In the March 23rd edition of the Hardin County News Bellow once again accuses LISD and their former lawyer for unethical budgetary practices. The problem? He doesn't have ANYTHING to back up his accusations. Even current LISD attorney Curtis Soileau is shocked at the allegations that Bellow makes against former LISD attorney Kenneth Furlow. As a lifelong friend of Furlow's, Soileau finds Bellow's accusations so absurd that he's not even surprised that Furlow didn't bother issuing a statement to defend himself. Although Furlow had not been paid for his services for LISD since January of 2006, Soileau explains, "It's not uncommon for attorneys to not charge for some of their services, and the State Bar of Texas encourages attorneys to volunteer and donate at least 50 hours of time to clients" (Miles, 2011).
A self-proclaimed Christian, Bellow can't imagine someone giving their services freely (I guess he wouldn't), and although Bellow has ZERO proof of any of his allegations, he says, "Obviously there was some arrangement made where he would not be paid and it would be kept secret" (Miles, 2011). OBVIOUSLY? Really? Because there's not a thing in ANY of the public documents that you've demanded or any of the statements made by Furlow, LISD, the school board, or Soileau that would indicate anything OBVIOUS going on. Bellow, you jump to conclusions, you expect the worst out of people, and you write slanderous statements about those who give their time to the community. That's very Christian-like of you. I'm not sure if they taught you this in your schooling at A&M or in your online ministry program, but you can't just demand documents that show a little of this and a little of that, and then DECIDE that there's something illegal going on. And when you write these accusations out in a blog or article, or whatever form of written media you choose, it's called LIBEL. Learn your laws! I thought you had a degree in political science? I know they go over that in class. Were you in class during that lesson or where you off gallivanting around Lumberton with a clipboard and petition that day?
I notice that there is nothing mentioned on Bellow's Hardin County Conservatives blog regarding this "breaking news story," nor is there anything on his main website. (A guy with a really big ego can never have too many websites, you know!) Why aren't you commenting on this one, Bellow? Did you realize that you look like a total dumbass and decide to shut up for once?
In one of Bellow's latest blog posts regarding his healthcare bill lawsuit he states that he has a full time job. WHAT is that full time job? It's not the prison. He made it clear that he no longer works there, and that's why those men were able to escape. Had HE been there, he could have kept the community safe by ensuring that all was well at the prison. I'm surprised he lost his job there. It sounds like (according to him) that he was the only competent guard they had!
Now Bellow is apparently "interviewing," and yes I use that term so very loosely, people in the community regarding the "liberal Texas media." Seriously? Is that your big story to comment on now? It seems to be that for Bellow at least, anything associated with the truth is deemed "liberal." From his actions, I would say anyone acting like a paranoid schizophrenic could be deemed "very conservative." According to Bellow, every action by LISD and the school board is underhanded and "fishy," and no one in the city can be trusted -- except for him of course.
Bellow, shut up! Just shut up until you actually find something factual to talk about -- it would save room on the front of the Hardin County News for more important things, like what's ACTUALLY happening in the community!
On a side note, since Bellow was such a huge player in the ban on alcohol sales in Lumberton, I wanted to share a quick story. I, as a Lumberton citizen, drove the eight minutes north to the gas station near the Beaumont Colony subdivision to buy a SIX-PACK of beer. That's right. An entire SIX beers because I was having guests over -- surely an amount of alcohol to cause me to spiral into an abyss of alcoholism, child abuse, drug use, and homelessness, as Bellow would claim. Anyway, while there, inside the store, I saw FOUR fellow Lumberton citizens, all buying beer. Yes. Lumbertonians drink beer. Can you believe it? Here's my point, however: in the maybe five minutes that I was in that store, I watched FOUR Lumberton citizens give over $8 in taxes NOT TO THE CITY OF LUMBERTON. I know $8 doesn't sound like a lot, but this was in about five minutes from only four patrons. Two of those individuals also bought gas and other items while in the store. I wonder, throughout the day, or even a week, how much tax revenue Lumberton loses to that one store? What about the two Shell stations at Tram Road on the opposite end of the city? Hmmm. I bet Lumberton could make enough money off alcohol sales tax alone to keep our teachers hired. Just a thought.
Miles, S. (2011, March 23). Former attorney not paid for years. Hardin County News, pp.1A, 6A.