More on this later, including video clip, these opinions are STRICTLY my own and represent only me.
Update 10/7/2014: Rant On>>>>>Guess what! Women vote! Women serve on juries! Women can have political opinions! Some People who are living in what must be Glory Days of "Women must be seen and not heard" for them are under the impression that I, salon, didn't post this but either wrote at someone else's behest or allowed someone to login as me. PFFFFFTTTTTTT! This is MY site (salon.glenrose.net), I have my OWN computer (my husband and I do NOT share computers and our computers are not even in the same room), we do not share passwords, or logins. When my husband, who happens to be an elected official on the hospital board came home after this meeting, I asked him, as I believe people in a LOT of marriages do, what happened at the meeting. Seems not only pretty normal to, er, COMMUNICATE with one's spouse, but then to also have an opinion as a registered voter. Last I checked, I'm not required because I am a WOMAN and MARRIED to check my first amendment rights at the door, especially on my own dang website. Even harder for Some People to understand is that I am a technical person, who had a network engineer certification, trained engineers in various software and operating system programs and did computer technical support; in other words, know how to do more than bake cookies, so knowing servers, databases, web software, and video/photo editing software is right up my alley.
What's more, One of those people, George Darrell Best, KNOWS I'm "salon" and that these are my posts because I a. video recorded him and his wife at a raffle winner event at a local place of interest b. borrowed the copy of the 4b book he had, after an hour long talk in person at the Chamber of Commerce office which was then downtown in the Gibbs building, which I told him (and did) that I was going to post parts of on this website (under, SALON, MY screen name (AND he was not wearing a blindfold nor wearing a muff over his ears) c. did a satirical political cartoon of him in photoshop which he, at a city meeting, demanded I remove from this site (I did not do it) and d. have plenty of dang video of him when he was an appointed politician blathering on that I recorded AT those meetings, including lot of footage of Land of the Dinosaurs (you remember, when the GREDC and City voted to give $80,000 to LOD WITHOUT A CONTRACT!!!!!!!!!!) or Palace Theatre. . or getting 4b money to fund a Chamber of Commerce events coordinator position. He also attempted to prevent another 4b member from giving me a public record AFTER a meeting. I also expect he read my pieces on SR2O. He also acknowledged video, on his SaveChalkMountain.com site that I recorded of his Save Chalk Mountain campaign. AND Darrell Best has also posted on this site numerous times, including THIS comment which was made to MY post (with MY screen name and photo) about my hub going down with my camera to record an Austin meeting re: Save Chalk Mountain.
Regular readers of this site KNOW that I have been talking about the 501a slush fund for years, including personally recording the video of the Commissioners Court handover in which shortfall money and the contract re: 501a was discussed. I also did a lot of open records requests under MY real name to get copies of the 501a contract as well as spreadsheets showing the amounts of shortfall, and generated a complaint to Sheriff Greg Doyle and Somervell County Attorney Andy Lucas in August of 2013, again under my REAL name and REAL email. NO ONE guided my hand and no one sent that complaint email AS me. Any woman that believes she should be treated as a thinking adult with opinions she can express needs to steer clear of the troglodytes that can't seem to get with the program. That includes those that believe that a husband should be in charge of taking away free speech for his wife, second-hand citizen-style. I also do not think my marriage is unusual in that both my hub and I, gasp, SPEAK to each other, discuss what's on our minds, and have respect not to step on each other's toes. If Some People do not have marriage like this, I'm sorry for them, but they need not to paint others with the sorry relationship situation they must themselves have. And I have to question why Some People would even want to spread crapola that is not only not truthful but denigrating by misrepresenting me, the poster. >>>Rant Off.
Update #2- October 17 2014 I wrote letter to the glen rose reporter about who posted what and would love to testify to that under oath. Question comes up -shouldn't somebody have attempted to investigate FIRST whether the obviously false assumption about who posted what was made in a frigging lawsuit? By, say, picking up the phone and ASking instead of assuming? Really really dumb. (Incidentally, I have blacked out part of my name, but it does appear in the paper-I believe I have no obligation to post with my real name on the internet, following the example of Publius)
Update #3- I got a chance to TESTIFY about this, that ANYTHING you see on MY blog site that I manage is written ONLY by me when *salon*. Watch this because I figured out how utterly dumb the so-called *evidence* was (I am a TECHNICAL PERSON)
****And now to the original post.
Just found out that Chip Harrison voted to table a discussion about the 501a SLUSH FUND. Ron Hankins apparently brought up the motion and that other guy that's in sales seconded it. I guess Ron Hankins believes in CENSORSHIP since he sure didn't want to hear about how GRMC has been breaking its own agreement to properly monitor and have accountable funds that the 501a doctors have to ASK FOR since they are NOT part of GRMC but a SEPARATE ORGANIZATION. Don't believe me? go WATCH this video and see Mr Hankins nodding his head like a stuffed dog in the back car window while the auditor explains just what the 501a is. What astonishes me, though, is Chip Harrison, who at least pretended to be for spending money wisely. Guess not. Anyone that thinks that giving money into an account that Michael Honea simply fills up when he sees it is running low, for a budget that INCLUDES the 501a even though they are NOT part of the hospital but only have an AGREEMENT with the hospital and agrees that even though Ray Reynolds is BREAKING THE LAW with regard to the budget and the Texas state hospital code must be highly ethically challenged.
Again, SHAME ON YOU, Mr. Harrison. You ran on saying that you would be fiscally responsible, that you were for getting rid of the hospital tax, and you can't even HANDLE A DISCUSSION on the 501a? Coward! And Coward AND Censor describes Ron Hankins too because there is no reason in the world to NOT discuss this before the public and LET TAXPAYING CITIZENS HEAR WHAT IS GOING ON and draw their own conclusions. Does Mr Hankins believe he is acting like someone that lived in 1930's Nazi Germany? I guess it must be true that Chip Harrison is Ron Hankins dog.
P.S. Why would ANYONE want to ever do business with Glen Rose Medical Center? The board voted tonight to IGNORE FOLLOWING a contract they have with doctors. Gee, that makes you feel really confident about their contempt for legal contracts with ANYTHING if they won't honor the contract they HAVE. Contempt? yeah, I have contempt for these people because as long as there is ZERO accountability with money that Michael Honea puts into an account when it looks like it's getting low, NO ONE should have ANY CONFIDENCE in either the people who voted NOT TO FOLLOW THE CONTRACT THAT ALREADY EXISTS. Shame on every single one that voted not to follow it.
P.P.S. My problem with this stems from 2 main things.
- An entity has a contract/signed agreement that outlines procedures that must be followed with public money
- An employee representing that entity signs the agreement AND certifies to an auditor that those procedures are being followed
- Previous publicly funded taxpayer entities followed that procedure as outlined in the signed agreement. The procedure involved the 501a coming to ask explicity for OSA/"shortfall" money, having to get that money approved, and then being required to come back AFTER they spent the money to SHOW that's how they spent the money.
- The entity stopped following the procedure of accounting for money going to separate corporation 501a.
Rough transcript. Ray Reynolds- The hospital is the member, the 501a is a separate corporation, the hospital is the member of the 501a. Chip Harrison. I'll be real honest with you. I've been working on this 501a since the last day or two and I probably spent a half hour with Ray today trying to get him to explain it to me. At this point I'm not settled as to feeling I have a complete understanding. I asked Ray earlier, did you and Richard Hofe talk about the 501a blah blah blah and this is my opinion, I would like Richard to come in with his different experiences of 501a etc and I'd like him to discuss that with us on Sept 11 because I think that's when he's already scheduled but that is just my opinion (MISSED WHERE HARRISON SAID WHAT RAY REYNOLDS TOLD HIM ABOUT TORCH AND THE 501a) Paul Harper: Oh, I agree with you that he should discuss it. Harrison: I just think... he's (TORCH) is either going to try to make me happy (for lack of a better word, you know, .... or he's either really good at what he does or he's a great salesman. I can't decide if I'm buying a used car or the guy is really really sharp.... i"m real comfortable with him leading us in this discussion with the 501a. I'd rather have someone with 44 years of experience instead of 44 days on the job. Chip Harrison- So somebody make a motion that we table this or some other action? Paul Harper. I have a motion. I make a motion that we follow this as written, effective immediately. ...John Parker I second that. Ron Hankins- I think there's some interpretation down here. Ray Reynolds- From an accounting perspective, if you're asking me if we follow the letter of the law and attachment C... I will tell you no. But I will tell you there is a complete accounting of every transaction, of every transfer of dollars, between the 501a and the hospital and that record has been presented to each one of you, the spreadsheet of how that is reconciled, and this has been audited a number of years, and this agreement has been in place for, I believe, 10 years. and there's never been an audit comment related to the accounting, the transactions between the 501a and the hospital. We're not meeting the letter of the agreement but we're certainly meeting the spirit of the agreement, and we're certainly meeting the accounting requirements of the agreement. Chip Harrison: WE do have a motion and a second, I thought there's be some discussion, we just need to.. and so.. i'm not comfortable on taking any sort of action with the 501a myself. Paul Harper: I think we ought to follow this thing as written, it was signed 5 years ago, 4 1/2 years ago and I think we should follow that as written. Ray Reynolds. I believe I explained that. Chip Harrison: Doi we have any more discussion? (The buffoons in the crowd who don't know how to behave in public chime in from the cheap seats without Mr Harrison as president insisting on decorum) Chip Harrison: Let me restate the question. To follow the law whether we like it or not. (um, that's NOT what the motion was, it was to follow the agreement as written) The three people who voted to follow the 501a contact letter of the law were Paul Harper, John Parker and Eugene Brode. Chip Harrison, Ron Hankins, Karen Burroughs, and Brett Nabors voted AGAINST it. (What's really hilarious here is not only that Chip Harrison again doesn't insist on the crowd being orderly but apparently because these people clapped so enthusiastically, they're all for breaking the law). Paul Harper: I move that the operational support assistance that is outline in schedule C be required to come before the board for approval and that no monies shall be moved unless approved by this board. Chip Harrison; This is not on this agenda, Paul. Paul Harper: Actually it is, it's tied to this agreement. The operational support agreement Schedule C and I will go ahead and read it to you. (Reads the part about the 501a coming to ask for money, that the money is not a gift or a gratiuity... request for OSA for the month ) Means we should see a statement every month asking us for OSA funds to cover their loss, and that this must be submitted by the 10th day of the following month ... if approved, the OSA money would be transferred to the physicians group within 3 days. I'm asking that this payment that is being moved from public funds to a private account be approved by this board and otherwise it doesn't happen. John Parker: I'll second that. Ray Reynolds. it's on the balance sheet that is presented to you, complete accounting, disclosed on our balance sheets. Chip Harrison. So we have a motion or a second, do we keep going? Karen Burroughs -I've very concerned about the hospital district board that wants to get into the details of running the hospital. I don't think we're qualified to do it. It's been running pretty darn well. I think we're obligated to look at the budget, to give good patient care, it's interesting that you're not interested in the financials for the month... nitpicking. (And the applause sign must have been lit up again, with Chip Harrison as president choosing to do NOTHING to tell everyone in the audience to be quiet). Ron Hankins (can't make out what he said but the clowns in the audience decide to be disruptive with Harrison doing nothing to maintain order). Paul Harper: If you're not going to follow them, then why write them? Ron Hankins- Let me ask you one question. Why did you run for this board? (People shouting out from their seats with Chip Harrison doing NOTHING to maintain order- guess he likes the zoo) Paul Harper: That's not on the agenda, Ron. Ron Hankins-YOu don't want to answer it, do you. No you don't. (Seems that Ron Hankins method of discussion is to try to personally attack instead of actually discussing WHY there is a written, legal agreement that the hospital is not following, that he in fact knows all about since he was at the county when it was first discussed. Always a poor method when you have nothing in your briefcase but to try to personally attack someone). Paul Harper - You're violating the open meetings act. Want to keep it up? This items not on the agenda.( FINALLY Chip Harrison says to keep order... where's THAT Chip Harrison been the rest of the meeting? Only because Ron Hankins attacked Paul Harper-was he worried Hankins would jump out of his chair and come over to start a fight?) Chip Harrison. Restates the motion on the floor. Paul Harper. I think we should not be moving public money into private accounts (The Lawbreakers in the audience get all disruptive again) Ray Reynolds- the tax dollars are reserved for capital expenditure, tax dollars are not being used for the 501a (Really! Then why does the agreement specifically spell out that there must be requests and then reports on how the money has been used IF it has nothing to do with tax money? ) Paul Harper. The 501a account has lost a million dollars. I didn't approve it. I'm just saying we ought to follow it (More disruption from the audience with Chip Harrison choosing to do nothing to maintain order). Chip Harrison: I'll say it again, I'd like to wait till September 11. I move that this item on the agenda be tabled. (Oops, isn't there already a motion and a second not voted on??????) Paul Harper: There's a motion and a second on the table right now. Chip Harrison: I believe you can make an additional motion to table after a motion has been made. Ron Hankins, correct me if I'm wrong. Ron Hankins. Correct.Chip Harrison: I have a motion to table Agenda item # 13. Paul Harper voted against. (Clapping again, the zoo at it, Chip Harrison does NOTHING)
What do you need a hospital board for if not, at least in part, for oversight? If an administrator ADMITS that he is not following the law, then should a board sit in its hands or worse, VOTE to ALLOW the administrator to CONTINUE breaking the "letter of the law"? It is also not some new agreement that requires the TORCH guy to say something (and it's not clear to me from listening to Harrison talk about this that the slush fund is even a covered topic with a man that it seems even Harrison doesn't trust not to be some kind of salesman pushing product) . Seems like the reason Mr Harrison wanted to push this off without discussion was to put responsibility away from himself and on some hired TORCH guy. Perhaps this not wanting to take responsibility is why the meetings are allowed to be conducted with the audience acting like cattle at an auction without Harrison doing his JOB as president and maintaining order and decorum. I certainly don't understand it, but I definitely am appalled that ANYONE would vote NOT to require that an existing contract be followed that is, by the admission of Ray Reynolds, NOT being followed as written, that involves taxpayer money. Pretty clear it's a responsiblity excuse, at least for Mr Harrison. Don't know what the reason is for Ron Hankins, who was county attorney AT THE TIME that the agreement was being discussed in Walter Maynard's commissioner court; if you can't rely on someone who supposedly knows and values legal contracts to actually, er, FOLLOW them, then any claim Hankins has on his so-called authority as an attorney should be viewed with a side-eye.
Update 11/7/2014- Looks like, since the contract with the doctors expires sometime in the near future, that some thought is going into CHANGING the contract. Rather that fixing some things that might not be applicable, the proposed, undated addendum does away with and is ambiguous about, the clear instructions in the original contract with regard to ACCOUNTING for money. Seems to me that the addendum is an attempt to make the proposed contract come more in line with what Ray Reynolds and Mike Honea are doing NOW, which is operating a slush fund. Let's hope the board doesn't fall for this.
Second Update 11/18/2014-The board voted on the 11th 6-0 to pass a version of the addendum discussed in the update directly above this. This is Ray Reynolds working to GUT the original agreement to make it match the loose way he is now taking public money and giving it to a 3rd party organization. One has to ask WHY he is so eager to take accountability standards AWAY from an agreement instead of adding to.