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The Importance of Social Media in Government

October 8, 2015

I apologize for being away so long from my writings, but with all the major meetings and addressing several concerns that citizens needed answers, I placed my articles on the back burner.  That is why I wanted to address this subject about Social Media in Government, as this is a way for me to stay in touch with you and for you to reach me.  

Not everyone working in the city, and council members,  is open to the use of social media. Some are not yet used to it, and some are not open to the idea of sharing everything  with the public.  Others find it is an open platform where they can actually reach out to their constituents and just about anyone whom they are serving. However, there are still people who are not completely open with the idea of putting up their social media accounts and getting started in communicating with anyone who would follow them or those who would add them as fiends.

As millions of people are now using social media for discussing nearly everything, different government offices are now opening their official social media accounts. The fact that there are many people who are accessing information online,  following a page of government offices allows  them to get to know some updates on what the officials are doing. Also, simple announcements can also be done in the accounts, which makes it easier for anyone to know and spread the word about it in a timely manner.

Benefits that Both Government and Public Can Get from Using Social Media

There are a lot of benefits that both the city and public can get from the use of social media. If you are one of those who is trying to find out what benefits social media could bring to the city and the public, check out the following:


  • Fast and Convenient Information Dissemination


Before, people had  to wait for announcements made by the city or different city offices about certain topics in the newspaper. Now, people can get it right on their news feeds. With just a simple tap, officials and everyone following them can share the information in a short period of time.


  • Reaching Out to People is Easier


Instead of finding ways on how to communicate, like finding phone numbers or assembling communication devices with different people especially during calamities, just a single post could already be read by a lot of people. Those people who could read the posts can actually share it with others and let everyone connect with certain officials.


  • Education


Aside from all official matters, councilmen  can actually learn a lot from the posts  of certain individuals. The daily posts of officials do not necessarily have to be about their job or whatever things they do online. Most of the time, they can share their words or quotes of wisdom or just anything that could educate the public or their audience.  Maybe share an egg or two!

There are many benefits that the city government, councilmen  and public can get once they welcome the use of social media in their offices and at home. Also, as they make use of social media platforms as their way of communicating with the public, they are able to get the best out of connecting the bridge between the government and everyone. This makes the city government transparent with everything they do. Also, with opening their doors in communicating with a lot of people and with everyone who wants to be more at ease with people, it shows how the city government works with them.

I hope to stay in touch as often as I can, so become my friend on  Facebook (Clif Wright), my tweeter @Clif_Wright) email at and join my small webpage at .  One thing I hope you get from this article is that Social Media is how I want to work and keep you informed.  I look forward to hearing about your problems and ideas that we can  solve together and implement for the city.  Together we can grow Mineral Wells and make it a gathering point for many activities.

Teach Manners and Respect

September 6, 2015

There are times during the day that I observe behavior from young adults that never ceases to amazement. My parents taught me one thing that I carry with me to this day.  Nothing shows how you were raised by your express of manners and respect that were taught to you by your parents.

You can often hear that whatever behavior your child shows will reflect to your own behavior. This is partly true since it is the responsibility of parents to mold their children to become a better individual. Teaching of manners is often disregarded because there are instances that the environment takes the major role in molding the child’s behavior.

A child who knows how to show respect is well loved by the people in their surroundings. I always make a point to compliment the parents on how respectful their child was.  The importance of teaching manners in front of a senior person, a teacher, siblings, to everyone, is important.  In school, it is expected that a child can learn the proper manners and respect to other people; however, there are instances that the school can  not make some strategies in bringing up a good pupil or student.

The facts state that it really depends on the person. Children are not born knowing the right way of respecting others. Though children have different personalities, all of them should be taught to become respectful. There are contributing factors on the development of the child’s behavior. In addition, it is not only the parents that should be blamed for a negative attitude of a child. However, it is the parents’ major responsibility to teach their children to respect not only them, but also all people around them.  To this day, I remember my mother making sure that I learned to respect my elders and the proper manners when in public. I do miss that lady and think about her everyday.

You will notice that these days, kids are a little disrespectful. You can see children or teens arguing with their parents.  They use some foul language which is not appropriate for their age. Children of today’s generation are not afraid to fight authority and do not even respect authority in school. Sadly, this has been the norm in today’s kids. Parents have to work harder in teaching their children manners.  Because of the influence of television, the internet, and many other technologies, it seems that all these have taught a child to be a rude, disrespectful  adult.

Below are some tips I used to teach my children manners and respect:

Teach your child to say thank-you and you’re  welcome  even for simple things.  Teach them to say “Yes” and “No’” instead of “Yep” and “Na”.  Look for ways to help others — open the door for someone whose hands are full. Or just open a door for anyone.  Not only do courteous behaviors show you are thinking of others first, they also make you a more pleasant person to be around, notes the article “Good Manners,” on the Women’s and Children’s Health Network website.

They are not your friend, they are your child; therefore, you deserve respect from them. Make it clear to your child.  If you notice a bad attitude, take some actions.  Discipline  them if necessary so that it will instill in their mind that they are not behaving properly.  Show respect as you correct them. If you see disrespect on your child’s part, you should tell it to them in a respectful manner also.

On the other hand, a child must also play their part. Since, they have they own free will, they must be aware of the positive attitude that they must possess and the bad attitude that they must eliminate. They need not be a burden to their parents for they will feel  that they had failed in the upbringing of their child.

Remember that good manners can be learned and bad manners must be avoided and removed. Someday, as parents, we will be gone and the only things that will be left  are the teachings we instilled in our kids.

Just a side note:

The budget process is almost over and we are getting ready to move forward with the new year. On September 15, everything will be final.  I appreciate everyone that came out and participate in watching the process. One of my goals in the next few months is to get planters in the downtown area. So, watch for the pictures of the  planters…..I think they are a great design!  We will  be needing help in picking plants and flowers to put in the planters and support in taking care of the plants and flowers….Any volunteers?  I look forward to the beautification of downtown Mineral Wells!
As always, you can reach me at my small website, Facebook Clif Wright, and of course, my email address  Let me know what you think and let me help you enjoy your City!

The Job of a City Councilman

August 23, 2015

Well, because of the 2015-2016 budget, I have not been able to write an article, but since this is a new process to me, I thought I would give you an insight on being a City Councilman.

The challenge of being a newly elected City Councilman

Being new on any new adventure surely brings frustration to people. The day I took office, I was looking for the training manual.  Have not found that manual as of today. There are a lot of changes to overcome and more expectations to meet. Specifically, acquiring this position for the City of Mineral Wells gives a heavy responsibility to a councilman.

The mere understanding of the entire process is already a burden and cause of stress. However, coping with the job will be easy after a few months of performing the different tasks and required activities. One must invest in patience and love towards his work so that everything will be fine in the long run.  I have been told that sometimes I wear my feelings on my sleeve and I need to be prepared to accept criticism from all points of view.

The duties which are entrusted are:

Working with city staff– The city staff has been there longer than the newly appointed Councilman.  One has to depend on guidance and the advice from the staff on procedures and goals.  There are different appointed positions to evaluate that report to the council.  The decision to maintain or select  new appointed positions is a very responsible decision a councilman must weigh  on during his/her tenure..

Communication with the public– As an official, a councilman takes charge on passing municipal ordinances. There might be conflicts and issues whenever this official failed to orient the people comprehensively.

When it comes to ordinances, a council member must make sure that he approves the regulations reasonably. Noise control guidelines, land development policies, traffic ordinances, and anti-pollution procedures are some of the ordinances he needs to pass.  The ordinance is required to be presented by one council member. A council member must always think of the welfare of the majority over his personal interests.

As a member of the city government, a councilman is expected to promote good connections with government, state, and federal agencies. He must appropriately work with the other officials to resolve problems and issues that bother the citizens.

Setting Tax rates– There  is a need for proper calculation of tax to be implemented. As a newly elected councilman, it might be hard to determine the exact amount he must set. The newly elected official will experience confusion in some instances.

Budget– A city councilman is responsible for approving  the yearly budget of the entire city. In Mineral Wells, the City Manager formulates and presents the budget to the council for agreement. This process then is for the Councilman to determine if there are any additions and deletions that need to be made.Aside from the budget, he will also approve the current expenditures of funds within the city.

Working as part of a team– A city councilman always needs the help of other government officials and constituents. It is better to have a frequent coordination with the other departments in order to ensure a united city government.

A newly elected city councilman will encounter exhaustive procedures dealing with his job at first. He must prepare himself with wide knowledge and related experiences to accomplish his duties professionally. Choosing to serve the people will require him to be versatile on coping with the daily operations.  I decided to become a City  Councilman so that I can make a difference in growing our city.

By October 1, we will be ready for the new year and I have several ideas in place to beautify the city and help in driving businesses to our city.

As always, please stay in touch with me and I am always interested in your input and ideas. Please join my Facebook page at Clif Wright and have your friends to do the same or watch my Web page for new things happening in the city at or email me at


City Agenda for 8-18-2015

August 16, 2015

Hello Everyone,

We are currently in the process of budget meetings and there has been many things said that was not correct. I have included here the link to the City Councilman packet that we work from during the Council meetings.

Agenda for 8-18-2015

I want everyone to know that I am FOR the Police and Fire Department and the City Employees in dealing with the compensation package delivered by Chief Sullivan.  In the minutes, you will find attached by recommendation on how to justify spending cuts instead of raising taxes.  This proposal was for 1 year and review during the year.

The next year will prove very interesting as I still have hope in the Baker coming to life and watching this town grow.  I have faith in our city leadership and believe in direction to grow Mineral Wells.  If nothing happens in the next year, yes…then we need to find another direction to follow.

If you have any questions or concerns…leave me a note here, or on Facebook.


Budget Hearing Aug 11

August 11, 2015


This could be to late to post, but tonight August 11 we are having our second budget hearing.  I need people to come out and express their ideas.

Please go to the following site and review what I am going to talk about tonight.

Reduce Land Fill and Help Save Your City with Recycling

August 5, 2015

For many years now, a lot have been said about the importance of recycling paper, plastic bottles and other materials. While many have been actively doing so, there are still some who do not realize the value of recycling. It is great that there are households who do their part in recycling by separating non-biodegradable from biodegradable trash and sorting recyclable materials, however, this can actually be more helpful if an entire city can work together as one and it will surely make a huge difference. Not only will this leave cities clean, it also promotes economic development and can help reduce land fill.

Have you ever wondered where tons and tons of trash of your city go? Did you ever think where thousands of plastic bottles get disposed? While schools would teach you important basics such as paper recycling saves trees, it is good to be educated on how you can learn to recycle and make a bigger difference for your city. If no one does something about this today and the part of having to reduce land fill, soon enough we will all find ourselves living on land that’s basically a garbage dump.

Trees are used to make paper and if there’s continuous waste of paper, you are basically just killing trees. This is why many use recycled paper instead. Indeed, paper recycling saves trees. It would be best if you can gather all your old newspapers at home and bring it to a recycling company in your city. In businesses, it would be best to save paper by segregating those that can be used as scratch papers and if you feel like you have private and sensitive information printed out, you can shred those papers and bring it to a junk shop or a recycling company. You can help reduce land fill with these simple actions and most importantly, you can do your part in saving Mother Earth.

There are also many plastic bottles in households and business establishments and it would be best if you will separate these from other trash. These recyclable materials will not only reduce land fill but can be used to create new items instead of having to use raw materials again. This allows you to save natural resources and even generate income from recycling. This heavily promotes economic development not only because recycling can create new jobs but also because you are basically converting money from trash. Tons of recyclables found in trash can equate to thousands of dollars that will go to your city’s revenue.

It is definitely important for a city government to support recycling plastic bottles, paper and other materials that may be used. Educating residents of a city is highly important too and the city must provide ways on how to dispose these recyclables other than having to mix it to trash that goes to the land fill. Now that you know that indeed paper recycling saves trees and recycling other materials such as plastic will help reduce land fill and can actually bring revenue to your city, you must do your part.

Remember that the public hearings for the 20152016 starts August 11 at the City Hall Annex! We need to hear your voice, your ideas, and your direction you would like to see your city grow.

As always, you can contact me on Facebook (Clif Wright), Twitter (@Clif_Wright), my blog, and at my email .

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.

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