The current controversy over water issues facing this community should tell us we need the very best and most qualified people elected to City Council. The cries of concern and consternation that a “committee” was not formed to develop solutions for the water issues might remind us “if Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock,” words of Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg. Others argue of not “sufficient community” input. Evidently, three town hall meetings were apparently not sufficient.
The fact is, City Council is charged with the ultimate responsibility for governing this city. Therefore it is incumbent upon us, the electorate, to vote for the very best and most qualified people to handle issues that will only continue to become more complex as Beeville grows. In the past, too many have simply voted for their friends, relatives, etc. – a voting formula that leads to disaster and complaints about City Council competency. With the exception of Libby Spires, a person who is eminently qualified, I personally don’t know any of the other candidates. I do know that, besides Libby, the only candidate I saw at the recent water issue town hall meetings was Randy Forbes, which I found very telling. Ultimately, though, it is the decision of your readers, and they should be encouraged to ignore the phone calls and e-mails encouraging voting for certain candidates and instead think for themselves, study the candidates and vote for the most qualified person.