Angel San Juan, of KFDM 6 News, presented this investigative report earlier this week based upon information obtained from reliable sources. If you listen closely in the video report, you soon begin to realize this woman hasn’t any regrets whatsoever with regard to traveling all over the nation of the taxpayers’ dime. In fact, she pretty much comes just shy of saying she intends to do more traveling. You see, she’s running for re-election for a second term. People around Port Arthur are wondering if her second-term travel itinerary might include meetings and events held in the Bahamas? How about various locations around the Caribbean? Hawaii, maybe? Or perhaps she’s going to be attending another Mayor Conference somewhere in Western Europe?
In addition to me, there are a lot of Port Arthur taxpayers very unhappy with learning of this stuff. I find the best word to describe her basis for all this travel at taxpayer expense is nothing more than a “boondoggle“. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines boondoggle as “a wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft“. And this is precisely how many people see this little game of her’s. Another very fitting word for this stuff is “bamboozle“; which Merriam-Webster defines as:
- to deceive by underhanded methods
- to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely
The fact is that no other council member has used more than $31,000.00 of taxpayer monies to go jet-setting around the country and regardless what Ms. Hamilton’s reasoning is the supposedly justifies her actions, people want it stopped; and, stopped right now!
I’ve become a skeptic. Over the more than twenty years I’ve lived and worked in and around Port Arthur, it’s become more than clear that people around here, elected and otherwise, are more interested in what they (personally) can get out of serving the community as opposed to working toward actually making things better. So disheartened have I become that even those presently serving on City Council, right along with an awful big bunch of people holding responsible positions in both city government and administration, are going to have to work really hard to convince me their dedication is to the community and not to feeding their own back pockets.
It’s almost as bad in the private sector. Considering Port Arthur promotes itself as an “ethnically diversified community“, why then are only two ethnic groups represented in government? The simple answer is because each knows it doesn’t stand the chance of a snowball in hell of ever winning an election around here. Call this whatever you want, but from my standpoint the primary reason why Port Arthur has little chance of becoming anything even close to what it once was is because the BLACKS want to run all the white people out of city government, city administration and city jobs, so they can have it al to themselves; and, the WHITE PEOPLE want to run all the blacks out of city government, city administration and city jobs so they can have it all to themselves. This division, unless brought to an end quickly and decisively, will eventually bring about the complete collapse of Port Arthur, Texas. There isn’t any reason whatsoever to think this will ever come about because there are just too many racist, bigoted people around Port Arthur. They should be ashamed of themselves.
The only possible way Port Arthur could ever anticipate the city becoming something other than just another hell-hole of a community filled to the brim with blight, crime and unemployed citizens, is if the people themselves are willing to all work together toward a common good. Port Arthur is on the brink of complete collapse, and unless the people are all willing to work together to effect the changes need to get this town on the right path, there is little hope of anything ever changing.
And a huge part of all this means stopping City Council members and Mayors from wasting taxpayer funds to go traipsing all over the place for reasons no one other than they understand.