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Honesty and Trust in City Government

July 24, 2015

I have started to settle into my new job as City Councilman and still enjoy every day. One thing I want to bring to the Citizens of Mineral Wells is the ability to trust and believe in your City government.

It is indeed important to practice honesty within local government offices in order to sustain a trustworthy administration in the city government. Hence, all officials from the city government need to be honest in all dealings, as well as all organizations they deal with on a daily basis.  They must do this  for them to be able to provide what the citizens exactly need.

Apparently, city officials should have the trust of the people and gain faith in organizations they are dealing with. If there is absence of trust, progress will be hindered and the city will not grow as it should.  The city government should believe the organizations that they interact with.

Failure to create legitimate and accountable government is actually a risk that comes with repeated distrust. The performance of the local government, in fact, shapes the beliefs of the citizens toward politicians. The authorities in the city government should never underestimate the importance of trustworthiness in their duties.

With improvements in service delivery, quality, and city councilmen’s perceptions in being honest, trust will be efficiently  built.  Perhaps, city service provision plays an important role in honing excellent relationships between the city government and citizens to successfully overcome the risk factors of conflict as well as fragility.

For instance, corruption may be eliminated if only the officials know how to exercise integrity. Honesty is an essential ingredient to developing the city. Individuals are actually taught honesty, but they sometimes find it hard to be honest especially if there’s no one who sees their actions.

Thus, it is essentially needed that political authorities have to become trustworthy in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities. However, if the local government is already not trusted, a new system must be built in order to create a just environment for the citizens living within the city.

Teaching and spreading the value of trust, as well as honesty, in every circumstance should be practiced just like a popular trend in fashion.

The bottom line is that city government should be administered by public officials of integrity. Public resources in fact don’t belong to any political authority.

As always you can reach me at my website letsgrowmw.com (please subscribe to stay up to date on things on my mind), my Facebook page and you can always email me at councilplace1@mineralwellstx.gov.

Beautification of the City

July 17, 2015

Just one beautification project for the city, like new park benches or a vast flower planting, can generate positive publicity since we always want our neighborhoods to look good. A pleasant appearance of the city will add to the values of our homes, will help in attracting some business investments, and help in the improvement of the neighborhood’s reputation. Research has shown that beauty is one of the top factors in order to create city attachment, or loyalty, to your certain city or town. Some of the researchers have even indicated that an attractive neighborhood leads to  better behavior. In order to look good, it will be very helpful if you understand some of the urban design principles. When the people would take what was called surveys on visual preference, the results are usually lop-sided. In this method, the participant will simply be asked about which photo of the same type of the building or street scene they would prefer.

Everything that we do in the garden and yard adds a beautification element to the city where we live. It may not be your initial objective; but it has a positive impact on those in our surroundings. If you live in a neighborhood like this, it will almost become contagious to see what your neighborhood will be doing and what anew things that you would want to try out. However, it is not only your own spaces that should be beautified, but the city entirely. Beautification of the city is not only the responsibility of the city government and some other committees, but it is also the responsiblility of every resident playing their part to make their environment somewhat better. If you have beauty surrounding you every day, your levels of stress will go down and your appreciation for things around you will increase. Your attitude will naturally become more positive, which in return, will make more positive things happen.

City beautification is a contagious entity taking over and moving forward much faster when people get involved. The same thing will happen when a city becomes derelict and run down. People  becomie depressed, and they do not want to make some changes.  They are feeling stressed, they are not very healthy, and they are breeding tiredness and depression into a new level. This outcome does not have positive effect and will soon be affecting the entire city. As a community, we need to look at things entirely, determining what we really want in order to contribute in making our city a better place to live. You can begin early in the spring, in groups, or alone, in taking a long walk and picking up the garbage blowing up into the city.

This activity alone is making a huge difference on a large scale. Another thing that you can do is to ensure to maintain an orderly and neat yard for a clean appearance. You need to make sure that things will not lie around or that you will not become a pack rat in which things begin overflowing from your house into the front lawn. If you add landscaping and gardens, this will happen to be an extra bonus for you and to many other to be happy and enjoy.

Get Active And Be The Change You Wish To See In Your City

July 3, 2015

We have a numerous reasons to blame the city Government for not being active in doing things at the right time; but, does this mean that we have ample of time for these accusations and excuses? It cannot be denied that participation in the movement is more important than waiting for the movement. Have we ever thought why the attractive DIY ideas are limited to home décor? Why don’t we implement the same rule of DIY in the improvement of the city’s affairs?
We often find projects introduced by the City Government or local committees; but, they are stopped in the middle of the work for some reasons. We find a way to start playing a blame game here by noting down the list of excuses. The thought to find out the reasons why it was stopped never comes in the minds of citizens. Have you ever tried to find out if the city Government needs more support from its local citizens? Okay, Let’s do it this way, compare the number of city government officials and the number of population residing in the city. The difference in the numbers will be huge!
The solution is very simple, if someone asks you – do you love your city, all you need to do is raise your hands and say; I DO! The objective behind I DO is quite simple to understand;
I – stands for I
D -stands for Divide
O – stands for Opportunities
This is what is expected from the city Government from the responsible citizens. Start dividing the opportunities and areas of development with the support of the Government and take ownership to do things on your own.
Here are a few tips to be a responsible citizen and let the Government know that you follow – I DO:
List down the number of concerns in your city and mention the possible solutions by gathering a few data. This will really help your city officials to look into the issues clearly.

Participate and volunteer yourself in various community projects.

Take responsibility to analyze the challenges around you. Find out the areas of improvement in your city and raise this information to your city Government.

Protect your environment by maintaining the city’s rules and regulations. Breaking the law will only make it worse for your own living.

Encourage more people to join you. Ask them the same question, if they love their city and if the answer is – I DO, then you must explain them the meaning of these two words.

Getting Kids Active In The Outdoors

November 4, 2011

Computers and video games are turning our kids brains into a fine paste. Have you ever seen two kids sitting next to each other texting one another? Is there a point to that? Why is it that kids will spend six hours inside playing a video game of golf, but when you suggest they actually go out and play golf they look at you as if you swung at them with a nine iron? You’ve got to find some way to get your kids outside during the day and out in parks, where other kids are – well a few other kids. You know how I get my kids outside? I run an Orienteering event that kids out and running in the outdoors.  What a great feeling to see adults and kids enjoying a day in the woods.  If it is not at an Orienteering event, we go out and do Geocaching!

There are easier ways to get your kids to go outside in the sunshine to prevent them from Vampire complexion.

  • Discipline – You’ve got to set limits on how long is acceptable to play mindless video as a form of relaxation. Give them a few hours  of video games and then take the system away if you have to. Lock it up somewhere so they can’t get at it until the little junkies are allowed their next fix.
  • Outside Time – When I was young, if I didn’t have a job my mom used to tell me I had to be out of the house for 8 hours a day. I could come back when that 8 hours was up. You can use the same principle, but not so extreme. Make it a rule that your kids have to be out of the house in the sunshine for 2 hours every day doing something active. Of course, be sure they tell you where they are going so you can keep tabs on them.
  • Go Along – The older kids get, the less they like you tagging along with them, but if they’re young they won’t mind. Go along for a trip to public parks or water parks where they can actually socialize with something other than a machine. They’ll get to meet new friends and talk about how horrible it is that they have to play in the sunshine. They’ll have lots in common.
  • Positive Reinforcement – Studies have shown that positive reinforcement is much better at producing results than negative reinforcement. Actually, random reinforcement like gambling produces the best results, but we’re not going to go there. Instead of punishing your kids for playing video games too long or watching too much television, after they have played outside for 2 or 3 hours, reward them with a half hour or an hour of video games. Trust me, it’ll work better than you think. Eventually, they’ll just go outside to play because they know when they get back ‘Blood Gushers Apocalypse’ will be waiting for them when they get back. Well, maybe not that game.

Exercise for kids is so important in their younger years because it is a habit that’s going to transfer into their adult lives. Give these few tips a shot and see what happens. See what works best for your kids. Get creative and learn to cater to their personalities. You’ll get the hang of it.

Time is getting close to Vote!!

October 21, 2011

Voting On Election Day-  Exactly where Do I Go To Cast My Ballot

Your ability to vote in elections is one of the greatest freedoms that we have in this country, and choosing public representatives from a list of candidates on the ballot and constitutional  amendments is some thing that not every single citizen within the world has the luxury of performing. If you are not a registered voter and are old enough to do so, then you ought to make a point of making your voice heard by taking part in nearby elections.

For individuals who are new to voting, nonetheless, the approach of registering and then obtaining the polling place where you’ll want to cast your ballot on election day may possibly be a bit confusing. Luckily, almost each and every state within the union has made it really simple for you to register to vote, and you ought to have no trouble performing it so long as you might be at the least 18 years of age and you might be not a convicted felon.

The truth is, in most states it is as simple as going to your nearby DMV or bureau of motor vehicles to obtain a voter registration card to fill out. Take care, although, you are just not allowed to register to vote on election day. There’s generally a cut-off point for new registrations that is many weeks or months before election day, depending on exactly where you live.

You’ll find typically two different ways that you simply will probably be in a position to cast your vote on election day: either by way of the mail in what exactly is known as “absentee” or “provisional “voting, or by going to your local polling place to cast your vote in individual. To discover exactly where your nearby voting poll location is, contact your county board of elections, city hall or one more entity with political details.

In most instances, your voting location will most likely be located at a church, school, recreation centre or other public venue. Following you’ve cast your vote, tell the rest of the world how proud you might be for having taken component in such an excellent privilege by wearing an “I Voted” sticker or bragging about it on social media websites. You’ll be creating our country an even greater location to live for future generations! 


What would Shakespeare Do?

July 26, 2011

With Borders closing, it seems that EBooks and Audiobooks are now a trend in our society. Using EBooks and audiobooks seems to an interesting thing now a days with all the E-readers on the market. ( I have been looking at two for a very long time). And with super phones, audio players and different listening devices, audiobooks seem to be growing. And I must amit, I have several audiobooks on my IPhone to listen to while driving between Weatherford, Fort Worth and Dallas each week

Reading can expose you to new ideas, give you some more topics to discuss with your friends, enhance your skills and develop your cognitive functioning. Studies show that adults can improve cognitive functioning by remaining active, physically and mentally, through activities such as reading, writing and cognitive training.

I trend to like audiobooks. Why? Audiobooks are very good option in utilizing time as listening to while driving your car or being stuck in the traffic jams. You can also listen to them when taking a night walk or doing your exercise and fitness. It is not the way we traditionally used to reading books but it can also be an exciting way to learn.

Now why am I asking or even talking about this. I would like to see the Mineral Wells Library to start investing in both these kinds of materails. But, are the citizens of Mineral Wells interested? Would you read more or listen more to books if these options where avaiable?

Using EBooks and audiobooks is a way for the library to save money and provide an in-demand service. I currently use the Weatherford Library for most of my audiobooks. I also use EBooks to downloaded recipe books on my Iphone and read them for shopping and cooking.

Because the eBooks and audiobooks don’t take up shelf space and don’t require labeling or shuttling from one library to another, there are man-hours and book wear-and-tear could be minimized. Plus people now have access to titles outside of normal library hours.

So, my question. Would you use this service from the Library to obtain EBbooks and audiobooks?

Can You Hear Me NOW!!!

July 9, 2011

Many government meetings are open to the public and reserve a “public comment” time for citizen commentary on issues. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals explained in its 1990 decision White v. City of Norwalk: “Citizens have an enormous First Amendment interest in directing speech about public issues to those who govern their city.” These meetings, particularly the “public comment” period, are at the very least a limited public forum during which free-speech rights receive heightened protection.

One thing I would like to see added to the Mineral Wells Agenda is the opportunity for the Citizens to speak to their representative.  What I am talking about is the ability for CITIZENS TO COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS.  Most cities have this item at the top of their Agenda. 

The most basic and fundamental rights of any person in the United States – the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Freedom of speech is so vitally important that our Founding Father’s placed it the top of the priority list with religion in the Bill of Rights  and was added as the First Amendment of the Constitution on December 15, 1791 which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

I will continue to speak out and demand that the City Council be accountable and responsible to the needs of its citizens and always provide an open forum by which healthy debate and discourse be afforded to all and whether or not the message is pallitable or not.

What I would like to see is a permanent agenda item for Public Comment on Non-Agenda items.  The following would be added so that everyone knows the rules:

Residents may address the Council regarding an item that is not listed on the agenda. Residents must provide their name and address. The Council requests that comments be limited to three (3) minutes. The Texas Open Meetings Act provides the following:
(a) If, at a meeting of a governmental body, a member of the public or of the governmental body inquires about a subject for which notice has not been
given as required by this subchapter, the notice provisions of this subchapter do not apply to:
       (1) A statement of specific factual information given in response to the inquiry; or
       (2) A recitation of existing policy in response to the inquiry.
(b) Any deliberation of or decision about the subject of the inquiry shall be limited to a proposal to place the subject on the agenda for a subsequent meeting.

Please contact your Councilman and tell them you would like to have this item placed on the agenda.  This gives you the opportunity to speak and be heard without having to wait to be placed on the agenda or go through a gatekeeper to approve what you want to say.

I may not necessarily agree with what you have to say, but I will defend your right to say it.

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