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Our reporter laid out the sequence of events to an official in the Secretary of State's office, which governs these issues. He saw no cause for concern in how the recount was being handled.We think the most important outcome of this was that a candidate received her proper right to a recount and that the integrity of the election process was upheld. We see no reason to continue to make an issue of this. In fact, we see harm done by suggesting this wasn't a positive result or that something underhanded was done when it was not.
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As stated in the Victoria Advocate's previous story, the election code gives room for revisions to a candidate's application. We believe this was an election that required a recount, and a recount was fairly given. The election code was followed accurately and, as previously reported, the city consulted multiple advisors to ensure the correct processes were followed. Even Mr. Alvarez said he would call for a recount if he was in Mrs. Rangel's shoes. The election code is there to serve the voters, not the individual desires of politicians, and it was followed to provide the voters with an accurate recount.
We think it's important to clarify some points made in your comments, HookEm1.
First, the momentum that we refer to in the editorial describes the state of the Crossroads community, not just Victoria College. Our area has weathered the economic recession much better than most other regions of the country.
And it simply isn't true to imply that the community didn't gain anything from previous VC bond support. Caterpillar cited the community's educational resources as a major reason it decided to locate its excavator manufacturing plant in Victoria.
We believe continued investment in the community--including through voter approval of the VC Bond Issue--is critical to sustaining the strong economic momentum that all Crossroads citizens currently enjoy.
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To clarify, this recent story in question was on B1. We are mindful of reporting on the outcome of any case in similar fashion to the original reporting.
If you'd like to read our position on civil court coverage, please go here: http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/weblo...
We encourage you to consider Sunday's editorial when expressing your views:http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/...
Our position is that this is a community problem the requires action by the police, the schools and every parent. We don't solve anything by pretending the issue doesn't exist.
By the alternative interpretation provided, just about every business person in Victoria would qualify for inclusion in the so-called "good ol' boys club."
Mr. Williams,We don't recall taking a position two years ago on the African-American Chamber of Commerce application and haven't discussed what position we would take on this past issue.We continue to maintain council members have the right to vote to accept a late application from any group. This process is part of the existing rules. The issue should be whether funding the film festival is a good idea or not.
We think it's healthy to have a conversation with readers about important local issues of the day. That's why we choose from time to time to respond to readers' questions about our viewpoints.
As long as we have attention focused on this issue, we want to let you know that we will begin webcasting our editorial board meetings. You may join our conversations at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. This will be the same format we've used for our morning news meetings. The views expressed here represent a consensus of the board; its members are listed under the Editorial Board bio and on our Viewpoints page.
In terms of the question about Mr. Halepaska's position. He's an honorable man with a legitimate view, expressed by some of you here. We happen to differ with him on this point.
As for the issue of cronyism, Mr. Pedone's bio indicates he was born in Dallas but spent most of his youth on a ranch in Clayton, N.M. He hardly seems to qualify for inclusion in the so-called "good ol' boys club" of Victoria.