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Before You Consider Texas There Are Things You Might Want To Know

By Matt Briscoe

(06/11/18) So, you want to move to Texas? Great! Because we have a lot to offer. From Orange to Anthony and Brownsville to Texline, Texas has plenty to offer and no doubt about it, there could very well be a place for almost everybody. Let the words “could” and “almost” sink in for a moment before you pack your bags and hustle for a new start. There are a few things that you should know. 

Austin is just Austin. It’s batty and different. San Antonio is ethnic, traditional and just plain fun. Dallas/Ft. Worth is plain dealing and strives to the melting pot the Houston has become. El Paso is so far west that we often forget that they exist. Beaumont, is a dichotomy of Texas and Louisiana. I could go in depth about what makes each these places grand in their own way, but I won’t. Because there is much, much more to tell. 

Texas is a beautiful state and we mighty proud of it. We ought to be. But what we are even more proud of is ourselves. 

We come to the rescue when our brothers and sisters need to be helped. Hurricane Harvey was a prime example of that. People rushed in with boats, blankets, blood or whatever they could give. That is the spirit of Texas, and that is certainly something to be proud of, no doubt about it. 

But when it comes to everyday issues, well that’s another story. You had better not be depressed, anxious or mentally ill in anyway, shape or form. Truth is, most Texans just don’t care about mental health and we gloat in it. 

In January of 2018 the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced that it had up to $27.5 million in grant funds through two programs that support mental health services and projects for Texas.

The program allocated $12.5 million in grant funds will go to 12 local mental health authorities and one local behavioral health authority. The agency says that the funds will be used to establish, continue, or expand programs to help people with mental illness receive services and supports needed to address mental health issues outside of the criminal justice system and reduce wait time for people committed to a state hospital. 

It sounds good on paper and in a press release but in reality, mental health in Texas will likely continue to be just “now damnit, pull yourself up by the bootstraps and get on with life.” 

Keep in mind that the grant money is going to populated areas where the voters live and if you end up outside of one those areas, you might as well as forget it, you just as well ought to suffer. Besides, even if you land in an area that is serviced by one of those agencies that are getting the grant money, you will likely face a hard time getting services since there were only 2,052 licensed psychiatrists in Texas. 

Now onto a different note, we love our families and our friends. In fact, we value them so much that we will go to great lengths to ensure that they are well protected in whatever capacity they hold. 

Oftentimes here in Texas we “elect” our family and friends to offices such as mayor, county commissioners and sheriffs. When we “elect” these folks they often hold those offices for many, many years and they only leave to take a higher office or they retire or die. 

They make a lifelong commitment to public service and live dedicated lives to making our communities better...for them, their families and friends. The greater good often means nothing to them. 

Local elections, especially in rural areas are fixed. Now, perhaps we don’t have dead people voting these days, but the way that we do it, is if a person wants to change the way of doing things, then the “good ol’ boys” just put their friends and family in the election and pump massive amounts of money into them and often resort to childish schemes in order to smear the opposition that might possibly change the way that the old guard has been running things. That’s just the way it is. See, we value family and friends a whole bunch here in Texas. 

Now, when it comes to economic development the metropolitan areas hold the cards. Why? It’s simple, the old guard and “good old boys” in rural areas just don’t want economic development. The reason being is that solid economic development might mean competition and that’s not something that the “old boys club” likes to see. 

Competition might mean that outside money and people might come in and disrupt things. The family and friends would then have to legitimately compete for building contracts, land development and other forms of business that has long been held by family and friends, and that’s not good for anybody, at least not the old boys. 

We value education in Texas. We have some of the poorest performing schools in the country and for good reason. We want our kids to stay at home, follow in grandpa and daddy’s footsteps. We have programs such as nurses aide programs and culinary arts for the ladies and football, baseball and welding for the guys. 

In many rural districts, we have kids that are barely competent in English and math when they graduate high school. The truth is that we don’t want our kids to do better than us and if anybody challenges that, then we have ways of fixing it through our local elections process. 

Now, one more thing. If you happen to be African American, immigrant from another country, homosexual or democrat then you can just keep on moving. We can’t have our children exposed to things that you might have to teach them. I mean really, if you we let a homosexual or transgender person around our kids then they might “catch it” and end up gay themselves. If you are a democrat then, well that’s just as bad. African Americans tend to bring a lot of trouble to our little towns and we can’t have that. Maybe “your kind” will be welcome in Houston, but not in Burnet or out here in our little communities. 

We have a lot to offer here in Texas and the truth is, many of those who are in the old guard want to keep within our control. Governor Abbott and the cronies in Texas might say how much we want you to come and bring your money to Texas. But the truth is, we don’t because you might happen to suggest changes and damnit, we can’t have that, now can we? 

Please note, that as a native Texan, we don’t all feel this way. Just know that in much of Texas, we are just as persecuted as you will be. Many of us speak from experience, and we know all too well the way it works out here.

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