Seniors keep plugging
Those little senior citizens down in
Needville are just not going to give up the ship despite a
decision by the Fort Bend Seniors Organization to shut down
the center and cease providing meals or transportation.
The organization says the center doesn’t
generate enough participants to justify spending the funds.
The seniors say they provide everything from rent to
utilities so the costs should be minimal. The seniors also
note that without the transportation to the center that was
previously provided, some who would like to participate
can’t. “Two of them are on scooters and when it rains they
can’t come. One can’t drive,” they said this week.
While the organization’s intent is
apparently to serve as many as they can on what resources
they get from the various fund-raisers, government grants,
volunteers and donations from within the community, their
response to questions from officials and the media has not
been detailed. In fact, so far they have been in a defensive
“don’t pick on me” mode. Actually, all the board members who
have called griping about this or that say the media, former
board members, Needville seniors and others are picking on
the director and “feeding her to the wolves.”
Well, it appears the person who is being
“fed to the wolves” is the one who decided, supposedly for
financial reasons, to shut down the Needville annex that
serves a group of really outspoken and independent seniors.
If you hold a position of power and you wield the power
given to you—being asked to account for questionable
decisions is not being thrown to the wolves. The seniors are
asking, the media is digging and a few of the board members
Board members have defended these cost
cutting measures, saying the primary purpose is the Meals on
Wheels Program and not recreation or entertainment. That’s
not what their website says. It says the group provides
Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, transportation, and
recreation to name a few of the services to entice donors to
give. On top of that if the Meals on Wheels program is the
primary reason for existence, just why in the heck would
that group spend nearly $40,000 to change the name from Fort
Bend Seniors to Meals on Wheels and Much Much More. They did
and apparently the slogan didn’t catch, so now they are back
to Fort Bend Seniors, although their website has the new
slogan below it. All the Needville seniors are asking for is
Meals on Wheels and “a little bit more.”
Some board members resent Commissioner
Tom Stavinoha’s intervention on behalf of the Needville
senior citizens. I applaud it. Some board members resent the
media’s attention because they fear it will hurt
I think they should have thought of all
of that before they closed the center.
Weather radar not important to the health
and well being of the citizens?
I found it extremely amusing, not to
mention ludicrous, that the attorneys representing Allied
Waste plan to contend that the possible blocking of three
major television networks Doppler radar is not a matter of
public safety but is an issue of economics.
Well, Duh! Here is a large company who
wants to build a tower of trash claiming everyone in
watching distance of Channel 11, 13 and 26, can just go out
and look at the sky to see if a hurricane is approaching or
a funnel cloud swirling in the sky. Give me a break! And, to
claim that the TV stations could just relocate those towers
elsewhere is strange coming from a garbage company who says
it would be “too costly” to relocate that heap somewhere
else in the county (or state—hint, hint).
I would think all the citizens in those
viewing areas would consider it a matter of public safety.
Now what the state regulatory agency thinks should be
interesting. Somehow, they always seem to favor the
landfills. I wonder if they get tipping fees too.
The ball is in the court or does the
commissioner court have the balls?
It is going to be very interesting to see
how the commissioners and county judge play out the game of
voter consolidation. Will they look at the figures provided
by the election administrator and say “Wow, we really need
to save the county $300,000,” or will they look at the names
of the Republican Precinct chairs who will be ousted and
determine that each of these political positions is worth
the cost to the rest of the county?
Someone said the ball is in the court
now. I think it is more of a question as to whether the
court has the balls—to do what is best for the county and
not politically correct for any future reelection bid.
This is one game I don’t want to miss.