I’ll clarify something quickly. Kay-Marie Lyles is the best person on the CS City Council. She happens to be the only woman, but that’s not why she’s the best. She actually thinks through issues and doesn’t take on the attitude of “the nanny state knows best.” She truly has a servant’s heart. I don’t agree with some of her votes, but at least she’s thinking it through. She seeks outside input and advise. She listens to the public. She’s polite.
The six men on the city council have no clue what life in College Station should be. I’m sure in some alternate universe, they are lovely gentlemen and great neighbors. Personally, I don’t like anyone who desires to run every aspect of my life. Here’s a few of their recent accomplishments:
- Surveillance Cameras at Northgate – didn’t prevent any crimes, but hey, they can watch the young guys and gals get drunk
- Tree Ordinance – dictates how fat your trees must be if you build a house. Don’t like trees? Deal with it. On a wooded lot? Too bad, add more. Tiny saplings will save the planet. Al Gore says so. Besides, they think baby trees are pretty and you should too.
- Red Light Camera Lawsuit-the most recent crowning achievement of this council. Not only did they get sued, they declared the election that they approved (meaning it was legal according to the city charter) illegal. Does the council have the power to declare a past election illegal? They just decided they have it. Does it scare you when government grants itself power not given to it? It should. Think about the bad governments throughout history.
I could continue, but I’ll spare you the pain. I’ll publish more later. Small doses are more tolerable.
We have a little oligarchy here in College Station. This elite group thinks they know how best to live your life. Don’t smoke in the bars because that poor bartender never expected to be exposed to second-hand smoke. And let’s turn the streets in to giant sidewalks. That will help businesses grow and create jobs.
There are rumblings of recall. I’m glad to hear them. I think they will only get louder, and I look forward to watching these six in the next several months. They won’t worry about recalls. They seem to believe that Texans like people telling them what to do on their private property and how to live their lives.