reply to post by TrueBrit
Our current mayor was elected basically the same way Obama was. We had the economic recession hit right as our prior mayor had approved several
million for a miniwater park. It would service our county, and often surrounding counties. This obviously is a money maker for us, as they spend
money on hotels, restaurants, stores, etc when they come here to use the park. But times got tough, this mayor swore he would scratch the park from
the budget, and the masses elected him.
Of course, the money was already in escrow for the construction, so he couldn't stop it if he wanted to. It has been a blessing for our community,
as it uses about 1/3 the water that the old olympic sized pool used (important for us right now), and adjoins the best golf course in a 200 mile
radius (another project from the prior mayor, an avid golfer who loved the municipal course). Basically, he was elected while times were tough and he
Now, most people are mad at him because the reality of his viewpoints runs them wrong. Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don't. I will never
argue that he is not a true Texas gentleman, and he exudes class. Even when I want to strangle him.
Our area is doing well, like i said, because of oil and wind. We are a focal point for both. The tax base from the windfarms is, by itself, keeping
schools in the area afloat during state level budget cuts for education. It made overnight millionaires out of struggling farmers. And may save tax
money as less cotton land is subsidized for failed crops.
This small town has exported lots of really top notch talent. I find out that we have alums all over the place. The other day a fairly well known
author stopped by to do an interview for a Texas magazine article he's doing. Our business is the visually dominant feature of our landscape, and we
are just reopening after it being closed since 1980. So we get a lot of folks stop by to see whats going on, that they have heard about it reopening.
Turns out this author is from my town. I hear it all the time. Springer knows my town, for Christs sake! LOL
RE: would I rather have had Romney win from a matter of principle.....not really. I voted for my dog. She is marvelous, and made an excellent write
in candidate. Either candidate is fine. You're going to get screwed anyway....it is just a matter of how it will be done.