I was puzzled when I read "City Corner" in the March 26, 2014 edition of the Mason County News. It struck me as odd that there are a few people who are pushing various special interests in a village as small as Mason.
I contacted Mayor Hinckley and discussed my questions with him.
I understand that some people would like to power their homes with solar panels and that others would like to see a nursing home in Mason, as well as more tourism. I would too.
However, the reality is that this is a remote community of approx. 2000 people. Most of the approx. 2000 people are not wealthy. They are just normal folks living their lives in a pleasant small town.
I also understand that every community needs to look to the future in terms of what will make it viable for generations to come.
Mason County is an agricultural/ranching area. Let's diversify agriculture, ranching and hunting (if possible). I think the vineyards and winearies are great! Could we encourage market gardening, homesteading, olives or figs as well? Those are businesses based on the realities that we find in Mason County, agriculture.
Other real situations affecting Mason are the facts that there are few jobs here that allow young people to raise families and there is virtually no access to medical care. Also, there is no infrastructure for expanding educational opportunities beyond high school. Additionally, there is very little shopping and entertainment available locally and Fredericksburg (our neighbor 42 miles to the south) has tourism around here pretty well sewed up. Mason can't compete in that area. I think it would be great to have some light industry here (such as Texas GreenBlox & Lamplighters) if it can cope with being distant from interstates, railroads and commercial airports.
I see Mason as a great place for people who are interested in a safe, quiet place to live. The people I know who really love it here are independent types who don't have to have everything that the cities have to offer.
These are just my thoughts and questions that I have spent some time considering. What do you think?