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It is truly amazing what people will post on social media and say in public that is not true. Here’s a few thoughts that I have on the subject.
1. I’m sure your mom told you the same thing my mom told me — If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If you feel compelled to spend the entire day writing hate posts about gay marriage at least have the decency to post things that you check for accuracy. Stating that someone said something without doing any due diligence to find out if it’s the truth should put you back in the “I’m going to wash your mouth out with soap” line.
2 How about the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do to you? Why the racist remarks and hate speech? Do you really want the shoe to be on the other foot? Of course not.
I now understand more fully than ever before the responsibility that comes along with having the most reviewed newspaper in Henderson County. I promise that I don’t take this responsibility lightly. Today at breakfast I was asked by a HCN reader to say something about an issue that was on her mind. It occurred to me that talking about an issue is wonderful but that doing something about the issue is even better.
Here are my Top 5 this week:
1. With school starting back, education is the number one item on my list. How do we break the cycle of being 49th out of the 50 states when it comes to our ranking in the country? If we were talking about a top 50 ranking in the world it would be quite different to me than a 49 out of 50. My belief is that we must take care of our home turf first. My focus is on Henderson County. Other places are nice to visit but this is my home. I want our schools to be extraordinary – not average or above average. I don’t need the distinctions of the Texas Education Agency because I’ve lost faith in that group. Maybe it’s time to revamp the entire system, but if we just start here with making education the number 1 thing – Number 1 – I think we can break the cycle locally and actually have the rest of the state follow our lead. You know what they say about the view from the lead and the view from behind the leader.
Most of you know that I have the good fortune of spending Saturdays during football season telling TVCC football players to stay back off the field during the game. We call this the Get Back Coach. Here’s my Top 5 from our first game of the season (a 66-56 loss to the Nassau Community College Lions).
1. Thank you Paul and Kim Benson (Virtual Communications) for sponsoring the Battle in the Valley. Paul and Kim fund the opposing team’s travel, lodging and meals so that a nationally ranked team from outside of our region can come to Athens. The budgets of junior college athletic programs do not allow for this to happen unless people like Paul and Kim step up. I don’t know what they spend but 100 people traveling on a couple of buses for 30 hours each way and staying two nights in a hotel probably gets pretty expensive.
So call me crazy (“crazy”) but I came up with an idea that hopefully you will find amusing and interesting at the same time. Every morning I eat with my think tank and discuss the issues of the world. Almost every day the conversation circles back around to what would make our community better in Henderson County. In an effort to have the true pulse of the community, I decided that I will call everyone in the Henderson County phone book and ask them this simple question – “What do you believe our community needs to make it better?”
Here is my Top 5 after working my way through the phone book with many updates to follow. These are not in any particular order.
1. We need the Cain Center. People want a strong community center that provides activities for everyone. They don’t want to hear that the City doesn’t have it in the budget. They want the City to embrace this resource and figure out how to make it work.