Those who oppose a Colleyville “Rural Feel” vision must be giddy over the Star-Telegram Editorial Endorsement on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. To quote the Editorial; “Colleyville can no longer afford to cling to its horse-farms-and-feed-stores history. Business growth should be Colleyville’s goal, or else residents will face shouldering the entire cost of city services.”
So residents of Colleyville there you have it; this newspaper that has fired about ½ of their staff because they remained stuck in the past world print while digital passed them by… is now telling you what your vision for the city should be.
The Editorial Staff (Bud Kennedy) cleverly omits the fact that none of Colleyville’s new businesses have any locations available along Glade Road which is dominated by residential on both the north and south side of the road.
Further, before you put too much credence in the ST Editorial, just remember this is the same newspaper that endorsed Wendy Davis and Libby Willis for our Senatorial District 10.
So now this newspaper, with virtually no actual press coverage of our community, but counting on their local insider snitch, Councilman and perennial candidate Mike Taylor; (LNO May 20, 2005,“Shortly before Mr. Taylor lost another election for City Council on May 7, 2005, at a gathering of his supporters, Taylor was quoted as having said “I have the ear of the Star-Telegram and he would use it to clean up matters at city hall.”)
So ST is making a seemingly “non-partisan” recommendation. But wait, what does a little exploration of the players in the VOTE NO on Glade Road Proposition tell us about the leaders of the Coplen and Taylor election efforts, along with the NO Vote on Prop 1 ?
First let’s take a look at these omnipresent VOTE NO signs that are all over town. We have found some landowners that have been mislead into placing these “No Signs” initially and ask them to be removed.
|The photo above shows Councilman Chuck Mogged involved with attempting to personally influence the outcome of the Proposition Vote. The past two City Managers of Colleyville, Bob Stripling and Bill Lindley have previously advised that no sitting councilmember should become publicly involved in a citizens initiated vote such as a Bond election. Certainly the same sort of ethical constraints would be in play on a citizen’s initiated Proposition.However, that is apparently not the case with the current City Council as Tom Hart, Chuck Mogged, Jody Short and Mike Taylor have all taken public positions and some have become very active in their attempt not to lose control to the citizenry. Further, the “Make Glade Road A Safe Road” is bogus with a solution looking for a problem. There is NO evidence that Glade Road has previously presented a safety problem. Former City Councilman, Mayor Pro Tem and Attorney Jon Ayers penned a letter to City Council Members concerning recent Glade Road events. CLICK HERE TO READ|
|Larry Autrey, is Treasurer of the Protect Colleyville Vote No Proposition, screen shot of the web site below. Mr. Autrey is the listed registrant responsible for the URL of this website; Click Here to see.|
|After last year’s attempt at partisan politics on behalf of defeated Councilman Stan Hall; is there a repeat performance behind the scenes trying to effect this year’s City Council Race? It has been somewhat curious that well-known Democrat Colleyville operatives Louis Miller (Mom was former Democrat State Rep) and Jim Fletcher, have become so fanatical in their support of Candidates Coplen and Taylor and their effort to block the citizen initiative with a NO Vote in favor of Colleyville “Big” government proponents. One could certainly expect these two to show up as Democrat Candidate Donors; but what about the Treasurer Larry Autrey?Well it seems that Mr. Autrey is a supporter of liberal Democrat Congressman Mark Veasey..Click here to see 2012 and 2014 donations. And in case there is any doubt of Congressman Veasey’s voting record; Click Here to a recent comparison of his votes versus the GOP Majority.|
|After last year’s attempt of partisans to influence the outcome of the City Council election, is it possible that a similar scenario is playing out behind the scenes? After Mayor Kelly was invited to a local organization to speak (April 2015) about his visions of Glade Road with plans to bring a City Employee to back up his position, the following was posted on Stan Hall’s FaceBook Page.
|Louis Miller is a frequent speaker at Colleyville City Council.Miller has continued to openly oppose the Glade Road citizens driven initiative.One of his most frequent comments is that he likes the “Civility” shown by this city council, unlike the days when a Police Officer had to be at City Council Meetings (note that a Colleyville Police officer has attended city council meetings for at least 25 years).However, Mr. Miller’s “civility” apparently does not extend to him and his current political views.
Note the Colleyville Lions Club is an exceptional organization that has performed in outstanding fashion to support charities and public service. However, the Lions Club has a Cardinal Rule, NO POLITICKING is endorsed.In his fervor, Mr. Miller has apparently lost touch with the “civility” he so often espouses. In fact 5 members of the Lions Club have resigned. Click Here to see the letter