Not everyone will be happy


Not everything you read here is going to sit well.

But, to be fair, it’s not supposed to.

Opinion is exactly that; one person’s take on an issue, an event, a political stance, what have you.

One thing opinion should do, other that give a glimpse of the mind of a genius (or madman), is stir debate. Without debate, there will be no change, no growth, no spark to the fires of the imagination.

Without a difference of opinion, how would there be any consensus once the smoke clears?

Newspapers generally have opinion pages, mostly to generate discussion on various topics, and present those topics through the lens of whatever viewpoint the newspaper happens to carry.

Those viewpoints are mostly presented through editorials, which are run unsigned — to show the opinion reflects the views of the paper and/or its chain.

Personal opinions are run on the page in the form of columns, which are signed by the author and may even have a column bug containing a picture.

Those pieces don’t necessarily reflect the view of the newspaper, but will reflect the view of the writer, and will be there to inform and stir debate.

I’ve always, to my memory, been a political conservative, in that I believe that there is a limited role for the federal government. I don’t feel that makes me evil, just someone who wants to live my life without the touch of a government rule or regulation or law governing my every move, want, desire and need from the cradle to the grave.

That covers every governmental body from the Washington, D.C., circus to the Madisonville City Council.

I also believe wholeheartedly that all forms of government must operate openly, if that government is to be a representative of the people and not a ruler of people. (That stance presupposed its reverse, in that people need to be more involved in their communities to understand what’s their elected officials are dealing with.)

When an entity violates the law in attempting to keep information from the public, I am compelled to point out the infraction, much like I did when the Madisonville City Council wanted the resumes of city manager finalists kept secret.

While Texas open records laws provide for several exceptions, such as Social Security numbers, home addresses and similar information, it has long been established that even resumes that have been turned into the city become public documents. Several rulings by the Texas Attorney General fortify that.

Additionally, there was not public decision that I can find where it was decided not to release the information. This all points to operating under the cloak of secrecy, and in areas where the law is clear.

This is not a judgment or indictment on the council members; this is the Meteor looking out for what we feel is the best interest of the residents of Madisonville, by not only disclosing the identities of the people who mean to lead this city into the future, but the process by which that person is picked.

That is the function of a newspaper, just as much as reporting on the milestones of people’s lives, championing causes and featuring accomplishments.

Not all stories, nor opinions, will get 100 percent agreement. But it’s all necessary for us to grow — as a city, as a people. Information, especially in this day and age, is the key.