• @MotherNature..." One of these days"...seems to sum it up.
    I also wish these "number of community leaders" would keep us informed with what they are doing with our tax dollars rather than going into partnership with business or lobby with out tax dollars and then telling us how good it will be for us.
    You are probably right, the community leaders N you must think the citizens of Victoria do live in caves...Thank you.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:20 p.m.
  • Interesting stuff regarding A&I:

    TAMUK receives NO funding from The Texas A&M University System, so there will be no loss in funding with the restoration of the A&I name.

    Alumni have agreed to pay for the actual cost of restoring the name, so there will be no costs to the university or taxpayers for name restoration.

    Texas A&I University will remain a member of the Texas A&M University System, as it was in the years 1989 - 1993 before the Regents broke their promise.

    All new buildings are paid for by the issuance of bonds paid for from student tuition. The Texas A&M University System has not paid for any new buildings.

    TAMUK does not have a Pharmacy School. In 2001 the Texas Legislature authorized the creation of Pharmacy school at TAMUK.
    The building was built and faculty hired.
    From 2001 to 2005, the Texas A&M University System failed to do its job in obtaining operational funding for the new pharmacy school at TAMUK. Once the System coerced the TAMUK president into relinquishing control to the A&M Health Science Center, their lobbyists went to work and got immediate funding. Result: 320 PhD students for them and nothing for TAMUK except a 30 year bond payment of $1.3 million per year.
    No tuition from Pharmacy students goes to TAMUK.
    TAMUK students pay the $1.3 million bond payment each year on the Pharmacy building.
    The Texas A&M Health and Sciences Center pays less the $5,000 each year (not month) to rent the building.

    TAMUK no longer has the premier program in Natural Gas Engineering - It no longer exists.

    The once highly regarded MBA program in business has been indefinitely suspended and an "online" program (think DeVry Institute... credits not transferable) is being proposed as a replacement

    March 16, 2011 at 9:23 p.m.
  • Texas A&M was appealing to Victoria because of its track record of building rural-type destination universities, he said.

    How funny, let me see his research on this....

    Here is the truth about what A&M does to other schools that it controls.....

    I wish the Advocate would cover another side of this story.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:51 p.m.
  • Why does the City Council allow Willy to speak? Ignorance & pomposity is all that ever comes out of it...when will they learn?

    March 16, 2011 at 8:33 p.m.
  • Glad to help Lamppost. Have a great day.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:58 p.m.
  • Lampost.

    Let's not talk dumb. Geanie Morrison's term is up in 2012. Mayor Armstorng is up in 2013 or 14? Both of them will have to face the voters on this topic.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.
  • Lampost.

    What about Election 2012?

    March 16, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
  • N45BA.

    I am willing to unite with you.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.
  • Dale Zuck.

    That is a great idea.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.
  • Here are the members of the Texas House of Representatives Higher Education Committee. Let them understand your position on this "nuclear war"!

    Texas House of Representative Higher Education Committee
    P.O. Box 2910
    Austin , Texas 78768-2910
    (512)463-0787 x2.106

    Chairman Dan Branch
    Rep. Joaquin Castro
    Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo
    Rep. Dennis Bonnen
    Rep. Fred Brown
    Rep. Donna Howard
    Rep. Eric Johnson
    Rep. Tryon D. Lewis
    Rep. Diane Patrick

    March 16, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.
  • MotherNature, do you agree to spending $100K to educate VICTORIA citizens on the bill that they supposedly already support? Do you agree with the fact that some of that money will be used to pay a lobbyist to talk to the legislature and get them to pass the bill?

    My answer is NO to both. The Victoria Advocate, KAVU, and other other organizations provide plenty of information to the public regarding this bill. No 'public information campaign' is necessary.

    I don't think representative Morrison would present a bill that she doesn't think would pass. The legislature could care less what system is in charge of UHV. All they see is that people aren't happy with UH, the cost to switch is minimal in the grand scheme of things, so go ahead....give the people what they want. No lobbyist needed.

    I've said it in multiple articles already. A&M or UH, it doesn't matter to me. They are both excellent school systems. My problem is with the city allocating $100K behind closed doors without any input from the citizens. It's a waste of money and a complete disregard for the citizens.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
  • mytwocents - you and the rest of of your CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) friends - get a life! There are a number of community leaders who love Victoria and are commited to improving this town . Patillo is just one of many. One of these days when we have a vibrant destination university, a thriving, inviting city park (complete with enough places for visitors to park), an exciting historic downtown (sidewalks and all) you will probably want to take the credit. Go back in your cave.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.