Friday, January 11, 2008
I had the opportunity to visit Tarrant County Sheriff Department on Thursday and was given a short tour by former Dallas County Chief Deputy Bob Knowles the man known for Dallas County passing all jail inspections. Executive Chief Deputy Bob Knowles, looks very good, he's stopped smoking and doing well in his position with Sheriff Anderson. The people in the building are all so nice they smile the building is bright and open, clean and not filled with people hanging around. I saw equipment that took 5 minutes to fingerprint and take picture even the new eye picture machine.
The eye machine keeps people from leaving the jail by mistake. I ask Chief Knowles why Dallas did not have this, he said we(he and Sheriff Bowles)ask for it every year at budget time and were turned down by the Commissioners Court.
It is a shame that the Dallas County Commissioners Court has caused all this jail mess by not doing what was needed a long time ago. I know for a fact they took parts from the Health and Human Service fire alarm to fix the jail alarm for inspection when I was still working there. The Health and Human Service Building was without a fire alarm when this was done. That Jail alarm has not worked in years. The Commissioners Court is over Jail Health not the Sheriff. They are over the facility not the Sheriff.
It was good seeing Chief Knowles, Stromile is also working in Tarrant County. I did not see him but they said all is well with him also. Dallas County needs to learn from Tarrant County pay up front and you will not need to pay out all the lawsuits Dallas County is doing now. Former Commissioner Jim Jackson was one of the worst on funding for the Sheriff department he's gone but the problems he help create are still there.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Seven day's into New Year and people are already being negative about one thing or another. I hope we can give the New Year a chance. One City of Dallas employee is mad about the City Attorney advice to the Mayor, that's who he works for! Former City Attorney and now Federal Judge Sam Lindsay was the only one that I knew that told the Council the Law and not what they wanted to hear. Judge Lindsay's answers were the same for everyone based on law. One City employee said Mayor Tom Leppert is turning into Laura Miller when will people give Laura Miller a rest. Mayor Leppert is doing his job and just maybe Laura was doing her . Black people my sisters and brothers in Christ give it a rest. Pick yourself up and make a life for your family.
Please for health reasons let the " blame the man" game go. We need to fix up our areas and make our neighborhood safe. There is so much work that we can do and take back our area.
Make 2008 the year we TAKE BACK OUR COMMUNITIES. Happy New Year!