Bayshore Sun seeks to silence citizens

Bayshore Sun seeks to silence citizens

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La Porte waters

Pasadena, TX

#1 Dec 20, 2009
I have been told by more than one long time resident of La Porte, that the Bayshore Sun typically reacts to criticism of the City Government or LPISD by deliberately marginalizing citizens who voice opposition to the desires of these institutions. That is why it is no surprise that the Bayshore Sun printed the names (again) of some of the residents who voiced concerns over the Sylvan Beach District idea without actually illucidating those concerns. These concerned citizens become "people who are opposed to everything this City Council wants to do". Others, voicing similar concerns are spared this label. In addition, an editorial is written suggesting that opponents were rude. Are these "opponents" the same people being named in the "News" story? One would imagine yes, but in fact, they are not. Why?

Because this discourages concerned citizens from speaking up. While devoting a lot of space to criticism of other people's "Mamas", the editor manages to avoid any real discussion of the issue of zoning changes and their impact on residents--No room in the paper for that.
Why are issues clouded with such nonsense? Because what the City Leaders want to do is many times poorly considered (Gateway, Town Square, location of new Bayshore) and beneficial to a very select few.

Why can't we have a true discussion of what is most cost effective and beneficial to the majority of residents, who DO want to improve the city where we reside? Simply doing whatever is proposed by this little clique of insiders has not resulted in improvements. We do not have enough taxpayer funds to support every one of these projects--$5 million for the Town Square?$10,000 per non-native palm tree? Please... Cost benefit analysis is one way to subject all projects to consistent criteria. That is what good businesses do. Why can't the city and school district?

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#2 Dec 20, 2009
I have to agree... I don't like what Adam is doing at all... you'd think he would want to do something good and positive with the condition that he is in.

Do you think he thinks he IS doing something FOR the people?

Or do you think he knows what he is doing?
wonderin

Houston, TX

#3 Dec 20, 2009
La Porte waters wrote:
I have been told by more than one long time resident of La Porte, that the Bayshore Sun typically reacts to criticism of the City Government or LPISD by deliberately marginalizing citizens who voice opposition to the desires of these institutions. That is why it is no surprise that the Bayshore Sun printed the names (again) of some of the residents who voiced concerns over the Sylvan Beach District idea without actually illucidating those concerns. These concerned citizens become "people who are opposed to everything this City Council wants to do". Others, voicing similar concerns are spared this label. In addition, an editorial is written suggesting that opponents were rude. Are these "opponents" the same people being named in the "News" story? One would imagine yes, but in fact, they are not. Why?
Because this discourages concerned citizens from speaking up. While devoting a lot of space to criticism of other people's "Mamas", the editor manages to avoid any real discussion of the issue of zoning changes and their impact on residents--No room in the paper for that.
Why are issues clouded with such nonsense? Because what the City Leaders want to do is many times poorly considered (Gateway, Town Square, location of new Bayshore) and beneficial to a very select few.
Why can't we have a true discussion of what is most cost effective and beneficial to the majority of residents, who DO want to improve the city where we reside? Simply doing whatever is proposed by this little clique of insiders has not resulted in improvements. We do not have enough taxpayer funds to support every one of these projects--$5 million for the Town Square?$10,000 per non-native palm tree? Please... Cost benefit analysis is one way to subject all projects to consistent criteria. That is what good businesses do. Why can't the city and school district?
How much is the city collecting from this new hotel tax? Someone said there was grant money being used, also. I just drove down San Jacinto St. from Sylvan Beach to Main and was seeing this large entranceway to the new park at the end of San Jacinto. Didn't realize the entrance would be facing San Jacinto. Just assumed it would be facing Broadway. So I can see where that would fit a new district. We are so uninformed here in La Porte and unless you go to the actual council meeting, there is no way to get informed. How does the taxpayer get to see the city 'whatever numbers' of how much tax is collected a year on this new tax? All this does not have to go to the direction the city is spending it.
Judy Haynes

Houston, TX

#4 Dec 23, 2009
Who is this Adam Yanelli guy anyway? And what has he done with the Bayshore Sun?

We should start a competing newspaper.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#5 Dec 23, 2009
Judy Haynes wrote:
Who is this Adam Yanelli guy anyway? And what has he done with the Bayshore Sun?
We should start a competing newspaper.
He is the Editor of the Bayshore Sun... took over from John Black.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#6 Dec 23, 2009
Judy Haynes wrote:

We should start a competing newspaper.
The Internet killed the newspaper... it would be a bad investment.
La Porte waters

Pasadena, TX

#7 Dec 24, 2009
I think we need an internet based local news outlet. We can gather relevant local news and record city council meetings so that people can see for themselves what is going on in there city. Much info can be posted. wwww.powellforchange.com was accomplishing this during the election. We can continue this effort and help build opposition for waste of public money and continuing expenditures on the wrong things. One area that bothers me is that the City of La Porte purchased Happy Harbor on the Bay just before the election. At that time, most of the politicians indicated that it should be made into a city park. Barry Beasley stated before the election that it should become "what the people want". Unfortunately "the people" are usually those sitting in a backroom, not the residents.
Now, the real agenda for Happy Harbor seems to be to rezone the "Sylvan Beach District" for commercial and high density housing (high rise Condos). Then, sell Happy Harbor to "the people" who are waiting in the back room for this rezoned land to pass into their hands. Convenient and profitable, for a few.
But waterfront park land has the potential to make La Porte a very desirable location for younger people and families, etc. It represents the opportunity for a much better future, which will be lost when the condos start rising everywhere. Not to mention that Condos (Endeavour, anyone) are NOT selling well. They are going bankrupt.
OneDay

Pasadena, TX

#8 Dec 24, 2009
La Porte waters wrote:
I think we need an internet based local news outlet. We can gather.....
Nice.....all good points, well done!

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#9 Dec 24, 2009
La Porte waters wrote:
I think we need an internet based local news outlet. We can gather relevant local news and record city council meetings so that people can see for themselves what is going on in there city. Much info can be posted. wwww.powellforchange.com was accomplishing this during the election. We can continue this effort and help build opposition for waste of public money and continuing expenditures on the wrong things. One area that bothers me is that the City of La Porte purchased Happy Harbor on the Bay just before the election. At that time, most of the politicians indicated that it should be made into a city park. Barry Beasley stated before the election that it should become "what the people want". Unfortunately "the people" are usually those sitting in a backroom, not the residents.
Now, the real agenda for Happy Harbor seems to be to rezone the "Sylvan Beach District" for commercial and high density housing (high rise Condos). Then, sell Happy Harbor to "the people" who are waiting in the back room for this rezoned land to pass into their hands. Convenient and profitable, for a few.
But waterfront park land has the potential to make La Porte a very desirable location for younger people and families, etc. It represents the opportunity for a much better future, which will be lost when the condos start rising everywhere. Not to mention that Condos (Endeavour, anyone) are NOT selling well. They are going bankrupt.
I'd be happy to devote as many pages as needed for just such a thing at www.heavyfed.com

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#10 Dec 24, 2009
I am about to restructure the site towards more activism here in La Porte... I'm going to be making videos based on just that thing in January.

Time for me to get active.
a voter

La Porte, TX

#11 Feb 6, 2010
Heavy Fed wrote:
I have to agree... I don't like what Adam is doing at all... you'd think he would want to do something good and positive with the condition that he is in.
Do you think he thinks he IS doing something FOR the people?
Or do you think he knows what he is doing?
I think with years of journalism experience, he is doing a great job. As you know, you cannot please all of the people all of the time and his job is to report the news not to people please.
I find it deplorable that you would even mention "his condition" as if you really know anything about it. Why not stick to the subject matter being discussed and not on his "condition".
And who are you to judge whether or not he is doing something "good" and "positive". You are not with him 24/7 therefore you wouldn't know would you?
Running for office? You? Hope that little fantasy is over for you. With such a hateful and judgmental attitude, throwing stones at someone who is fighting for their life, I would rather vote for an amoeba than vote for you. And I speak for myself and all my friends and family. I will make sure they know what a hateful person you are.
stupidpplsuck

La Porte, TX

#12 Feb 6, 2010
JUST WANTED EVERYONE TO SEE HOW FULL OF HATE THIS "HEAVY FED" MR. I'M SOOOO CONCERNED ABOUT LP AND BLAH BLAH BLAH DON'T LET HIM FOOL YOU HE IS A HATEFUL MAN. READ HIS SUBTLE YET HEARTLESS REMARKS TOWARDS THE PUBLISHER OF THE LOCAL PAPER WHO IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE AGAINST CANCER:

"I have to agree... I don't like what Adam is doing at all... you'd think he would want to do something good and positive with the condition that he is in.

Do you think he thinks he IS doing something FOR the people?

Or do you think he knows what he is doing?"

HOW CRUEL, JUDGMENTAL, AND HYPOCRITICAL FOR HEAVY FED TO EVEN INCLUDE 'HIS CONDITION' IN HIS RANTING.. A PERSON'S MEDICAL CONDITION IS PRIVATE AND OFF LIMITS. WHAT A HYPOCRITE ALWAYS ACCUSING PEOPLE OF MALTREATMENT AND THERE HE GOES, KICKING A MAN WHEN HE'S DOWN. TAKING A CHEAP SHOT GETTING PERSONAL WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING AGAINST HIM...PLEASE REMEMBER THIS COME NEXT ELECTION IF THIS WANNABE SAVIOR TRIES TO CONVINCE YOU HE HAS A HEART FOR THE PEOPLE.. YEAH RIGHT.

Since: Jan 10

La Porte, TX

#13 Feb 7, 2010
I wish the Bayshore Sun just name the "Editorial Board" That is trying to influence council votes.

Since: Dec 09

La Porte

#14 Feb 7, 2010
La Porte waters wrote:
I think we need an internet based local news outlet. We can gather relevant local news and record city council meetings so that people can see for themselves what is going on in there city. Much info can be posted. wwww.powellforchange.com was accomplishing this during the election. We can continue this effort and help build opposition for waste of public money and continuing expenditures on the wrong things. One area that bothers me is that the City of La Porte purchased Happy Harbor on the Bay just before the election. At that time, most of the politicians indicated that it should be made into a city park. Barry Beasley stated before the election that it should become "what the people want". Unfortunately "the people" are usually those sitting in a backroom, not the residents.
Now, the real agenda for Happy Harbor seems to be to rezone the "Sylvan Beach District" for commercial and high density housing (high rise Condos). Then, sell Happy Harbor to "the people" who are waiting in the back room for this rezoned land to pass into their hands. Convenient and profitable, for a few.
But waterfront park land has the potential to make La Porte a very desirable location for younger people and families, etc. It represents the opportunity for a much better future, which will be lost when the condos start rising everywhere. Not to mention that Condos (Endeavour, anyone) are NOT selling well. They are going bankrupt.
I think the city has been trying to buy Happy Harbor for a long time. I just happened that it finally came about when it did. I do agree that the city should create parks from both properties it ownes (foormer Klien retreat and Happy Harbor) and connect the entire waterfront with a continuation of the Sylvan Bach Boardwalk.
hey

Houston, TX

#15 Feb 7, 2010
Captan Ron wrote:
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I think the city has been trying to buy Happy Harbor for a long time. I just happened that it finally came about when it did. I do agree that the city should create parks from both properties it ownes (foormer Klien retreat and Happy Harbor) and connect the entire waterfront with a continuation of the Sylvan Bach Boardwalk.
If the city has the best interest of the citizens and this town in focus, then this is the only plausible use of this land. If anything other than that is done with this land, they have to be lining their own pockets and platforms to rise to better jobs and positions.
stupidpplsuck

La Porte, TX

#16 Feb 7, 2010
hootster wrote:
I wish the Bayshore Sun just name the "Editorial Board" That is trying to influence council votes.
i don't understand this question, i have read it twice and still don't get it. please explain.

Since: Jan 10

La Porte, TX

#17 Feb 19, 2010
The editorial that has the Bayshore Sun backing the Sylvan Beach Corridor and the Tax Abatement is written by the "Suns Editorial Board" and not Adam the editor. So who is the individual using the pseudonym “Sun Editorial Board.”
stupidpplsuck wrote:
<quoted text>
i don't understand this question, i have read it twice and still don't get it. please explain.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#18 Feb 19, 2010
hootster wrote:
The editorial that has the Bayshore Sun backing the Sylvan Beach Corridor and the Tax Abatement is written by the "Suns Editorial Board" and not Adam the editor. So who is the individual using the pseudonym “Sun Editorial Board.”
<quoted text>
It's probably just Mr. Black.

Since: Jan 10

La Porte, TX

#19 Feb 19, 2010
That is my point. He should have to use his name like everyone else and that is what Sun's policy dictates.
Heavy Fed wrote:
<quoted text>
It's probably just Mr. Black.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#20 Feb 19, 2010
hootster wrote:
That is my point. He should have to use his name like everyone else and that is what Sun's policy dictates.
<quoted text>
I've got to agree with you there... but Mr. Black always seems to do what he wants... without much care as to how it affects others.

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