Letter to the Editor
I was skimming the latest edition of the Blanco County News and noted Ralph de Leon’s rambling, lengthy letter. Fortunately I saw his mention of the city attorney so I, the city attorney, thought context would be helpful lest people think ill of me. My comment to him, a casual one after the meeting to signal Ralph that I had no hard feelings for his rambling questioning of me at a recent Council meeting regarding my participation or lack thereof on the proposed sign ordinance, led him to say "You will be involved." I don’t know exactly why or how he wants me involved.
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I did indeed say that I had not been asked to be involved in the drafting of the sign ordinance and did in fact express to him that I did not want to be involved in the matter since it was controversial and I thought both sides had some valid points.
What I did not spell out to him was what I thought he knew: 1. I am city attorney and pass only on the legal aspects of city hall matters. I am not a consieleri of the mayor and council rendering consulting advice on all matters legal, practical and political. That’s not my job. If asked I review draft ordinances as I have with the sign ordinance, as to which I have now given legal comments and (being the son of two English teachers) grammatical suggestions. 2. I am not a resident of the city (I live on a ranch 9 miles away) and do not feel that I am entitled to speak on matters political. If Ralph knew me better he would know that if asked I have opinions that I freely express, but on city political matters it is not my place to initiate opinions.
I should stop here but have to add that Ralph’s comparison of our mayor and city council, who are hardly paid anything, to highly paid, full time executives and directors of public companies is ludicrous. I have worked with city council and three mayors for several years, and all of them are highly dedicated citizens who spend and have spent long hours for almost no pay trying to pursue the best interests of the city. All have full time day jobs or are involved full time in other matters than serving the city. We should be glad we have them and should be glad that others are willing to serve.
I don’t see Ralph de Leon standing for elective office. It’s always much easier to criticize from the sidelines than to act, Ralph. Why aren’t you running for office?