Politics, if we didn’t have ‘em, we’d have to invent ‘em…..About this time of the year, every year, and again in February and September, political candidates pepper this newspaper with press releases about their candidacy and why they would make a better school board member, council person, mayor, legislator, you name it. While we are not complaining about getting the press releases, what I am complaining about is how some of these politicians get high behind if we don’t print their press releases.
Here’s the way it is, folks. As a community newspaper, we have an obligation to tell you who is running and a little about them. We don’t have an obligation to tell you in 1,000 words about how good they would be at the job they are seeking. That is their responsibility and they are free to accomplish that however they may desire.
This newspaper, which I have been faithfully publishing for 30 plus years, has some very reasonable advertising rates to allow the political candidates to tell their story. But for many of them, it is easier to throw a bunch of money at a four-color mail out which you get in your mailbox and promptly throw away.
I’m not saying some people won’t miss your one-time ad in this newspaper, but I am saying that being in the community newspaper shows that you are committed to the community, and are not some anonymous politician who has a lot of money to send out mail pieces.
Take a look around you. This newspaper is a family affair. All of us work here. (Don’t tell the labor board, but even the kids!) All of us live middle-class lives in moderate-priced neighborhoods and drive older automobiles. Oh, wait, Lisa, Michael’s wife, just traded in her 11-year-old suburban for a new Chevrolet product the make of which I can’t remember, bought from, where else, Classic Chevrolet (talk about a company that gives back to the community–Classic).
My point is that we live in the neighborhood, shop at the same grocery stores with you, and make our living, such as it is (and we are lucky for it) right here. So, yes, it really gripes me when I get their outrageously expensive mail pieces from someone running for a local job–a mail piece purchased from someone elsewhere that is probably living in a mansion and driving a Bentley.
Our newspaper is 100% advertiser-driven. It is the way we distribute it every week. If we don’t have advertising, we can’t publish. And the rest of our advertisers don’t want to pay for free advertising for someone running for a job. They should pay for it themselves.
Okay, I’ve said my piece. I have cancer and can pretty much say what I want. I may not be around to eat my words! So you can bite me!
And another thing…..All you FBISDers who are Dr. Jenney haters out there should remember that he has little to do with the educational crisis facing Texas today. I’ll admit I have a couple of issues myself with him, but if you really want to make a “Pimp” YouTube video, I suggest you look at the state government in the form of Governor Rick Perry and some state legislators.
I think I pointed out last week that State Rep. Charlie Howard never met a public school he liked. If you want to go after someone with a pitchfork, I suggest you look at our Republican state officials.
Dr. Jenney may be a ninny, but he didn’t create this.
And I should point out that Dr. John Zerwas, who is another of Fort Bend’s state representatives, was one of the first Republican officials to come out publicly to advocate spending the Rainy Day Fund to help education. Thank you, doc.
And lastly….We broke a story on the front page about how Tom and Christine DeLay’s foster care facility, Rio Bend, has finally been donated to Catholic Charities.
Although the DeLays are to be commended for starting the facility, it is a sin against God that it has been allowed to languish all these years because its founders refused to accept the fact that it’s hard to find people willing to sacrifice for little money to be house parents.
The DeLays refused state and federal money and while this is laudable and we all wish it were a perfect world and we didn’t have to take that, after all, Rio Bend was built with lobbying money.
Lobbyists and those wanting to curry favor with DeLay when he was powerful, donated money to get his attention. In fact, I dare say some strong arm tactics like DeLay was famous for were probably used to solicit donations. But it was a dream that didn’t live after his fall from grace.
Rio Bend is a beautiful place. We hope the Catholic Charities will use it for the best.