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Simply Speaking: The All American Way

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Admittedly, per last week’s column, Ellis County Republicans, via their executive committee, were either to censure certain members of the all-Republican Ellis County Commissioners Court for their tax-raising ways or not, depending on the vote.

Well, the GOP Executive Committee never got around to the vote…and with good reason. 

In the name of fairness, Ellis County Republicans invited County Judge Carol Bush to, yet once again, defend tax-increase tendencies and actions by herself, along with Commissioners Dodson and Sims. 

Never mind that ‘Judge Bush and company’ had the same opportunity at two public hearings, during other court proceedings, and with press releases prior to the commissioners vote, to do all the justifying they could think of, which they did, but the executive committee was willing to bend over backward to listen yet one more time.

And listen and listen and listen was all the executive committee, along with guests, even Judge Bush’s accompanying entourage could do, while she expounded on the increased cost of county government, however, displaying scant regard for a courteous, self-imposed time restraint on her own speaking time. 

Thus, she continued speaking for what seemed like and was in fact 90 eternal, unending, consecutive minutes, then was unwilling to answer verbal questions from the floor, at the end of her quasi defense-attorney script.

Questions had to be forwarded to her in written form… 

Apparently, the county judge lady is a control freak, even on the occasion of being an invited guest at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of elected Republican Party Precinct Chairs and the duly elected Ellis County Republican Party Chairman, on whose same ticket she willingly ran to obtain the office she now holds.

So, due to being essentially ‘worn out’ with the marathon lecture by county judge, a motion and second was passed by the executive committee to reschedule their intended business session until another day when sufficient time and strength for proper deliberations on a motion to censure certain members of the Ellis County Commissioners Court could be had.

Interestingly and, in contrast to the typical three-minute time limitation placed on visitors to commissioners court, speaking to an agenda item, even if something on the order of  much, much less than ninety minutes might be desired, it’s just too bad if you’re an ordinary, every-day citizen-taxpayer. 

But the 90 minutes taken by the county judge at the Republican’s meeting was on her own recognizance. Elitism definitely has its advantages…  

Too bad, Mr. and Mrs. Citizen-Taxpayer. Take comments and complaints to the voting booth where your voice, via your vote, must be heard and abided by.

The current plan to proceed on the censure motion is for the Ellis County Republican Executive Committee to reconvene on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Republican Headquarters, 305 W. Madison, Waxahachie, and go into executive session to make a censure determination.

After so doing, we will adjourn the executive session and reconvene into public session to announce our findings/plans of action to the public. 

That’s the All American way to conduct a meeting. 

By the way, it seems apparent, from the marathon talk by county judge, that really hard considerations to make budget cuts sufficient to avoid a tax increase on the people was never seriously contemplated or undertaken.

May God bless.


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