Patrick Von Dohlen

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Happy Independence Day! 

Happy Independence Day! 

“Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.” – President Ronald Reagan, 1967

Happy Independence Day! This week, we celebrate freedom and also the fact that there are no city council sessions this month!

Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti gets 12 years in prison in federal corruption case

Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti gets 12 years in prison in federal corruption case

Article contributed by Friends of San Antonio Family Association 

Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Eight candidates— including Uresti’s brother, state Rep. Tomas Uresti, D-San Antonio — have lined up for the July 31 race to replace him: four Democrats, three Republicans and one Libertarian.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

Here’s an opportunity to get to know one of the candidates running in the special election to replace former state Sen. Carlos Uresti:

 

Apple Announces New App to Help Parents Limit Kid’s Screen Time

Apple Announces New App to Help Parents Limit Kid’s Screen Time

Apple is finally tackling smartphone addiction with the new Screen Time app. While limiting  screen time is important to our metal health, it’s much more important for our children.

With the Screen Time app, Apple is offering parents a new interface for controlling what their kids can see and how long they can see it. With full remote management, parents will be able to create “allowances” for kids using different devices, setting limits based on usage and time of day. There will also be easier restrictions settings that limit specific apps and categories, or simply cut off certain types of content. Finally, parents will also be able to set apps that can always be used, such as Messages or Phone.

To read more from Fatherly, click here.

Book Review: The Four Friendships: From Aristotle to Aquinas

Book Review: The Four Friendships: From Aristotle to Aquinas

This new book by Dr. Kevin Vost explores the various dimensions of friendship, including friendship between parents and children. Dr. Vost examines the love of fathers, how mothers love more than anyone else, and a child’s special gratitude and honor of parents.

Click here to listen to a podcast review from national hour of the Son Rise Morning Show with Anna and Kevin Vost (around 22:00).

Sheriff’s deputy dead after vehicle swallowed by sinkhole in San Antonio

Sheriff’s deputy dead after vehicle swallowed by sinkhole in San Antonio

From a voluntarily agreed upon consent decree with the EPA to a lawsuit by the family of deceased BCSO Deputy Sheriff’s family, San Antonio Water System continues to face serious challenges to maintaining and fixing its infrastructure and water & sewage pipes. Every time there is a Sanitary Sewage Overflow (SSO) in the system, it has to be reported to the EPA. The system has to be corrected in order to get out of the unnecessarily agreed upon San Antonio Water System’s incredibly expensive Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Consent Decree basically forces SAWS to engage expensive Consultants to act on the decree with the Environmental Protection Agency.

In April, SAWS Board Members met in Executive Session to have a “Consultation with attorneys regarding potential claims for damages arising out of the design of the Southwest Bexar Sewer Pipeline project.” This legal action is a consequence of a sink hole on Dec. 4, 2016 which led to the accidental drowning of Bexar County Sheriff Deputy, Doralinda Solis Nishihara. Doralinda Solis Nishhara drowned after her car fell downward, flipping upside down to the bottom of the sink hole due to a sewage pipe breaking. Was this an old pipe? Was this a pipe that should have already been repaired or replaced already? Why was the pipe susceptible to the water overflow? There are lots of design and maintenance questions to be answered.

SAWS reported that there had been four different sewer spill overflows, SSOs, so far on that same day, December 6th.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

AG Paxton Seeks Removal of 8 People Who Unlawfully Hold Positions on City of Austin’s Planning Commission

AG Paxton Seeks Removal of 8 People Who Unlawfully Hold Positions on City of Austin’s Planning Commission

#AGPaxton seeks removal of 8 People who unlawfully hold positions on City of Austin’s #PlanningCommission.

The City of #Austin has ignored the will of voters and its own City #Charter, allowing the Planning Commission to be controlled by eight #RealEstate professionals who unlawfully hold seats on the Commission.

San Antonio is heavily influenced by real estate brokers, engineers, developers & contractors too. We need & want development and we want responsible development.

Click here to read more.

Texas Teen Attacked for Wearing MAGA Hat

Texas Teen Attacked for Wearing MAGA Hat

Local Teen Accosted: Right here in the Northside of SA at a Whataburger, a minor is assaulted because a man can’t stand the message on the 16 year old’s baseball cap, “Make America Great Again”. Then the man stole the cap. Where is the respect of freedom of speech? This is an extreme bullying episode that might be considered an assault by law authorities.

Racist language used by the criminal as he uses the “N”-word against the teen. And the drink the assailant threw was loaded with ice. That must have hurt. The criminal could be indicted for a “hate crime” instead of a simple assault.

To read more from Newsweek, click here.

Paid sick leave initiative signatures said to be enough

Paid sick leave initiative signatures said to be enough

Free Enterprise or Forced Enterprise? No one is forcing employees to work at a business. As the US is entering into record low employment, the economy becomes an employee dominated market. Businesses in the CoSA are already forced to comply with many other onerous local government regulations that drive up operational costs that are passed on to the consumers that make it more expensive for “Joe Q Public”. This might sound nice but it is short-term focused with a lack of longterm vision of a free economy and good business.

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave started in San Francisco in 2007, hit Austin in Feb. 2018, and is now landing in SA. This progressive wave of forcing businesses to give 1 paid hour of sick leave for 30 hours of work (not even a full 40 hour work week) to employees is particularly hard on small businesses but will discourage many business from moving into the City limits of SA. Since we’e in the active seeking, business recruitment process, this will hurt the San Antonio economy. If businesses are forced out of business due to forced operating costs then the employees lose their jobs. Mandatory Paid Sick Leave is good to come via a grassroots movement but it’s one that will bode well for our local economy. Free Enterprise is supposed to be just that free, and a free pursuit of happiness. It’s important we have bridled capitalism not hobbled capitalism that is really socialism.

Where did A Better Balance non-profit get its funding to orchestrate a large campaign like this? It’s partly obvious when you see the groups listed below are part of this progressive effort.

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.