Sunday, May 10, 2015

The winds of change blew into city Hall Saturday

The Amarillo City Council got a strong message Saturday. The voters have said, “We don’t like what you’re doing and we don’t like the way you’re doing it.”

Here’s where we stand with the unofficial final numbers posted at 9:18 p.m. (here)

Mayor — Paul Harpole retains his seat with 54 percent of 14,016 votes cast. That certainly is a less resounding victory than two years ago. The 8 percentage point spread isn’t that big in the context of the 2013 race and the other results down ballot. It should be clear that Harpole no longer can claim a mandate, as he has with such hubris. Don’t overlook that Harpole had tons of money and challenger Roy McDowell didn’t. McDowell is not a smooth operator like Harpole.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Please See My Other Blog

I have restricted my commentary on this blog until the May 9 Amarillo City Council elections are done. This decision is to distance my personal activity during the election season from the consulting role I have with ABC7. Postings here will be restricted to hard news for the time being.

For commentary and other information, please visit my relatively new blog “The Quintessential Curmudgeon.”

Monday, April 6, 2015

An open letter to Bill Gates

I have read your letter celebrating Microsoft’s 40th anniversary and your exhortation for the company to look forward, as in this quote, “Today though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft's future than its past.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Report: David Wallace claims Amarillo one of 413 creditors

A newly published report in the Sugar Land Sun lists some of David Wallace's creditors and that the former master developer has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.Read the full report here.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Amtrak derails Amarillo's hope for passenger train service

The bad news for Amarillo broke in the Santa Fe New Mexican at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief will remain on its route through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The hope for a reroute from somewhere in Kansas along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Transcon is not happening according to the story in the New Mex. The upshot is that Amarilloans will not see train travel in the foreseeable future and the city leaders now much figure out what to do with the old Santa Fe station on which they spent millions of taxpayer dollars.

Friday, March 27, 2015

How Much Has Changed?

In the process of rebuilding my main desktop computer from scratch, I ran across an old file I’d almost forgotten about. It’s an interview by now City Councilor Ellen Robertson Green when she hosted the KACV (now Panhandle PBS) program “Face-to-Face.” I am not certain when the interview was done or when the show aired, but I think it’s in Spring 2009. Based on the references in the interview. In the context of what is occurring now with the City Council and the election in May, I think you’ll find the interview interesting.