Hurd on the Hill Columns
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – George S. Patton
The 23rd Congressional District of Texas has a very special relationship with the U.S. Military. With Fort Bliss on the western edge, Joint Base San Antonio on the East and Laughlin Air Force Base in between, soldiers and airmen are as ubiquitous to our district as breakfast tacos and beautiful sunsets.
Castroville small business owner, Lori Krieger, recently shared a thought with me via Twitter – “When you buy from a small business, you’re not helping a CEO buy a 3rd holiday home. You’re helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy his team jersey, moms & dads put food on the table.”
Making plans for summer vacation? It’s a beautiful world and there are many options, but sometimes the real adventure can be found in your own backyard.
The “primary cliff” being faced by the more than three dozen community health clinics in our district was first brought to my attention by Nora Tellez, CEO of the Vida y Salud Health Clinic in Crystal City.
A few weeks ago, my Democratic Colleague from Massachusetts, Seth Moulton, posted a video on Facebook that went viral. One of his staffers, who is also a Veteran, tried for several minutes to make an appointment with this local VA medical center on the phone, only to be pushed through a never-ending cycle of prompts that kept taking him back to the beginning.
It all started with chutney. Lori Krieger, from Castroville, Texas, was a busy mom of three who was working full-time in marketing for a San Antonio law firm. Though already on the path to success in her corporate job, Lori was dissatisfied with the lack of time she had to spend with her family. “I never saw my kids. Every night was homework, dinner, brush teeth and then bed. I was miserable.
Black History Month gives us an opportunity to highlight contributions made by African Americans to the greatness of the United States. One of the hallmarks of our country is our strong military tradition.
ObamaCare was passed amidst a lot of promises – lower premiums, smaller out-of-pocket costs, claims that the average family would save about $2,500 a year, and maybe most famously, the President’s pronouncement “That if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” which went on to become Politifact’s
My folks didn’t mess around. Charley, Liz and I were many times discouraged from pursuing certain antics, high-jinx and tomfoolery, because we knew the negative consequences that would result from Mom and Dad enforcing the rules. As parents, they knew that rewarding their children’s bad behavior would ensure more of it. We knew they meant business.