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City Employee Terminated in Wake of Radio Probe

There are 19 comments on the The Bandera County Courier story from Nov 3, 2011, titled City Employee Terminated in Wake of Radio Probe. In it, The Bandera County Courier reports that:

Pam Scharmen was terminated from employment with the City of Bandera on Thursday, Oct.

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Since: Apr 08

Bandera

#1 Nov 3, 2011
Soooooo, everyone else gets named over and over again but the "city resident" who files the complaint isn't listed! Really? Great reporting right there!

'As a result, a city resident decided to file the necessary complaint on Friday, Oct. 28. "I can't believe our tax dollars continue to be wasted in this way," he said in an interview with the Courier. "And, I'm tired of no one being held accountable for things that they do. It's not right."'

I hate how the employee is made to look guilty in the paper over and over again. Let this play out in court, not in the press! I thought everyone was "innocent until proven guilty"? Not here!
Really Now

United States

#2 Nov 6, 2011
Bandera parent wrote:
Soooooo, everyone else gets named over and over again but the "city resident" who files the complaint isn't listed! Really? Great reporting right there!
'As a result, a city resident decided to file the necessary complaint on Friday, Oct. 28. "I can't believe our tax dollars continue to be wasted in this way," he said in an interview with the Courier. "And, I'm tired of no one being held accountable for things that they do. It's not right."'
I hate how the employee is made to look guilty in the paper over and over again. Let this play out in court, not in the press! I thought everyone was "innocent until proven guilty"? Not here!
This witch hunt is ridiculous. When is the City of Bandera going to straighten up its act and quit going after its employees? Not to mention the thousands of dollars that they are spending of tax payers money to conduct these witch hunts. But I do have to ask though. Why wasn't the officer terminated for incorrect inventory? What was he covering up or not doing right? Seems to me that the woman who was terminated has some ground to stand on in regards to discrimination.
bystander

San Antonio, TX

#3 Nov 10, 2011
According to the article in the Bandera Bulletin (which I believe is a much more accurate news source than the Courier), Pam was terminated for "possible violation of employee policies." This is the reason given by Horst. Is it even LEGAL to fire someone for POSSIBLE violation of policies? I certainly hope Pam hires an attorney and fights this - not to get her job back (because who would want to work for these idiots anyway) but for a decent termination package, damages to her reputation and unemployment benefits. After 12 years of loyal service, she deserves so much more than she received. Oh, and I love how they keep describing her as an employee of the municipal judge's office AND police department, even though she stated again and again that she was NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE a part of the police department's staff - she just answered their phone because no one else would do it!
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#4 Nov 11, 2011
bystander wrote:
According to the article in the Bandera Bulletin (which I believe is a much more accurate news source than the Courier), Pam was terminated for "possible violation of employee policies." This is the reason given by Horst. Is it even LEGAL to fire someone for POSSIBLE violation of policies? I certainly hope Pam hires an attorney and fights this - not to get her job back (because who would want to work for these idiots anyway) but for a decent termination package, damages to her reputation and unemployment benefits. After 12 years of loyal service, she deserves so much more than she received. Oh, and I love how they keep describing her as an employee of the municipal judge's office AND police department, even though she stated again and again that she was NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE a part of the police department's staff - she just answered their phone because no one else would do it!
She had to have known the radio situation wasn't right. You just don't get that kind of gift. Now for the little matter of giving those radios to her criminal daughter and she uses them in the commission of a crime and she should not be terminated. Surely you joke here.
I knew pretty much what you were when you said the bulletin was the paper to read. That paper refused to report much at all about our ex Sheriff when he was being investigated.
The Bandera County Courier has more integrity in their little finger than the whole of the cover up bulletin.
Really Now

Forney, TX

#5 Nov 11, 2011
SHADOW wrote:
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She had to have known the radio situation wasn't right. You just don't get that kind of gift. Now for the little matter of giving those radios to her criminal daughter and she uses them in the commission of a crime and she should not be terminated. Surely you joke here.
I knew pretty much what you were when you said the bulletin was the paper to read. That paper refused to report much at all about our ex Sheriff when he was being investigated.
The Bandera County Courier has more integrity in their little finger than the whole of the cover up bulletin.
Could it be possible that the woman didn't even know her daughter had taken them? You presume that she knew that. Granted police equipment should be like every thing else that is bought with public funds -- disposed of at a public auction or sale. But it is possible that her daughter who evidently has a "sticky finger" problem took them without her knowledge.
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#6 Nov 12, 2011
Really Now wrote:
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Could it be possible that the woman didn't even know her daughter had taken them? You presume that she knew that. Granted police equipment should be like every thing else that is bought with public funds -- disposed of at a public auction or sale. But it is possible that her daughter who evidently has a "sticky finger" problem took them without her knowledge.
Could it be you didn't follow the story?
"Melissa Rockwell, 41, told Bandera County Sheriff's Office deputies that her mother had given her the radio(s)"
The daughter told the police she got them from her mother.
Mommy got them from ex police officer Neil McLean just after he was fired. He gets mad and takes the radios from his former office and gives them to the woman he was hugging the night he was fired. See picture in the paper.
Now the daughter uses the radios in the commission of a felony.
Took them without her knowledge---then why didn't Pam tell the officers that. Why are you trying to cover for Pam?
To many people watching this to sweep it under the carpet.
BTW all county or city owned property has to go to auction, it's the law except in Bandera where theft is just a way of life for most it seems.
Really Now

Bullard, TX

#7 Nov 12, 2011
I am not covering for anyone, Shadow. But please go back and read the article yourself. The mother offered no explanation. She did not come right out and say she gave them to her daughter. So there is some doubt as to how the woman came to be in possession of them. Do you, sir or madam, know for certain that she gave them to her daughter? Even I don't know that. So how could I be covering for her.

Also, do you know exactly when those radios were given to the woman in question by the officer? You assume that they were given to her after the officer was terminated since he was hugging her. Do you have an inside track into everything that has been presented to the agencies investigating or how are you privy to such information? Do you know for certain that this is when it happened?

And yes, I know how items are suppose to be handled that are bought with public funds. I said as such in my post. Did you not read it? Sir, I work for a public institution that purchases items with taxpayer money and I know exactly how items are suppose to be disposed of properly. So you do not have to tell me how it is done.

Let's just let this play out in the courts or whereever without casting undue suspicions on people. You cannot automatically assume that people are guilty just because they are elated or associated with certain people. I think even you would want that if you were ever accused of anything.
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#8 Nov 12, 2011
Really Now wrote:
I am not covering for anyone, Shadow. But please go back and read the article yourself. The mother offered no explanation. She did not come right out and say she gave them to her daughter. So there is some doubt as to how the woman came to be in possession of them. Do you, sir or madam, know for certain that she gave them to her daughter? Even I don't know that. So how could I be covering for her.
Also, do you know exactly when those radios were given to the woman in question by the officer? You assume that they were given to her after the officer was terminated since he was hugging her. Do you have an inside track into everything that has been presented to the agencies investigating or how are you privy to such information? Do you know for certain that this is when it happened?
And yes, I know how items are suppose to be handled that are bought with public funds. I said as such in my post. Did you not read it? Sir, I work for a public institution that purchases items with taxpayer money and I know exactly how items are suppose to be disposed of properly. So you do not have to tell me how it is done.
Let's just let this play out in the courts or whereever without casting undue suspicions on people. You cannot automatically assume that people are guilty just because they are elated or associated with certain people. I think even you would want that if you were ever accused of anything.
You really need to read more before telling me to.

"Scharmen, who told investigators she was authorized by former Bandera Lt. Neil McLean to have the radios, now is on paid leave from her job.

Smith initially said McLean had confirmed giving the radios to Scharmen for use in serving city warrants. But blaming that erroneous statement on miscommunication, Smith said Wednesday that deputies had yet to interview McLean about the radios.

Curry said he asked Scoggins to investigate the matter after reading news reports that quoted Smith as saying no charges were expected to be pursued over the radios, except against Rockwell, who faced a possible charge of possession of stolen property.

Despite Scoggins' entry into the case, Smith said deputies will seek statements from McLean and former Police Chief Jim Eigner.

Smith said Scharmen claimed she was given the radios following the Sept. 28 City Council meeting at which funding was cut from the city budget for the posts held by of Eigner, McLean and Patrolman Kendall Wells, as of the fiscal year that began Oct. 1."

So tell me what honest city employee won't answer questions. If Pam didn't give the radios to her daughter why didn't she just say so.
And yes if you read the article I posted from the express news it says McLean gave the radios to her the night he was fired(defunded)
As you keep saying "supposed" I will continue to say they have to be auctioned not supposed to be, again it is the law.
Yes I guess I do have an inside track---I read all accounts not just one. But if you read the article here you plainly missed several points.
Maybe you went to school in Bandera, that would explain a lot.

Since: Apr 08

Bandera

#9 Nov 13, 2011
SHADOW wrote:
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You really need to read more before telling me to.
"Scharmen, who told investigators she was authorized by former Bandera Lt. Neil McLean to have the radios, now is on paid leave from her job.
Smith initially said McLean had confirmed giving the radios to Scharmen for use in serving city warrants. But blaming that erroneous statement on miscommunication, Smith said Wednesday that deputies had yet to interview McLean about the radios.
Curry said he asked Scoggins to investigate the matter after reading news reports that quoted Smith as saying no charges were expected to be pursued over the radios, except against Rockwell, who faced a possible charge of possession of stolen property.
Despite Scoggins' entry into the case, Smith said deputies will seek statements from McLean and former Police Chief Jim Eigner.
Smith said Scharmen claimed she was given the radios following the Sept. 28 City Council meeting at which funding was cut from the city budget for the posts held by of Eigner, McLean and Patrolman Kendall Wells, as of the fiscal year that began Oct. 1."
So tell me what honest city employee won't answer questions. If Pam didn't give the radios to her daughter why didn't she just say so.
And yes if you read the article I posted from the express news it says McLean gave the radios to her the night he was fired(defunded)
As you keep saying "supposed" I will continue to say they have to be auctioned not supposed to be, again it is the law.
Yes I guess I do have an inside track---I read all accounts not just one. But if you read the article here you plainly missed several points.
Maybe you went to school in Bandera, that would explain a lot.
So, Shadow! If you have the 'inside track"? Would you elaborate on who the individual city resident is that filed the "formal complaint"? The persons name who files a complaint should be public knowledge and it is a BIG secret here. So is this a cover up too?

Seems to me that Smith made one big "Oops" here by stating that McLean had said something and then had to back track and admit that they hadn't actually talked to McLean yet. Hmmmmmmm? Questionable? IDK but definitely interesting.

And why do you always have to put a dig in about the Bandera schools? What exactly do you have against the BISD? All 3 of my kids went 13 years (including Kindergarten)at BISD schools and 2 have gone on to graduate from college with degrees in Business and my youngest is at Texas A&M. I think the school system works fine! Yes, there are problems but EVERY school system has some. As with any large company or organization. It rally is not fair that you make such harsh general comments. I'm just sayin'!
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#10 Nov 13, 2011
Bandera parent wrote:
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So, Shadow! If you have the 'inside track"? Would you elaborate on who the individual city resident is that filed the "formal complaint"? The persons name who files a complaint should be public knowledge and it is a BIG secret here. So is this a cover up too?
Seems to me that Smith made one big "Oops" here by stating that McLean had said something and then had to back track and admit that they hadn't actually talked to McLean yet. Hmmmmmmm? Questionable? IDK but definitely interesting.
And why do you always have to put a dig in about the Bandera schools? What exactly do you have against the BISD? All 3 of my kids went 13 years (including Kindergarten)at BISD schools and 2 have gone on to graduate from college with degrees in Business and my youngest is at Texas A&M. I think the school system works fine! Yes, there are problems but EVERY school system has some. As with any large company or organization. It rally is not fair that you make such harsh general comments. I'm just sayin'!
There are too many stories with different angles to know anything for sure.
"As a result, a city resident decided to file the necessary complaint on Friday, Oct. 28. "I can't believe our tax dollars continue to be wasted in this way," he said in an interview with the Courier. "And, I'm tired of no one being held accountable for things that they do. It's not right."

After speaking with Capt. Charlie Hicks at the BCSO, however, the man learned that filing a complaint was no longer necessary. "Hicks said that both the Texas Rangers and AG are now investigating the incident, along with the sheriff's office," the man said. "Hicks said that this is not going to be buried."

So you see no city resident filed a complaint so no records are available. No inside track needed just reading.
As for McLean I believe he will change his story many times before this is through but to say he didn't give the radios to Sharman is to say Pam is a liar because she already said he did.
I know this bothers you but if your kids came through BISD and are doing well so be it. There are countless others that did not do so well.
I have a friend who had to help his kid fill out a job application for Dairy Queen because the graduating senior couldn't spell.
If you really live here stop burying your head in the sand about the schools. Mentors in the system that had cocain in her desk.
No it is not a typical school by any means.
Don't bother asking what kind of trouble my kids had because I don't have kids.
All I do is pay for the waste and corruption so your kids can go to school.
Yes I'm just sayin too.

Since: Apr 08

Bandera

#11 Nov 13, 2011
SHADOW wrote:
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There are too many stories with different angles to know anything for sure.
"As a result, a city resident decided to file the necessary complaint on Friday, Oct. 28. "I can't believe our tax dollars continue to be wasted in this way," he said in an interview with the Courier. "And, I'm tired of no one being held accountable for things that they do. It's not right."
After speaking with Capt. Charlie Hicks at the BCSO, however, the man learned that filing a complaint was no longer necessary. "Hicks said that both the Texas Rangers and AG are now investigating the incident, along with the sheriff's office," the man said. "Hicks said that this is not going to be buried."
So you see no city resident filed a complaint so no records are available. No inside track needed just reading.
As for McLean I believe he will change his story many times before this is through but to say he didn't give the radios to Sharman is to say Pam is a liar because she already said he did.
I know this bothers you but if your kids came through BISD and are doing well so be it. There are countless others that did not do so well.
I have a friend who had to help his kid fill out a job application for Dairy Queen because the graduating senior couldn't spell.
If you really live here stop burying your head in the sand about the schools. Mentors in the system that had cocain in her desk.
No it is not a typical school by any means.
Don't bother asking what kind of trouble my kids had because I don't have kids.
All I do is pay for the waste and corruption so your kids can go to school.
Yes I'm just sayin too.
I do not bury my head in the sand! Maybe if you had kids you would have a different perspective on the schools. All you seem to hit on are the negatives. The "Mentor" you are speaking of was fired immediately from Alkek Elementary. I know this because my child actually had this teacher in the Gifted and Talented Program when she was at Alkek. I'm not taking up for her at all but she is not the norm for teachers, she is definitely in the minority so dont make it out to be the "Usual" at our schools.

I pay for the schools as well and have for 24 years in Bandera.

Yes, there are kids who slide through the system without learning what is needed. I do not argue that point but the MAJORITY of the students do well in their classes. Maybe the blame should lie in the parents of those who "slide" by because they are usually willing to blame others (including teachers) and not take the parenting responsiblity seriously enough. If they had the child, then ultimately its their responsibility to make sure they are doing their work and learning whats needed!

As far as the papers information, he (the citizen) is quoted all over in the article but he seems to be protected by the paper. Meanwhile, he says whatever he wants and no one knows who he is! Thats my point! The paper always talks about the government entities nneding to be "transparent" but the paper can and does only print some of the information and it seems wrong to me.
Really Now

Marble Falls, TX

#12 Nov 13, 2011
I find it interesting, Shadow, that you say you have the inside track after reading newspaper articles. Sad, because not everything reported is the gospel truth in newspapers. I would have thought you would know that!

As for the child that could not fill out the application. The child may have been a child with special needs ie: learning disability, intellectual disability, etc.. Children such as these often have trouble with reading, spelling, comprehension, math, memory retention both long and short, etc. It does not mean that they cannot be productive workers in our society. They may not be able to fill out an application, but they just might be the best damn employee DQ has because they work hard and get the job done. But then again I would not expect you to understand that being that you have no direct knowledge of a school system and how it works. And before you go spouting off that I don't know what I am talking about, I do work in public education. Every school has issues, but for the most part they have dedicated teachers who work their butts off trying to get kids to learn. I can name you many teachers in the BISD system who are dedicated career teachers and work hard at helping kids be successful. Maybe you should go volunteer in the schools and see just what a teacher deals with on a daily basis and still has the desire to reach out and teach young people.

And not all BHS graduates or students have had a poor education. I for one am a graduate of BHS and have attended college to obtain my bachelor's, master's and doctorate. I think I had a wonderful education by teachers who wanted to be there to help me learn and be successfull.

I for one am so tired of your negaive attitude about the things that go on in Bandera County. If you are so unhappy, then do something productive about it instead of tearing everything to pieces. Be a part of the solution and not the problem.
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#13 Nov 13, 2011
Really Now wrote:
I find it interesting, Shadow, that you say you have the inside track after reading newspaper articles. Sad, because not everything reported is the gospel truth in newspapers. I would have thought you would know that!
As for the child that could not fill out the application. The child may have been a child with special needs ie: learning disability, intellectual disability, etc.. Children such as these often have trouble with reading, spelling, comprehension, math, memory retention both long and short, etc. It does not mean that they cannot be productive workers in our society. They may not be able to fill out an application, but they just might be the best damn employee DQ has because they work hard and get the job done. But then again I would not expect you to understand that being that you have no direct knowledge of a school system and how it works. And before you go spouting off that I don't know what I am talking about, I do work in public education. Every school has issues, but for the most part they have dedicated teachers who work their butts off trying to get kids to learn. I can name you many teachers in the BISD system who are dedicated career teachers and work hard at helping kids be successful. Maybe you should go volunteer in the schools and see just what a teacher deals with on a daily basis and still has the desire to reach out and teach young people.
And not all BHS graduates or students have had a poor education. I for one am a graduate of BHS and have attended college to obtain my bachelor's, master's and doctorate. I think I had a wonderful education by teachers who wanted to be there to help me learn and be successfull.
I for one am so tired of your negaive attitude about the things that go on in Bandera County. If you are so unhappy, then do something productive about it instead of tearing everything to pieces. Be a part of the solution and not the problem.
There is more than one child comming out of BISD with problems and you know I never said they all did.
This child was not special ed. After remedial schooling he really did rather well in college also. It just took him a lot of time to catch up from his years at BISD.
I really have no desire to listen to a do gooder that did do something with his life. Why can't you realize closing your eyes to the problems is being part of the problem not the solution.
Saying the boy was mentally challenged was a cheap shot at best and to build a defense like that is childish in it's self.
Noting the corruption n our little county is not tearing everything to pieces.
Really Now

Bluffton, TX

#14 Nov 13, 2011
Settle down there, turbo! I was not calling the child mentally challenged, but merely offering a suggestion as to why he might not have been able to fill out an application.

I find it amusing that you are so quick to judge the school system, police department, sherriff's department, etc. in Bandera County as being such horrible institutions and tell everyone how wrong their opinion is of things. It is not just in this blog post, but all of the others that you respond to. Such negativity all the time. Surely you can find something nice to say about things in Bandera County.

But rest assured, I am not going to bother with you any longer. The pessimism is such a bore and not worth my valuable time any longer. But you go ahead and continue on with your opinions. Because that is all they are YOUR OPINIONS.
bystander

United States

#23 Nov 18, 2011
Shadow -
First, what kind of parent lets his kid get all the way to 12th grade without learning how to spell? Education is a three-way effort between the child, the parent and the teacher. When on of my three children were that deficit in a subject I intervened immediately and we either got tutoring, held them back in that subject, purchased learning software or found others solutions. What we DIDN'T do was ignore the problem OR blame the school system!
Next, if the Courier has so much integrity, please explain the bright red all caps headline on the Sept. 8 edition, "CITY OF BANDERA SUSPENDS POLICE FORCE," which was completely and factually UNTRUE at that time. In fact, the City Council did not take any action concerning the police department during their Sept. 7 meeting, but Courier editor Judith Pannebaker had to rush out of the meeting early since her newspaper had to go to print to be distributed the next day so SHE HAD NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE MEETING ENDED! To make matters worse, the Courier never even addressed this major journalistic "Ooops," even though they reactivated their long-defunct website. They just got lucky the next week when Bandera City Council actually did eliminate three of the five police positions. But they never suspended "all officers with the City of Bandera Police Department," as Pannebaker reported in bold print across the very top of the Sept. 8 edition. She obviously never heard the two cardinal rules every would-be reporter learns on the first day of journalism school: 1) You don't get to make the news, you just report it. 2) A reader should never be able to tell how a reporter feels about the topic by reading the article.
Finally, Pam was OFFICIALLY terminated for "possible violation of employee policies." She was not terminated for doing something that YOU think was wrong or that you think she should have known was wrong or that you think that anyone should have known was wrong. She wasn't terminated because she did something that Horst thought was wrong or that Horst thought anyone should have known was wrong. If Horst had had the testicles to come out and say that that was why he was firing her, then I'd have a lot more respect for him. My point was that I don't think any business or governmental agency can legally fire an employee using the grounds that the individual "possibly" violated employee policies. If that's the reason they are going to stick with, instead of growing a pair and saying what they really think, then they deserve to get sued for all their worth!
Just Me

San Diego, CA

#24 Nov 18, 2011
It's a bit of a double standard how the moderators censor comments made that the little b*tch shadow doesn't like, but they refuse to remove his personal attacks on others.
Really now

Alvarado, TX

#25 Nov 18, 2011
Shadow, why do you find it necessary to berate people because their opinion is different from yours? You do it all the time in the blogs. Don't take out your anger for the BSCO, City of Bandera Police, BISD, etc. on me, or anyone else for that matter, just because you have a personal beef with them. I am entitled to my opinion, just as you and others are. I personally have done nothing to you to warrant such a birage of insults except disagree with your opinion. However, if it makes you feel better to berate me, then more power to you.

Furthermore, I do not work in "county government or some sort of public servant". And just because my opinion is different from yours does not mean that I do.

Since: Apr 08

Bandera

#26 Nov 19, 2011
bystander wrote:
Shadow -
First, what kind of parent lets his kid get all the way to 12th grade without learning how to spell? Education is a three-way effort between the child, the parent and the teacher. When on of my three children were that deficit in a subject I intervened immediately and we either got tutoring, held them back in that subject, purchased learning software or found others solutions. What we DIDN'T do was ignore the problem OR blame the school system!
Next, if the Courier has so much integrity, please explain the bright red all caps headline on the Sept. 8 edition, "CITY OF BANDERA SUSPENDS POLICE FORCE," which was completely and factually UNTRUE at that time. In fact, the City Council did not take any action concerning the police department during their Sept. 7 meeting, but Courier editor Judith Pannebaker had to rush out of the meeting early since her newspaper had to go to print to be distributed the next day so SHE HAD NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE MEETING ENDED! To make matters worse, the Courier never even addressed this major journalistic "Ooops," even though they reactivated their long-defunct website. They just got lucky the next week when Bandera City Council actually did eliminate three of the five police positions. But they never suspended "all officers with the City of Bandera Police Department," as Pannebaker reported in bold print across the very top of the Sept. 8 edition. She obviously never heard the two cardinal rules every would-be reporter learns on the first day of journalism school: 1) You don't get to make the news, you just report it. 2) A reader should never be able to tell how a reporter feels about the topic by reading the article.
Finally, Pam was OFFICIALLY terminated for "possible violation of employee policies." She was not terminated for doing something that YOU think was wrong or that you think she should have known was wrong or that you think that anyone should have known was wrong. She wasn't terminated because she did something that Horst thought was wrong or that Horst thought anyone should have known was wrong. If Horst had had the testicles to come out and say that that was why he was firing her, then I'd have a lot more respect for him. My point was that I don't think any business or governmental agency can legally fire an employee using the grounds that the individual "possibly" violated employee policies. If that's the reason they are going to stick with, instead of growing a pair and saying what they really think, then they deserve to get sued for all their worth!
Bystander, I dont know who you are but I believe you hit the nail right on its ever loving head with this comment. Thanks for saying all of this because I say DITTO!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, Shadow, thats right, we are all sick of your temper tantrums and name calling and quit telling me that I bury my head in the sand when I simply disagree with you! I have my own opinion too and I have the right to express it. Albeit different from yours, it does not mean that I am an idiot or an "ostrich" or even related to Govt. employees! Deal with it!
SHADOW

Canyon Lake, TX

#27 Nov 19, 2011
bystander wrote:
Shadow -
First, what kind of parent lets his kid get all the way to 12th grade without learning how to spell? Education is a three-way effort between the child, the parent and the teacher. When on of my three children were that deficit in a subject I intervened immediately and we either got tutoring, held them back in that subject, purchased learning software or found others solutions. What we DIDN'T do was ignore the problem OR blame the school system!
Next, if the Courier has so much integrity, please explain the bright red all caps headline on the Sept. 8 edition, "CITY OF BANDERA SUSPENDS POLICE FORCE," which was completely and factually UNTRUE at that time. In fact, the City Council did not take any action concerning the police department during their Sept. 7 meeting, but Courier editor Judith Pannebaker had to rush out of the meeting early since her newspaper had to go to print to be distributed the next day so SHE HAD NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE MEETING ENDED! To make matters worse, the Courier never even addressed this major journalistic "Ooops," even though they reactivated their long-defunct website. They just got lucky the next week when Bandera City Council actually did eliminate three of the five police positions. But they never suspended "all officers with the City of Bandera Police Department," as Pannebaker reported in bold print across the very top of the Sept. 8 edition. She obviously never heard the two cardinal rules every would-be reporter learns on the first day of journalism school: 1) You don't get to make the news, you just report it. 2) A reader should never be able to tell how a reporter feels about the topic by reading the article.
Finally, Pam was OFFICIALLY terminated for "possible violation of employee policies." She was not terminated for doing something that YOU think was wrong or that you think she should have known was wrong or that you think that anyone should have known was wrong. She wasn't terminated because she did something that Horst thought was wrong or that Horst thought anyone should have known was wrong. If Horst had had the testicles to come out and say that that was why he was firing her, then I'd have a lot more respect for him. My point was that I don't think any business or governmental agency can legally fire an employee using the grounds that the individual "possibly" violated employee policies. If that's the reason they are going to stick with, instead of growing a pair and saying what they really think, then they deserve to get sued for all their worth!
Please step back and look at the forest and you will see trees.
I have no idea what the council and mayor were thinking. I think firing all or part of the police force was wrong. Not for what they did but rather the way they did it. A plan should have been in place to do something with the force before trying to fire everyone.
Sharman on the other hand appears to have a criminal daughter who told police her mother gave her the radios. Now the daughter uses the radios in the commission of a felony and what is it you think needs to be done?
You got one thing right the Courier did make a mistake in reporting all the police were gone. But plainly that is what the council intended when they sat down that night.
The city is comming apart at the seams and the council and mayor just keep making bad decisions. Law suits are comming.
Leaving Eigner instead of firing him out right left the door open for him to send in a dis honorable discharge to the state in plain conflict with what the lawyers agreed to in Hernandez's settlement so here we go again. If Hernamdez doesn't get his promised honorable discharge-well you be the judge.
BTW how are things at the Bandera Bulletin these days anyway?

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