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Weird-Tax Bill Includes the Somervell County Hospital District but ballots only canvassed this morning (salon) More on this later but thought this is odd. We got a tax bill in the mail on Saturday, which means it had to be sent out on Friday. Was it printed and sent before even the recount? And, since, at l.....- 5/20/2013 11:06:39 AM
Perry, Legislators Drooling for Special Sessions... (pstern) Special Sessions Suck ($$$) Why can't Texas Legislators resolve urgent issues within the regular legislative session every 2 years?   In other words, why can't the Governor a.....- 5/17/2013 10:10:36 AM
Giving Somervell Taxpayer Money to Provide Services to Gated Community in Hood County (salon) Here's the situation. Rich people who live in gated community Pecan Plantation reside in Hood County, which has its own hospital district. Pecan Plantation residents do not pay any tax in the H.....- 5/16/2013 1:08:02 PM
The Weather in Glen Rose is AWFUL- Tornado Watch till 1:00 am CT May 16 2013 (salon) I hear it's worse in Granbury right now with hail and thunderstorms. TV (CBS-11) says there is a call for  school busses and emergency vehicles to Pecan Plantation and Decordova, that ther.....- 5/15/2013 8:37:22 PM
Hand Recount for the Somervell County Hospital District Election- Friday 9:00 am (salon) Update: Hand recount done, numbers the same, so the district still passed.Two things: kudos to whoever decided to ask for the recount and second, I kind of love hearing that the voting machine was .....- 5/15/2013 5:59:52 PM
Where in this Definition of Somervell County Hospital District does it say it's okay to spend outside the district? (salon) Maybe it's in here and I just can't see it. Please point it out in the comments. Remember that entitites such as Hopkins County EXPLICITLY put territory outside their county boundaries in thei.....- 5/15/2013 12:29:22 PM
Are you one of the people who voted provisionally or wanted to in Somervell County Hospital District Election (salon) - 5/15/2013 11:40:19 AM
Musing on the Somervell County Hospital District Election-Tuesday, May 14 2013 (salon) The first thing that I am taking from this particular election is how important it is to actually get out and vote. I have never seen an election before that was this close, where the results hinge.....- 5/14/2013 3:11:34 PM
Exclusive: Creation of a hospital district means wave good-bye to Pecan Plantation, it is the LAW (pharper) I have been digging through the Texas Health and Safety Code since a hospital district and its rules are documented there. I found a part of the law that I think the folks who created the petition .....- 5/13/2013 11:33:02 PM
Exclusive: Was the hospital district election legal? (pharper) The petition that was used to request a ballot on the creation of a hospital district, here's a copy, references a specific section of the Texas Health and Safety Code, here's a screen.....- 5/13/2013 10:39:38 PM
How Much from Taxes DOES Somervell County Pay out for Pecan Family Medical Center in Hood County? (salon) As we've said before, when GRMC was a private hospital expending their own money, what they did with funding and supporting a clinic in another county was their own business. Once GRMC became part.....- 5/13/2013 4:30:52 PM
How to dissolve a hospital district (pharper) I have already been asked this so here is the actual process to dissolve a hospital district according to the Texas Health and Safety Code but the strange part here is that it might take .....- 5/11/2013 11:00:34 PM
Election Results for Somervell County and City of Glen Rose (pharper) Creation of a Somervell County Hospital District and new property tax:   Precinct 1 Precinct 2 Precinct 3 Precinct 4 Precin.....- 5/11/2013 8:53:07 PM
The people and money behind the PAC (pharper) Someone called me yesterday to find out how to drop off the 30-day report for the 'Somervell County Hospital District Political Action Committee'. I went over his house and picked it u.....- 5/11/2013 11:31:50 AM
'Special Interest' Texas Legislature Grazes On... (pstern) In response to HB 1123...     What a joke HB 1123 has become.  Make the bill mandatory for all tolling authorities.  Medal honored and/or 50 to 100 percent disa.....- 5/10/2013 3:51:11 PM
Exclusive: Hospital Authority Board passed over 90+ extremely qualified candidates to select Ray Reynolds as CEO (Resume's included) (pharper) In August of 2011 when the new CEO was hired at the Glen Rose Medical Center by the Somervell County Hospital Authority, I decided to get copies of all the resume's of folks that applied for th.....- 5/10/2013 12:50:40 PM
Early voting is over for new property tax proposal, election day is Saturday (pharper) Early voting has completed in Somervell County for the new property tax proposal. There have been 895 in person early voters, with 176 of those voting on the last day of early voting yesterday Tues.....- 5/8/2013 1:05:36 PM
*Lincoln* The Movie One of the WORST I have ever seen (salon) Watched Steven Spielberg's version of The Deification of Lincoln or, maybe, How to Bore An Audience about the 13th Amendment. Not only was the movie one of the dullest I have ever seen, but app.....- 5/7/2013 9:21:44 PM
I'm voting 'YES' for the Hospital District. (humanbeing) I've finally decided how I will vote in this election. Originally, I thought I was firm on a 'yes' vote for the District. I voted for it the first time. But then I began to waffle. .....- 5/7/2013 7:51:31 PM
More *Let's Scare Somervell Voters* by the PAC that is pushing the District election nobody else wants (salon) Ah. Remember the first days of this adventure when some people decided to push a hospital district AGAIN? The group that first met, which was called a "Steering Committee" even though it .....- 5/4/2013 10:50:53 AM
Examining the Somervell County Hospital District PAC Claims (salon) We got that PAC mailout a few weeks ago and laughed at the claims. Today is a great day to go through some of it for debunking purposes. First, the BOO! Factor. BOO!!!! THE HOSPITAL WIL.....- 5/2/2013 12:27:23 PM
Somervell County Hospital District- Bite Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face (salon) When Glen Rose Medical Center was a private non profit hospital, it made some sense for GRMC to be in competition with Lake Granbury for medical business. When GRMC was private, they also created a.....- 5/2/2013 10:17:05 AM
Spyware Sold To Governments poses as Firefox (humanbeing) From Ars Techniqua by Jon Brodkin: Spyware used by governments poses as Firefox, and Mozilla is angry Mozilla sends cease and desist letter to maker of FinFisher software......- 5/1/2013 4:22:32 PM
The anti-tax brigade 'pac' business (pharper) I was reading what Ron Hankins was writing in the paper and on web sites so decided to do a little follow up to what he was doing with this anti-tax brigade business. Although I usually disagr.....- 5/1/2013 11:55:16 AM
Early voting has started, have you voted AGAINST the new property tax proposal yet? (pharper) Just a reminder that you can go vote AGAINST the creation of a new property tax all week this week from 8-5, calendar and sample ballot below courtesy of Somervell County Election Administrato.....- 5/1/2013 10:00:56 AM
The incompetence of the Glen Rose Hospital District PAC (pharper) I was reading the mailer sent out by the Hospital District PAC and I started doing a little investigating... They mailed them to EVERY registered voter instead of each household with a regi.....- 4/30/2013 9:54:31 AM
Rape: the problem is not going away... (pstern) Time to protect women more:  rape reported on a world scale...   It is interesting and disturbing to view the number of rape incidents reported on a world scale.  The U.S., u.....- 4/29/2013 2:23:38 PM
The High Cost of Government Secrecy, Bill Moyers and Glenn Greenwald (humanbeing) - 4/29/2013 10:18:20 AM
STOP Voting for Bond Packages! (pstern) In response to ongoing bond packages...   The continuing push for school and road bonds should be squelched!    This is nothing more than local governments o.....- 4/27/2013 2:17:46 PM
The Truth About Mutual Funds and Your 401K (humanbeing) - 4/24/2013 10:16:45 PM
The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever (humanbeing) From Rolling Stone by Mark Taibbi: Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You wer.....- 4/24/2013 10:14:54 PM
Bogus Immigration Bill Filled with Unrelated Special Interest Objectives (pstern) The so-called "Gang of 8" piggy-backed various unrelated special interest bills onto the proposed 800-plus page immigration reform bill.  Americans should demand their legislators ki.....- 4/22/2013 10:46:01 AM
State Driver's Licenses for ILLEGAL Immigrants? (pstern) re: House Bill 3206   House Bill 3206 is being pushed in the Texas State Legislature to provide ILLEGAL immigrants with a driver’s license so they may drive legally througho.....- 4/18/2013 9:24:47 AM
Don't murder Social Security... (pstern) To President Obama and Members of Congress:   Please do NOT cut Social Security.  Increase the Social Security Tax and stop diverting those taxes to other interests.  .....- 4/17/2013 3:53:11 PM
Texas Health Resources surgery study shows hospitals can profit from their own mistakes (humanbeing) From Dallas News by Gary Jacobson: "Hospitals generate higher operating profit margins from most surgery patients who experience preventable complications than from those who don’t, acco.....- 4/16/2013 8:39:38 PM
Boston...today (humanbeing) I think what disturbs me the most about what happened in Boston today, aside from the horrifying images of those innocent ones who have unsuspectedly had their limbs blown off, is the abject coward.....- 4/15/2013 10:13:51 PM
Logic Silly O Day- I Don't Like President Obama and Think He's a Money Grubber (salon) President Obama is from Chicago Another person I don't like is from Chicago All people from Chicago are money grubbers   ahahahahahah. Isn't that totally ridiculous? Co.....- 4/12/2013 4:35:04 PM
Your Tax Money at work at GRISD- 2 free periods but still home at 10:40 am (salon) We wrote about this a couple of years ago. The question really is, how are people being tracked if they leave the building? Sign in? Sign out? Teachers have 2 periods plus lunch to do things, so if.....- 4/12/2013 3:57:22 PM
Somervell Hospital District-Don't forget to ASK YOUR COMMISSIONER if he would really CLOSE the hospital? (salon) Hint! Guess what. They WON'T. The ONLY people using those VOTE FOR US OR THE HOSPITAL CLOSES (doesn't that sort of remind you of the Vote for this or your dog dies threats? ) are the fat ca.....- 4/12/2013 12:59:48 PM
Happy Hill Farm aka North Central Texas Academy PR in Wake of Lawsuit (salon) As mentioned yesterday by a commenter, this lawsuit against Happy Hill is apparently being appealed. The original case involved allegations that a school nurse was improperly prescribing medication.....- 4/11/2013 12:55:46 PM
Happy Hill Farm Changed Its Name to North Central Texas Academy (salon) I go to Granbury occasionally and pass by Happy Hill Farms, located in Somervell County near Glen Rose. I noticed in the last year or so that the sign in front of Happy Hills is now an electronic o.....- 4/11/2013 11:47:32 AM
7 Chilling Facts About Retirement in America That Should Make Obama Tremble Before Cutting Social Security and Medicare (humanbeing) From alternet.org by Lynn Stuart Parramore: April 7, 2013: We are headed for a catastrophic retirement train wreck. A Wall Street-driven financial crisis has stripped millions of people of thin.....- 4/10/2013 8:18:42 PM
Entitlement 'Reform' Is A Hoax, Folks (humanbeing) - 4/10/2013 7:50:58 PM
Bi-Partisanship We Dont Need: The President Offers to Cut Social Security and Republicans Agree (humanbeing) From Robert Reich: John Boehner, Speaker of the House, revealed why it’s politically naive for the President to offer up cuts in Social Security in the hope of getting Republicans to clos.....- 4/10/2013 5:15:58 PM
'The House I Live In' from Independent Lens, PBS (humanbeing) - 4/10/2013 2:41:26 PM
Power Shift Away From Green Illusions By Steve Horn, Truthout, Interview (humanbeing) (And while you're at it, don't forget to read The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler, and don't blame me if you have trouble sleeping at night.) From Truth-out.org: "Every.....- 4/8/2013 9:38:13 PM
The Battle for Private Property Rights in Texas & Pipelines (humanbeing) From indytexans.com: IMPORTANT HEARING TUESDAY 1:30 p.m. in AUSTIN. There are two competing bills addressing common carrier pipeline designations currently working their way through the Tex.....- 4/8/2013 2:01:12 PM
Endless drive for private school vouchers... (pstern)   Texas Still Blowing Bubbles at Public Education   Sooner or later the State will have to deal properly with public education, which needs to be revamped and financed intelli.....- 4/8/2013 12:02:38 PM
Comanche Peak Devaluation- From $2.539 Billion to $2.2 Billion this year (salon) So... since 80 percent of Somervell County's tax revenue comes from Comanche Peak, what happens to services when there is a shortfall? Property taxes on individuals? Yes, except that there is a.....- 4/7/2013 10:19:19 AM
Memory Lane-Recap on Land of the Dinosaur Investment Scam (salon) Saw in the local Glen Rose Reporter newspaper that the City of Glen Rose is STILL wondering why they didn't make any money off the investment they (actually 4b but okayed by the city) made to the .....- 4/7/2013 9:51:56 AM
Oil Pipeline Myth... (pstern) In response to the Arkansas oil pipeline leak and the Keystone project... How does pipe-lining oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf ensure that American oil and gas prices will decline?   .....- 4/2/2013 7:34:13 PM
Sid *Sonogram* Miller is a Texas lobbyist now (salon) from the Texas Ethics Commission website   1102 Miller, Sidney C. 6407 highway 377 stephenville, TX 76401 Date Reg Filed: 02/21/2013 (254)968-2211 2013 Start.....- 4/2/2013 9:14:19 AM
For whom the road tolls... (pstern) Tolls pushed again for S/SW Austin   No one says that traffic is light in S. and SW Austin or that roadways built in the past lacked a futuristic insight of what traffic would be .....- 4/1/2013 5:50:08 AM
Energy Future Holding Getting Sued by Aurelius Over Sweetheart Deal Loan (salon) According to Bloomberg News of March 20 2013, EFH is being sued by Aurelius Capital over those dang loans EFH made to itself. Remember this? Let's review. Energy Future Holding, as represen.....- 3/29/2013 11:50:32 AM
kill out of state Concealed Weapons Licenses? (pstern) Senate Bill 481 is a ridiculous bill.  It was written to eliminate out of state concealed gun licenses for Texans.   If certain Texas legislators don't like out of state .....- 3/27/2013 9:48:57 AM
Senate Votes Against Cuts to Social Security: Media Doesn't Notice (humanbeing) I don't know about you, but I'm disgusted with the news outlets in this country and their use of the word "Entitlement" when referencing a fund I have contributed to for over fort.....- 3/25/2013 8:29:36 PM
Special Driver's Licenses for illegals? (pstern) In response to providing undocumented immigrants with special driver’s licenses...         The Texas Legislature is proposing special licenses for.....- 3/25/2013 8:26:16 AM
Toll Roads NOT Healthy for Living Things... (pstern) Stop Toll Road Frenzy       I have written many times about toll roads and why we should not build and use them.     As t.....- 3/19/2013 9:56:18 AM
Medicaid Expansion and Obstructionist Republicans in Texas (salon) from Lon Burnam Dear Friends, I wanted to update you on one of the most important issues to be decided this legislative session: Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacar.....- 3/8/2013 9:37:54 AM
Really? Griping abut Rand Paul's Filibuster? (salon) I saw today that some people were complaining and poking fun at Rand Paul for his talking filibuster yesterday. Paul was making a point about how the Obama administration needed to clarify that it .....- 3/7/2013 2:58:57 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused - Glen Rose City Council Technology Edition (salon) Have long believed that every government entity should publish audio from its meetings, which most record anyway, on a publicly available website. Somervell County Water District started doing this.....- 3/6/2013 7:08:02 PM
Tape Or Digital Malfunction?- What happened at Glen Rose City Council Meeting Feb 7 2013 (salon) I was curious to hear what happened in open session at the Glen Rose City Council meeting on Feb 7 2013, so I did an open records request today asking to get a copy of the audio in digital format. .....- 3/6/2013 5:58:33 PM
Who Signed the Somervell County Hospital District Election Petition? (salon) In other words, who wants 17 1/2 cents tax raise? PDF Patricia Jackson Faust - Hwy 67, Glen Rose Norma Wade - Huffman, Glen Rose Jimmie Sumners Hwy 67, Glen Rose Allen Sumners .....- 3/6/2013 11:45:22 AM
Beautifully done- Cathy Thomas is a great decorator (salon) This picture I'm attaching won't do this room justice. When you walk into the Somervell County Courthouse, there is a room off to your immediate left that is the Elections Supervisor office.....- 3/6/2013 10:37:02 AM
Election Dates for new property tax proposal (pharper) If you are like me you are going to make a point of voting AGAINST the creation of a new property tax called a hospital district, here are the dates you can do that:   Election ch.....- 3/5/2013 12:25:38 AM
Need Another Reason to Vote DOWN the Somervell Hospital District? What if EFH Goes Bankrupt? (salon) Here's an article from Bloomberg News of Feb 25 2013 Texas Competitive Electric Holdings, the utility’s wholesale power unit, faces an October 2014 deadline on the maturity of a p.....- 3/3/2013 12:27:24 PM
A Better Plan Than 'Endless Growth': Enough Is Enough (humanbeing) From Common Dreams by Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill: The World Economic Forum held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland last month.  The official theme was "Resilient Dynamism,&qu.....- 3/2/2013 10:51:56 AM
The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot (humanbeing) From Robert Reich: "Imagine a plot to undermine the government of the United States, to destroy much of its capacity to do the public’s business, and to sow distrust among the popula.....- 3/1/2013 7:35:57 PM
Just How Messed up IS this Push for a Somervell County Hospital District? (salon) I want to talk about a number of things that are goofy about THIS go-round about trying to get Somervell County citizens suckered into voting for a large amount of taxes by passing a hospital distr.....- 3/1/2013 5:49:00 PM
Speaking of Abdicating Lawful Responsiblities.. Judge Mike Ford Needs To Point a Finger At Himself (salon) I laughed when I heard the audio of the 2 recent meetings (Somervell County is now putting the audio up on their website so you can HeAR the 2 special sessions concerning the hospital district - Fe.....- 3/1/2013 3:33:16 PM
Would Somervell County Commisioners CLOSE Glen Rose Medical Center if District Election Doesn't Pass? (salon) We have heard, just like last time there was a hospital district election that was going to raise everybody's taxes,that IF THE ELECTION DOES NOT PASS, THE HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED AND EVERYONE .....- 3/1/2013 8:36:25 AM
Wondering-Anybody Up to make a PAC to Save Taxpayer money (salon) - 2/27/2013 10:47:41 PM
Just Heard Somervell Hospital District Election to be on a SATURDAY before mother's day (salon) Raise your hand if you remember how the last hospital district election was on VALENTINE'S DAY. Think that was an accident? Nope. I have on good authority that the attorney working this deal wi.....- 2/27/2013 3:52:22 PM
In response to leglislators wanting more Charter schools... (pstern)     Of course they want more Charter Schools. There are several current and previous legislators who also sit/sat on the Boards of several such schools. This is a conflict of.....- 2/20/2013 3:52:48 AM
Thank you Larry Hulsey for standing up to the leeches who want to increase our property taxes! (pharper) I was reading the Glen Rose Reporter the other day and was very happily surprised to see Larry Hulsey was doing a great thing, standing up against the idea of a Hospital District!! I have .....- 2/19/2013 6:40:31 PM
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