by Jim Barton on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 1:05pm
Unlike many Americans who could not make their mortgage payments, Carlos Quintanilla will likely not lose his house. Monies destined for use by the children of the Brownsville Independent School District will be diverted in a clandestine way by the BISD Board of Trustees back to Healthsmart by the dismissal of the $14,000,000 lawsuit the school district had filed to recover two years of discovered overcharges by the provider. Quintanilla may very well have accomplished his mission, sniffing around the BISD the past couple of years, luring trustees into entanglement, promoting cooperative candidates to replace those not Q-friendly. If Ted Parker invested in Quintanilla to squelch the lawsuit against Healthsmart, that investment may pay off handsomely.
In Brownsville, everyone seems to know a trustee, an administrator, an operative influenced by Quintanilla. What I usually hear is that their friend was conned, duped, drinking the Kool-Aid Quintanilla pours. That is difficult to believe. These are grown-up people, professionals, who routinely do background checks on janitorial staff. Quintanilla is not only a convicted R.I.C.O felon, he looks and acts the part with obvious misrepresentations flying out of his mouth like sparks from a welding rod. What I believe is that many simply succumbed to temptation, just as those in Mark Twain's fictictious town of Hadleyburg. I believe the BISD Board of Trustees is rendered ineffectual by an "I will tell on you if you tell on me" mentality, making individual trustees fearful of doing what's right lest their own sins be made public. Thus, we have paralysis, acquiescence and cowardice displayed.
Merry Christmas, Carlos! Sorry kids!
But, alas, there may be a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and it may not be an oncoming freight train! What if, as I've heard, Judge Carlos Cascos is allowed to appoint an interim district attorney should Villalobos finally declare for a higher office? What if that interim appointee is interested in actually doing the job?