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Sunday, October 9, 2016
Can someone take notes and provide those of us unable to attend the monthly meeting the information and responses to questions during the HPOPS presentation. This information could be posted on the website or sent to members via a mass emailing. This is such an important topic to all of us. Unfortunately, the only information those who cannot come to the meetings receive is the one or two sentences contained in the minutes of the meetings.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Donna Peck (Juvenille Division)
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Hey Team,
I hope this finds you all standing tall and doing well.   I  have some sad news to deliver about an old friend of the SWAT Team and many of you.  Donna Peck who worked for many years over at the Juvenile Division is in a very bad way.  She contracted a virus that has attacked her heart and it looks like she will need a heart transplant.  The doctors are working through that process and she hopes to get one but for now she is in a hospital in South Carolina without much to do but wait.
If you remember her at HPD, she would love to hear from you.   Her number is  posted below and she can answer it most times.   She is in good spirits and a voice from the past would do her good.  
Please call if you can.
Donna Peck
Cell:  830-667-0713
Stay safe,
M. L. “Sandy” Wall
THE SAFARILAND GROUP l Director,  Training Group

Monday, September 19, 2016
Stella Steely Milam wrote a book, 'UNTIL TOMORROW" about her deceased husband, HPD's Ellis Eugene Milam.  This is a geneology book also about both of their families, including her remembrances of Ellis.   It is in the Clayton Geneology Library on Caroline in Houston.  Please consider placing this somewhere appropriate.

Message:Just a question about an HPD policy
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Contact Preference:Email
Message:Just a question about an HPD policy that affects all retired officers, including HPROA members. Regardless of where retired officers now live, HPD requires them to appear at the Travis building for the sole purpose of taking a photo in order to renew their retired ID card. This is a change - in the past, I was able to email a photo. Now, they demand a personal appearance, with the statement "Our Photo/Identification card system does not allow us to upload outside photos" A copy of that response is available. Would it be possible for someone at HPROA to address the bad policy with HPD? Many thanks. Arnie Schulze 

Vernon H. Maness
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Belinda Stone 
 Hi I'm trying to find the badge number for my grandmother's brother Vernon Houston Maness. He was a Houston police officer probably from 1950 until he retired. There is no one left from his generation that has this knowledge and he had no children that have this information. Please tell me if you know how I could find out his badge number. It is so important to me now that I'm an adult and I'm trying to put our family history together for my children and their children. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you so very much, Belinda Stone 

Extra Job Extra Pay
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
From:Bettina Gensollen
Contact Preference:Email

Message:Retired Police Patrol Officer - Miami Consulting company is looking for a Houston police patrol officers to serve as consultants for market research project. Seeking officers with recent experience enforcing motor vehicle laws and testifying in court to present evidence and act as witnesses in traffic cases. There will be no litigation involved in the project, only research based. Compensation is $100 per hour Required education: • High school or equivalent Required experience: • Police Patrol Officer: 3 years 

"Old School Thoughts"
Monday, July 11, 2016
Curt Roark 
I retired last year after 36 years from class #86. During my tenure I served under several U.S. Presidents, from Carter in 1979, to our current president. 
I can't remember ever working the streets and not feeling I had the support for my profession from an active or past president until the current one. Up until the recent Dallas assassinations, the current president has shown more support for the Police haters than for the Police Officers, who by the way, are out in the street to serve, protect & die for the very people that are spewing Hatorade towards them.
I also believe the message that needs to be spoken more is that "any" person that has an encounter with a Police Officer should not run, fight or resist in any way. If an Officer is out of line, abusive or illegal, there are safe channels available in every department to complain on those Officers. If a person believes they can win a street encounter with an Officer by resisting, shouldn't be surprised to receive an unfortunate outcome. Maybe better slogans would be "Just Comply-You Won't Die" &
"All Lives Matter" 

Preaching to the Choir
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Kyle Evans 
 "Preaching to the Choir"
I really get weary of the local (and national) news media wringing their hands over an Officer being killed. They report the story (more or less) and then turn around and stab us in the back on another "story". It is really annoying how often they are to paint us in a bad light with little or no information and the investigation barely under way. They show us in a bad light and then go on to the next news cycle. When the facts and investigation is exposed it is rare that the Officers acted improperly. BUT THE NEWS MEDIA NEVER CORRECTS THE RECORD OR THE IMPRESSION THEY HAVE CREATED IN THE COMMUNITY.

The slaughter of Officers protecting the protesters in Dallas was a horrible thing. It amazes me how much "support" is shown in the community when these things happen. It is a good and heartwarming thing. However, that is the same folks that bend over back to not be picked for Jury Duty and then slap the wrist of the same thugs we deal with daily.

I will now step down from the soap box.


Medicare & COH Insurance
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Looking for some advice and information about Medicare and COH insurance.  I retired in Aug 2013.  Will be in Phasedown until Aug 2018.  My wife is 11 months older than me so she turns 65 in October of this year.  I turn 65 in Sep of 2017.  Will qualify for active officer rate until the end of Phasedown but I have been told that my wife should apply for Medicare in October and me in Sep 2017.  COH Benefits told me last year that we do not have to apply for Medicare since we are on an employer sponsored insurance plan.  The local Social Security office told me that my wife should sign up during her birthday month to avoid the penalties of late enrollment.  I am a little confused....

Has anyone had this situation and how have they resolved it?

We live in Williamson County between Georgetown and Round Rock.  Do you know what the retirees in our area may be doing about Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare supplements, Medigap plans?

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

Rick Cuevas    Class #79

Stop and Think
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Food for Thought for Conservatives

A lot of people have brought up the fact that they won't vote for Trump if he's the eventual nominee. I just want to put something in perspective.

Justice Scalia's seat is vacant. Ginsberg is 82 years old, Kennedy is 79, Breyer is 77, and Thomas is 67. Nowadays, the data shows that the average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after 75.

These are 5 vacancies that will likely come up over the next 4-8 years. The next President will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed in their ideology.

Think about that... 7-2. If the next President appoints 5 young justices, it will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation. 7-2 decisions will hold up much more over time than 5-4 decisions which are seemed to be lacking in mandate.

Hillary has made it clear she will use the Supreme Court to go after the 2nd Amendment. She has literally said that the Supreme Court was wrong in its Heller decision stating that the Court should overturn and remove the individual right to keep and bear arms. Period.

Everyone saying that they won't vote for one candidate or the other if they are the GOP nominee, please realize this. If Hillary Clinton wins and gets to make these appointments, you likely will never see another Conservative victory at the Supreme Court level for the rest of your life. Ever.

If you are a Conservative, a vote for anyone but the GOP nominee, whomever that will be, is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

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