Sunday, November 17, 2013

 
PUTTING FORTH BROWNSVILLE
AND CAMERON COUNTY

THE PORT

I wanted to do this post last week - but the Raul Salazar case took the headlines all week. 

The Port, Cameron County, and Congressman Vela are all working as a unit to making the deepening of the port a reality.  It is my understanding it is an uphill battle, but with the help from the State of Texas it could be a reality.  I am developing this story and looking at what needs to get done.  I think the key is to convince the Texas Delegation it is in the best interest of Texas for this to happen.  We also need to push both Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis to push for the deepening of the port.  We have to turn it into a vote getting issue for them so that they both promise to  fight for this reality.

THE NEW UNIVERSITY

In any divorce there comes a point wherein the parents need to put aside their differences and put the children first.  It is time that UTB and TSC put aside their differences and start to look for ways to align TSC and the new UT campus.  For reasons which are not important neither Dr. Juliet Garcia nor the current president of UT Pan Am are going to be the president of the new campus.

Dr. Juliet Garcia needs to face this reality and try and heal the rift.  TSC and UT still need to work for the best interests of the students.  Dr. Juliet Garcia as part of the healing can reach out and create a position for herself as the person who aligns the local community colleges feeding into the new UT campus.    It is time to heal.  I truly hope everyone can put aside their differences in what was surely a messy divorce.

THE CITY

I do not know what to say - with Tony Martinez unwilling to budge as to his ways I see no change.  The city commissioners  fear for their political future so the city of Brownsville lingers in limbo.  There is nothing to say as to what can be done.

BISD

It is not that BISD does not graduate a lot of very bright and soon to be successful students.  It does.  Same goes for TSC and UTB - both are graduating students who are moving forward.  The major problem with BISD in terms of educating our children is, the Board has no meaningful interest in Special Needs Children.  There needs to be a national search for a highly qualified Administrator over Special Needs.  Until we have such a person in charge of Special Needs, nothing will change.  I do not worry about the kids who do not need extra help.  They will make it through and find a future.  I worry about those who need the help and are not getting it.

BOTTOM LINE

We need to stop all of the endless distractions and look for ways beyond words, to move forward.  Right now the movement on the port is important.  I hope to have more on this later in the week.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are you so sure Garcia or Nelson won't be the president of the new college? Just wondering.

Garcia will never be able to make nice with TSC since she blames them for her loss of her dynasty. She had a pretty sweet deal: two boards, two budgets, and no limit credit card and no one paying attention. That's a lot to forgive.

BobbyWC said...

I believe in redemption

BObby WC

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with the present BISD Special Services Administrator? She has a doctor's degree and experience in public education.

Anonymous said...

The problem is not the director but it has been years since anyone with a degree in Special Education has been hired as a Sped Teacher. Most are alternative certified and really don't know what they are doing. Ideal would be a person with regular education experience and a Master Degree in Special Education. Those without regular education experience have no idea what is expected of a student in a regular class.

BobbyWC said...

Thanks for extending the discussion. this is when.the bv works best.

Bobby wc

Anonymous said...

Redemption is indeed nice but why go there when there are, I bet, plenty of good candidates that don't need to be redeemed? It seems to me, all things being equal, that the person who has not wronged the community should be rewarded for their good behavior before bad behavior is redeemed. And don't the FBI profilers tell us that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
Signed,
Pathetic Coward/Con Man (not seeking redemption)

BobbyWC said...

The bv works best when people extend the discussion. you did that and i thank you. for me there is one right position. thsnks for the comment.

bobbywc

BobbyWC said...

On the question as to why I think UT will go outside to hire the new president, the questions is fair and merits an answer - but it goes against the purpose behind this post.

We need to move forward and we cannot do that if we have endless bickering - we need to move forward.

Sorry,

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that Hidalgo County is taking more advantage of this new University than we are. We need our leaders here to lead and make sure it doesn't all go to the upper valley.

Anonymous said...

i have already heard of several meetings that took place in hidalgo county with ut officials and their elected officials in which not a single Cameron county elected official was present. we are basically losing our university and will become a satellite that receives video feed from the mother ship and none of our local leaders seem to care...

BobbyWC said...

We will not be the mothership - but classes will happen here - UT already bought many of the key buildings needed for the classes or agreed to lease them - I do not remember for sure.

Bobby WC