It’s Oh So Easy

Sometimes politicians just make it too easy. You know what I mean. You’re watching an interview or one of those innumerable debates, suddenly someone says something that makes you wake up and think, “I can’t believe what I just heard.”

That’s how I felt when I read Judge Bonn’s recent column. I’ve tried for the three days to contain myself. I’m sorry, I just can’t. There are just too many, “Are you kidding me?” statements; it is hard to know where to start.

I’ll go with this one, “Personally, I am not about to spend hundreds of thousands or millions of taxpayer dollars on road and bridge projects that are not designed, implemented and overseen by a professional engineer; remember the bridge collapse on IH-35 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn!” Really? Does the judge really believe that bridge was not “designed, implemented and overseen by a professional engineer”?

When was the last bridge collapse in Caldwell County? In fact, a quick check on Google shows that bridge collapse accidents in Texas since 2000 involve another vehicle hitting and damaging the bridge, having nothing to do with engineering or lack thereof.

Please, I’m not saying don’t consult an engineer to design the next bridge to be built in Caldwell County. That’s as silly as the judge thinking the Minnesota incident was caused by not having an engineer design the bridge.

Next, “I took abuse at a recent meeting for suggesting that our current engineer be responsible for the Unit Road Department. The focus was on the emotional argument about hurting the current Road Administrator’s feelings because his title is changed.” Much has been said at the past couple of court meetings about the discontent of county employees. It’s no wonder: new and expensive departments over living wages for county employees, elected officials being stripped of duties, and political appointments over experienced staff. Maybe a little thought to the employees’ feelings is in order.

Judge, are you feelings not going to be hurt when the voters change your job title to “average citizen?”

The pièce de résistance is “Excellence THRU Professionalism.” Besides that obvious irony of the misspelling of “through,” the fact that the judge thinks the rest of us need to fall in line with his plan shows a lack of professional leadership. Wasn’t he hired (elected) to represent the voters, not himself?  The judge has admitted he can’t handle the job the voters hired him for; so he hired a “professional” to do it for him. That’s not to mention his tantrum-like outburst when he’s opposed during a meeting.

O.k. I’ll stop there. I could go on. While some of you may think I’m being nit-picky (and as a professional editor, I sometimes am), this is our “professional”-in-chief writing here. Should he not rise to the same standard he expects of others? Should he not lead by example and exhibit a little professionalism himself?

How do you think a professional leader guides to excellence?

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Troy A. Starr on February 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Hmmmmmmm….. just thinking out loud a little bit here, but I didn’t realize that County employees build bridges, building bridges falls under the responsibilities of Construction Companies, and design of bridges is per Licensed Civil and Structural Engineers.
    County, of course, pays the fees of the Engineers which includes cost of the Engineers Bonding Fees, which covers their liabilities for their design and of course, the Construction Companies are bonded also.

    Caldwell County Commissioner’s Court should have the ability to accurately hire the professional’s needed for any new bridges and in addition, Caldwell County has numerous residents who are very knowledgable about such construction matters, and would be more than happy to share their knowledge with Commissioner’s Court. The logical use of our local residents’s knowledge and abilities are available in order to not try and hire some large Construction Management firm like has been tried by our Couty Court in the recent past.

    Every Government Entity needs to quickly get out of the Big Government mode and look for ways to spend less monies on new bureaucractic positions. The size of Caldwell County at this time does not dictate that our County Government needs to be in growth competition with other counties that have a much larger population.

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  2. Posted by lesleytx on February 1, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I look forward to having the opportunity to vote the Judge out and his feelings.

    Reply

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