Let’s keep our eye on the spending ball

Let’s keep our eye on the spending ball

Image: The Eye by Tony Tasset, in downtown Dallas, 1607 Main Street. Conroe, November 5 – With elections and campaigning, Grand Jury investigations of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, pending criminal proceedings in the Beaumont Court of Appeals against Doyal, Riley, and corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, it’s […]

284th District Judge candidate Kristin Bays doesn’t leave one dry eye at her campaign kickoff after stirring speech

284th District Judge candidate Kristin Bays doesn’t leave one dry eye at her campaign kickoff after stirring speech

Image: 284th District Court Judge candidate Kristin Bays, at the Art Gallery in Conroe, Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Conroe, October 19 – There wasn’t one dry in the Art Gallery at the Madeley Building in Conroe on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, after 284th District Judge candidate Kristin Bays delivered her campaign kickoff speech. Bays has […]

General government contrasted with law enforcement: the Great Philosophical Divide projects the divide between the negatives and the positives

Conroe, October 6 – A reader asked why The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper is sometimes so very negative and sometimes so very positive. The answer is the Great Philosophical Divide: there are some functions that government is great at accomplishing while there are other functions at which government is just plain terrible. That’s […]

Justice Department refocuses police reform on fighting crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it will roll back an Obama-era program that aimed to help police departments build community trust, often after racially charged encounters, and focus it instead on helping cities arrest violent criminals and dismantle gangs. The move marked another shift away from Obama administration priorities and federal scrutiny […]

I am a conservative. Are you?

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer I am a conservative. Are you? Let’s define the term “conservative.” A conservative believes the following: Free markets and limited government. Government’s purpose is limited to national security, law enforcement, and enforcing contracts. Government should never plan any aspect of the economy. Government, when necessary, should only be good government. […]

Citizens Budget Committee issues proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget with substantial spending reductions, will make presentation to Commissioners Court on July 25

Citizens Budget Committee issues proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget with substantial spending reductions, will make presentation to Commissioners Court on July 25

Conroe, July 22 – The Citizens Budget Committee issued its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget in a 36-page report provided to the members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Friday, July 21, 2017. The proposed budget includes total expenditures of $307,497,321, plus $28,968,161 for “internal service funds” (employee benefits, casualty and liability payments) for a […]

Charlie Riley Slams Citizen Interests With His Proposed Commissioner Precinct 2 Budget

Charlie Riley Slams Citizen Interests With His Proposed Commissioner Precinct 2 Budget

Image: Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley embracing major political contributor (and County vendor) Jeff Cannon, President of LJA Engineers, February 28, 2017. Magnolia, June 16 – Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley has submitted a proposed budget for his Commissioner Precinct that is against citizen interests, because it’s anti-roads, anti-spending reduction, and anti-law enforcement. Riley is very […]

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal hammering taxpayers with gamesmanship with his own Departmental budget proposal

Conroe, June 15 – After two-and-a-half weeks of delay, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal finally relented and produced his proposed budget for his County Judge Department for Fiscal Year 2018 to The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, in response to an Open Records Act request. Doyal’s proposal hammers the taxpayers and explains why […]

Terrible London Bridge attack on Saturday teaches important lesson: our police should have proper equipment

Conroe, June 5 – The world is in shock over the London Bridge terrorist attack which occurred on June 3, 2017, and for which ISIS has claimed responsibility. The Associated Press has described the attack as follows: “Police say three men drove a van over London Bridge just before 10 p.m. Saturday and struck pedestrians […]