Reader Mail

Southeast-Texas-Beaumont-Jefferson-County-Mailbox

by

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.

If you have questions that you would like us to answer – and we will answer any question sent to us – please email us at setreview@gt.twcbc.com and we shall post the question and our response. From time to time we will answer posed to us on other web sites. So fire away! And we shall also!

——————————–

The Southeast Texas Political Review

From Beaumont :

“Klein, your best editorial ever on downtown! Loved it. Laughed as I read it! Then I got it.

Answer: Just saying what others are thinking.

From Nederland :

“Got interviewed by a Federal Agent this past week. You are right. Nederland has got issues.”

Answer: Call us and tell us more!

From Port Arthur:

Read your article on John Beard, Jr. He is a joke. He just likes to see himself on TV.”

Answer: Well, we think he simply is that but he wants to make a change in life. Hilton Kelly without the bling. He was working at Exxon. Do we wonder if he still does?

From Port Arthur:

“The town is run by a bunch of stupid ass people. You may just be on to something if they town goes under. Who will take it over?”

Answer: We are told the state of Texas has plans. They will lose millions in Federal Grants. It is not like we told them so!

From Beaumont

“The Review can suck it. You talk all the time about the problems in Southeast Texas? You are maybe the biggest problem. Suck it, Klein!”

Answer: And we thank you!

From Beaumont :

”Maybe CPS should learn a thing or two”?  “Too funny”! Seriously???  You have made fun of a very sad situation.  Did you see the gut-wrenching video?  That little boy deserves better “journalist” than you.  You just made a joke of child abuse.  That woman not only beat her child with a thrashing whip but she used every obscenity written while doing it.  This woman should be locked up and the key thrown away.  You think it’s funny?  You are a disgrace.  I’m sure you do not care but I will never read your website again and I hope many more will follow my lead.

Answer: Such drama! What we think is funny is how upset everyone gets over a parent whipping their child with a belt. What we think is funny is that when a high school kid got their but whipped in school while a teacher watched got no drama or outrage. What we think is funny is that parents think their poor little babies will do well with time out. And as for your comments on reading – we don’t care. That simple. 

From Nederland 

I hope that you are right. I would love to see someone go to jail for wasting the taxpayer’s money. But you may be wrong. 

Answer: Who knows. We hope so too. We wonder what would have happened if we did not bring the story to light. 

From Port Neches

As a 1981 graduate of PNG, I can assure you it’s a Black and White thing.

If the administration is competent and they want to get on top of this behavior they will expel both students, ban both sets of parents, and their siblings from attending PNG school district forever.   

  1. The white girl for baiting, taunting, bullying the black student, I’m sure she wasn’t innocent. 
  2. The black girl for acting out on her frustrations and hitting another student.
  3. The person filming should be expelled as they obviously knew what was going to happen.
  4. Fire the teacher who let this occur in their classroom.
  5. Fire the counselor who should have known this was going on.

Of course, you could ignore previous suggestions and just send them to their respective athletic coach for licks,  like it was done in the past,  not. 

Answer: Interesting take read on!

From Nederland :

We have the same thing here at Nederland High School. What is the big deal? A coach giving you licks? Not happening here! Mommy and Daddy would come out of their skin!

Answer: Mommy and Daddy? That sounds about right. 

From Port Neches : 

Go Indians! Go Cowboys! Go Dogs! Sign that girl up for MMA!

Answer: Sigh……….

From Beaumont:

I have an idea? Let’s do a fight night between all of the high schools. I have my money on the black girl from Port Neches!

Answer: It is assault in the real world. But this is Jefferson County outside the real world.

From Beaumont :

Klein, you have done it again! You are so right! We are being taxed out of the county. There are homes in Beaumont as well that are being sold! You called this six years ago!

Answer: Nobody cares. They will care in about two years. Watch and learn how the market crashes.

From Nederland :

Phillip the young wanted the new schools but after it passed they are finding out how much tax they owe and are moving out of the district. There are a bunch of homes for sale in the area.

Answer: I know right! Look around! Even the EDC director is too busy listing homes. And that is funny!

From China :

Citizens in North Jefferson county (including myself) would also like DD6 investigated for the Green Pond Gulley expansion.  The $50 million dollar ditch was supposed to take a 20-inch rain in half a day and suck it out “like a vacuum” they said.  Now after the ditch, the China area floods after a 2-inch rain.  They built a Levee which is basically a dam that is blocking our drainage from going into their 5,000-acre retention pond.  We’ve been told by workers there that Leblanc and other ma fudged the numbers so that their properties and friend’s properties would be less likely to flood.  Basically what they are doing is flooding out the northern part of Jefferson county which is 10ft higher to save the southern part of Jefferson county.

Answer: There is more to all of this. It is getting ugly. 

From Beaumont’s West End :

We sold out in Nederland three years ago (thank goodness) because we saw the handwriting on the wall with a big bond and new taxes coming.  We left the area for good, and now just come in to take care of my elderly parents in Beaumont.  We follow your site just to laugh and talk about how glad we are that we left in a nick of time!  Once my parents are gone, we may never set foot back in Jefferson County.  And yes, when I visit I am carrying if I take my Mom or Dad out.  Otherwise we just sit behind locked doors (in the west end no less) because it is just not safe enough for me to get them out after dark.  If I could get them out of Beaumont I would, but they are just too set in their ways.  I pray I don’t get a call that someone has broken in and hurt or killed them.  I grew up in Beaumont, and our kids in Nederland.  We are all gone……so sad.  The good news is that once you get out of Jefferson County, there are some really great places to live….in Texas and out of State!

Answer: We get it.

From Lumberton :

Klein, you are so right! We moved to Lumberton to get out of Beaumont and the schools. Our kids are doing great! I ride some traffic in the morning that anyone can handle! Thank you, sir! You and your site were one of the reasons we left!

Answer: I am very happy for you. Lumberton has it going on!

From Groves :

You called for the recall of Mayor Bailey after a 53 second video of him tossing a camera back to one of the gang of three which has harassed his family on many occasions over years so instead of telling the whole story what led up to the incident you jump on the recall bandwagon that many did on Facebook where I saw comments ( and my sisters ) wanting Bailey to step down be recalled all because of a 53 second video. So I called my sister and explained the whole story so at least she would know. First of all, I can’t believe you. You are no better than the rest of this bunch in Jefferson County. You are a joke. Why didn’t you mention the other side and their behavior that led up to this incident! If you and your family were done like Bailey was done what would you do? Send your bodyguards out to find them and teach them a lesson? Your nothing but another politician/blogger instead of getting the story straight and get at the TRUTH you do the other? What a phony you really are!

Answer : We know folks – sometimes it is too easy. So here we go!

Sir, An elected official should never ever assault anyone. It is that simple. Neither should a person harass an elected person and their family. But when you sign up to work for the people – sometimes people want you to listen to them. And when they feel you don’t things get out of control. The mayor, even though harassed, should never act in the manner he did. As for the young man, if you read us which it seems you do not, should have stepped down. Naked on the internet trolling for male dates is not really what Groves stands for. Lastly, don’t be a dick. Look at the big picture. I see your friend got hammered in the press. He should have. Personal responsibility. Remember that. So take your pills, get a good nap, and let’s see what tomorrow brings. 

From Groves :

Mr. Klein, I think you were very fair to the mayor. He really needs to look at himself and why he threw that phone. What if an elderly person or a child was sitting there? Keep up the good work!

Answer: Ya, it is pretty simple huh?

From Nederland :

“Klein you called it again! Everyone calls you names and bashes you, but you are right all of the time. Nederland has a scam going. We all knew it!”

Answer: I am starting to think they think the taxpayers are stupid or will never know.

From Beaumont:

Mr. Klein you piece of shit. Why don’t you leave this area! Or go back to school and learn some grammar!

Answer: I mean what do you say? Really what do you say?

From Houston: 

Did you see how many people elected a leader in Port Arthur? What is your thought?

Answer: Less than four thousand. Either they don’t care or are felons and cannot vote? What the hell do I know – right? Other than we did not see this coming. 

From Nederland :

“Sounds kind of like a communist city in Russia?” Sounds like Washington DC to me. Or Austin. Or…. Anywhere, USA.

Answer: Big government is in!!!

From Nederland:

We sold and moved for years ago after retiring. We grew weary with the tax assessor raising our home value astronomically for two consecutive years. If this bond passes, who will be afforded their tax bill three years from now, given the tax assessor’s valuation skyrocketing? This bond will increase ALL citizens tax burden, when is enough, enough? I happy I SETX, they abuse the taxpayer. IMHO.

Answer: Why would you say that! Move, get out, you do not belong in Nederland! Ya, we get it, cool kids don’t. 

From Nederland:

I voted early. I voted for each candidate that lives in their respective ward. Makes sense to me. I also voted no to THIS BOND. I am not a Nederland cool kid. I live here, but am not from here, although I have lived in the county all my life. I do not have a NO sign in my yard. I hope a lot of citizens are like me, don’t want anyone trampling through my yard, removing signs or worse and without out any hassles or ugliness. My thoughts and hopes are that many are like me, no signs in the yard mean NO to THIS BOND. I hope many votes and make informed decisions.

Answer: Stop being so level headed. You have to be cool first!

Comments On The Nederland Bond :

Since it is considered a rich school district, would any of it go toward the Robin Hood law? Also the buildings slated for demo were built to withstand hurricanes & have proven to be strong enough to do just that! Why would you want to replace that with metal buildings? I see roofs ripped off these type structures quite often after bad weather. So…I will be Voting No in NISD

How about doing a story on the latest numbers from the wonderful Jefferson Co. Appraisal District. What shocker, mine went up to $15 grand co-worker $100 grand another $75 grand another $20 grand. Talk about a back door tax increase.

You guys rock….stilll!!!

Klein even though the NISD signs are illegal me and several people from LL ballpark laughed at what they wanna spend money on. Especially at the stadium, no dressing rooms still?! Sigh. The silent majority will speak come poll time. This bond won’t be passed! Vote No people.

I’m thinking one or two school board members think they are in the Mafia. Property taxes were excessive when we left Nederland four years ago. If they pass this, I suspect there will be loan defaults due to high taxes and the inability to sell due to said high taxes. Just my two cents. Keep shining the light on the roaches!

Answer: Folks this is just a sample….?

From Hardin County :

Fuuny stuff Phil ! A special prosecutor looking into the David Bellows drama. If it’s the same “Special Prosecutor” that did all the cloak n’ dagger investigations into the apparently supposed local corruption, David doesn’t have a damn thing to worry about. If I didn’t know better, you could have posted this story on April 1st. Special prosecutor “investigating”…….haahahhaaaahhaa ! Now that’s funny stuff,…..your killin’ us dude !! Keep the comedy coming!

Answer : Okay David we will.

From Houston :

This SP should hand Bellow a little of what he needs. Jail. 

Answer:  Eh…..we will see. He has nine lives. He needs to worry about the Feds. 

From Nederland : 

Thanks. I still hold to vote NO & NO

Answer: The silence is becoming easier to listen to. 

From Nederland : 

Editors Note : From The Net –

Answer : Sigh…..really sigh.

From Nederland :

Ya…another one from the net :

Answer: Look at this numbnutt. One of the ultimate cool kids in Nederland! Too funny – works at Motiva – our guess there is a file on this guy. Wanna Bet? When you are cool you can break the rules and you know…..in a Lonesome Day!

From Beaumont :

Holy crap Kman! I thought our ISD was screwed up! Keep putting it on them, Klein!”

Answer : Sigh, we know. 

From Houston :

Jefferson County is a pool of corruption. I wonder if you were not there what would happen?

Answer : Who knows…..who knows.

From Nederland

This board is one of the reasons we left Nederland.  They have ruined NISD.  Suzanne Isom will do anything to keep her seat…..including lying about other candidates (boldly in front of them I might add!).  Nick is a former teacher and principal in BISD (doesn’t that give you the warm fuzzies?). Kay is a joke, and loves to double dip with her jobs.  I could go on and on about these people.  The cool kids on the board all have relatives on the payroll in NISD.  They want to keep it that way too.  To me it is a conflict of interest to have a close relative working in the district.  I cannot believe they want a bond this big!  How will they pay for it?  Not with my money…..we said goodbye……

Answer: If you are not a cool kid or part of the cool kid group you just don’t understand right?

From Nederland :

Where is this groups campaign disclosure? When I ran for office I had to file one!!!! Klein get on it!

Answer: We are already there.

From Nederland :

Thanks for the board insight. I will be voting no and no on both of them

Answer: Good.

From Nederland :

I grew up in Nederland. Now I own a home in Nederland. These people trying to control the Nederland Bond are the same kids that were bullies in High School. They are too cool and don’t care about you and I. Our family is 5 votes NO NO NO!

Answer: I have heard that a bunch. Interesting take.

From Nederland :

Kline, I thought you were bullshitting us again. But I looked this bond thing up. I am not going to pay $1,000 a year. These people are crazy!

Answer: Just watch and see. Watch and see.

From Nederland :

Hey Neighbor! I thought Nederland was conservative? What did the hell happen? These people are a joke!

Answer: They are taking the AOC approach? Whatever it costs – we will find the money?  Here is a thought :

From Beaumont :

They misspelled “Chitty”.

Answer: Sigh…

From Beaumont :

I came to appreciate your website well after you began publishing (by fax! HA!) The stories of your early days may seem like old news to you guys, but I always gain perspective by hearing how your success has evolved. Great piece.

Answer: Read on…..

From Beaumont :

I wish I could stop you somehow. You are not funny with your tour bus story. I think you are sick. You can sign my name to your stupid reader mail. 

Answer: And read on!

From Houston :

I lived in Beaumont! Your depiction was perfect. I laughed my ass off! Dead bodies! Love you Klein!

Answer: Read on…

From Beaumont :

Oh God! I laughed so hard I peed on myself! My wife was laying next to me and she read it and laughed harder! 

Answer: Read on!

From Beaumont :

Kline, if nobody thanks you let me be the first! You brought to light the problems in Beaumont. There are going to be serious changes in this election. Keep it going bud!

Answer: I think Beaumont has had enough. 

From Beaumont :

We are all waiting for the shoe to drop? When Klein, when?

Answer: We are told it is coming.

From Beaumont :

Happy New Year Klein! Keep it up! We Read You Everyday! Morning Coffee, Phone, Shit, and Klein!

Answer: TMI

From Port Arthur :

Dude, too funny about the mayor’s race. You have to stay on it. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed. 

Answer: Welcome

From Port Arthur :

How do you like our new police chief? You have been silent. 

Answer : Give him time.

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…..here 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!

 

# # #

The Southeast Texas Political Review is a production of Klein and Associates Political Relations. © 1995 – 2020 PRK Enterprises, Inc. Any rebroadcast or reproduction of this site is forbidden without the permission of this Company. Such permission must be in writing and consist of the person’s name – address – and the reason for the reproduction. Under Title 17 of the US Code – Subjects that reproduce or reprint any portion of this site without permission of PRK Enterprises, Inc. may be liable under the statute. For comments – questions – or requests for the reproduction of quotes or stories as written in this site, please E-Mail us at setreview@gt.twcbc.com.

You are visitor number :
visitor counter