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?