College Station City Council needs a new perspective. It is littered with nannies who long to control the everyday lives of its citizens. They desire a uniform community that is healthy, green, and walks in lockstep. Did you cross the street correctly? Is the seedling in your front yard in the correct location and the proper diameter? Did you stop your vehicle behind the white line for at least 3 seconds before turning right on red? Do all the businesses have matching hedges? Welcome to College Station, Texas. In a few years, we’ll all dress like the Cleavers and have a town full of Stepford wives.
College Station focuses on revenue and appearance. Red Light Cameras, jay-walking tickets, speed traps, and exploding property taxes. Trees, greenways, brick trimmed sidewalks, and painted overpasses. In College Station, crime doesn’t pay, so little is done about patrolling areas prone to vehicle burglaries and home invasions. Catching the crooks costs the city money; whereas, writing tickets to a drunk college students for staggering across the street generates an amazing amount of quick cash. Our police department is filled with dedicated and honorable men and women who must follow orders. Instead of serving and protecting, they are babysitting, by order (not choice).
Government should never be in business. There is no profit motive because government has an endless stream of money (taxes). Whether it’s the Postal Service, Medicare, the San Antonio Convention Center, or the Brazos County Expo Center, when government goes into business, it doesn’t profit. And it rarely breaks even. If private business sees no value in an endeavor, why would we use tax dollars to take on the failing project? La Salle Hotel, anyone? College Station doesn’t have a massive convention center because it is not a profitable endeavor. We are a smallish city that is not connected by any decent transportation. Our airport is miniscule with minimal flights to two cities. There are no interstates here. When Dell is planning its next big conference, College Station doesn’t come to mind. This isn’t Field of Dreams. If you build it, they still won’t come.
Enter Jess Fields. Finally, someone with common sense. Mr. Fields is a business owner. He understands that government can’t magically do what business can’t. The more regulations you place on businesses, the less they profit. Failing businesses don’t hire people. And they don’t pay taxes. Mr. Fields knows this firsthand. When his business is doing well, he contributes much to our community. We need strong, healthy, vibrant businesses in College Station to bring jobs, diversity, and revenue to our city. Jobs and a variety of businesses will draw new residents to our community. Two-inch seedlings will not.
Mr. Fields also recognizes that we cannot continue to ignore the Aggie population. Many revenue generating programs are targeted at the students. They are viewed as the city’s cash cow. Perhaps a new attitude towards the students would help ease the strained relations between the permanent residents and the younger people.
Communication is a central theme for Jess Fields. He wants to know what the citizens think. Unlike some of our current council members, Jess Fields will sincerely listen to residents. He won’t be condescending or ignore what people have to say. From his website:
Here are a few specific things that I promise to do to maintain constant communication with my constituents, the people of our community:
- Twice-a-month town hall meetings either the Wednesday night before, or the weekend after, City Council meetings in order to hear out the concerns of residents on specific issues coming forth on the agenda or being dealt with at the time
- An e-mail list that I will maintain of any resident that wants to sign up, to inform them of important issues regarding the city council and to solicit feedback regarding issues throughout the city
- A website where citizens can keep track of what I’m doing on the council, including the ability to comment on issues that I post up
- I will make every effort to attend as many of your group and organizational meetings as I can in order to ascertain what issues are important to your part of the community
Jess Fields addresses neighborhood issues, including Home Owners Associations, property rights, rental properties, and major developments. His well thought out platform tackles city debt, property taxes, the convention center, regulations, police and fire salaries, core services, housing affordability, and Northgate. Mr. Fields is serious about serving you on College Station City Council. Take the time to read his website, watch his videos, and meet him. He deserves your vote.