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Letter: I count ... do you?




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July 3, 2012 | 1,515 views | 9 comments

Editor:

The spotlight and media attention recently thrust upon me is not something I sought. By asking a councilperson about her “business experience,” I have become the center of verbal vitriol.

When the day comes that the citizens of the United States cannot question those elected to serve them -- not rule them -- then government on whatever level has become tyranny. Is that the form of government we are willing to have in Floresville?

The mayor and one lonely voice in support of the mayor on the newspaper blog continue to say that those of us that don’t live within the city limits of Floresville have no right to participate in city government. These statements are made, I assume, with the naïve assumption that the sales taxes paid by the 4,000-plus citizens of the city of Floresville would in their entirety be sufficient to support the budgetary needs of the council and the mayor’s needs (wish list) -- sports complex, street maintenance, sewer treatment plant, etc. -- all paid for by the sales tax of only the residents of the city of Floresville.

I, for one, am going to give the mayor and his blogger a chance to find out if the city of Floresville can do without the sales-tax dollars of the 95 percent who don’t belong in the city council meetings as the mayor refers to us.

When I pay my Walmart credit card bill on July 1, I will ask for the manager and tell him that I will no longer do business at the Floresville Walmart. Additionally, I have made up cards with the following statement that I will be passing out to all retailers within the city of Floresville:

“Mayor Tejada repeatedly says that because I do not live within the limits of the city of Floresville, I don’t count.” However, my money is spent in the city of Floresville and my tax dollars support Mayor Tejada’s wish list.

“But, no longer ... I will take my business outside the city of Floresville until Mayor Tejada recognizes the fact that those of us who shop in Floresville generate the income, by our sales taxes that he and the council spend so freely, and thereby are entitled to an opinion at city council.”

I have chosen to boycott the city of Floresville. I ask that you join me. Let’s tell the mayor that we and our sales-tax money do count!

DECI MURPHY

Floresville
 

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Nutbush  
City Limits  
July 7, 2012 12:40pm
 
It isn't just the City of Floresville, it's the County Leaders, too. There's no accountability. Vote and remind your friends and neighbors to vote, too. Early voting starts July 23, election day being Tuesday, July 31.

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
July 7, 2012 9:30am
 
Of course, it was not the 70-year-old woman that city council really wanted to ban. It's their leader, Jim Miller. By picking on this lady, they are hoping to intimidate others who might want to speak up. They are trying to ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
July 7, 2012 3:18am
 
The mindset of being separate from each other has got to go. The idea that - because it does not affect me personally, I won't get involved - has to change. We are losing the bigger picture if we are focused on this event. ... More ›

 
Taylor  
floresville  
July 6, 2012 7:05pm
 
I also see both sides but I can't agree with the that she "counts" she doesn't own property inside the city limits and she doesn't live in the city limits, so are city government does not represent her or owe her ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
July 6, 2012 2:32pm
 
Many of your comments do make sense. However, the most sense any of us can ever make will be at the polls in November by electing those people who are willing to do the right thing. We do not need to have arrogant politicians ... More ›

 
Straight Talk  
Wilson  
July 6, 2012 12:22pm
 
Ms Murphy, Many of us are well aware of and frustrated with the incompetence,misrepresentation of the facts,and disregard of the Floresville citizens and business concerns. With this being said I do not support nor do I agree ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
July 6, 2012 8:23am
 
Yet another desperate attempt at controlling citizens by a lame duck council member. Those are the most dangerous; especially when they realize that their political career is kaput. When was Hitler most vicious? When the ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
July 5, 2012 9:57pm
 
Deci, I hope everything turns out well for you. I did not see what happened, I arrived later. But I sure could feel the tension in the room. Mrs. Castillo must think that because her husband is a retired attorney that she ... More ›

 
Mark  
Floresville  
July 4, 2012 9:28am
 
I certainly understand your frustration but I hope you understand that the people you will most injure are the small business retailers and restaurant owners inside Floresville city limits. I think you will find that many small ... More ›

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