Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:50 PM
The Inaugural Richard Rozier Golf Classic
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Monday, February 17, 2014 11:41 AM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:25 AM
Monday, February 3, 2014 2:53 PM
Op-Ed from Waxahachie Daily Light for February 2, 2014
In last Sunday's op-ed, Judge Bush said that 2014 would be “The Year of Transparency." It’s an interesting comment, since for the five years she has been in office, transparency seems to have been low on her priority list. Transparency for elected officials and local governments is an absolute must. Government must be open to all citizens of the county, not just to a “close network of people” with whom the county judge says she is transparent.
Many citizens have talked to me about their concerns regarding governmental openness and have expressed the same on many occasions to the commissioners’ court. I, too, consider open meetings essential and at the recent Republican Women's Forum, I promised to make online access to complete commissioners’ court proceedings one of the first things I would address if elected. Could it be that the attention from citizens and myself during a political campaign motivated the county judge to attempt to co-op this important issue? While I am glad that it's finally being addressed, in 2014, this can hardly be called “Cutting Edge Electronic Agenda Technology.” Let's set the record straight.
First, citizens have been requesting this type of access to commissioners’ court for quite some time. Before now, their requests have been heard with no response from most of the court. This is not a new issue. Could it be that the “right” people weren’t making the request? It is sometimes true that the people who are complaining – not just a close circle of friends - have a point? But, 2014 will now be "The Year of Transparency for Ellis County.”
Secondly, we are lead to believe that this is a difficult task. Many area governments have been posting complete agenda packets online for quite some time now. A quick internet check on five of our neighboring counties shows such systems in place. Dallas County has provided this information for over a decade. Kaufman County to the east, a county one-third smaller than Ellis, has such a system. Why is it such a chore to implement here? Other government entities have dealt with privacy and man-hour issues without it being a "burdensome task." But now, 2014 will be "The Year of Transparency for Ellis County?"
Third, in regard to the expense of implementing this type of system, there are many vendors providing these types of services to local governments of all sizes. It isn’t free, but it should not be too expensive either. What I suggested, and will do if elected, and the commissioners agree, is to create a true electronic agenda, not just merely scanning pages and putting poor quality copies on the internet, but a real paperless electronic agenda. What would happen if we stopped printing and collating all that paper for every court meeting? How much money could the County (taxpayers) save? This is not a technological breakthrough. Again, many government entities out there have been doing this for some time. But now, 2014 will be "The Year of Transparency for Ellis County."
I had planned to confine my comments to last Sunday's op-ed, but Monday's Commissioners’ Court meeting proved once again that things haven't changed all that much. Judge Bush showed disrespect to a commissioner, and to the process of open, honest government, by knowingly and purposefully changing an agenda item requested by the commissioner. And she did it – by her own admission - simply because she didn't agree with the commissioner. This is a very serious matter. This not only disenfranchises him but all of the citizens he represents. They deserve to have a duly elected representative bring forth items for consideration without another elected official unilaterally deciding it's not worthy of consideration. She exceeded her authority. I don't know what's worse, the act itself or the disregard for Ellis County citizens it showed.
Yes, 2014 is supposed to be “The Year of Transparency for Ellis County," but I am afraid it won’t be. I'm afraid it will be more disrespect of fellow court members and citizens, and lack of real leadership that co-op's other people’s ideas. The more I think about it, the more it seems a lot like what we see in Washington. Ellis County citizens, employees, and other elected officials deserve better. We can do Better!
Friday, December 20, 2013 12:15 PM
Karen and I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season, as well as Blessings for the New Year. The campaign is in full swing. The field is set. We now have three opponents, but we feel strongly that if we will continue to work hard, and with your help, we can win without a runoff. The outpouring of support has been very encouraging. Many have stepped up to Volunteer and help in any way they can, many of you have been very generous with financial support.
Our yard signs are in, so if you would like one, please let us know.
While the campaign is going very well, we still need your help. To win this race, we need to contact a great many people to share our message. We are doing this in a variety of ways - social media (Facebook, LinkedIn), and campaign signs, to name a couple. Our two biggest pushes are through door-to-door contact and mailers. To succeed with these, we need your help.
First, we need help knocking on doors. We hope to organize walks every Saturday morning in January and February. We will meet at the campaign office each Saturday morning (209 E Main St, Waxahachie), have some coffee or juice, maybe a donut, make assignments, and hit the streets. While I know you can't be there every week, if you can volunteer some of your Saturday mornings, it will make a big difference.
Second, we must raise the money to get our message out. While there is no substitute for meeting people face-to-face, we will not be able to reach everyone, so we must reach out to them. While so many of you have been so generous in your giving, we still need to raise a great deal of money. If you can help in anyway, please do; we will work hard to use your money wisely. Simply click the Donate button on this email, and you will be given information on the way you can contribute.
My prayer is that you and your family are blessed this Christmas and that you will have Happiness and Prosperity in the New Year.