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Little family makes a big gesture
It seems that so much of the news we read or hear or see is of the tragic side of life around us and overshadows much of the good and heartwarming things people do for others in the community. Thus, I would like to share with the readers a really nice story my Marine son shared with me this weekend from the local community.
My Marine son, Micah, finished his term with the Marines in December and subsequently volunteered for the Texas State Guard. The Texas State Guard is a volunteer organization of the State of Texas comprised mostly, but not all, of people from all branches of the U.S. military. They drill one weekend a month and for one week during the summer. Their mission is to be ready to deploy in the event of a natural disaster in Texas and, potentially, surrounding states, providing support to the local government response teams and a certain level of security. As I said, their training time is volunteer and they provide their own gear.
Such was this past weekend for Micah and the QRT squad he is a part of training at the National Guard Armory in Mineral Wells. After a morning of drills and training, the squad (about 12 men) took to Mesquite Pit for lunch. They had just sat down and were preparing to order when a young girl about 10 years old approached the table and told the colonel she wanted to buy their lunch. She then presented the colonel with a gift certificate for $250. According to Micah, his table was kind of dumbfounded by the offer and the generosity. But the colonel took over expressing their gratitude to the girl and her family, pictures were exchanged, and the family left while they ordered their lunch.
According to Micah, the family looked very "average," like any other family you might observe eating at Mesquite Pit – husband and wife early to mid 30s with two children. But they made an extraordinary impression on a small group of men who volunteer their time to serve their communities. I'm sure this little average family prefers to remain anonymous but they made a very above average impression on that group of soldiers. On behalf of Micah and the other men at that table, as well as me and the many others of us who also appreciate the willingness of men and women like Micah's squad to serve our communities, we all say "Thank You" to that little family, for their thoughtfulness, and their generosity.
Time to pave streets never paved before?
For years every time I attended a city council budget hearing and the street department budget came up the same standard was used to determine where the money is spent. This year is no different. That standard is the most used street. That standard would be great if all streets in Mineral Wells were paved.
But that is not the case and using the same standards means those streets will never be paved.
Mr. Mayor and city council members, is it not time to also budget $100,000 to pave some of the streets in Mineral Wells that have never been paved? The reason I mention the $100,000 figure is because that is the amount that has been budgeted to do work on the most used street.
Now that the sales tax revenue is increasing and the property tax is leveling off instead of dropping the city budget could be increased without increasing taxes by using a small amount of the funds that the city manager and city council so wisely have set aside in event that the sales and property tax continued to drop so as to keep the City of Mineral Wells from having to lay off employees and reduce city services like Fort Worth and many other cities had to do. The city manager again this year wisely presented a very conservative budget by, along with other items, not projecting an increase in sales tax but budget the actual amount that was received this year.