The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Letters to the editor

February 22, 2013

Telling full story

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

In the last mayor campaign, people in the present mayor’s camp tried to portray me as a senile old man that does not know what is going on. I will admit to being old, but I challenge anyone to come forth that knows more about the governing of the schools and city than I do. I assure that there is a lot going on now.

As you read, I spoke in the Jan. 22 city council meeting about the agenda item being discussed about hiring a new out-of-town law firm to represent the city in negotiations with L-3 and a new lease agreement on the property at Majors Field.

What was reported did not cover my comments. I began by saying that I was not running for office and that at my age I had no plans for that in the future. I said that I was not anti-L-3, that they were very important to the entire area, that we need them here and I wanted them here, but I did not like them being in charge of the city government. None of the fine city employees that I have talked to like it either. One told me that he did not like working for L-3 and really did not like working for one particular person there that behaved so badly in council meetings. I stated that I had known Attorney Bob Scott and been friends with him for 35 years and that he was very capable of handling the job. He had already been retained to represent the city. The letter from the law firm, that stated they already had the job, said that all their work would be channelled through the city attorney and the mayor. I stated that given the mayor’s close ties with L-3, I had trouble with that.

In the discussion, council member Dan Perkins suggested they table this and give time for them to compare this law firm with the one that had been representing the city in previous L-3 matters. In the discussion it was stated that L-3 was considering the firm that had been representing the city. Oh my!  We are all just one big happy family, aren’t we? One good thing about it, with the mayor and three council members being owned by L-3 and the committee appointed by the mayor to be the L-3 Committee being composed of the  mayor, councilmen Dailey and Perks being weighted 2 to 1 in favor of L-3, there should not be much time spent on the negotiating since everyone is on the same team.

It’s like the mayor-appointed committee who made the recommendations to the council for two new members to the Board of Development, it was weighted 2 to 1 also. There is a trend going on here. Anyway, they passed over 11 others that had volunteered to serve in order to get an L-3 vice president on the board. There will be two more open spots next year. They can gain control of that board, too. And would you believe that the person that is chairman of the Geus Board and the chairman of the newly appointed charter review committee is listed as a contributor to the campaigns of the L-3 candidates?

As I said in a previous letter, it is imperative that we stop this before it goes any further, and begin to reverse the direction. Plan now to vote in May. If you do not vote, you deserve what you get.

Jim Morris

Greenville

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