Happy Birthday to the Galveston County Daily News! They first hit the stands in 1842. That's older than Larry!
And in 1981 NASA'a Shuttle program got off the ground, literally, with Columbia's first flight. We lost her over East Texas during re-entry in 2003.
I dedicate this post to all our surrounding citizens. League City, Kemah, Seabrook, Taylor Lake Village, Nassau Bay et al.
Please for the love of all that’s good and decent do not allow yourselves to be drawn down the path we are on. It all started so innocently too, I mean life here in the bay area is sweet. That’s why we moved here right? Yes it has its drawbacks but the occasional storm doesn’t run most of us off. It’s the price we pay for these Chamber of Commerce days we are enjoying right now. All was well in our sleepy little town. An election came up and some relative unknowns were elected by single digit margins. Oh well we said. We may disagree politically but these are our friends and neighbors what’s the worst that can happen.
There were rumors of hidden agendas and violations of state law but that was about all they were. Rumors. We went back to sleep. Then the next election came and a clear and purposeful majority of three let their agendas be known. Not in the manner they would have preferred I suspect, but known just the same.
Enter this blog.
A divide began. It grew with an unauthorized “investigation” with intent to fire a city employee. A very, very popular and long time city employee. His extremely popular wife also worked for our fair city. She resigned from the stress and the division multiplied. We had questions and we demanded answers. So what. Our majority of council members were absolutely unresponsive to the citizenry. Emails went unanswered and phone call not returned. They were not to be diverted. Can you imagine? We couldn’t either. They would drive one, two, three, four now five investigations. All with a cost and all the while failing to pass our budget. Irresponsible doesn’t even begin to cover it. Now we have a budget shortfall. Imagine that. And yet they still voted to allocate even more money we don’t have for yet another audit. All this aimed squarely at that one employee. At that one and the owner of this blog. Yep, I’m the blogger that went to jail. Seems free speech is only OK when it agrees with “them”. Did someone say vindictive? When just a few weeks ago this very same City Council voted to allow one of its members, yes you read that right, an additional 2 months to bring a property in to compliance, after 10 years of violations, because the City didn’t have the money to pursue him legally. Now how does your Ethics meter read?
There is a moral to this story and some of us are preaching it from the rafters. Vote. But don’t just vote, like we did. Get to know who’s running and most importantly why. Talk to your neighbors. Talk to everyone around you. Don’t just talk to one or two people, that’s how we got into this cesspool. Half-truths and some downright lies were told to the uninformed and that is all they knew. The more people you talk to the more you will know. The more you know the better equipped you will be to keep your city on the right path. Oh the numbers in the title? Those are the days we have left until our next election. Isn’t that sad that we are counting down? Will we fix our problem? Maybe. Are we going to get caught with our pants down again? I honestly don’t know. Will we elect the “right” people? Only time will tell. 31 days to be precise. To all of our fellow citizens, Pay attention.
"Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men."
Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab