Once again, any citizens that pose a question seems to become a little "grainy" on the regally soft skin of Rowlett's leadership. Now, it appears some committee members are writing position papers for Facebook consumption. Taking a leaf from some of Rowlett's elected officials, they feel the need to talk down to a respected citizen. This must be a contagious malady.
It is okay to disagree. It is also okay to explain differences of opinion. However, back in my lending days, it was decidedly NOT okay to turn down a loan application by mooning the applicant.
It would appear that questions about the Charter Review Committee and their duties are rather sensitive. More specifically, the term limits issue seem to draw an unusual amount of fire. I seem to see more emotion surrounding term limits than one might expect.
One member of the Charter Review Committee wrote on Facebook:
"The Charter Review Commission (CRC) is considering multiple possible recommendations regarding terms and term limits, among other issues brought to us by the City Council."
You know what scares me? The words "multiple possible recommendations." How many "multiple possible recommendations" can you have on term limits? I don't think we need any Rube Goldberg contraptions coming out of the Charter Review Committee.
The same writer writes:
"It is a bit premature to allow perceptions and misinformation to drive the process before you know the facts."
This comment really made me angry. First, I don't think I'm willing to accept a volunteer committee member saying that he is going to "allow" me anything. I will develop whatever "perception" I want. I don't need the committee member's help. In addition, his reference to "misinformation" is ill conceived. That is his opinion. He has not proven any "misinformation." Frankly, I could easily believe the "misinformation" is coming from him. He certainly didn't tell the whole story about how committees are formed. He mentioned the standard procedure for all..........except the Charter Review Committee. Now, how do you suppose he forgot that one? I want a list from the committee member on what I am allowed to do. Well, if it's easier, I'll take a list of what I'm not allowed to do. I've lived in Rowlett for 40 years, served on several committees and sat on City Council. I would welcome anything the all knowing committee member could inform me on what I missed. I have volunteered several times at no fee, and no notoriety to help the mayor with real estate development issues. He doesn't want me.
I have served Rowlett well. I have served my apprenticeship. Some committee member is not going to tell me what I'm allowed to do.
City Hall and some of our quasi-important people can not seem to answer citizen's questions without an elitist attitude. The arrogance is unbelievable. I'm tired of that crap. If you're not, you oughta be.
All I want is a straight story out of "officialdom" without all the mind numbing blah, blah, blah.