Thursday, August 13, 2015

 
IS LNG CARLOS MASSO'S ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, AND HOW LOCAL POLICY MAKING IS DONE
 
Before I hear it, there is no way in hell I or anyone in my extended family through my brother in law will ever vote for Saenz.  But the LNG is nonetheless a political reality.
 
Carlos Masso wants to be DA, but as a port commissioner remains silent on the LNG issue.  He cannot have it both ways.  He needs to come out against it.  Yes, it will cost him some political support - but if Saenz comes out against it first, it will cost Masso more votes than he can afford to lose.

HOW LOCAL PUBLIC POLICY IS MADE

The local politicos have the money to help one young man to go on to the university to possibly become a great NBA player some day.  The one with the basketball scholarship to UCLA is overlooked in favor of a politico's son who is 4'8".  The argument is, would it not put Brownsville on the map if the politicos could turn a 4'8" young man into a great NBA player?

This is the problem - our politicos never look to our natural resources as the backbone to building our community.  I have used the UTEP comparison as to how UTEP was built into a great university by building on the local resources, geology, petroleum, the need for Ft. Bliss to train nurses etc.

I have discussed the same issue as to TSC - we will never bring in manufacturing jobs until we have trained workers in robotics manufacturing.  TSC and BISD simply cannot or will not understand something so simple.

OUR SUBTROPICAL PARADISE

Weather delayed my family's arrival yesterday.  They will be here today.  They use to use their timeshare to go to Cancun, but for years now they instead come to Brownsville and SPI.  They love the weather, and find plenty to do while here.  Louie's Backyard is the gem in terms of fun and food for SPI.  We will do one night watching the fireworks, and another night they will take a night cruise which stops in front of Louie's Backyard for the fireworks.  If you look there is actually a lot to do on SPI.

BUT OUR POLITICOS

They cannot understand the beauty of Brownsville and SPI - yes for books, nightlife [not bars] and restaurants I would prefer to live in McAllen.  But Brownsville and SPI out do McAllen at every turn in terms of beauty and overall comfort with the weather.  This time of year McAllen will hit 104, while we remain at 94. 

Nothing is more dangerous to our natural beauty and the money tourism brings in than LNG.  It saddens me to date not one politico has stood up and said no to protect our natural resources.  But that is the problem - our politicos have never understood how natural resources build communities and economic engines.

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