I am a forth generatrion Quinlanite. I am quite radical. I am also sick of the "good ole boy" way this town allows Billy Green to do business. Our city council is comprised (mostly) of people content with the idea that Quinlan should be lost in 1990. Our police force that is usually not even filled is paid with peanuts. 10.50 - 11.00 is all you can ever expect to make here, so if you really do want to make adifference in the world please go somewhere else, where the importance of your job will be appreciated. Not to mention the fact that our "consultant to the city" will micromanage everthing you do.(I have even followed him arround town following our police on patrol, which I think endangers not only our officers but himself as well.) While sitting around city hall this morning trying to impress the office staff (who are all 40 years his junior and all female) I gave him an ultimatum. Fill our police roster and give our town 24 hour police protection or I would make him famous and I mean it. He assured me that he was searching for officers that he felt "would fit into his program" ie., do what he says, when he says. I, at this point did lose it more than a little. You see I have lived in this town all my life, my entire family was raised here and my children will be raised here. Billy Green does not even live in our city limits. His written contract gives him the right to make ANY decisions he sees fit for this city but at the same time releases him from ANY liability for any of his decisions or actions. Our city council meets once a month and is given and information packet that contains all the information that they will use to make decisions for the citizens like you and I. Problem is Billy Green must be the one who generates the pakets. Seems like a lot of leeway and power for one man to possess to me. As a matter of fact it seems like too much power I'm sure of it. Our council is mostly uninterested in citizen input before the meeting and I assure I have addressed them enough for them to be sick of hearing my voice. But after addressing a few federal agencies and a few county agencies about the same thing I got action, alot of action. Why are the citizens like myself not given the respect and voice we deserve? I am as disgusted by the Quinlan-Twakoni News editor Larry Briscoe who continues to "polish poop" and serve it up as apples. Half quotes and a half harted atempt are all you can expect as far as the paper goes.(Lots of good ole boy examples, huh?) I will see you at the next election, and wether you like me or not I do want to bring our town into the modern era, not 1990 where we are currently stuck. I have no hidden agenda, i have no "business" agenda to protect, I only want to make what we should have allready a reality. I don't care who has to be brought in or who has to be thrown out to do this. My bible teaches that right is right and wrong is wrong all the time, not to just overlook at those things that make you uncomfortable but to righteously and boldly face them. Our council gets a vote of "no confidence". And just to tell my side of the story, our city secretary Vicky, has make it quite known that the reason she left a 60,00.00 position, and added a 1 1/2 hour drive for her new job was because of all the "unbearable" extra work she had to do to satisfy me. Well I call B.S., I have only made 5 Freedom of information requests from the city in the last two years. A total of 60 pages maybe. None in the last six months except for a copy of this and last years budget. I say,"If you are right why take a 30,000 a year cut in pay and drive to Dallas everyday. But if you know something that might just get you into trouble then maybe the paycut wasn't such a bad idea." Maybe it was a reaqlly good idea, especially if you expect Billy Green to stick his neck out for you. He has immunity you don't do you?