It angers me to see the American Legions bullied out by the school for a parking lot. I ask myself why, why does this bother me, the outcome does not affect my life what so ever. This whole issue just feels like big government doing whatever it wants. I believe that close to $8 million dollars was spent on this expansion and I just wonder why a parking lot could not have been included that didn’t require displacing the veterans. If you take the time to drive by the back of the school you will find a parking lot that has been fenced off right next to the Post building that they want to bulldoze to make a parking lot. The logic escapes me.
I have no association with the Post but from what I can tell these are veterans that get together once a month to have a potluck dinner and plan good deeds and ways that they can help the community. They just spent a boat load of money to completely remodel their building and now they are being thrown out of it.
The Blanco ISD press release states their best interests include the safety and security of the students and staff. Really, from whom, the veterans? My guess is that if either showed up while the members were there they would be invited in for a meal. This is the only reason/excuse I can find for why the Legion is being thrown out. I would have thought all the external cameras and lighting would have taken care of this issue, guess not.
I guess my main question is if you were in Dr. Ford’s shoes what legacy would you want to leave behind? Standing up for the veterans or paving a parking lot? I hope that the Blanco ISD and all involved in this issue can look at themselves in the mirror and feel good about their own deeds and decisions when all is said and done.