Colleyville, Texas July 9, 2016
An Editorial (Means my opinion) by LNO Editor Nelson Thibodeaux
The following email was forwarded to LNO. You should read this email to learn how politics have been played in Colleyville in the past…but this is NOT OUR FUTURE!
I knew of at least one business that was threatened by an incumbent council member (who lost) if he did not take down his opponent’s sign. The business was threatened to loose the business from the City of Colleyville.
Now comes the long suffering Hendersons….once upon a time riding high on the ridge under the auspices of people like Mayor Donna Arp and Joe Hocutt. Threats to local businesses were a common affair during those times.
However, living in the past, the Hendersons have now resorted to threatening to take their business elsewhere because “you chose to campaign for and support the Challengers, Nakamura, Lindamood and Newton,” and the election didn’t go their way? Maybe they will be like the entertainers who threaten to leave the country (in this case the city) if their guy doesn’t win!
Now Henderson THREATENS TO SEND HIS, “WE LOST SO I HATE YOU NOW” to all of the emails he previously came by during the election. Which consisted of a number of emails apparently heisted from charity organizations and others, without the individuals’ permission.
At the bottom of the email is a return message from Tom Aikens of Next Door; you have to love this man’s standards and his answer. I left the emails of the restaurants that Henderson referred, so those who still think this is a free country, can send your support to these local businesses and see Red Barn on Facebook.
I don’t know about you, but I fully intend to go out of my way to support these local businesses. As a citizen of Colleyville, you have a glimpse of what was wrong with “incumbent thinking” and why the “Challengers” won in a LANDSLIDE. LNO is happy to share this information with our readers to help with the understanding of who wanted to “Preserve Colleyville” versus those who claimed to be “Protecting Colleyville.” You cannot protect a city by trying to instigate a boycott against local businesses because they dared to look toward new leadership in the City where they Do Business!
Subject: Right To Choose July 8, 2016 Next Wood Fired Bistro, Sonic, Red Barn and La Hacienda
In the months leading up to the May 7th Colleyville election for Mayor and City Council, you chose to campaign for and support the Challengers, Nakamura, Lindamood and Newton, and their misinformation, half-truths and lies. That is your right. The Challengers won and they are now trying to impose their personal agenda against the majority of the Colleyville residents. Our water bills were never high (compared to our surrounding cities) and have not been reduced; TexRail is not stopped and will never be stopped as the rail line was here long before Colleyville became a city; there are no apartments in Colleyville (nor will there ever be); and, our property tax rates are one of the lowest in NE Tarrant County. It is also our right to support those businesses in Colleyville as we wish as it is your right to support any side in a campaign. You have lost loyal customers who loved the Ham, Brie & Apple Panini at Next Wood Fired Bistro. As for Sonic, we always ordered the #2 for my whole staff; at Red Barn, we ordered and loved your great ribs and at La Hacienda we loved your fajitas … but we are now seeking other Colleyville restaurants without regret.
We choose NOT to eat at your restaurants in the future and we will NOT recommend your restaurants to anyone. I assure you that this email will go to the majority of Colleyville residents which is “MY RIGHT”.
Sincerely, Mark & Pat Henderson
Tom R. Aikens Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar