MORE INPUT: No more free speech at Harlingen city commission sessions

Add this to the message I previously published before. that is still included below.
If this is not a showing that the present administration so often ignores its citizens and is just another situation that Harlingen residents face when trying to get something done or receive some information — often forced to maker an effort to go to their elected officials since they get poo pooed away by staff — I do not know what is. Then the city elected officials cannot be found, so the last resort has been the public sessions at the meetings.
Actually, by law a city body does not have to hold a citizens session at its meetings But nearly all councils do so to show transparency and to get input to let the public know they really care.
Those sessions have been a thorn in the side of our “honorable” Mayor Chris Boswell, since admittedly there are some weird or strong voiced folks who have made their comments before the commission. So the mayor had the public input part of the meetings changed to the last items, hoping those citizens would go away, But, how much of a problem is it to listen to them for three minutes each?
Now the commission is looking into raising the city’s property taxes. Who do we go to seeking why that is necessary or to protest?
This is not to say a slight increase is not needed, there has not been one in years, while some of the streets are in disrepair, plus other needs in he city, yes even in the areas overseen by our high dollar commissioners. Try to find your representative, not possible.
Believe it or not, the Valley Morning Star is taking a stand against the action I am describing.


Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell dropped the second shoe to the floor.
You may recall that several months ago he moved the public comments part of the city commission sessions to the end, obviously intending to wear down those who wanted to speak, but could not or would not wait hours to speak up. Without a doubt, it was intended to discourage public comments.
Now, “King” Boswell apparently has gone one step further, He is silencing the public from speaking at all by removing public comments from the session schedules.
You saw that right. So, what has happened to free speech that is supposed to be guaranteed, including in this city?
= This seems to be the worst violation of its sort ever to happen in the city.
Under the new rules, officials must review alternatives to the public comment period, which, as I said, was already pushed to the end of the meetings,
Puppet City Attorney Richard Bilbe has reportedly said he is reviewing possible alternatives to this free speech. What alternative are there to free speech, can you tell me?

10 comments for “MORE INPUT: No more free speech at Harlingen city commission sessions

  1. IA
    August 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I wonder if the media down here will ask him about this?

  2. The Real Dennis
    August 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Not surprising since its a well known fact that our glorious mayor, employees of city hall and the puppet city commissioners don’t like hearing about their screw ups and the spending of tax dollars on wasted projects that fill the pockets of the establishment. Read the editorial in the Valley Morning Star, well put! If Harlingen taxpayers remember? The public speaking was at the beginning of the meetings, then moved to the back to discourage those who wanted to speak their mind, and because it was at the end it would take up one’s limited time. Yet, our glorious mayor bent over backwards for some consultant who was going to be late on his plane ride to wherever. Just goes to show that consultants or whoever it was IS more important than the Harlingen taxpayer trying to speak their mind. Oh well, only in Harlingen!

  3. Kenneth J.Benton
    August 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Well at least the valley Morning Star had the courage stand up Dennis.

    I’m still waiting for Tony Desi Jerry Rick Ledesma and a whole arm wash drink of do-nothings to do something anything

  4. jjr
    August 5, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    A sociopath knows no bounds.

    History shows us the personalities of dictators,tyrants and control freaks who have no consideration for others. More proof of what to watch for.

  5. Harlingen Watchman
    August 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    The Harlingen Police Department facebook page also, will ban you permanently if they feel you criticize, or comment on something they believe contradicts them. I contacted city hall, and was told by the MIS department, that ONLY if a threatening message is posted, is the only reason someone can be banned. They want citizens input on crimes, yet they sensor those who want to help or provide information.

  6. jjr
    August 6, 2016 at 12:38 am


    This is definitely not going to sit well with property owners. Especially since we are already paying out of the ass for school taxes. Taxes that are not for educational purposes but cosmetics for HCISD.

  7. The Real Dennis
    August 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Its just amazing that our glorious mayor who is or a former boy scout hides so much from the public eye about the workings in Harlingen? You had Ernest Silva who took initiative to air EDC meetings so there’d be no mistake on hiding agendas. Then, he gets removed because of a puppet commission and “poof,” no more aired meetings. Again, this is no surprising that our glorious mayor stopped public speaking because he doesn’t want to hear the truth from sensible citizens. Of course, with an exception of a few like Yolanda Shoffeit! Isn’t it funny that our glorious mayor did it with a tax increase on the horizon? That only tells you one thing citizens of Harlingen! The puppet commission will vote and pass the tax increase and our glorious mayor with the puppet city manager will find some way to channel that money to his projects. Just watch!

  8. The Real Dennis
    August 10, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Hey Jerry, I wonder why Cheryl LeBerge is retiring? She had it made and making good money? A lot of downtown owners and renters say that she is the backbone and now wonder what will happen to downtown? Gossip is that she really not happy about retiring? I wonder if she was against the pet project of our glorious mayor? You member, that nine story eyesore that the idiots traded for with slum lord Blaschka.

    • IA
      August 11, 2016 at 5:40 am

      What is your take on her retiring Bill De Brooke?

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