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Judge Silva: Allegations are ‘political rhetoric’
by Jason Collins
May 05, 2010 | 1881 views | 11 11 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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County Judge David Silva on Monday said the accusations that Dennis DeWitt as community affairs director used racial slurs when dealing with two people were “political rhetoric.”

Commissioners also voted during their Monday meeting to nix the two constables and appoint David Morgan to gather more information about the allegations against DeWitt, who won the Precinct 2 commissioner seat during a runoff primary election in April.

Judge Silva, during the meeting Monday morning, said, “I called this meeting because it was called to our intention that Mr. (Gabriel) Aleman may have a conflict of interest.” Aleman, with Angel Care Ambulance, has a contract to provide emergency services within the county.

Abel Suniga also said he didn’t feel comfortable because “both Mrs. Stasny and Mr. DeWitt are his customers,” Silva said.

Morgan, employed by the county as emergency management coordinator, also worked with the Department of Public Safety.

“If the court chooses to go forward with this, I have no qualms with Mr. Morgan heading up gathering this information. That is all this is — gathering information,” he said.

Silva added that he felt the accusations being made were “political rhetoric.”

“My other feeling on this... is that we have a history with Mr. DeWitt of 30 years in the (Texas) Parks and Wildlife (Department) with no incidents and he has 10 years here in this county with no incidents... He taught cultural diversity courses for the Parks and Wildlife.

“It is political rhetoric,” he said.

Commissioner Susan Stasny added, “Judge, did you mean political rhetoric?”

“It was brought out because of the political race,” Silva responded. “These individuals may or may not have come forward under any other circumstance.

“If this thing was egregious, as they say, I think it would have come out earlier.

“This is not 1930 or 1950 when people were intimidated.

“If somebody was offended or hurt, they would have said so.”

The two statements, stemming from incidents in 2003 and 2009, accuse DeWitt of using derogatorily racial terms.

The first of these was written by a resident claiming that DeWitt referred to her as a “wetback” and a “Mexican.” The woman had gone to his office to get a septic system and electricity approved for her property.

The second accusation, filed by a man DeWitt said was operating an “illegal” landfill, accuses him of also using the term “Mexican” in a derogatory manner.

In both instances, DeWitt said that he didn’t use the racial slurs he is accused of using.

The matter came to light during the Republican primary runoff election that pitted DeWitt against Stasny for the commissioner seat.

DeWitt won the election and does not have a Democratic opponent in November.

Commissioner Carlos Salazar Jr. disagreed with the judge’s opinion.

“This court, with the exception of you I guess, should not and does not take lightly any allegations of any of its employees of a racist nature.

“This is not about politics, nor is it about the past election or the results of that election.

“This court has an obligation to the public to address this personnel matter regardless of when it was reported, regardless of when it allegedly occurred.”

Salazar said that he would have preferred the matter be handled in closed session; however, DeWitt requested that it be done in open session.

“It gives no pleasure to any court members to look into these allegations,” Salazar said. “It is something that must done for one reason only — it is the right thing to do.”

Salazar was at first reluctant to have Morgan look into the statements.

“This is not a case of someone killing someone that we need to investigate,” he said.

Commissioner Ronnie Olivares said that Morgan would be an asset and made the motion that he assist.

“I strongly feel that both constables that we first appointed to do this... did have the knowledge and the capability to do what we are asking Mr. Morgan to do,” Salazar said. “They had some (political) pressure out there also and that is why they withdrew.”

Eventually, however, the court agreed to have Morgan talk to those who made the complaints and also to DeWitt to get his side of the story. Additionally, those making the accusations will have a chance to speak to the court and answer questions from commissioners.

Stasny reminded the court that DeWitt was among others who recommended that Morgan be hired as the county’s emergency management coordinator.

“Mr. DeWitt was on the committee that interviewed the applicants for Mr. Morgan’s position and recommended him for the position.

“Mr. Morgan is a good man.

“I am not questioning his integrity.

“There is really no one in the county government that is not under the court or under some political pressure..”

Silva said that he attempted to get someone from outside the county by approaching officials in San Patricio County for assistance.

“(County Judge Terry A. Simpson) through the D.A.’s office said that this did not rise to a level that they were willing to invest time and an investigator in.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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YellowDog
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May 12, 2010
I find it hard to believe that someone calling himself WhitenProud is just now feeling racial tension.

Did you forget that Beeville school district had segregated proms for the students until the mid 1980's?

The fact that you feel very free to give yourself an online nickname that smacks of "white pride" - a term Neo-Nazis and regular Nazis use - to attempt to make the case that they aren't racist speaks volumes about your belief system.
HellFire
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May 10, 2010
boombox,

Why do you not address the other posts to you, truth hurt?

It is a simple task to disprove your opinion, and prove you are one destined to be dispatched to the dustbin of “what happened”.

History, yes history has written this story more than once. Those who talk and do nothing, like you, bring nothing to the table but rotting fruit. Your beloved socialism will fail.

Those with the solid base of understanding, education, actual leadership experience and most of all the means to make change if and when they see fit, make the machine work.

Tax base? LMAO @ U, you really have no clue who, what or where the real tax base is. Keep thinking a few disgruntled names can change anything but oxygen to Co2 because that is your level of intelligence. Sticking to that same example we know that is how the socialist Obama and crew have survived politically for this long, because of easily led sheep.

Pay attention, I do not need anyone on this blog to agree with me, nor do I grovel and beg for attention like as you and others do. The truth I post is there for all to read. I have been proven correct repeatedly. All you and your kind do is whine, pout, point fingers and run and hide when reality applies a backhand.

I would put a lot more into print if it would not be deleted; I assure you I could send you into a temper tantrum before mid-sentence, fist paragraph.

I could list in detail the why’s and how’s your kind will never succeed beyond what is allowed to you, but to bring this to a point, you simply can not grasp how reality dictates life to your kind.

As I state, the golden rule, those with the gold make the rules.

IMPEACH THE SOCIALIST!!!

HAVE A GOP DAY!!!
texasboomer64
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May 10, 2010
heil,,,,,,,,,you can yell "get over it" and stop "whining" forever but no one's listening. your alter-ego gang members didn't respond to you this wkend. take the scales off your eyes and look at your little world as it really is. the progressive will not stop speaking truth to power no matter how loud you yell . in fact your rudeness gives me more strength to speak the truth. you are quick to tell people to get out of town but slow to try and resolve real issues that's pulling everyone down. you can feel it in the air. remember what Its Just wrote friday," i have never felt angry and sad like i do now". that statement cannot be ignored. you are hating on the crowd that disagree with you, but guess what? that's your tax base . if you make every thinking person move, whose going to pay taxes? look at your newspaper friday edition, look at all pictures of your young people in sports then look closely at their names. that's what America is about, that's what makes America beautiful. it's multi-cultural. the bell has rang , there is not one family that's of one blood in beeville. heil,,, you remind me of THE DUST WITCH in ray bradbury's novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes. you hear the sound of the death beetle, your way of thinking is over,you're done fer.
HellFire
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May 08, 2010
I have three words for your whining; GET OVER IT!!!.

Some declare that Beeville’s is losing population every year, that in itself is ridiculous, economically in ruin, all but a ghost town because of racial hatred. LMAO at the ludicrous ranting.

No one believes you have never experienced racial issues of any magnitude before Beeville. I personally think you are from Beeville, Hispanic, and have not the intestinal fortitude to admit you feed on racial hate. You know I am correct. Instead you go about your whining thinking you can hide in a farce spreading this vile.

If you work at a prison then expect to encounter what that environment holds, from the prisoners and guards. If you lay with dogs you are going to get fleas. If you take the abuse, as you state and do noting about it, then you welcome it. How may hundreds of them go to work,and go on without whining, unlike you. I don’t think the majority want to work in a prison but do because of financial responsibility. I believe they deserve more and the prisoners less, much less…that’s another subject.

If Beeville is so intolerable, leave period.

STOP whining !!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I could make up some names and agree with myself, wait some one has already doing that…LMAO!!!

Comical to observe the same writing styles, same syntax errors, different names. You know I am right.

IMPEACH THE SOCIALIST!!!

HAVE A GOP DAY!!!
itsjustlife
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May 07, 2010
TexasBoomer, your so right, Beeville could be such a nice and successful town but its worn down by so much indifferance, and hatred. I guess the point I was trying to make is not that im racist toward hispanics, because I am in no way racist toward anyone, its just that I was raised to see people as people not as colors. This whole brown, white, and black mentality is getting old and how do we expect to get rid of racism if we ourselves cant let that mentality go. Why cant people be people and thats it? No matter what color they are? I just feel that ever since I have lived in Beeville, I have had a sadness, and anger I never knew before and I dont like they way I have become, I have been exposed to hatred I have never known before when I moved here and its just sad that they dont see that we could all live so peacefully together. But instead we are at war...I give up on the town.
texasboomer64
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May 07, 2010
itsjust ........you hit the nail on the head! but it's more than that, try being the 3rd minority in beeville. a place where you pay taxes and your children can't get a job. who do you see working in beeville? who do you see holding political offices in beeville? it's about race but more than that, it's were you born here, who did you finish high school with and whose your family. that's why it's a dying town, they have not learned to embrace strangers , so you finally just give up on them. bee county continue to lose population every year and this will not change until more progessive thinking people decide that a change is needed.
itsjustlife
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May 06, 2010
Ok I am gonna put my 2 cents in now...I have read both of your comments and I agree with both of you...LJ, as a fellow minority with you in Beeville, Mexico I have dealt with the same disrespect and rudeness from local business's here you have, but in topo's defense...we are the ones that have invaded this city, expecting total strangers to show hospitality, kindness, and respect. Afterall they dont know us, why should they treat us with respect? Its too much to ask to be treated how we treat people. I was thinking about this a few days ago when I visited walmart...as most people walk into walmart they expect to be greeted by a friendly smile and courteous "Hello" but in Beeville I have walked into walmart a mere million times and always get ignored, and it never fails that a hispanic will come in with me, or behind me and its always " Ohh mijo or mija how are you? Can I get you anything?" And everytime you go to a Pantry conveniance store which I've frequented several times a week in the several years I have lived here and instead of someone asking "how can I help you today, mam'n?" like I would say if I worked in customer service, I get " What do you want?!" usually followed by rolling eyes or dramatic sighs that gives me the feeling I am a inconveniance, not a paying customer. SO when I get told by people in beeville I dont understand because Im white, I smile to myself and thank God under my breath that they are sooo right. And just count the days before I leave sad little smudge on the underpants of Texas
ljwhitenproud
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May 06, 2010
I would like to take this time to repeat myself. I would not be disrespectful and call anyone by their nationality. I regard everyone as a person not a race. This is why living in Beeville is so difficult. I have been told things like "Well you wouldn't understand because you are white." I have been called stingy white person in Spanish more times than I care to remember. I don't let it get to me. I have friends in every race and they are my friend because they show me respect. I have met Judge Silvas and he has always shown me total respect. I certainly don't get this at many of the businesses. Beeville will never grow as long as there is so much hatred among us. I think it is sad, because it could be a prosperous and growing community.
Topo
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May 06, 2010
Ljwhitenproud, if you really work at the prision, just for grins, why don't you try this: Try calling your fellow bosses Mexican, Meskin or better yet, wetback. If you still have a job tomorrow, we can talk about the issue some more why we have to "get over it". Simply calling someone Mexican-American or Hispanic is not the issue. You need to look at exactly what Mr. DeWitt is alleged to have said. I will certainly grant you that there are better ways to address these issues without putting DeWitt through a kangaroo court. On the other hand, Silva is not in touch with the Mexican-American community if he simply refers to it as "political rhetoric" and trys to sweep it under the rug so that he doesn't have to deal with it. Unfortunately, we are stuck with a judge that is doing things for political expediency and the right thing be damned!
ljwhitenproud
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May 05, 2010
I have lived in Beeville for almost a decade and I have never felt so much racial tension in my life. I understand the Spanish language and I have been called some derogatory names in Spanish. As for the businesses in town, you are treated badly if you are white. I am so thankful I was taught to treat everyone equal no matter what your race. My race is Irish and English and I do not expect to be considered anything else. So if you are of Mexican descent, then why does the word Mexican offend you so much. Please explain to me what Hispanics are. If you are from Spain then I gues that would make you Spanish. So who are Hispanics and what country are they from? And really what does it matter. There are so many problems in this town and we are worried about someone hurting a sore loser's feelings. If I filed on every "hispanic" at the prison that called me an ugly racial name, I would be filing everyday. Get over it
Topo
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May 05, 2010
Political rhetoric my XXX!!! Silva needs to get a dose of reality. Whether these racial slurs are said yesterday or last year, they are still racial slurs. If they come out in the process of a political campaign, does that relegate them to the "political rhetoric" category? Silva has forgotten his roots, and doesn't realize how hurtful these type of comments can be. Let's face the issue squarely and figure out how to deal with it without destroying the community. Simply sweeping it under the rug, as silva would like to do, does not solve the problem. County Judge for another two years???????????????? God help us!