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commented 2019-03-20 10:18:12 -0700
Please support the following bills, SB 1264, SB 1037 and SB 1530, which would close the loopholes to ensure Texans are fully protected from balance bills. Medical expenses are climbing and climbing, and “surprise billing” is part of the problem. Transparency in medical billing is necessary. Thank you.
commented 2019-03-16 06:22:30 -0700
I commend you for championing increasing the quality and pay of public school educators. Please vote against increasing the sales tax and reducing the property taxes. Sales tax increases are regressive. An increase in sale tax disproportionately hits the lower income people than the higher income people. High Property taxes hit the wealthy more than the lower income people. I would prefer to see full legalization and taxation of marijuana. I see nondifference between alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana. Your thoughts please.
commented 2019-03-14 11:09:35 -0700
Honorable Senator Whitmire. I respectfully submit this letter to you in hope for your assistance with my fiancée, Juan Alvarez which has been in the system for 13 years and 5 months, he is presently housed at Eastham Lovelady Texas, his original sentence was 15 years, we have experienced a lot since his incarceration, now we are awaiting the determination of his latest parole hearing before this one we discovered his daughter Logan Alvarez had cancer now Kimberly Alvarez has joined the battle I am asking praying that you can help us. He has humbled himself and has learned from his passed mistakes, he has a loving family, employment and church home to come to, I will assist him in gainfully meeting all requirements it take will take for him to integrate back into society as a great part of the community, all I ask is for some help, his father is elderly was in a near fatal accident as well with a un-surgical blood clot which need assistance from his son in which he depended on the most, I need him home for I am a person not well myself, CHF and other medical issues. please I pray for your assistance.
commented 2019-03-13 20:18:37 -0700
Greetings Senator, My concern is operations at Roach Unit. My son is currently serving time there. On March 13th between the hours of 4:00-4:45. An officer started to call for commissary by race, Mexicans, Whites, Blacks. My son informed him this was not right. The officer responded with “Suck my d___k” and demanded my son go to his cell. My son will be grieving this. I write you because I fear for my sons safety. This is not the first confrontation with this particular officer. I spoke to Warden Williams but this made matters worse my son was called a mamas boy. You will be getting the grievances my sons has written. His #1594301. I would appreciate any advice you might want to offer. Thank you Mrs Pierc
commented 2019-03-11 07:49:20 -0700
March 7, 2019

Ann Marie Lopez

Born in Francisco California

windspiritconstruction09@gmail.com
In 2013 I moved from the CRST reservation in South Dakota to Pasadena Texas for college at The Interactive college of technology. My tribe sent funding to me for college and some of the funds were withheld and student file went missing for 8 months. Fed loan contacted me via email regarding excessive loans and I had to file a formal “identity theft” complaint due to missing funds and unauthorized loans.


As a Native American student, I received grants a federal aid (PELL) as well as a $3,000.00 per semester grant from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Therefore, unnecessary funds were drawn down and as of 2019 I am refused written explanations for the missing grant funds and the US dept. of ed. Recommended filing a federal lawsuit. This was my freshman year in Texas, and I was with my son who was 3.

Copies of my social security cards, birth certificates, and tax documents went missing from my student file. Since then two additional incidents of documents taken from my home. This was investigated by the Department of Ed. in 2014. I experienced retaliation for my complaint with a hate crime. The school president ordered my medicine wheel and eagle feather edited “photo shopped” out of my graduation photos, kicked me off campus, held my diploma and demanded cash. The DOE investigator Bruce Anderson had to contact the college to get them to comply with his resolution order. I was threatened by college staff and my husband’s immigration Documents stolen out of my apartment suddenly. Since this identity theft incident, we have been getting stalked and harassed. From 2013-2019 I have been writing letters, filing formal complaints and trying to get help and have gone to the FBI in all 3 states. Thus far we have had suspicious accidents resulting in injury. Threatened with kkk in Pasadena TX and Durango, CO.

I am a small business owner, mom and college student from 2012-2018 full-time while filing my husband’s immigration papers myself. I successfully graduated 2 times while getting my husband into the country over 4-year period. Our personal information is being used to stalk and harass my family I need help. I’ve reached out in TEXAS, COLORADO, SOUTH DAKOTA for help to no avail. I was in a suspicious car accident in C.O. after being threatened while attending college in Fort Lewis college which as a tuition waiver for Native American students. This college was a disaster and withheld my federal dollars as well and claimed to have sent the tribal grant to the fed loan servicer. Fed Loan responded in writing that they never received any money from any colleges since I started college in 2012. This all feels like a bad dream because racism toward Mexicans and Indians is alive and well. To be threatened with kkk is a major concern for this day and age and I will fight against racism under the rule of law in a nonviolent way like my grandfather Sitting Bull did.

With 2 semesters left to graduate I was hit by a driver from TX who claimed to be texting. She received a citation and found at fault in 2017, my son and I have not received any compensation for our total loss or injury as of 3/7/2019. Again, at this college my federal funds went missing, I confronted the financial aid and was retaliated against. living in Durango Colorado our family experienced racial discrimination and ethnic intimidation. We were stalked for over 2 years by a local drug addict and filed police reports and eventually led to a restraining order. We experienced retaliation from the individual and officers she claimed were her friends. Our constitutional rights violated, public accommodation laws not enforced, we all got injured in separate incidents, we received written and verbal threats and now have had to file a lawsuit.

From 2016-2019 we experienced racial discrimination while living, working and attending school in Colorado. I have all police reports and formal complaint responses on file for all 3 states where almost identical incidents took place that involved, the college, law enforcement retaliation, a drug addicted neighbor harassing us and my child harassed in school for his long braid, for my husband he has been discriminated for being from Mexico since he got his papers in 2016. I was strongly advised by many state agencies to take legal action due to the limited jurisdiction the state has over federal violations or issues.

I have all my credentials showing my level of education and certification from the United States Small Business Administration for federal contracting in Construction. After this graduation I have been targeted and harassed by male contractors. I am experiencing an extreme amount of discrimination for being a Native American/black woman. Within the employment sector, educational system, housing program and from Law enforcement. I have over 20 years of documents showing the racism I’ve endured for many years and even acquitted at a trial where I was facing 25 years in prison. I collect my own evidence and then present the facts. I’ve been pulled over and searched all my life and it is documented in the NCIC system.

Whomever reads my letter I am asking for help because I love my son and my husband. They have been through so much and are young. This targeting needs to stop, and we need help recovering from the identity theft and harassment. One decade has passed, and I have to find help. I have exhausted all avenues, my tribal government refused to help me many times throughout my life. All attorneys willing to step in want $25k just to take my complex tri-state issue. If you can assist me in any way with resources for my situation It would be greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,

Ann Marie Lopez

Box# 3432

Rapid City, S.D. 57709
commented 2019-03-11 07:48:22 -0700
March 7, 2019

Ann Marie Lopez

Born in Francisco California

windspiritconstruction09@gmail.com
In 2013 I moved from the CRST reservation in South Dakota to Pasadena Texas for college at The Interactive college of technology. My tribe sent funding to me for college and some of the funds were withheld and student file went missing for 8 months. Fed loan contacted me via email regarding excessive loans and I had to file a formal “identity theft” complaint due to missing funds and unauthorized loans.


As a Native American student, I received grants a federal aid (PELL) as well as a $3,000.00 per semester grant from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Therefore, unnecessary funds were drawn down and as of 2019 I am refused written explanations for the missing grant funds and the US dept. of ed. Recommended filing a federal lawsuit. This was my freshman year in Texas, and I was with my son who was 3.

Copies of my social security cards, birth certificates, and tax documents went missing from my student file. Since then two additional incidents of documents taken from my home. This was investigated by the Department of Ed. in 2014. I experienced retaliation for my complaint with a hate crime. The school president ordered my medicine wheel and eagle feather edited “photo shopped” out of my graduation photos, kicked me off campus, held my diploma and demanded cash. The DOE investigator Bruce Anderson had to contact the college to get them to comply with his resolution order. I was threatened by college staff and my husband’s immigration Documents stolen out of my apartment suddenly. Since this identity theft incident, we have been getting stalked and harassed. From 2013-2019 I have been writing letters, filing formal complaints and trying to get help and have gone to the FBI in all 3 states. Thus far we have had suspicious accidents resulting in injury. Threatened with kkk in Pasadena TX and Durango, CO.

I am a small business owner, mom and college student from 2012-2018 full-time while filing my husband’s immigration papers myself. I successfully graduated 2 times while getting my husband into the country over 4-year period. Our personal information is being used to stalk and harass my family I need help. I’ve reached out in TEXAS, COLORADO, SOUTH DAKOTA for help to no avail. I was in a suspicious car accident in C.O. after being threatened while attending college in Fort Lewis college which as a tuition waiver for Native American students. This college was a disaster and withheld my federal dollars as well and claimed to have sent the tribal grant to the fed loan servicer. Fed Loan responded in writing that they never received any money from any colleges since I started college in 2012. This all feels like a bad dream because racism toward Mexicans and Indians is alive and well. To be threatened with kkk is a major concern for this day and age and I will fight against racism under the rule of law in a nonviolent way like my grandfather Sitting Bull did.

With 2 semesters left to graduate I was hit by a driver from TX who claimed to be texting. She received a citation and found at fault in 2017, my son and I have not received any compensation for our total loss or injury as of 3/7/2019. Again, at this college my federal funds went missing, I confronted the financial aid and was retaliated against. living in Durango Colorado our family experienced racial discrimination and ethnic intimidation. We were stalked for over 2 years by a local drug addict and filed police reports and eventually led to a restraining order. We experienced retaliation from the individual and officers she claimed were her friends. Our constitutional rights violated, public accommodation laws not enforced, we all got injured in separate incidents, we received written and verbal threats and now have had to file a lawsuit.

From 2016-2019 we experienced racial discrimination while living, working and attending school in Colorado. I have all police reports and formal complaint responses on file for all 3 states where almost identical incidents took place that involved, the college, law enforcement retaliation, a drug addicted neighbor harassing us and my child harassed in school for his long braid, for my husband he has been discriminated for being from Mexico since he got his papers in 2016. I was strongly advised by many state agencies to take legal action due to the limited jurisdiction the state has over federal violations or issues.

I have all my credentials showing my level of education and certification from the United States Small Business Administration for federal contracting in Construction. After this graduation I have been targeted and harassed by male contractors. I am experiencing an extreme amount of discrimination for being a Native American/black woman. Within the employment sector, educational system, housing program and from Law enforcement. I have over 20 years of documents showing the racism I’ve endured for many years and even acquitted at a trial where I was facing 25 years in prison. I collect my own evidence and then present the facts. I’ve been pulled over and searched all my life and it is documented in the NCIC system.

Whomever reads my letter I am asking for help because I love my son and my husband. They have been through so much and are young. This targeting needs to stop, and we need help recovering from the identity theft and harassment. One decade has passed, and I have to find help. I have exhausted all avenues, my tribal government refused to help me many times throughout my life. All attorneys willing to step in want $25k just to take my complex tri-state issue. If you can assist me in any way with resources for my situation It would be greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,

Ann Marie Lopez

Box# 3432

Rapid City, S.D. 57709
commented 2019-02-28 08:09:01 -0800
Vote against Senate Bill 15. No one should have to choose between keeping their job and paying their bills or caring for a sick child or relative. Also, I feel cities and counties should have the freedom to pass new laws to improve workplace benefits and safety standards.
commented 2019-02-28 08:09:00 -0800
Vote against Senate Bill 15. No one should have to choose between keeping their job and paying their bills or caring for a sick child or relative. Also, I feel cities and counties should have the freedom to pass new laws to improve workplace benefits and safety standards.
commented 2019-02-25 14:03:46 -0800
ONLY ACCUSED? GUILTY ANYWAY!!!


This seems to be the mind set of the Texas Criminal Court System. Texas Prisons are filling up with those who have been accused without Due Process. Ask Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh about being Accused, Tared and Feathered by the media. Then having to spend Tens of Thousands of Dollars to prove that the accusations against him were False.

Our Due Process Rights are being violated to Falsely Prove Guilt. Texas has convicted more people on Hear-Say Testimony than any other state in the Country! And, it will only continue to worsen. Texas has overstepped the boundaries instituted by the Constitutions of Texas and the United States of America.

Guilt without proof is acceptable if “She said, He said.” (Hear-Say) Testimony is allowed in the courtroom. Without the entire Republican Party and Tens of thousands of dollars to defend ones’ self—How is a person in Texas able to get a Fair Trial? If Texas can get away with it, don’t think for a minute that any other State in the Union can as well.

Help ELIMINATE wrongful Hear-Say Convictions, before it affects YOU!!

I WAS Falsely Accused, Falsely Arrested, Falsely Convicted, and Falsely Imprisoned by a Corrupt Court.

I am Texas Inmate TDCJ number 02173062, Daniel Laque, and I am not ALONE.


Sincerely,

Daniel Laque


CONTACT INFO

Daniel Laque #02173062 Teresa Laque (Wife)

McConnell Unit 7470 N State Hwy 16

3001 S. Emily Dr. Poteet, Tx 78065

Beeville, Tx 78102 PH# 830-742-4292


commented 2019-02-16 09:20:45 -0800
Vote against SB 2.
commented 2019-02-08 05:33:50 -0800
Just say NO to David Whitley

Thanks

Mic
commented 2019-02-05 08:39:27 -0800
Senator, we dont need lower bails for criminals. We need the criminals to stop committing the crimes. We dont need or want them back on the street sooner so they can commit more crimes. STOP TRYING TO REDUCE THE BAILS FOR CRIMINALS!!!!
commented 2019-01-31 07:53:45 -0800
In the effort to fund our schools in this session I request that you work to accomplish three things:


1. Change the law to make the “equal and uniform” method of property appraisal apply only to residential property.

2. Increase the Franchise Tax to .75%.

3. Increase the Motor Fuel Tax by a few cents per gallon.


The only realistic way to adequately fund our schools is to increase revenue.


Please let me know your thoughts on this.


Thanks,

Larry Lambertz

2105 Gostick

Houston 77008
commented 2019-01-31 07:52:40 -0800
In the effort to fund our schools in this session I request that you work to accomplish three things:


1. Change the law to make the “equal and uniform” method of property appraisal apply only to residential property.

2. Increase the Franchise Tax to .75%.

3. Increase the Motor Fuel Tax by a few cents per gallon.


The only realistic way to adequately fund our schools is to increase revenue.


Please let me know your thoughts on this.


Thanks,

Larry Lambertz

2105 Gostick

Houston 77008
commented 2019-01-31 06:12:33 -0800
Dear Sen. Whitmire, re: the online KHOU article about DPS long lines; I moved to Houston last year and used the mega-center on Veterans and was in and out in 30 minutes. Just sharing my experience with a DPS office.


MK
commented 2019-01-31 05:52:45 -0800
Senator Whitmire. I applaud you doing something about the DMV here in Houston. I agree that wait times are completely out of control. I hope you succeed in changing that very soon. Thank you.
commented 2019-01-30 17:28:35 -0800
commented 2019-01-24 10:19:21 -0800
Sen. Whitmire,

I am a citizen of Texas and constituent in your district. I would like to express my support for the Free & Fair Elections resolution and ask for a few minutes of your time to meet with me to discuss why.

The Free & Fair Elections resolution, is the only way we can fix our broken federal government. Without an electoral process that enables voters to hold Congress accountable, they will continue to act in the interest of those who can hold them accountable, their donors. Please support and co-author HJR-120 to ensure our federal government represents the best interests of all Americans.

Democracy is thriving at the state level and we need the same to be true of our federal government. With your support on the Free & Fair Elections resolution, it can.

Thank you,

Francisca Rios
commented 2019-01-10 13:04:14 -0800
Senator Whitmire: I cannot find enough information on you to really grasp how you vote on issues, but I will be plain. The town I grew up in in your district has grown increasingly dangerous due to drugs and illegal immigration. I certainly hope that you support border security in this state and oppose illegal immigration. There is no one I know that doesn’t have a personal story of how illegal immigration has not negatively impacted their lives, the lives of loved ones, their towns and neighborhoods. It is sickening that there are those in Washington DC that support illegal activities. I do not want this for my state. I want our borders, towns and cities free of gangs and the depredations of illegal aliens. Socialists have infiltrated our state political system in the past few years, as is evidenced by Beto Orourke. I do not stand with socialism or anyone who does. Socialism is a concept that has never worked successfully in any state or country that has implemented it. I also stand against the importation of Muslims in a manner where they are forced upon a state or community against their wishes. There is NO country that Muslims have gained a large foothold in, that do not end with violence, murder and discord. If you can name one, please do. I would like to be wrong, but I’m not. I would like to know more of how you stand on these issues, as I am a registered voter and will vote from now on if I have to do it from a wheelchair, or a hospital bed. I will vote. I am not PC, and never will be, but I want what is best for my life, the lives of my children and relatives, and I want what is best for my state. I hope you share my wishes.
commented 2019-01-08 00:43:35 -0800
Senator Whitmire: Why is it that Texas is almost as large a socialist welfare state as California? Is it supporting all the illegals that I have seen at the Harris County Clinic, or LBJ hospital? When you go to one of these facilities, and you should, look at the disproportionate balance of native born Texans, and Hispanics. Our town has grown dangerous and overrun will illegals. It used to be a good place to live. Not any longer. It is taking on the aura of a third world country. It is time ALL of our elected officials took a stand to stop it instead of encouraging it. It is just a shame it is so long between voting periods, and that less REAL issues are put up for vote to the people it affects. There would be far less game playing with our lives. Angry and disgusted does not begin to say what I feel.
commented 2018-12-19 16:55:58 -0800
Hello Senator Whitmire, I am a prison minister for about 24 years now in TX, my ministry is called Armour of God Prison Ministry. My masters is in applied criminology from Texas A&M & I’m now working on my Doctorates. I am an advocate for inmates & their families, I coach & mentor those in prison & out, I help with parole files, reviews, correspondence with the ombudsman & the health Liaison agency, & help with reentry (employment, housing, etc). I also work on innocence cases. Nine years ago I married a man by proxy who was recommended to me as a penpal by a Kairos prison chaplain, who also 6 years later married us (2009). My husband was in a bus crash on one of the chain buses this past Wednesday December 12. He was on his way from James V. Allred Unit to Robertson Unit for layover, on his eventual destination to Montford, the prison hospital. He was scheduled for an MRI for an injury he had sustained in the prison several years before, aggravated by a fall to his shoulder & the repetitious job he was assigned to. He was on medical leave at the time. From my sources, another prison wife who’s husband was on the same bus, the driver hit a TxDot truck laying brine on the road, he was struck from behind. According to her husband he fell asleep at the wheel & only the guard rail kept them from going off the road. I as of yet have not talked with my husband, they say he’s still in transit, & has been moved 2x since he’s been back to his unit (Allred) Monday. I talked with the chaplain & he admonished me & said they are only allowed to check on our loved ones if it’s an emergency. What kind of unempathetic chaplain is this? My husband who was already in a lot of pain & on medical leave, on his way to the hospital for tests, was in a bus crash! He finally said he would have some one check on him but would NOT call me back. I’m very upset over the lack of oversight & accountability TDCJ has. Apparently there were about 60 men on that bus, the capacity is around 42, & I think they were told to put seat belts on the buses after the last crash that killed 10 men, I think it was also Allred unit! As a prison minister I have dealt with MANY areas of neglect & apathetic, uncompassionate treatment of the inmates. I’ve had to negotiate for a disabled veteran who came into the system with a cane & the PA took it away because he said he thought he was pretending about his condition, the man can hardly feel his legs! Also, for a woman who was covered with scabies over 80% of her body, with pustule sores, this same woman the Nurse’s assistant took her walker away because she said she was also faking, even though it was a doctor who previously prescribed it. This same woman sat out for hours in the cold waiting for medication. I could go on & on & on. Now it’s my husband we’re talking about & I’ve yet to talk with him, he’s yet to see medical, he’s being moved around while they find him a bed in the dorms where he belongs. They also told me today he’s on some kind of work detail?? He was on medical leave before the crash! I’m writing you because this issue needs to be looked into with honesty & transparency. I have been a member of Texas Voices for many years. Our president Mary Sue Molnar says you are a fair & honest man. I am for one asking you to provide legislature to have oversight for TDCJ. the parole is every bit if not worse! We alone in Texas Voices can give you a recitation of the many nightmares our loved ones endure in this system and their families too, just ask us! As you can see I’m not just a minister I am also a criminologist with a major in policy. Most policy we have here in TX is counterproductive & contrary to criminal theory & most of it lacks common sense. Its also left in the hands of power hungry people who use it to their advantage. A good amount of policy here actually sets an environment for recidivism and crime! I pray you hear my cry, as it is the cry of many prison wives & families here in TX! Thanks for your time…
commented 2018-12-17 11:47:36 -0800
To Senator John Witmire,

URGENT PLEASE !!!

I am so upset for the fact that my husband Valentino Marmolejo #626793 was ill because of the food in kitchen was contaminated at Terrell Unit. I was told that they exterminated kitchen the day before my husband got sick from food.

On a Sunday of 6/10/18 my husband got up to eat breakfast and he went to church and felt sick in his stomach and he said in his the last letter I got from him after church he had the Chaplin and Christian Brothers pray for him. I was told that he tried to go to infirmary 3 times as they told him to leave. On 6/12/18 Tuesday my husband started to throw up black stuff and had diarrhea and it also was black which means he was bleeding from inside his stomach.

I was informed by a friend of my husband that he was rushed to hospital. TDC never told me my husband was sick and by the grace of God I was informed by his friend’s wife. I try to see my husband but he was too ill to come down to visit room .He got there in hospital on 12 of June, and they had surgery in him on 22 ND in June. But they said he was doing better which it was because of the blood they gave him and said they had him on therapy. But he was still bleeding out but slowly they said , I was told so many different information. I do got all documented. I just believe my husband was poisoned and I was informed that there was others that got sick on food which was the eggs, from what I was told. I really need your help in the matter. There is much to say but I am so numb and still can not believe my husband is gone. He died on 6/26/18.
Sincerely Yours
Rosemary Marmolejo
713-882-2044
commented 2018-12-16 15:32:51 -0800
My name is Bennie Price and I am the Founder of 1 Church 1 Soul Ministry


I am writing today to introduce you to the great work our Christ centered ministry is doing in Texas, with the hope, you will come along side of us in partnership. Our ministry works with the incarcerated who, one day, will be re-entering our community and your involvement and the involvement of the community will aid in adding value to the program and additional benefits to those we serve.


The goal of One Church One Soul is multi-faceted with a three point action plan.


1-Reconciling prisoners back to God – (Prayer, Evangelism, Hand written letters, Emails, Phone Calls, Bible Studies, and One-on-one Mentoring)

2-Reconciling prisoners back to their families- (Open lines of Communication with family members via Visitation, Photos, and Designated prayer time)

3-Reconciling prisoners back to their communities- (Church adoption, Re-entry programs, Etc.)

The hope, is to have one church adopt one prisoner from the community/city he or she will be returning to. These churches will strive to show these lost souls there are people who care, and above all, show them the love of Jesus. Having these programs in place, prior to release as-well-as after they return to their communities, will significantly reduce the number who re-offend and increase the number of those who will go on to live a productive life.

Thank you for your time and authority in this matter.

Sincerely,

Bennie Price

1 Church 1 Soul Ministry

1church1soul@gmail.com
commented 2018-12-13 07:30:55 -0800
I’m writing to express my concern regarding the multiple felonious and anticipated forfeitures around the recent viral case involving Tenaha Police Department, notorious for their corruption and racism.
commented 2018-12-06 10:55:48 -0800
Senator Whitmire,


As a parent, I have a question regarding the bill S.B.ANo.A106 that you sponsored, regarding truancy. Could you please clarify what you meant by “parts of days” in the text of the bill. Since it’s written to deter from missing school, please explain what would and want would not be considered “parts of days” from the point of view of this bill. Thank you.
commented 2018-12-04 17:45:14 -0800
December 2, 2018


Carla Kneipp

Vice President & Treasurer

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

1111 Louisiana Street, 39th Floor

Houston, TX 77002

Dear Carla Kneipp:

On November 12, 2018, my gas was disconnected because I owed $56.00. Coincidentally and abnormally, Houston weather on this November night was very cold, in the low 30’s with a freeze warning. I am upset because there was an oversight on my part that I missed two payments, but I did not receive any disconnect notice. In fact, when the heat did not come on, I believed my heater was broken. I did not discover that the gas was off until my husband came home and checked the meter. Later that night, I looked and discovered a disconnect notice left behind a bush near my front door. By the time I learned my gas was off, it was past seven ‘o clock, and I could not address the issue until the next day. I was furious! My four years old daughter, my husband and I froze all night.

My concern is that Centerpoint is swindling customers by failing to provide appropriate disconnect notices in order to increase profit by charging outrageous penalties and reconnect fees. My past due balance was $56. I currently owed $79. Yet, to get my gas reconnected, I had to pay $160 which does not include the $65 they are billing me on the next bill for a deposit. I called to complain to customer service that I don’t get paper bills, and nowhere in my e-bill was I given notice. I was told then that the only way I would have known was to login to my account. I never login to my account because the e-bill has the amount owed and due date, and I pay my bill through online banking. I also did not understand why the disconnect notice information did not appear in the subject line of my November 1st e-bill or anywhere in the e-bill for that matter.

Furthermore, to my surprise once I did pay the outrageous fees, I received multiple emails with updates that contained needed information in the subject lines. I will include screenshots of them to prove a point that if Centerpoint Energy can include notifications in the subject line about payment received and reconnect scheduled, surely in the subject line of a disconnect notice it can say in big red letters, “DISCONNECT NOTICE.” Therefore, I ask for policy change at Centerpoint to include at minimum this change and possible other changes that does not penalize customers with years of excellent payment history who get behind for various reasons. I believe I should have also received a phone call notice which could even have come via a robocalling service because for many families it’s like climbing an impossible mountain to come up with the penalty and reconnect fees and much easier to pay the actual bill for service, so Centerpoint should do all it can to accommodate the economically disadvantaged.

As the circumstances surrounding my unfortunate disconnect were so traumatizing, I have resolved to send this letter to not just Centerpoint, but to my elected representatives in State and Federal Congress, the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and the Consumer Protection Division of the Public Utility Commission. I decided against sending a copy to Fox News Consumer Reports because I believe it can be resolved without their help. Nonetheless, I thank God that I did have the money to get my gas reconnected as soon as possible, but my heart was breaking at the same time thinking of people whom may have been in similar circumstances and were unable to pull together the money. People whom are elderly, single mothers or fathers with young children, college students, or just people working for minimum wage struggling to make ends meet. I want this letter not to just be a voice for me, but a voice for them as well.

Please address.

Sincerely,


Candace Fraser

2850 Packard Elm Street

Houston, Texas 77038

281-660-1562

Candace.fraser11@yahoo.com


Enclosures

CC

Texas Office of the Attorney General

Congressional District 18—Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Texas State Senate District 15—Senator John Whitmire

Texas State House District 140—Representative Armando Walle

American Civil Liberties Union

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP

Consumer Protection Division of the Public Utility Commission

David Mordy, Director, Centerpoint Energy

Bo Murphy, Manager, Centerpoint Energy

Brandi Summersill, Investor Relations Coordinator, Centerpoint Energy
commented 2018-11-17 22:02:31 -0800
I am now a director of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. Please add me to all your future mailings and emails or events that we can help you with.

Texas Podiatric Medical Association

918 Congress Ave, Suite 200

Austin, TX 78701
commented 2018-11-17 22:01:23 -0800
I am now a director of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. Please add me to all your future mailings and emails or events that we can help you with.

Texas Podiatric Medical Association

918 Congress Ave, Suite 200

Austin, TX 78701
commented 2018-11-17 15:29:21 -0800
The family of Talmadge Sharp, Sr. mourn his passing & request your presence to speak on behalf of Talmadge Sr. on 11/26 @ 11 am at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church located at 8775 Flagship Dr, Houston, Tx 77029.
commented 2018-11-17 10:13:57 -0800
I am unhappy with my brother’s experience with the parole office in Houston. Working with Justin Wood to no avail.

Going to the news station now.
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