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in 18-Year-Old Driver Flips Pickup on Houston Harte
Must have been at birth(: These no driving fools are all over town. This one is lucky he didn't hurt/kill someone or his dumb self.
in San Angelo Woman Killed in Crash with Semi, Son Severely Injured
We will get that corrected. Thank you.
in Internal Documents Reveal City’s Lax Oversight of Republic Services
Keep an eye on old mayor D-WAINE family assets now and after he is out of the mayor business. Before he was encouraged to be our mayor it was common to see him around town (mainly small diners) having lunch meetings with trashaway folks right before the big take over by republic. $450 million contract!! Big money is/has changed hands somewhere(:
The following is attributed to San Angelo Live! By Joe Hyde | Jul. 1, 2014 3:37 pm
"Morrison had the last comment before the vote.
Both companies were given equal footing to give their best proposal and to send us an RFP, and send us a contract price. Both companies didn’t,” he said. Raising his voice, Morrison continued, “Republic gave us a very good price. Plus they’re paying for our landfill. There’s many, many millions of dollars involved. TDS [Texas Disposal Systems] did not. Republic gave us the best price for pickup, at a better price than TDS.”
“We have had our hands tied since this thing began. We’ve been called names. There’s been insinuations. There’s been things said that should not have been said against us. And we can’t even call it back. We can’t even defend ourselves,” he said.
“So we’ve sat back and we’ve taken the hits and we’ve taken the names and we’ve taken the things that people have said, and we have not been able to say anything back. And personally, I’m getting tired of playing defense. I’m ready to go on offense. And I’m ready to go forward on this,” Morrison concluded.
When the vote was cast, Morrison, Self, Silvas, and Councilwoman Charlotte Farmer voted to sign the contract. Grindstaff, Fleming, and Vardeman voted against."
Now for a little cut and paste housekeeping; I was just reminded through my fault, that if you don't follow the site rules and login properly, you may very well lose text that you've been working on for several tens of minutes! Lesson learned here! Perhaps I should prepare my comments in Notepad and then transfer to the article to which I'm posting remarks.
The Horny Cactus
I have heard it said that one of the primary purposes of local media was to look where ordinary citizens were hindered and say what ordinary citizens could not. Thank you for upholding that long tradition. This trash debacle has irritated me from the very beginning. Keep asking questions. Keep looking under rocks. Keep reporting what you find. Keep your reporting honest and fair. We need to know.
Because money changed hands...pure and simple. From what I know of the TDS proposal, it would have saved the city and the tax payers money, while offering things like the continued use of our ally ways and true recycling. But there were certain members of the council and the mayor who refused to even look at it, much less ever consider the TDS 'bid' This was an under handed, under the table process partly because if a new company had come in, there would have been financial dealings that would have to be explained that could have resulted in criminal charges....
By the way, did they ever decide what they are doing with the recycling and bulk pick-up schedules? Or did they just kick the can again? My recycling is always completely full, so I'm not looking forward to the answer but, I kind of need to know!
Honestly, I have the same questions. And why were we not allowed to know the details of what Texas Disposal Systems was offering? Why did we not have any input on it at all?
Just an FYI that we did receive a refund in three checks totalling a little over $300 as a residential customer. We had a dumpster for about 5 months during a massive remodel on our house after a fire in our kitchen. I have no way of knowing whether it was the right amount but, I do remember how insane I thought the "fuel surcharge" was when we were paying it, especially when there were quite a few weeks that they "forgot" to pick it up.
Oh, not to worry, the city will just make up the difference by raising taxes. Problem solved, no need for further investigation which could result in criminal charges! Just a 26 million dollar contract, hardly worth bothering to check to see if everything is on the up and up. Yeah, the city politicians are really looking out for the best interest of the citizens!
Well, it seems not unusual at all that more and more cloudy water/information is produced as this muddy pit is stirred. It seems that when clarification is requested, that TrashAway Republic doesn't provide necessary information.
I still have doubts regarding the awarding of the contract/selection to TrashAway Republic. Did someone on City Council realize benefit from selecting TrashAway Republic? Why was the contract pushed through Council so quickly?
in Contradictory Stories Unravel During Day One of Indecency with Child Trial
'However, she said she overheard the victim say she was “uncomfortable cuddling” twice. She didn’t know who the victim was speaking to, and she never heard Gould say anything'
'Based on the victim’s answers, Judge Woodward determined the Defense could not ask the victim questions during the trial regarding the voices or other issues.
“She does not know the medication or what effect it had on her memory,” said Woodward. “We’re not going into that because the voices were telling her to kill herself, not to make false accusations.”'
how in the world is the medication not allowed based on this testimony? at the very least it would be prudent to verify the type of medication she was on and what, if any, the side effects of its usage may be. seems like it would be grounds for a retrial if the guy gets found guilty otherwise.
The DPS report states 12:19 a.m.
This accident occurred in the early afternoon, not early AM as this article states. There were two fatal accidents this day. Both involving Semi's. I believe the news media have both mixed up or are NOT aware there were 2 accidents.
in CDC Finds Alaskan Caught Salmon Infested with Japanese Tapeworm
When I eat salmon I always cook it a little longer because I was aware of the parasites that you mentioned. I will never understand why anybody in their right mind would eat raw fish or any other raw meat.
Don't get me started on the brain amoeba found in some of our lakes in the U S.
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