I must have hit a couple of hot buttons with a recent blog post about Amarillo Matters, wondering about the sniping at this group of individuals who seek to have its voice heard on the direction taken by City Hall.
My earlier post wondered why the sniping is occurring, given that Amarillo Matters’ mission and vision statements seem noble enough.
A couple of respondents challenged me for weighing in at all, given that I no longer live in Amarillo.
Amarillo Matters worked to re-elect the City Council; they were rewarded by voters who returned all five council members for another two years in office.
But some of these respondents have tossed out a few potentially explosive terms. They referred to what they called “corruption.” They accused members of Amarillo Matters of being interested only in “self-enrichment.” The criticism of the blog post implied that the rich folks who comprise Amarillo Matters somehow are interested only in fattening their own hefty bank accounts.
Is there evidence of malfeasance? Or double-dipping? What about back-room wheeling and dealing?
My comment aims only to draw attention to the positive direction I’ve seen occurring in Amarillo over the course of several years. Yes, that positive course even pre-dates the election of the City Council in 2017.
One critic sought to “shame” me for being “so dismissive” of concerns about Amarillo Matters. I am not dismissing anyone. My concern rests with what looks and sounds to me like an empty gripe.
I must ask: Is the city heading down the path toward oblivion?
I’ll answer my query: I believe it is moving toward a bright future.
Why is it a bad thing for a political action group to seek to guide the city into a future that well could lift everyone who lives there?