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Walter Manuel

It's imperative that the La Marque voters of District "B" re-elect Mr. James Osteen to his seat when he has in fact proven himself time and time again to be a "budget hawk" as TJ stated.

I can't imagine any reason why someone would want to replace one of the two experienced council members that goes through the city's budget with a fine tooth comb, asks questions when they see a red herring and who won't stop until they get the answers for the LM citizens unless of course someone is simply voting to support the desires of a special interest group?

Mr. Osteen just voted in support of giving the LM police department over $556,000.00 in order for them to get more police vehicles, radios and equipment in order to meet the safety needs of not only our officers, but more importantly the citizens of LM, as well as, others who travel through LM.

I can assure you that Mr. Osteen would not have voted this way if he found along the way that the city just didn't have the means or money to pay for it. Mr. Osteen along with this current council has been able to now get us more working days of capital than we had just a couple of years ago because of their committment to following our money and the city's budget and it was done without raising our taxes!

If we want to keep LM moving in the right direction, then we MUST vote to keep Mr. James "Watchdog" Osteen! We can't afford to lose not only his experience and dedication, but also his attuned set of "eyes" when overseeing what the city is doing with our money. Period!


Ron Shelby

Its definitely time for a change on the LMISD school board. The challengers have to be better than the incumbents! Its already been run into the ground financially.

Theresa Bethea

MissionaryMan, How are "we"as you stated going to vote to keep Osteen when you don't live in La Marque? And by the way the money He approved for cars is frozen and gets pushed off the agenda each month. Therefore our police are in vehicles that strands our officers while on duty and jeopardizes their safety.

Mike Trube


I would be very much interested in the facts regarding the so called 'frozen' money and 'what' keeps getting put off the agenda? You are rather vague. I need some clarification on just where you get your facts.


Walter Manuel

Bubba, for your information I live in LaMarque and I work out of town. Perhaps people should start telling the truth when their trying to push their own agendas?

Theresa Bethea

Not an issue as long as voters don't work out of town, live out of town and use a local address to push their own agenda or perhaps their family members agenda

Mike Trube


Why is it more important for voters to live and work in the city when the police don't? And the police can't even vote.
And who has an agenda when the police talk a citizen into running for office so they can put their agenda through? Is it true council said NO tax raise for all the taxpayers just so the police could get a raise?
And according to the flyer I read, it lacks the disclaimer at the bottom of it. I believe that is a misdemeanor. You would think someone would catch that since that candidate is pro public safety. That looks really bad.
Speaking of being pro safety, is this candidate aware of how much of the city budget actually goes for public safety? And where does this person propose to get the money for pay raises and benefits?
As a concerned taxpayer, I am urging all voters to keep Councilman James Osteen on La Marque's City Council. We can't afford NOT to!

Walter Manuel

Hey Bubba, I've been checking around and no one seems to know anything about any problems with the police cars breaking down. There are new cars that have been coming in, but the company can't equip all of the the cars all at once in order for the city to receive them at the same time is what I've been told.

Why would the money be held up by council like you claim when they already approved it?

If you get me the number of the car(s) that is an issue for officers, I'd be more than glad to ask someone to look into it. I was told that years ago this might have been a problem for our officers, but no one knew what you or I were talking about that's currently happening today?

Ron, I respect Jim Malm for running against Annie Burton, however I hardly doubt getting rid of one of the seven board members will change anything with LMISD leadership any time soon.

Ron Shelby

It's a definite start.

Walter Manuel

Bubba, my Mom and I were in front of city hall last Saturday selling bar-b-que sandwhich's for the LM Citizens Police Academy just like you and your wife were, so I suppose this is the "agenda" that you must mean about my family?

We were there in order to show our support and to raise extra money for the LM police department, we weren't there campaigning unlike others....

And yes, we've supported our LM police department as far back as when Walter Feigle was our police chief and have lived in LM since 1961.

Have any other questions? [smile]

Walter Manuel

Bingo Miket55!

Give this man a cigar! [wink]

While their asking those important questions at city hall, they might also walk over to the police department to learn that it's actually the police department themselves holding up the purchase of the council approved police radios not council as BubbaB suggests.

I'm told that the police department will be receiving some grant money to purchase police radios so they are holding off purchasing radios until they know for sure exactly how many they have to buy themselves.

I guess it all boils down to those pesky details and just how much you really want the voters to know in order that they can make a more informed decision on who will best serve not only our district, but the community as a whole?

I suppose I should remind the candidates that if they are elected they are only ONE vote and the consensus of the current city council has been working diligently to be fair and equitable to the city employees when the budget allowed and have done so without raising our taxes!

The city of LM is finally moving in the right direction and there's no reason we should upset the apple cart in order to satisfy personal interest groups agendas.

Let LMISD be the perfect poster child for what happens when special interests get their way...[sad]

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