Judge Lina Hidalgo is a fraidy-cat
Youngster Lina Hidalgo is hesitant to take action and support community leader Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s proposed budget and the hiring of new prosecutors to help make our city a safer place to live.
When President Donald Trump first took office he put his pen where his mouth was and signed several plans into action. We all know he probably didn’t even read what he signed but the fact remains he was not afraid to make mistakes–even on his first day.
There is no need to reiterate Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo age of 27 years old. We get that she is young and inexperienced in matters of the judiciary. Being in charge over one of the largest counties in the world can be a bit overwhelming for anyone. Thankfully, she has the help and council of experienced businessmen and community leaders on her team that wants to see her succeed.
As we take a look at what the judge has accomplished since taking office, we find many plans and initiatives being halted, ignored, or tabled.
Recently, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg put on a spectacular request before the Commissioners Court for an astounding $20 million in tax payer dollars to hire more help. Judge Lina Hidalgo denied the request citing concerns and priority of diverting children from incarceration in the first place.
First of all, the judge needs to realize that a large number of youth are at the forefront of violent crime in our city. Houston is known for it’s violent youth and gangs that recruit children at an early age to commit crimes. When a minor is caught and brought before a criminal justice, they receive some of the worst and highest plea bargain deals allowable by law. This is simply because of something called “in locos parentis” (latin for “in the place of a parent”). When parents fail to do their job, it’s up to the government to make it right.
In fact, I would even go on and boldly say that is Linda Hidalgo’s job and duty as a Harris County Judge to step in and trust that Kim Ogg will direct and lead her team to “Make It Right” for all citizens of Harris County. This can be accomplished with “the stroke of a pen” and would accomplish the goal of making Houston and surrounding areas a safer place for all–most importantly our children.
In closing, Ms. Hidalgo, the people are asking you to earn the title of “Honorable” and do what is needed to be done in the interest of public safety for all Houstonians. If you want to see the data, just look around you. Look at Harris County history. Look at what the Honorable Kim Ogg has been doing for the minority. Look at what the Mexican Legal Defense and Education Fund is doing for disenfranchised. And then take a hard look in the mirror at what you’re doing? Google yourself and read your own news.
- Stop questioning and start answering.
- Quit contemplating and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
The people see you hiring and doing things for your own benefit or your administration without hesitation. Now make us proud to stand before your honor.