Town Tattler - for and about Electra, Texas
"The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think."-- Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher
Case Building Against Ex-Chief
It was reported to me that the packet of information that you get, if you file the Freedom of Information (FOIA) request as posted in another publication, has grown to 64 pages. I was told that it includes the 28 complaints filed (8 pages) by the City Administrator and delivered to the PD department head back in September 2013. It was also mentioned that when he was fired, it came under some rule called F5. That is supposed to mean that he cannot work in law enforcement until there is a hearing in Austin. If that hearing does not go in his favor, his law enforcement career is supposedly over. There was 1 lady that filed a Federal sexual harassment law suit against him. The word now is that there are possibly 6 more like suits in the making. The packet is said to contain copies of all the complaints filed against him by various citizens. It was brought out that there is a sizable number of witnesses, prepared to drive to Austin, to testify for the City. If I remember correctly, the PD was stopping everyone that drove through the downtown area, after dark. They most likely were working under orders to do that. I think that those actions were meant to show the citizens that someone in a position of authority could make everyone's life miserable, if he wished. This is far from being over. It has caused a nation wide hunt, for small town PD corruption. The Youtube video had 218,000 hits, the last time I checked. The guy from Allen, Texas that published the police dash camera film of his traffic stop in Electra, has started a nation wide search for mismanaged police departments, just by putting his stop on the Web. It doesn't appear to be real wide spread but there is a small percentage, of small town policemen that are abusing their authority. It has always happened but thanks to the World Wide Web, that information is available, in an instant, to the other affected towns. Modern times looks like the end times for a few bad civil servants. All civil servants, in all departments, must learn that the citizens make what rules that are needed for a smooth functioning of a complex society. Those same citizens pay all the bills through voluntary taxation. Anytime a civil servant starts abusing those citizens, the abuser's future employment is jeopardized. That's the way a free society works. I think that the City is in the right, for protecting the rights of its citizens over illegal actions of some of their employees. It seems like the national movement to root out bad law enforcement, in a few places, got its start in Electra. That's something to be proud of. While not like shooting a musket at a red coated soldier, in 1775, it has the same meaning.
"Right To Work" Law
It has been brought
to my attention that some in Electra do not have an understanding of the term "right to work". That term is being used to
object to the firing of the police chief. It doesn't have one iota of anything to do with the firing of anyone. The "right
to work" law only deals with the right to work without being forced to belong to a labor union. I am extremely knowledgable
about the "right to work" law. A lot of states are known as "right to work" states. Texas has a
Robotic Labor Nearing
Electra has always been a blue collar town. It has been announced that the coming robotic, automated labor force will eliminate half of all the jobs in this country. That will be mostly blue collar jobs. That is just one more pointer to the fact that Electra, most likely, won't survive as an organized community. It was estimated that "Singularity" would happen around 2040. Singularity, is the point in time that the first computer will be built that will be more intelligent than any human can ever be. Due to some very big breakthroughs, that has now been re-estimated to happen by 2029. I saw a program about this on PBS. One man interviewed said that the computer brains were becoming so human like, that he expected the robots to start "flirting", any day now. It has now been announced that the computer brains are starting to have the capability to repalce some white collar jobs. A new world is in the making. It will be here sooner than anyone thinks. Robots filling and shipping on-line orders is fast replacing mom and pop stores, shopping centers and big box stores. I don't see any way, that towns like Electra, can survive the big change that is fast approaching.
Small Towns In Texas
There are about 20 small towns in Texas that are very popular places to visit, to retire in or to live in. They all have lots of entertaining things to do or to see. These towns are doing and have, what it takes to maintain a healthy economy. Electra should be trying to copy everything that the successful small towns are doing. To see the web sites that cover this subject and a list of the popular small Texas towns, go to: http://gotexas.about.com/od/smalltowntexas/tp/TXSmallTowns.htm & http://www.smalltown.freeservers.com/txtowns.html & http://www.retirementplacesreport.com/texas_cities.html . Once you see what Electra has to compete with, it's not hard to see that Electra may not survive much longer. The population is dwindling fast.
"For who can endure a doctrine which would
allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments
to tell us whether we were being well governed?" -- C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist
"Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall
that the basic principle is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips but few in their minds." -- Dante Alighieri
(1265-1320) Italian Poet
"All authority is quite degrading." -- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
"Just as the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking are complementary components of a broader concept of individual freedom, so also the individual’s freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority." -- Justice John Paul Stevens U. S. Supreme Court Justice
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President