Shaw and Busselman are not returning our calls or replying to our E-mails and this is disappointing.
As elected county officials, they have a responsibility to communicate with the people that they work for and they have a responsibility to listen to the people of Karnes County and answer tough questions, even if they aren’t in the mood for it.
Since January 1, there has been an unprecedented level of chaos and discord within the confines of the county courthouse, and now beyond these confines since the evacuation of the courthouse third floor.
There are many questions That deserve answers instead of silence.
What is the status of the new county annex building?
When will it be finished?
Why is there an ongoing effort to end the courthouse restoration project when two thirds of the project is state funded?
Was the air quality at the courthouse tested as a result of the bat guano problem and what were the results?
What do you plan to do if county employees on the first and second floors of the courthouse begin to report health issues?
Will those floors also be evacuated and if so, where will they go?
Why are criminal DWI and other criminal cases continuing to be dismissed when there is abundant evidence that supports the prosecution of these offenses?
Why is an effort being made to remove the county treasurer from office?
These and many other questions will remain unanswered as long as the county judge and the county attorney choose to remain silent.
Running and hiding from problems never solves anything and good leaders will tackle problems head on instead of retreating into a self-imposed exile.
The silence of the county judge and the county attorney only fuels speculation that Karnes County now has a puppet regime instead of a legitimate county judge.
The county judge and county attorney are supposed to operate independently of one another and fulfill their duties for what is best for the people of Karnes County.
If the county judge instead only does what the county attorney tells her to do, then this is a problem of serious concern to all of the people of Karnes County, especially if what he is telling her to do is fundamentally wrong.
Karnes County is at a turning point now and as a community we are at the edge of what may be an unprecedented era of prosperity but elected officials continue to play political games and fight with one another rather than working together for the good of the community.
There is one key thing missing from the new administration that is needed now as much as it has ever been needed: