Action is need to change things in the Crossroads area. Let me quote a Christian Poem Dominus Illuminatio Mea “And power must fail, and the pride must fall“. That is my motto.
Spot on, Spotter. I couldn't have said it better.
I've always thought it was interesting how many of the same people serve on multiple boards, panels and commissions around Victoria. I'd like to see a little cleaning of that pool...
As far as UHV becoming a destination university, just because you call it one, doesn't make it one. ALL the amenities do not have to be present BEFORE the student come.
This is not "Field of Dreams".
Writin said: "She and others are apart of the Local Oligarchy."
I've also used the term "oligarchy" to describe our local system of control, but I think that oligarchy is a superset of a local cabal, in typical fashion. For instance, when one closely examines the membership of the Crossroads Commission on Education, it's too clear that this entity is comprised mostly of the same recurring cast of characters that is centrally planning our community on multiple fronts. They're a think tank of sorts that's a little light in the "think" department. Many of the members belong to a combination of (quasi-)governmental bodies, non-profit groups, and private businesses. I can't discount the need for an injection of business savvy into decisions effecting commerce, but this & other arrangements rival the inbreeding of backwoods Alabama.
Our local establishment is suffering from a condition I'll coin as hyper-TAXemia. They are drunk (sick?) with delusions of grandiose adventures using public funds while having little regard for the sustainability of our economic universe as a whole. Sure, they want to grow the economy, but they sacrifice sustainability when they employ artificial means of stimulation. A recurring theme in their considerations is growing the number of people/places/things they can tax, but I don't find comfort in that when considering how they currently manage our tax dollars.
I think this UH decision was the reality check they needed, but I think they'll only come back with a vengeance.
Excuse me...but College cost money. Those students and possibly their parents have to pay 4000 or more a semester full time. How can they go to school without money and a job to for them to earn the money. This is same State Rep who wrote and pass HB3015 in 2003 but yet want build UHV up into a giant. You can’t have it both ways. She and others are apart of the Local Oligarchy.
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Paging Dr. Randy Vivian...paging Dr. Randy Vivian.....your patient is DOA in the Emergency Room. Care to resuscitate?
Want to talk about creating jobs? Building a school will help get you lots of that, as well as the room to add more staff. I understand that these are hard economic times for the country. No one is saying we need to build 300 acres worth of buildings. I invite you to take a tour of the campus now (2 buildings) to see how many classrooms and offices there are - and how many staff are sharing quarters and working above and beyond to help build up this community. I know UHV will find a way - I don't think it should depend on a handout from the State. We are Texans. Education is a privilege. If the community believes in it, we should support it. How much are you willing to invest?
UHV must not look at this as a set back, but rather opportunity. For months I have listened to Dr. Hudson, city government, and the Chamber of Commerce's plea, however, I must admit I didn't really understand how they could sensably make this request. This is an awful lot of money for an institution that only has a couple of hundred students, as well as terrible economic timing. Mr. Wilson finally and publicly stated UHV's position. His factual numbers he provided with the example of the UH downtown campus and The University of Texas were brilliant. UHV couldn't honestly think that the UH system would spend millions upon millions of dollars for a completely new campus, when they cant' even fill the 2 buildings they have? I think UHV has a wonderful opportunity to now go forward and build and devlop the current campus they currently have. There is more than enough room to build in all the fileds and open areas that surround the current campus. The Victoria College now has the same opportunity to share in this growth. The currrent location will be more than enough for many years to come. Good luck to UHV and now lets move forward and start grwoing our campus.
I support UHV, but their aspirations are ridiculous. They have 500 local students for crying out loud! I loved Wilson's comments. This only started after Hudson came here. He wants to do a bunch of big things at UHV so he can get a job back at Ole Miss or whatever college it is by his other house back home. At least that's what a UHV insider told me.
Excuse Me................................."We are strategically located in an area that can attract students, specifically students who are currently underserved or do not believe the education is available to them," Morrison told the board. "More importantly, we are located in an area where we can attract the students and families that the Closing the Gaps plan is seeking to educate."
How about job creation, Mrs. Morrison?
Finally! A voice of reason!
Way to go Welcome W. Wilson! Way to tell them!