Morales meets with Kiwanis
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SEVEN POINTS–Veteran campaigner Victor Morales outlined his reasons for
seeking office during a humor-filled appearance before the Cedar Creek
Kiwanis club Wednesday.
Back in 1996, Morales made history when he won the Democratic party
primary to face long-time Republican incumbent Sen. Phil Gramm.
He still drives the same old battered white Nissan pickup, but hasn’t
left his day job to seek the District 4 state representative seat, held
by Republican incumbent Betty Brown, in the Nov. 4 general election.
A teacher for 26 years, Morales has been the social studies teacher at
the Kaufman ISD’s alternative education campus for six years, and was
named the district’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2007-08
Morales said he first sought office “because, like so many Americans, I
just got tired of the baloney” handed out by politicians.
“I jumped in my truck, and literally drove all across
state of Texas,” he told Kiwanis members at their weekly luncheon, held
at Whatz Up Family Fun Park in Seven Points.
“I showed my students that an ordinary Joe, straight out of the
classroom, could compete,” Morales said. “That shows you the type of
person I am, and the type of person I would be in Austin.”
Morales doesn’t take time off from teaching to campaign, which he does
on nights and weekends (Tuesday and Wednesday were exceptions for
appearances at Trinity Valley Community College and meeting with Kiwanis
members), and he doesn’t spend much money on advertising.
“Even if I don’t beat Betty, I can still help,” he said.
He pointed to several expenditures approved by Republican Gov. Rick
Perry, including $1 million for a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and a
“People ask, ‘you mean all of the 20-cent gas tax we pay doesn’t go to
roads?’” he said. “These things are wrong.”
Morales recalled his humble beginnings, picking cotton and vegetables,
and working 12-hour days for $3 a day, because that was the only job
“I can identify with people who have been put in that situation,” he
As a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, he went to school on the G.I. Bill, and
said he continued to give back to the community.
Morales said the Texas Legislature’s deregulation of college tuition was
wrong, noting the cost of a year’s tuition to the University of Texas at
Austin for his daughter increased $5,000 before she graduated.
“Think of what that (increase) does to the middle class,” he said.
“Business people only have to fear me if you’re polluting big-time, or
exploiting your workers,” he said. “You don’t have to preach to me about
over-regulation – I’m a teacher.”
Morales said he strongly advocates more vocational training in high
“A lot of kids don’t want to go to college,” he said. “Why not help
those kids make money – good money – as a plumber or carpenter, or in
nursing? You look in any newspaper, and there’s a whole list of nursing
Prison reforms are high on Morales’ list, but the sky-high costs are due
to the “get tough on crime” attitude.
“Prisoners will come back out, because you, Mr. Tough Guy, won’t build
enough prisons to keep them there forever,” he said.
Prisons don’t have enough drug treatment programs, and don’t have enough
job training programs, so convicts released without marketable job
skills and/or drug habits routinely return to prison, Morales said.
“You’re paying $28,000, $29,000 a year to hold them. You could be
sending them to Stanford (University),” he said.
Morales said he spent $61,000 to send his daughter to college. “I
wouldn’t mind spending money for a good college education for convicts,
so I won’t continue to have to pay for them ad infinitum,” he said.
Juvenile offenders could really be helped by establishing a program
where top-notch teachers could work with very small groups and get them
ready for society, but the mind-set needed to establish such a program
just isn’t out there, Morales said.
“Politics is all about who gets what, where, when and how,” he said.
“Maybe I’ll lose – again – but I’m trying to provide something that Ms.
Brown, good woman that she may be, cannot.”
Leadership class commences
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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Leadership Cedar Creek Lake Class of 2008-’09 met
orientation on Sept. 20, at Heavenly Acres Christian Guest Ranch, with
E. H. “Bud” Henry as the facilitator.
In its fourth year, LCCLC is sponsored by the Cedar Creek Lake Area
Chamber of Commerce and has a full class of 12 participants in the nine-
month long diverse training program.
The Mission Statement of LCCLC “is to teach, develop and enhance
leadership skills and community knowledge to prepare individuals for
elected and appointed positions in the community.”
In keeping with its mission, the classes include a behind-the-scenes
look and basic training in city and county government, health care,
education, fire/police, economic development, and the legislative
Class members will travel to Austin with other chamber members and
citizens for Cedar Creek Lake Day in February.
They will participate in a field trip to tour Bio Tech Manufacturing
Center of Texas in Athens, plus participate in a bonus board service
“how to” class.
Kemp ISD gets ‘superior rating’
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KEMP–Kemp Independent School District officials announced the district
received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ Schools First
financial accountability rating system.
The rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Kemp
ISD’s financial management and reporting system.
This is the sixth year of Schools First (Financial Accountability Rating
System of texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school
districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate
Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999.
The primary goal of Schools First is to achieve quality performance in
the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made
more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with
Texas’ school finance system.
“We are very pleased with Kemp ISD’s Schools First rating,” Kemp ISD
superintendent Dr. Peter Running said.
“As it shows our district is making the most of our taxpayer’s dollars.
“This rating shows Kemp’s schools are accountable not only for student
learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and
efficiently,” he added.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at