Former Fort Worth schools superintendent takes post at TCU

August 17, 2011

 

 

 

If this headline doesn’t scare you about quality education, then you havent’ been reading the news, or your school administrators don’t have a tie to Texas and TCU.  This scares the hell out of me.

 http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/16/3295203/former-fort-worth-schools-superintendent.html#ixzz1VHxv6v9X

Regerence blog:

 

 

 

http://pktatum.blogspot.com/2011/06/fort-worth-isd-is-worst-urban-district.html

 

 

 

 

 

 


Councilman calls for Fort Worth to take action on gas drilling and air quality | Barnett S…

August 16, 2011

Councilman calls for Fort Worth to take action on gas drilling and air quality | Barnett S….

 

I am usually not a fan of CM Jordan, but I may have to agree with him on this one.

It will be interesting to see how the council reacts and directs the city after the findings are reported today.


Fort Worth council members are frustrated over the pace of street work

August 12, 2011

Fort Worth council members are frustrated over the pace of street work

 

It is about time that our local elected officials stopped defending the city and started being our voice on this topic.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/11/3285504/fort-worth-council-members-are.html#ixzz1UodK6QJc

 


Fort Worth City Council notes | Fort Worth | News from Fort Worth

August 10, 2011

 

 

 

Fort Worth City Council notes | Fort Worth | News from Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, No….

 

 


Arch of Triumph or Glaring Beacon of Apathy?

August 7, 2011

For Father’s Day my bride and my blonde purchased me a subscription to Texas Monthly Magazine.  As a lifelong Texan (okay since I was 3) I have always dreamed of the day to get this subscription in the mail.  Have I come of age?  Maybe that is a topic for another day.

I was sitting poolside, sweating out the dog days of summer, enjoying the August issue, when I ran across Michael Ennis’ article on that huge white arch over there on the west side of Dallas.  Have you seen that thing north of I-30 and wonder what it is and why it is there?  Read his article and you will get the jest.  While I was reading it, I came across the trigger for this blog:

After a year of unprecedented collaborative meetings with city staff, developers, and community groups (usually developers write the plans and everyone else complains later, to little effect), CityDesign rolled out the “West Dallas Urban Structure and Guidelines.” 

In reading Mr. Ennis’ embedded opine it made me stop reading the article, put the mag down, and nod.  I am glad I was sitting in the shade away from the pool, or someone would have had questions about my stability.  It got me to ask, “Does this author have any idea of just how right he is, and how do we change that, or can we?”

In the seven years that I have been active in my community, I have come to an understanding that the percentage of active members of any volunteer or non-profit organization is less than ten percent, and most times much less than that.  In contrast, those with an opinion after the work is done are closer to one hundred percent.  Unfortunately, those opinions are not usually of the positive nature.

The author says that complaints have little effect, and I greatly agree with his sentiment.  Why, you ask?  Consider in a household, man and wife work hard all day.  They come home; the wife/husband asks the other what they want for dinner?  The spouse has no opinion and leaves up to the cook.  (S) he designs and labors to create an edible work of art, and puts it before their mate.  It is complete; there is not another protein, starch or vegetable to be added.  Now, all that is left is to partake of this meal.  What if the person who prepared the meal heard, “Wow, you burned this meat, if I would have prepared it, it would have been done cooked right, and with the proper spices?”  What does the cook think; “Next time cook it yourself!” The cook can’t change it and doesn’t really care to fix what may or may not be wrong with the meal after receiving such a complaint.

City leaders, group leaders, etc. are much the same.  They hear of issues, they ask for input, wait for input, plead for input, and then go to work with the input that was or typically was not given.  They design a plan, ask for more input, receive little to none, and then implement the plan.

Now, we as citizens and members belly up to the table and partake of what they provided.  I feel there are three (possibly more) types of people that are consuming; those that are truly appreciative of what they are given; those that are okay with it, and those that don’t like it and want to tell someone, anyone, and everyone about it.  Which are you?

For the most part, I feel that city and group leaders are open to opinions and help, but we either can’t find the where to get engaged for whatever reason; I fear most would say because they didn’t know where to get engaged, when the truism is that they just didn’t want to get involved until they didn’t care for the outcome.

There is a lot of community and political issues going on right now, from the economy, transportation, public education funding, city redistricting, etc. (I really could go on and on).  In fact, if you stop and look at what matters most to you in the world, it isn’t one hundred percent the way you would like to see it.  The leaders really would like to hear your opinion, but most importantly they could use your help instead of your negative criticism after they have implemented their plan.

So what are you going to do?

Arch of Triumph – Michael Ennis: http://www.texasmonthly.com/2011-08-01/ennis.php


Illegal – texting and driving?

July 4, 2011

Issue:

On June 17, Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would make texting and driving illegal in the state of Texas. His reasoning is, “…House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults”.  Later in the hot summer month of June, the city of Arlington, Texas has picked up this issue and is looking at the possibility of enacting local ordinance(s) that would make texting and driving illegal within its city
limits.

Opinion:

I believe that texting and driving is extremely dangerous. While, I hate to admit it, I do have firsthand knowledge of this fact. Luckily, I
didn’t hurt anyone or damage any property, but I have definitely left my lane and hit a curb or two, while trying to get a quick response out to a business contact or a loved one. I do have a loose interior light in my truck that reminds me of how close I came to something that could had been much worse.

That being said, I applaud Gov. Perry for vetoing this house bill. I do not feel this is an issue that needs to be taken up by national or state
level legislatures. As our founding fathers understood, we are a people of many cultures and varying beliefs. I believe we should be governed, at the federal and state level, minimally and without sweeping strokes. What is good in New York or California is not necessarily good for the folks that reside in Austin or San Antonio. Additionally, what is good for people in Austin or Dallas is not necessarily right for the residents of Hico or Earth.

If the counties or local municipalities want to take up writing ordinances, I believe that would be fine. Strong community government would
help reinforce what a community wants for itself and how it either grows, sustains, or deteriorates. This would allow us, as Americans, to decide if we can live with the governing of us and our families or move to another place in our great country where the laws are something that we believe in.

However, I believe we already have laws on the books, at the local, state and federal level that can be leveraged to stop texting and
driving, and any other use of a smart-phone or device in an automobile. An example would be my great state’s Transportation Code. This code defines reckless driving and the fines/punishment for reckless driving. Do we need yet another rule that will one day get lost in the minds of those that are sworn to protect and serve?

References:

Gov Perry vetoes texting while driving ban –http://blogs.star-telegram.com/politex/2011/06/perry-vetoes-texting-while-driving-ban-22-other-bills.html#ixzz1R2pX66hV

Arlington picks up where Gov left off.http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/28/3186443/texas-wont-ban-driver-texting.html

Texting While Driving Statistics – http://www.infographicsshowcase.com/driving-while-texting-infographic/

State of Texas Transportation Code – http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.545.htm


Fort Worth Named All-American City

June 26, 2011

Congratulations to my city for being named All-American City.  You can see the city’s page here – http://www.fortworthgov.org/citynews/default.aspx?id=86394

In the years that I have lived in cowtown and been involved, I have heard time and time again that the city wants to be seen as one of the best places to live and work.  I have always asked by who’s measure.  The National Civic League  has a great tradition of choosing communities that work together fully to determine the future of their city.

I find this as a great victory to Mayor Moncrief as he is leaving public office.  For now?  Mr. Mayor, thank you for your dedication and time to Ft. Worth and the state of Texas.