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Section A: General News


Political pains all the way from Floresville to Washington




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The friction of politics creeps into our daily lives often without our realizing it.

In Washington, the battle lines are drawn in a game of chicken, the likes of which this country has never seen. Talk of “bipartisanship” goes nowhere, as each side blames the other. Thus we have a partial government shutdown, which both sides are trying to use to their political advantage.

The acrimony is felt all the way from Floresville to Washington, and it seems to be taking over for common sense. Individuals fight each other, as factions form sides. The same thing happens in the schools, the counties, and the states. Even within churches, there are power struggles over how things should be done. Instead of praying, people find themselves in mini power struggles. Everyone wants it done their way.

Without our realizing it, suddenly neighbor is against neighbor. Yet, the bizarre thing is that we all want the same thing. We want what is best for our town, our community, and our country. Perhaps we just differ on how best to achieve that goal.

Thus it’s easy for honest political differences to be mistaken for personal attacks. This is especially true on a local level when the politicians are your friends and neighbors whom you see in church, in the restaurants, and in your business. Giving an opinion that differs from that of someone who is your friend can be a delicate situation, but competition is healthy. Let’s not forget that we all want the same thing.

We want a fiscally sound city hall, an effective county government, and schools that train our children to become upstanding citizens in this complicated world of cyber connections.

In La Vernia, for instance, citizens recently elected a new school board. It was not an easy task, however, as along the way, some attacks also got personal. Still, the reality is that each side thought they were doing the right thing.

In this country called America, we have always managed to overcome the strife. Even a horrid Civil War did not tear this country asunder, though its soul was deeply wounded. The wounds eventually healed.

The Eagle Ford shale has been an economic boom to South Texans, as landowners have deposited millions of dollars in local banks and in the local economy, and consumers benefit from easier access to energy. But even this has its detractors. Not everyone received oil-lease money or royalties, so they feel put upon by the increased traffic. Some are fighting the oil companies on environmental issues or worries about water supplies.

Water is, indeed, the subject of Proposition 6, which will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. Everyone wants to save our water, but a political solution deserves more attention because it also involves money, power, and politics, as Darrell Brownlow, Ph.D., points out in his front-page analysis.

Another contentious issue in Wilson County is the matter of $8.2 million in Certificates of Obligation that the county wants to pass. Taxpayers want some answers before they decide to approve these open-ended funds.

They will have the opportunity to ask questions and get some answers at an Election Forum sponsored by the Wilson County News and Texans for Constitutional Government on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the American Legion Hall in Floresville. Judge Quinney and the commissioners have been invited to attend.

Everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions. Let us not forget what it’s all about. We hope and pray that, despite our differing opinions, each entity, each election, each family squabble will end with all of us working together again for the betterment of all.
 

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