

From Silsbee :

God bless Mr. Hartman! What a great young man! I have dealt with him before and he was polite and helpful. I hope he gets his justice!

Answer : Again Karma…..time to be quiet and let the system work. It is not for me to judge – but a group of their peers.

From Beaumont :

Why don’t you talk about Judge Stevens that started all of this. I have not heard you praise him? What is up with all that?

Answer : Judge Stevens is one of the most honorable men to step onto the bench. There are SOME JUDGES that need to watch what the judge does and stop playing judge. Just saying.

From Houston :

How do you know that those of us who got fired never talked? I even offered to give you some of the same information year’s ago thats coming out today! And you’re absolutely right, not all of us were crooks!

Answer :  I for one hope  you DID the right thing!

From Florida :

You people live in one of the most screwed up places I have ever seen! Our company was in your area to build a plant across the Neches River. We were so upset and sick over how your county is run we left without even taking the time to speak with any elected officials. It was like they didn’t want our business!

Answer : Welcome to Jefferson County!!! Er…uh…ooops.

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein I work in the Jefferson County Courthouse. I want to thank you for helping clean up the place. Since all of this has happened our department heads are finally doing things by the book. We are proud to work there now! It has been a wild two weeks with the secret grand jury meeting! We are all hoping that someone will help clean our community up!

Answer : I am just one. Yes I am. Now be #2.

From Beaumont :

One of the great things about narcissistic sociopaths like that little piss ant, Thomas Retzlaff, is that their desire for attention and the propping up of their infantile egos is so irresistibly strong, that they nearly always overstep in their hubris and get themselves caught. He should have been put away years ago, but you know what? I kind of get him more than I can understand why judges in the 9th Court want to collude with him or his associates. On paper, Justices Sid Vicious Holland looks pretty great – obviously intelligent, well-educated, great real world background…… why would he want to risk all that he has achieved to work with 3rd-rate losers like Retzlaff and Dorrell? Also, I see that both Justices Hollis and Leanne Johnson hail from the same Beaumont law firm, Orgain, Bell & Tucker. And both, along with your girl, former Judge Lindsey Scott, were Rick Perry appointments. <edited for space>

Answer : This is easy….because they can?

From Houston :

I am a former Hardin County resident. Our family lived near the Bellows. That David needs to get some help. Seriously!

Answer : We think he will now. Mental Health issues are hard. Cut the kid some slack.

From Beaumont :

It’s always been Hillary.  Ever since I learned she threw her hat in the ring, I’ve had this dark, dreadful, frightening premonition that she would be this nation’s next president; and the further this freak show goes along, the clearer that ghastly vision becomes.  “I see a Bad Moon rising”; please join me in praying that I am wrong.

Answer : I am afraid you are right – the GOP is imploding.

From Houston :

Stop worrying about this special prosecutor. He is a good man and I am attorney and know about this man. He will do his job.

Answer : We will see.

From Beaumont :

Man oh man I am seeing what you are saying. This place is a suck hole. My family and I are leaving as soon as we possibly can. If there was any way I could do it today I would. Hardin County is too close. We are going anywhere but this three county area!

Answer : We get it. Yes – we get it.

From Beaumont :

Last night I had the opportunity to be one of the 23 GOP people that Luntz Global used in a focus group for the Kelly File on Fox News.  It was a very interesting experience.  It was a true cross section of people supporting all 5 of the GOP contenders.  All but 3 thought Trump will win the nomination.  All but 3 thought Rubio won the debate.  Even those who adamantly supported their candidate feel that he’s going to win and that after Super Tuesday it’s time to shut the other candidates down and get on the Trump wagon.  Most thought he should name his dream team after Super Tuesday and it should start with Kasich as VP, second choice Carson and third was Rubio. 

Answer : Its Trump in a huge GOP fight.

From Beaumont :

I read your Black History editorial and I think you are spot on!

Over here in North Orange County we are supporting you and also pray for leadership in the black community….

I still remember my wife of thirty years and I were at Market Basket (in Orange) right after Obama was elected president. 

My wife was shopping up and down the aisles, and I normally stood at the magazine rack (they have a pretty good selection of outdoor magazines) waiting for her return.   

When she approached, this black thug (probably about 25 years of age and 150 pounds) cut her off, bumped into her buggy and went ahead of her into the check-out line.…saying “it’s our time now…”

Exactly what happened next is still sort of a blur, but witnesses say I grabbed him and hurled him down the aisle a pretty good ways, telling him “it might be, but it’s not your turn (racial slur)….”

After I realized what I had done, the guy gathered himself up and got into a different line.

My wife and I checked out and left.

I didn’t notice all the people looking at me, but I do remember no one said a word….they just went about their own business.

All that to say this, anyone that thinks they can get ahead in this old world by acting like an idiot never will and I’ll be damned if anyone is gonna earn respect (from me anyway) without acting both courteously and kindly….especially to a woman!

No one should be ‘entitled’ to anything and I’ve found that usually, you only get what you earn!

Answer : As my father said – always do the right thing.

From Houston :

Your assessment that Hardin County is becoming Jefferson County is correct, in my estimation.  I left Hardin County for over 20 years, but we are back temporarily.  If you are a victim of terroristic threats, criminal mischief, neglect, physical/sexual assault, burglary, or stalking with rock solid evidence, good luck with any action on the parts of city or county officials.  When the officer merely says “protect yourself” and doesn’t even follow through with a simple criminal trespass warning for someone having threatened your life and attempted to break into your house, you tend to give up on the value in calling 911.  When charges are forwarded to the D.A.’s office, and you make contact to be sure the case will be pursued and you will be informed of court dates, only to learn after the fact that the case has already been completed without the D.A.’s office even talking to the two victims, you lose faith in your officials and the process.   When you find a toddler wandering alone down a street wearing a diaper and barefooted, so young that she cannot answer questions, and it takes over 15 minutes and two calls to get officers to show up, that is ridiculous. So, we are left to protect ourselves but wonder will we be the ones charged if we ever do have to protect ourselves?  Those two Kountze girls deserve justice, and the public deserves answers.

Answer : We get it.

From Nederland :

Mr Klein – those of us who live on 31st St. in Nederland would like to thank you for exposing the “cat house” owned and operated on our street by Corey Loupe and Rocky Rashall, recipients of Nederland EDC money (i.e. my tax dollars).  We have a nice quiet street, and I can guarantee Mr. Loupe and his wife would not want a “gentlemen’s club” filled with prostitutes, drinking, and drugs on the same street as their $300k home off Spurlock. It has definitely stopped since your story (I would warn them not to think it will be ok to lay low hoping this will die down – we are all watching daily and have NPD support). Thanks again for your help – this would not have happened without you.

Answer : It starts with one.

From Beaumont :

Reading about the Dishonorable Zach Hawthorne “throwing out” the Hartman case, and feeling sick…….. I wonder what ever happened to Stella Morrison’s case calling Layne Walker out on his overt racism? Did she let her substantial case go when he left his Judicial position? Even after he had her arrested on his last day of work at the corrupt Jefferson Co. courthouse?

Answer : I think at one time in his life Judge Hawthorne wanted to do the right thing under the law. And then politics hit him. End of story.

From Houston :

I just read Hawthorn’s opinion on the Hartman fiasco.  Now, I ain’t one them thar high-powered lawyer types, but it seems to me that Hawthorn basically told, not only Hartman, but all of us, that even if we tell the truth, and the infamous “they” lie; “they” are still in charge, so nanner nanner boo boo.  Isn’t that the kind of despotic attitude that provoked the Colonist in North America to revolt against the British Crown about 240 years ago? “He has obstructed the Administration of Justice,…” “He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:”  “…For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment…” “For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by jury:” — The Declaration Of Independence.

Answer : I have no answers. I have given up on what is right or wrong.

From Beaumont :

The Hartman case proves the corruption of the federal agencies unwilling to enforce the law in Beaumont. The Morgan case proves the same thing. The feds are in bed with the locals. Even Calvin Walkers case proves the same thing. The US Attoney, Malcolm Bales, and the DA, Corey Crenshaw bragged through the news media how they used a joint task force to indict Calvin Walker. The only problem is that the federal government was prohibited from charging him again or working with the state to charge him again as per the plea agreement. Haven’t you noticed that Walker has been under indictment for over a year and the case is continually pushed back…. now until August. It will not go to trial because the feds broke the law in my opinion and are using double jeopardy in a very sneaky way.

 All of these cases and many more prove that the feds are out of control in Beaumont and have no wish to ensure justice. Washington probably will not intervene either and you and Hartman and Morgan and Walker are all left hoping that some state senator or law enforcement agency will all of a sudden grow a backbone and help stop the corruption and that is all you are left with- hope.

Answer : I think they have lost all registry of hope in the legal system. The legal system is no longer about the law.

From Nederland :

Just read your latest post on Hot Rod-C.  “Immediate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”.  Hummm?  I wonder if I can claim that as a defense if I ever have to stomp the living [CENCORED] out of one of those monster dogs, and his irresponsible owner, after being attacked (again) while riding my bike on a public roadway?  Seriously though, considering the many incidents of unpleasant contact between police officers and the illicit members of the African American community, it would not surprise me if every police officer in this nation, regardless of race, has used “the N word”, at least once in their career, to describe the aforementioned citizens; whether it be publicly, privately, or reservedly.

Answer : Interesting take….I think?

From Beaumont :

Good job BUT that’s just the tip of the iceberg…..How about taking that same County vehicle using County fuel to Houston to pick up those signs AND taking his Chief Deputy along to pick up his signs as well !!

Answer : We have heard. Sigh….

From Port Arthur :

I found your top story very interesting.  This happens all to frequently by many incumbents.  The other thing I though was interesting about the picture is that the sign clearly appears to be in the right of way. 

Answer : His story is it got ripped and he was fixing it. God….

From Beaumont :

I work at the jail and Rod Carroll for Sheriff told us all that he asked a lawyer if he could sue you for your story. The lawyer said no. We all just rolled our eyes. Help us Mr. Klein! Don’t let him be sheriff!

Answer : What do you want from me? I am but of one vote. Let’s see what the democrats do? Okay.

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein….why is it when you post a story the media plays it two days later? I just watched the news tonight and saw the Saleme story. You reported that two days ago? WTF?

Answer : I don’t know ask them?

From Beaumont :

I firmly believe each person has a right to vote how they choose without being concerned with party affiliations. I’m not sure why it angers you so much when a person crosses party lines and votes for the individual rather than a particular party. I agree Jefferson County has more than it’s share of political corruption and I don’t like it either, I do however still believe people should be allowed to vote without fear of judgement or ridicule.

Answer : Feelings….nothing more than feelings!

From Beaumont :

Rod Carroll spent $820.59 at Tractor Supply on “advertising”??!!??  What!?  20 gallons of RoundUp so he could kill the grass around his yard signs??

Answer : Does Tractor Supply carry Weed Killer? Who knew?

From Beaumont :

So, it’s pretty easy to understand how Jeff Dorrell (the guy who broke Grand Jury rules in Harris Co.), Tom Reztlaff (revenge porn freak felon with an automatic weapon,) JoJo Hunt (stuttering Jo), and Neal Rauhauser (banned for life from the Daily Kos) figure into Texas judicial corruption and illegitimate subversion of justice in Texas (i.e., Jefferson County, Austin politics, et. al), but (aside from Jeff Dorrell being his only reference on-line….. hmmmmm), how does Mark Sparks (Layne Walker’s former lawyer, now retired from Provost Umphrey) figure into the picture?

Answer : That is what the Feds are looking at.

From Beaumont :

The difference between the Bland and Hartman cases is not racial. Who has cried out about the black men sitting in jail for years because of the corruption of Layne Walker and the Indigent Fund lawyers? It isn’t because Hartman didn’t hang himself; questionable deaths happen all the time in JeffCo and get swept under the rug. It isn’t because of gender; who spoke out when a hand-cuffed woman was punched out in custody? The difference is simply that there is no place in Texas as corrupt as Jefferson Co. State and federal laws and regulations that officials in other counties bend over backwards to observe are casually ignored by officials in this county. Anyone who calls them on it gets treated with wide-eyed shock, as if you should know the rules don’t apply to them. And the federal agencies responsible for enforcing the laws? Do not work here. DOJ and FBI offices are jokes; what a waste of taxpayer money, Jefferson Co. is run like an old-time plantation with a bunch of landed fat cats sitting at the top, raking in the money from the backs of taxpayers and subverting justice to keep themselves in power. Most people are either intimidated by them or beholden to them. Can the voters vote in change? I really wonder. All I see is a bunch of sheep who lost hope a long time ago.

Answer : Maybe and maybe not? The first move is to the special prosecutor.

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein, I have been reading your site on and off for years.  You always say that Jefferson County “is the most corrupt county in Texas.”    I think you are minimizing the problem.  Jefferson County is the most corrupt county in the United States, and third world countries compare favorably to Jefferson County.  Please explain why and how federal and state law enforcement always stand down and permit Jefferson County to fester in its crime spree.  Also, how long has this been going on?  We would like to know.

Answer : Funny – but maybe not so funny!

From Beaumont :

Well, Phillip, I took your advice and moved far, far away. I also think when the next election cycle hits and the Board of Managers is replaced by a board of trustees, the next cycle of corruption will start and Beaumont will not be able to recover from another round. Good luck. Keep up the good work. I still check your site for local NEWS which I know won’t show up in the MS media.

Answer : Very nice! Thank you so much!

From Da Groves :

A family member recently witnessed a rolling stop by a Jeff. Co. Officer in Groves at the corner of Van Buren and Lincoln. He called the SO and received a call back from Lt. Walker. He basically said that not he or anyone else would write this Officer a ticket. Per Mr. Walker “If your wanting someone to write this Officer a ticket, that’s not gonna happen!” There is NO accountability for Jefferson County Sheriffs Officers!!!! Just can’t believe this can happen!!!!

Answer : It is what it is.
From Houston :
Answer : Sigh….it is that it is.

From Beaumont :

Klein you killed it again! This is why I come to your web site and read the truth! I am a black man and a democrat in Jefferson County. Your story on the Mrs. Lambright was right on. She admitted her guilt so she will do time. She will do more time than any other person that is no with the in crowd! Dude you are so damn right! We blacks are treated different! Power Klein. Power! Love ya bro!

Answer : Well you might not love me past this – let me be clear. Lambright will do time for one reason and one reason only! And it is not because she is black. She will do more time and will have a felony on her back which ends her career and will eat up her retirement. And not because she is black. Because if you do the crime you do the time. And she is going to do the time. But not because she is black? Do you get what I am saying?

From Port Arthur :

Why wasn’t something done about all the house’s being built in Port Arthur when people in SabinePass was hit the hardest in Jefferson County when the good witch of Port Arthur Mayor Prince got on TV and said Port Arthur didn’t have any Damages other than a few Lines and Cable TV lines down there is still elderly people who are living in FEMA (Fix Everything My Ass) trailers in Sabine Pass Right now and people were turned down due to no Money For SabinePass maybe because the Mayors Mother and Sisters needed new homes and her Friends needed new homes and the Man in Beaumont over this might have been working together if o e person in Sabine Pass got a house everyone should have got one but a few were sh** on by the good Ole Mayor and the Man in beaumont I’ll get you his name. Thanks a pissed off citizen

Answer : Because the Feds Don’t care? It is some kind of ribbon week you know….

From Beaumont :

I would like to start a write in campaign for Brian McDougal, City Manager of Port Arthur, for Gadfly of the year. Overcoming almost insurmountable odds, he is cleaning house one position at a time.

Answer : Yes he is. Nice choice.

From Beaumont :

Thank you very much for today’s top story, For God and Country.

Once again, the Mayor and City Council of the city of Orange have proven themselves to be “gutless wonders” when confronted with a situation in which, God Forbid, they have to take a stand.

I’ve heard that the spokesperson for the atheist organization in question isn’t even a resident of Orange county. He’s from Lake Charles. I have no way of verifying this but I do know for a fact that I’m the last member of the Hammers family still residing in Orange County. The other members of my family have either passed on or moved away. While Jefferson County may be the most corrupt county in Texas I can assure you that Orange County is a close runner up. There’s a clique that runs the county court house, and if you’re not a member you don’t exist as far as they are concerned.

Answer : Well, you know, look at the history of Rome and then go there. Get it?

Live From DFW :

So I’m at DFW and as our plane pulls away from the gate we collide we equipment. Yep we are now deplaning from a damaged aircraft that was already late.  Did learn from a lady on board that she’s going to miss her meeting with Jefferson County tomorrow. Meeting is at 9 Monday to talk about her charter school taking over the youth commission facility for drop outs.  They will be in there by August. Guess you called it again.

Answer : Been there and done that and will never ever do it again. A three hour trip turned into a four day hunt for baggage and ….. oh never mind.

From Beaumont :

My wife has always enjoyed reading Enterprise, even though I think it is not that good, but here recently our delivery is going downhill. Since Dec. 1st we have had to call subscriber services 4 times about failure to deliver the paper. We even called this morning about this problem, 1st you can’t understand the person you talk to, and when finally came 2hrs. later it was yesterdays paper. I agree the Enterprise is dying by it’s own hands.

Answer : Ya we get it. We think they have given up as well.

From Lumberton :

Thank you for supporting Chief Singletary. We know these guys that went after him. You need to look at their files. I was a fellow cop with one of them. He has his own set of problems. You are right about taking the other one out of the FBI office. Should have been done long ago! Good job Mr. PK!

Answer : More coming on all of that. That is all we have to say.

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein, thank you for being so nice to me and my husband at the 100 club event. It was funny to watch the look on peoples face when you walked in the door. It was even more funny to watch them be nice to your face only to say horrible things about you at our table. You are class act by laughing it off! We love you. Thanks for your support for the police!

Answer : I get it. I had a city council member from Beaumont that walked right up to my table and shook hands with a judge I was sitting with only to look at me and walk away.

From Beaumont :

Why do you pick on KFDM so much? It is getting really old. We have watched them forever. We like the new girl! Where is Angel San Juan because we like him too?

Answer : San Juan is over at 12 – KFDM is dying – and we say it as it is.

From Beaumont :

I’m a little perplexed about the spat between the Port Neches City Council & its Zoning Committee (Commission? Board? Parliament? Pack? Mob? Horde? Swarm? whatever).  Now mind ya, I’m not one of them thar high powered legal analyzing politico type fellers, just a dumb ol’ country boy, but if I were a City Councilperson, I don’t reckon I would delegate way the authority that the citizens of my city so graciously lent to me, to some bunch of irresponsible goobers.  Thus, if the PN City Council was wise enough not to give a monkey a hand grenade, then why are there lawyers involved in this?  Unless they did do something stupid?  Oh wait!  I forgot… This is not the real world, this is “Jeffcoland”!  Where you can’t even take a breath of fresh air without checking with some [CENSORED] shyster first!  If the Zoning Czars are wielding authority they don’t have, and are just ignorant of the law (no excuse, especially for them), and when educated of the law, and limits of their power, reversed and/or revised there ukase, I could understand that — we all make mistakes.  However, the fact that the Zoning people lawyered-up tells me that they are outlaws; and if the PN City Council gave the Zoning Board such authority, then they are idoits.  I guess these wise guys went to the Tricky Dicky school of politics, where the school motto is “If The President Does It, It’s Not Illegal”. 

Answer : Oaths of office to protect and defend the constitution of the United States and its laws means nothing. Get it?

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein thank you so much for speaking to the Tea Party. I was there and enjoyed it. I also enjoyed your response to the man that was so rude to you. He made a fool of himself. Did you notice how he said that he did not read you but then started talking about all of your stories. You handled it wonderfully and treated him to nice. It was funny to watch how you manipulated him into admitting he read your site! Love Ya Klein!!!!

From Silsbee :

Mr. Klein, you claim you are fighting public corruption, but now you have backed off and are supporting public corruption.  You claim that the Ashley Madison list includes two judges, one commissioner, six other elected officials, etc.  I believe you have a duty to publish those names, so that the voting public can know who they are voting for.  These people are public figures and public officials, which means they have put their character at issue.   By refusing to publish their names, you are playing their game and are supporting their life of duplicity and corruption. 

Answer : Sex in the bed with whomever is not what we do here. Using your email to garner sex? Another thing.

From Beaumont :

I have heard about your web site but never visited it before. After I heard about a story you did on Walter Umphrey I read it. Shelia is a dear friend of mine. I am horribly sick over what his partners have done to that family. Thank you for bringing it to the public. We will not read it in the paper I would think. Thank you for your support of Shelia and her family. You have a loyal reader now.

Answer : Thank you for your email. It is not good. Really – it is not good. We expect the firm to close.

From Mid County :

So did anyone catch that Geraldo Rivera who has been screaming about income inequality took a private jet to go rescue his daughter in Paris.  She’s doing a year abroad while attending Northwestern which costs a fortune to attend without going abroad.  Now I would also want to do anything I could to get to my child…..but don’t preach to me about income inequality while you board a private jet.  We work hard for our money and I don’t want to give anymore away to people who don’t work.  Even if I kept every penny I  couldn’t afford a private jet!  Those who scream the loudest have more money than most of us here in SETX but I don’t see them giving their own money away.

Answer : Up north liberals have this mentality. It is what it is.

From Houston :

Mr. Klein I am an attorney from Houston and read your story on the Umphrey firm. I sincerely hope you are wrong about what has happened there. Walter is a fine man as well he has helped thousands of people and charities around the United States. I see it as a sad day in the legal field.

Answer : History will tell this story.

From Beaumont :

Kudos to Judge Walston! But, c’mon, only 2 cases of proven corruption under Tom Maness? I can easily think of at least 3 others…… and one involved putting a minor (John Dewberry) on Death Row! Oh wait, though….. wasn’t that DA’s mantra to Never Ever Hurt a Child?!!! (I guess manipulating the State into killing one doesn’t count.)

Answer : Sigh…..

From Beaumont :

Every time I hear of something in the nature of your latest post, concerning the brouhaha at the recent Jefferson County Democratic Party meeting, it reminds me of what God said to Israel through Isaiah during one of it’s many disobedient times:  “And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.” — Isaiah 3:4.

Answer : I hear you.

From Beaumont :

Look at the other “officers” in the rockets video… Particularly the ones that may not be dressed like real officers.. Careful digging will expose another onion… One with lots of layers and they are all stinky…

Answer : We are told more is coming. But we have been told that before.

From Beaumont :

The Trump thing is not sold out. There are more tickets today! YEA!

Answer : Okay….good.

From Houston :

I just read your posting on the Nederland EDC.  You smell a big fat rat?  This county is completely over run with Big Fat Rats!  How can you possibly tell where the stench if coming from?  Also, as the Thornton Affaire & Hartman Fiasco (not to mention the Southeast Texas Regional ‘Pilfering’ Commission) have proven, that the cat is a lazy [CENSORED].  Our only hope maybe to abandon ship, set it ablaze, and shove it off to sea, but of course, I’m preaching to the choir — you’ve been saying that for years.

Answer : We get it.

From Beaumont :

I have to ask you sir have you ever seen anything like the newest Beaumont Police scandal?

Answer : Yes – the Hartman situation. I have NO IDEA HOW OR WHY the special prosecutor has NOT CHARGED those inside the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department if they can charge a guy for lying on a sheet of city paper?

From Port Arthur :

We heard you on the Breeze. Our entire office stood around a computer and listened to the show. You are were great! Are you going to do the show again?

Answer : I have been invited and am considering it.

From Nederland :

Loved the story on the empty field project by the Nederland EDC! I just don’t understand why they are trying to sell something they don’t own?

Answer : We never will understand it.

From Houston :

i was scrolling facebook this morning and stumbled upon someone posting pictures on the Nederland EDC page of the new shopping center breaking ground.  i know you’ve done a few stories on this before and the big government spending and for some reason i found Kay Decuir’s comment to be very telling/distubing. her comment made me think their/her mindset is “build it and hope they come”, like its a crap shoot. i moved out of <the area> and live in <another city> now but still have family there and follow what is going on in southeast texas. i’ve always loved my <area> and proud of where i came from but i hate to see the direction it is going on with Port Arthur invading our small town and our schools going to shit b/c no one will pass a bond to improve them. i worked at <a local law firm> through college and saw alot of how things worked and i have used the political system to my advantage when i needed it and i know what you report is factual. i enjoy your site and enjoy reading about what all goes on down there while living away in Houston. 

Answer : Thank you for your comment. I have edited it – but I wanted the public to see that there are others that see it like us. Hell it is like us.

From Beaumont :

“I agree with you Klein. The FBI is nothing but a lazy bunch of government employees. Watching from their perch in downtown Beaumont as the place burns to the ground.”

Answer : It is interesting to watch I will say.

From Beaumont :

Just finished scrolling through the “read more here” links to Camp and Retzlaff on your newest editorial. Such predatory criminals; how are they not incarcerated? My favorite part was Article 71 on the Retzlaff link – your Declaration of War. I wonder if anyone has ever confronted him that way, before? Judging from his correspondence afterwards, you have gotten under his skin. Those hateful letters to his daughter are just him talking and lying to himself. I feel awful for all the people these men and their cronies and lawyers have hurt, but I salute you in standing up to them and continuing to fight the good fight. Now, having read all about these losers, I need to shower. Keep up the good work!

Answer : They will answer. Not here in Jefferson County where corruption is king – but in a place where the law means something.

From Beaumont :

You stated in your editorial that the special prosecutor is a dud. Does this mean that all of the false statements are going to be considered no big deal in the Hartman affair and are you still pursuing a lawsuit?

Answer : Many ask why some people get mad at cops. This is one of those reasons. You have two lying cops that swore under oath that something that happened really did not happen. And they cannot make a case. If it was you or I – well…….we would be in jail. This IS an example of the distrust of the system. It is not Worthum’s fault.

From Beaumont :

The Beaumont FBI seems to work hand in hand with the criminal elements running Beaumont and they enjoy it. I wish the FBI in Washington would come and investigate these clowns in SE Texas that pass themselves off as honorable agents.

Answer : No you are wrong. They just don’t do anything. Lazy group that apply the law to whom they select. Ask any of them about me or my associates. They laugh – and then look and find out how many felony cases they passed up. A new guy is in town – let’s see how he does.

From Beaumont :

US Attorney Malcolm Bales stood before the FBC Kountze church body, shortly after he was appointed, and promised to prosecute the church arson case with all the power of his office.  He has done nothing to date and I personally don’t expect anything to happen at this point.  As far as I am concerned he stood before the church and told a bald faced lie.  He certainly should be replaced.  The Lord knows the whole complete truth about who did what.. Rest assured He will not allow the guilty to slide.

Answer : We could not say it better.

From Kountze :

Tony Thornton………Republican

All the letters that were sent to Washington D.C.  went to……….Republicans……That is exactly who is controlling this issue……

Every one of the Politicians will do anything to keep their Egos intact.   I believe in term limits for every elected office,    but

that will never happen.

Keep up the good work…..

Answer : We love this. Republicans are responsible for a democrat Attorney General. Gezz…..

From Beaumont :

Klein you are tearing it up! Keep us informed you are the man!

Answer : Ah….just saying it as it is.

From Beaumont :

I just read your latest post, where it is reported that:  “Bellows, who when the mess started made it clear to his soon to be ex-wife, that he would do anything it took to harm her.”  Now that’s interesting.  Also interesting:  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” — Ephesians 5:25.  Maybe that’s why he can’t seem to garner enough votes to be granted a political office??  I’ve never experienced the horror of divorce, but I’ve seen friends & family run it’s gauntlet; and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.  Hopefully a good gavel whipping — as painful as it may be — will hammer him out into a desirable candidate.

Answer : Interesting take – love this!

From Beaumont :

“Mr. Klein, as someone who has watched the corruption in this County for years, I am glad that you finally used the term “organized crime.”  It is about time that someone called it what it is.”



From Beaumont :

“Where can I get a copy of the Beaumont Ashley Madison list”

Answer : We can give you a copy.

From Kountze :

“Read your story on the US Attorney a few weeks ago. Very sad. I am from Kountze and I am very sad over all of this.

Answer : We just call it as we see it.

From Beaumont :

“I think what has happened to John Morgan is a crime. Why doesn’t anyone help this guy?”

Answer : They are. Just watch.

From Nederland :

“Thank you for being our voice! We love you Mr. Philip!”

Answer : Thank you for reading.

From Beaumont :

“Concerning your “If the election were held today – who would you vote for?” poll between Joe Evans & Eddie Arnold, I would like to request a write-in ballot; and my choice on that ballot is “None Of The Above”.  If fact, considering the current political climate (local, state, national) — which is more undesirable to languish in than even the sediment pit at the Nederland sewage treatment facility — I would say go ahead and pre mark all my ballots “None Of The Above”.”

Answer : Sigh….really sigh….

From Orange County :

“I had to retake a Concealed Handgun License class because I was tardy about renewing.  All CHL classes I have taken previously consisted of white males.  This one the minorities were in the majority.  They were from PAT & BMT.  They all gave the same response when asked why they were getting a CHL.  They were scared and wanted to be able to protect themselves.”

Answer : Interesting.

From Beaumont :

2 things, Philip. I was very touched by your Katrina editorial. I would love to sit down with you sometime and hear your first person account of what you saw as a first responder. Secondly, do you think there is anyway KBMT would consider doing a story on what happened at the Academy (and is still likely happening in San Marcos?)

Answer : As my father said – something’s you just bring to the grave.


From Hardin County :

“I’ve been a follower of your website for a number of years now.  I share your posts with my husband and mother, and we agree that Jefferson County (and some surrounding areas) are quite corrupt.  So much so that my husband and I do not want to retire here.  I am no longer working by choice, and my husband will likely retire in a year.  We are actively shopping for our retirement destination in Texas, looking at cities and counties near larger metro areas (but away from the coast) that are on the upswing with many amenities for citizens and good infrastructure.  Our questions for you: do you think you will remain in your present area after retirement, or what areas would you consider retiring to within Texas?”

Answer : Great question! Uh no – I am out of here

From Kountze :

THANK YOU   for all you have done to keep this in front of the people.  I can’t thank you enough…you made many Friends that still follow you.

Answer : No thank you guys. I am so sorry your government failed you.

From Houston :

“Mr. Klein I do not know where you come from but on behalf of all of the guys here at ATF we thank you for reporting the truth! You guys are on it! Stay safe always!”

Answer : You bet…thanks bunch.

From Houston :

“How about you do story’s on other stuff at the jail. On how the officers are treated by admin. We are treated like crap. Inmates are literally treated better, they are allowing inmates different items but not allowing officers to have them. They are not wanting to give us raises but yet spend tons of money on a cell phone detector. This detector costs around $10,000. This machine is built by a company for jails to use on inmates. But the captain who is against officers, bought this machine to search officers( even though supervisors are allowed to carry phones, which is against the law) the machine didn’t work. They tried using it for two days and now the machine sits in the office collectong dust. Or how about all officers use to have there own clear back packs to bring in food and such but the captain wanted to controlling and bought every officer new backpacks and clear purses. Spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Within a week they started ripping. Now they are all pulled up outside in a box outside his office. Or how about how according to the state, the jail must be lit up with lights enough to see people coming or going. The jail is dark. Come by at night, you will see it. No lights, officer safety. They have been out for over a year, people have complained, nothing’s changed.”

 It is about management. And if you have no leader at the top – everything comes crumbling down. Woods should resign.

From Beaumont :

“I just want to say a huge thank you to you for everything you do for our community Mr. Klein. I really don’t think you are given credit for exposing those whom are corrupt. Today I found out that you give large amounts of money silently in the community under an assumed name. People should know this and you should get credit. Just saying as you say! HA! This will never be posted right? Anyway thank you.”

Answer : Whether or not I do anything for the community is not about me. It is about doing the right thing. If we could ONLY get people to do the right thing.


From Beaumont :

“Wasn’t one of the former BISD board members accused of impregnating a 16 year old girl? and there were incriminating text messages between them? What ever happened with that?”

Answer : Shhhhhhh… live in Jefferson County! PLEASE STOP!

From Beaumont :

I was reading your reader mail, and I just wanted to point out that Baby Boomers really are running the country.

Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964. Here is a list of important government figures who meet this criteria:

President Obama (born 1961)

57 Senators are Boomers

276 of 435 House members are Boomers

5 of the Supreme Court Justices are Boomers

When Boomers are a majority of every branch of the Federal Government, I think it’s fair to say that they’re running the country. Wouldn’t you agree?

Answer : Some yes and no – what we said was that the children of the 60’s are running the show. They have support staffs and voters between 22-45 that have the “mine” mentality. They have learned that they are victims – they are owed – our government owes – is responsible for everything in their lives – must tell them what to do or eat and if they do not do it tax em – all the while you and I pay almost 60 cents of every dollar we make in taxes in one form or another. Read On :

From Beaumont :

Klein, read your stuff on the boomers and you hit is again. What a bunch of spoiled kids the genx is! When the greatest generation made their money they passed it down to a bunch of spoiled brats!

Answer : There is much to look back on and see the mistakes of this country. Every 250 to 300 years a country goes through a war. A civil war of sorts. Ours has begun with a lack of leadership. Watch and see. It has begun.


From Beaumont :

Excellent story about Officer Holmes. I hope his family sues the county. Of course, if she were to win such a suit, I hope his widow would live to actually collect the award. That doesn’t always happen in the most corrupt county in Texas, does it?

Answer : You have that right. Unless you are gay? Read on :

From Beaumont :

Mr. or Ms. (Mrs. or okay never mind we won’t go there) Klein,

I do not frequent your site. Today was the first time I have heard of you. Many people had a lot of negative things to say about you, and being a skeptic, I had to see for myself. One article in, and I got a glimpse into your twisted perspective of the world. I’m referring to your “Rankin” article. I am writing to you today not because I am gay, not because I am a close friend of Beth’s, not because I am a lazy, free-riding, pot-smoking hippie – none of which are true – but because I think your error-filled writing style is juvenile with no solid facts or valid information to back up your OPINIONS. What an unorganized, vengeance-fueled piece of rubbish. It sounds like the pompous, arrogant ramblings of a once chubby school boy who was always picked last in kickball, seeking his revenge through bad writing. You come off as a pretentious fool with a chip on your shoulder. You brag about your page views, and at the end of your article, you ask, “But what do we know?” Well, I’m sure all of your “loyal followers” would like to find out. What DO you know? Let’s take a look at some key points you mentioned that had me laughing:

  1. First, let me just point out how odd it is that you keep using the term “Hetro.” Hetro? Really? It’s as if you are trying to sound like a hip grandpa by using Gen X lingo (that no one actually uses).
  2. “or as Katy Perry says – she kissed a girl and she liked it?” – You may not realize that statements like these really color a picture of what you might be like. I’m assuming you are either a stubborn, homophobic old man with corny humor, or a homophobic redneck with corny humor. Maybe both.
  3. “the other 98% run around and feel sorry for what many call the Freaks of Nature?”I’m assuming you are one of the “many” to whom you are referring in this statement. Gays are not “Freaks of Nature.” Gays have been around since the dawn of time, so they seem like a pretty solid part of nature. Also, more than 50% of the country supports gay rights, not just 2%. You may not agree with homosexuality for religious reasons, but hey, think of it this way – gays are a wonderful form of population control. And we may need that population control since Christians across the country are slowly taking away women’s rights to have abortions, leaving the world with a bunch of unwanted future criminals. Maybe the gays will adopt some of those 153 million orphans across the globe. The 98% should take that unused sympathy that they don’t want to have for the gays, and use it on those poor orphans.
  4. “People like Beth Rankin – who we think is a nice enough lady – and seemingly has a bone to pick with you hetro people” – Where do you come off inferring that she has something against heterosexuals just because she does not want to give her hard earned money to someone who does not like her friends. This is not gay vs. hetero. This is ignorance vs. acceptance.
  5. “Our advice to the two people being the ones that run the hair shop and the clothes store – be an American and cite your opinion! It is your right!” – The wonderful thing about American capitalism is that as a consumer, Beth also has rights. She has the right NOT to purchase goods and services based on any reason she pleases, whether she be a “hetro” hater or not. And businesses are also welcome to practice their right to proclaim their hatred for gays. And they are also welcome to suffer the consequences of losing a large customer base and tanking with no sympathy from the free market. God bless America, right?
  6. “and supports the gay community which she thinks is seemingly very important for us all to know.” – Well you also found it very important to let people know how you feel about “hippies” and liberals and homosexuals, didn’t you? It IS so important to know. You clearly do not have a gay person to love in your life, because if you did, you would not think this way. You might as well have said, “They’re climbing in your windows. They’re snatching your people up. So y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband (and his whale eye). Cuz they turnin’ everyone gay out here.” Run and tell that.
  7. “Then she goes ape nuts comparing one of two people” – She does not go nuts, brother. You are the one going nuts in YOUR article.
  8. “They have produced the most lazy group of young people in the history of the United States that is bringing the country to its knees. Ohhhh…never mind the US spends three dollars to every dollar it brings in? If the public did that we would be in jail. As long as someone gets theirs it is all okay. Free rides, free money, free food, free everything on the governments dime” – In defense of my generation that you think is lazy (which very clearly makes you an AGEIST) – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, data proves that families receiving benefits spend their SMALL budgets on BASICS such as food, housing, and transportation. 57% of conservatives benefit from welfare while 53% of liberals do. It’s the lazy, liberal hippies of Gen X and Y “bringing the country to its knees,” right? We are not the ones running the country. We can barely pay our student debt and find jobs. It’s the Baby Boomers running things. Maybe your boomer generation should have provided a stable system that provides education, jobs, and proper healthcare. 

Those who are pro-gay rights want EVERYONE TO HAVE FREEDOM – THE SAME FREEDOMS AS YOU. There is a difference between not believing something is right and allowing a person to practice their freedoms. Baptists don’t believe I should dance, Muslims don’t believe I should show my ankles, but thanks to America, I can dosey doe in my clam-diggers all the livelong day. Please, stand by your opinions if you truly feel like that is what’s right for YOU based on whatever made-up belief system you choose to follow. But don’t expect your “98%” to be standing by you on the wrong side of history while society continues to PROGRESS in the face of bigotry, prejudice, and small-mindedness.


Answer : Sigh…baby momma drama! Oh the drama when you tell a gay person or their supporter that you have a different opinion – sigh….really sigh….giggle. And for the record – I don’t care who does what to who when in bed. It is none of my business. If that helps you? And I am arrogant? And no – the baby boomers are dying – it is the children of the sixties dear. This is 2015 – do your math. Again folks sigh…I have to stop as you cannot change history and you cannot change silliness. Hey writer – how do you like the new site?

From Beaumont :

Sunday’s Enterprise front page was covered with three worthless articles. 1) Once again, Be nice to alligators. (My Goodness, They are vicious reptiles with brains the size of a quarter) .

2) A female Lamar athlete, while attending school on our taxpayer money, complains about being called a a “Lady” Cardinal. ( Everybody is offended about something today if it get’s them on the front page).

3) Yet another (15th? consecutive )  article about 2 little boys playing house and questioning whether they want to get Married. (Oh ,and let’s also ask their friends what they think about it).

The Houston Chronicle is almost as bad on the Front page but at least they fill the rest of the paper with actual pertinent Local, State,National and World news. I hate to see Beaumont lose a local (tabloid) paper but no doubt my cancellation today isn’t the first nor the last.

Answer : Well, I get it. But I must say I feel bad for the guys like Wallach and Tommy T. It is like waiting on a ship to come save you – and you remember that ship isn’t coming. A big moment in life.

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein, has anybody tried to figure out exactly how many people Walker hurt in his reign of terror on the bench?  Has Provost Umphrey, LLP ever offered the citizens of this County an explanation of why they support Walker?  Do you know whether Walker was funneling tax dollars to Provost Umphrey when Walker was on the bench?  Just curious.

Answer : No. They don’t care.

From Lumberton :

Why did you pick on that poor little girl Ms. Pipps? You are a bad man!

Answer : Sigh….really sigh.

From Beaumont :

I work at the Holiday Inn in Beaumont on Walden Road. Your story is 100% accurate. Just so your readers know.

Answer : We know. We know.

From Beaumont :

My IPhone works great on your new site. We love it! My wife says to tell you thank you!

Answer : You are welcome!

From Port Arthur :

We work at the courthouse and on behalf of all of us a big fat thank you! We love your site!

From Lumberton :

Good job on the site! Cover more of Hardin County please!

From Beaumont :

Mr. Klein, thank you so very much for being the voice of those of us who are too scared. Enjoy your 4th of July!

Answer : Thanks much….I will be giving back to the community this day.

From Lumberton :

And these questions (and comments) from Twitter and a young lady by the name of Nina Pipps :


Answer : Well now here is a new bluebird to the Review? Let me answer :

1) We are not hiding anywhere – for the last 26 years – look at the top of the page and see our address?

2) Why we are never scared to answer. We do not report things that are not true – we just report things that nobody wants to report in the mainstream. Oh…I forgot…if it is not on facebook, twitter or TV it cannot be true. Damn!

3) And this from a young lady working  a key board calling others names? Silly little girl!

4) Uh…wrong again. For smart viewers the know where the archive is. But for you we are fixing to announce an archive site on this SITE!!! So no more digging!

We know folks – sometimes it is too easy.

From Beaumont :

“Just saw the new site on my IPHONE! Love the interaction! Great Job!!!!”

Answer : Thank you!

From Port Neches :

“Congrats on the new site! It looks great!”

Answer : Thanks – we are still working the bugs out!

From Beaumont :

I just read your latest post — well, I knew you would scrape the bottom of the barrel one day, if you just kept digging.  I’ve heard rumors of the PN Concubine for years, but sex, lies, and video tape?  I though that was just in the movies.  Maybe it is… home movies?  I suppose this would have never come to light (though it be dim) if not for a concerned pim… ur uh… citizen providing an extor… ur um… a surveillance tape?  I guess he/she/it is so disgusted by this shocking discovery of moral turpitude within the legal profession that they felt compelled to record it in order to inform the public (as if we didn’t know)?  Yea, that’s the ticket.

Answer : We have no comment until our legal counsel can give us advice.

From Beaumont :

I don’t mind you going after all the whores in this story, but I think you should be nicer to the prostitute.

Answer : That is funny.

From Beaumont :

Why is the media three days behind you all?

Answer : We don’t know ask them.

From Beaumont :

The hotel story is the reason I read you guys. One day stealing, one day robbing, one day killing, one day screwing! Love my Review Mr. Klein!

Answer : Thank you….we think.

From Beaumont :

When are you guys going to fix your site for my IPHONE?????

Answer : This next week. It is coming! You will like it.

From Nederland :

I was just turned on to your site from FACEBOOK! Thank you for finally being someone that is looking out for we the people!

Answer : Been here 20 + years!

From Beaumont :

You people are the dumbest most arrogant people. I find your site sickening and your writings 3rd gradeish. Sorry sacks of shit!

Answer : Thank you. Huh?

From Beaumont :

Klein got to tell you a story. I was at the press club awards sitting at a table and overheard the conversation wondering if you were coming. The lady from the Beaumont Enterprise said to the table “he does not deserve to be here.”

Answer : She would be right. I do not deserve to be at the press club awards.

From Silsbee :

Mr. Klein, you were far too harsh on the Hardin County District Attorneys’ Office for indicting a dead man.  Instead, you should be praising the efforts of the D.A., Mr. Sheffield.  This indictment is the only evidence that Mr. Sheffield has actually done any work in 2015.  This indictment also demonstrates that his staff did something other than stare at Facebook on the day the indictment was issued.   Perhaps this is the start of a new trend.  If Mr. Sheffield and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Dept. gets some good practice runs by indicting dead people, they might actually start to indict some live criminals too.  Please shows patience with Mr. Sheffield, and encourage his new work ethic.  What you call a shame, others call genuine progress.

Answer : Hands up? Criminals lives matter? Just saying?

From Beaumont :

Told ya so.  Cory is a long-legged high stepping daddy.  Judgeship may make him a little more visible — get a little flesh-pressing practice without getting his hands dirty.  Next: commissioner; then maybe State Rep, State Senate, U.S. Senator, then it’s “Hail To The Chief”.  Who knows; maybe a little Governor here, a little State AG there?  Picking up a few feathers for his bonnet all along the way.  Isn’t that the way you do it?  Hey, if he does a good job, more power to him; but if he makes it big don’t expect him to acknowledge that he knows anybody in this jack-wagon of a county.

Answer : Maybe…..

From Beaumont :

Do the US Attorney’s office or the FBI in Beaumont actually serve any other function than as liaisons between

Washington, DC and Umphrey’s crew?

Answer : The true answer – no.

From Orange :

After reading the letter in reference to Sheriff Woods. First, just let me say this, in only two words, “THANK YOU”. Second, in my opinion you were wrong on one thing when you said, “Now I know I am a nobody”. You are somebody and I do appreciate what you do.

Answer : Thank you so much.

From Houston :

You need to look into what is going on with Hani, the city council and Kyle Hayes. I was just introduced to your web site and you are very much impressed at how informative you are… I promise you it is a lot more that is going on that the local media is leaving out because they are only getting information from 1 side.

Answer : Oh…we are looking into it. It is getting juicy as they say…

From Beaumont :

Those pleadings in your latest post are sure a wad to choke down all at one sitting.  I didn’t know about the BPD’s involvement (must have missed that).  I kept holding out hope that the Jefferson Co. Sheriff was just caught taking a nap in his office, but after reading the pleadings, I feel better now… That I’ve given up hope.  If it hadn’t been for that thunder storm this afternoon, I would have sworn the rumbling I heard was G.W. rolling over in his grave.

Based on what I just read, It seems to me that Hartman might have been hung out to dry if it hadn’t been for two people — The Jefferson Co. Clerk & The Beaumont Police Chief.  Kudos to those who do the right thing, and a doo-whack-a-doo to those who don’t.

Answer : Hartman has no rights – they took those away. They are in control.

From The Jefferson County Courthouse :

Here’s the message on County computers when attempting to access “Top Story” on your webstie !

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Reason: Category ‘Malicious Web Sites’ denied by WebBlocker policy ‘Administrative Access Filter’.

Please contact your administrator for assistance.

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Answer : Ah…do what everyone other does – get it on your phone through the wifi! Giggle!

From Beaumont :

I just read your latest post about Freddie getting run back under his rock.  “…and you will never ever read about this in the mainstream. It is WAY TOO HOT! And above their heads.”  Boy-howdy, you got that right!  I’ve seen KFDM/KBTV giving “live” reports from the station parking lot about things that have NOTHING to do with ANYTHING that would make me think “gee, I wonder what’s going on in their parking lot”.  Who’s bright idea was that?  Do it in the studio so at least you can here the reporter over the deafening groan of IH-10.  Unless they’re reporting on the restripeing of the lot:

“This is [insert your favorite reporter here] reporting live from the parking lot of the Beaulieu Broadcasting Center, where the lot is being restriped; and I have hear with me Jose, one of the workers on this project.  Jose, could you tell us a little about what’s going on?”  “No habla Ingles.”  “Thank you Jose.  This is [insert your favorite reporter here] reporting live from the parking lot of the Beaulieu Broadcasting Center.  [insert your favorite anchor person here], back to you.”

Yep; above their heads.  If they do a story on it, it will probably be one of those fluffy ones about how he was offered this prestigious position, but declined due to “other obligations”.

Answer : Okay….now that was funny.

From Beaumont :

Looks like voters on the South End sent the message loud and clear that they do not approve of Ms. Ambres’ handling of the Beaumont ISD school board situation.Ms. Ambres’ ineffective leadership cost those people the black majority representation they fought so hard to get and cost them having a black superintendent. In her term as school board member she set back the progress that blacks have been working toward for a number of years.She was not one of the crooks but she did not do enough to stop the stealing from happening and clamp down on the shenanigans.An effective leader in that scenario would : 1. Fire all of those who were blatantly obviously stealing; 2. Discontinue the contract with Walker, 3. Fire Chargois, 4. Take the steps to fix the problem.

Kudos to the voters of the South End for saying no to Ms. Ambres.

Answer : It was a good look into the future of the BISD elections coming.

From Beaumont :

I have arrived at the conclusion that the only way for Texas to solve the corruption of Jefferson County is to get rid of the County.  Perhaps we can convince Louisiana to swap Jefferson County for Cameron Parish.  I am certain, however, that Louisiana would reject that proposal.  Even with Louisiana’s prodigious corruption, Jefferson County would still give Louisiana a very bad name and hurt its vital tourist industry.  The other alternative is to literally carve Jefferson County out of Texas, and set it afloat as an island in the Gulf of Mexico and disown it entirely. This might be a workable solution.  The corrupt politicians, judges and lawyers would not be able to swim back to Texas, due to their pockets being heavily weighed down by bribes, stolen public funds, and the other “benefits” of their crimes, such as coffee, etc.  Mr. Klein, what are your thoughts on these ideas?

Answer : Let it float away? Fantisy Island?

From Beaumont :

This is sickening reading about people who owe taxes? Is anyone going to do anything about it?

Answer : Yes – Watch Getz Go….

From Beaumont :

I just read your Tidbits; and to the one about Brucey boy I say amen!  I wish some folks would stop sticking their homosexuality in my face too!  I don’t stick my heterosexuality in their face (if I do it is completely unintentional); but I was certainly tempted to when Beaumont hosted that faaa…. OK… I’ll be nice…. gay pride parade.  I thought about making a sign that said “I love women, and I’m proud of it”, and marching with the lesbians.  Now, for the record, I am just about as big dumb redneck, Y chromosome-totin’, boob-checkin’ MALE as a man can get, and still be considered a human being.  Of course, I didn’t do it, because I wasn’t sure if the lesbians would have stomp the living poot out of me, or welcomed me as a conquering hero.  Either one would be an insult.  HAHA!

Answer : Sigh…..

From Houston :

Hey Klein! I want to know if you are going to print more stuff on the local city races? Thank you for your website!

Answer : Thanks much! No – boring.

From Beaumont :

I am just saying to you sir that I don’t understand your site.

Answer : Okay?

From Beaumont :

Can you write your thoughts on the city council races around?

Answer : We will at a later date. As we get closer and let it play out.

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