I doubt Bob Hoskins can do a better job as my state representative than Briscoe Cain. 

Briscoe has learned the ropes and has built strong relationships evident in the endorsements he has received from the governor down to local citizens. We shouldn’t have to start over for no reason. 

When I compare them I do see a difference. Briscoe is an unwavering defender of gun rights while Bob Hoskins voted for restrictions on gun owners lawfully carrying on city property saying he didn’t want to see them. Briscoe wrote the crucial amendment to the red light camera ban bill that passed this year making sure the cameras came down across Texas and can’t come back to Baytown. Councilman Hoskins is backed by the city officials that put in the cameras and fought to overturn our election to get rid of them. 

Briscoe voted for property tax relief while Bob voted for budgets with some of the highest taxes and debt of any city our size while refusing reappraisals for Hurricane victims. Bob didn’t seem to be for the tax cut he is bragging about now before he had a challenger in his council race that year. 

Bob has been telling people for several weeks that he was going to run against Briscoe but waited to officially announce so he wouldn’t have to resign his council seat. I think the residents in his district deserve a councilman that doesn’t view representing them as plan B. I am sticking with Briscoe.

Byron Schirmbeck


Blackout Wednesday

Holidays are great reason to celebrate, and alcohol plays a big role in the festivities. Unlike the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving is not usually thought of as an alcohol-party holiday. It is, however, the beginning of the holiday season and an opportunity to have a short workweek. 

Over the past number of years, the night before Thanksgiving has slowly been turning into a huge binge drinking night for the young adult population, also known as “Blackout Wednesday.”

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States. Underage youth are able to get their hands on alcohol from older friends and family members. Some parents relax their rules around the holidays and allow their kids and friends to drink at home, believing it to be a “safe” environment. 

The night before Thanksgiving is really the unofficial start to the heavy drinking and DUI season that usually goes until New Year’s Eve.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 728 people will be injured or killed each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in drunk driving crashes.

Bars and restaurants are using the term “Blackout Wednesday” to promote this day and offer specials. Especially with college students and young adults returning to their hometowns for the holidays and meet up with old friends and classmates, which results in crowded bars and situations that can get out of hand fast.

Drinking and driving should never mix; therefore we want everyone to plan a sober ride in advance if they will be celebrating the holidays with alcohol. Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic because you failed to plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before you start drinking.

For more information on how to talk to your kids about underage drinking or to get involved in preventing underage drinking in your community, visit www.bacoda.org  

Kelly Miller, media coordinator


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Byron "Red Light" Schirmbeck will vote for Briscoe the laughingstock of txlege & Empower Texas last man standing since Stickland walked out & slammed the door.

Consider the fact Cain took his seat as court jester with 23 votes more than moderate Rep Wayne Smith.

Know of the allegations that Cain, father of 3 with wife of great stature, deceived the public by running a smear campaign against himself under the pretence it came from his opponent's camp.

He harasses both TX public ed & universities.

Not sure how many lawsuits he has threatened to file.

Cain is a stain who should be censured if not jailed for posting threatening/uncivil comments.

He chose to represent nuts.

Surely the nuts don't outweigh the vote of sane law abiding citizens.

Remove the stain, replace Cain in 2020.


I will accept your premise that there are more sane voters than nutty ones out there and the logical extension of that premise that the winner of the primary and the November election represents the sane ones and the losers the nutty ones.

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