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I'm Tired of Hearing About It
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 • Posted July 28, 2010

CREZ lines. Windmills. LCRA, PUC, easements, imminent domain.

During the last six months, every issue has contained something relating to those topics. Sometimes, it contained lots of articles, taking up the bulk of several pages.

I'm tired of hearing about it. Or at least, that's what I hear on a regular basis. I have readers who tell me in the cafes, over the telephone, via email, or in person, they are tired about hearing about all of this and they'll be glad when its over so that we can move on to something else.

I suppose that I would have to agree. I'm tired of hearing about scenic vistas and historic treasures. I'm tired of hearing about habitat destruction and imminent domain. After all, isn't there something else to talk about for a while?

We could talk about the decay of civility and the lack of dignity in public discourse; but, I'm tired of hearing about that as well. People have been talking about rude behavior, lack of respect and loss of manners for years; but, it doesn't seem to have changed anything.

Perhaps we could talk about our mounting debt. Of course there would be side conversations about who's to blame, who has spent the most on earmarks, and how we can reduce the debt. But, that conversation always leads to political rancor and partisan accusations, which means that it ceases to be a conversation at all and becomes a shouting match.

We're not going to talk about kennels, as I've heard quite enough on that topic. I don't want to hear about water line improvements, recycling bins, trash collection or power upgrades.

We could talk about the condition of our county roads; but, no one really listens anyway, so why waste the ink or the breath? If we start on courthouse restoration, we'll have to include contentious lawn issues, and I'm not sure we're ready to start those arguments quite yet.

We've talked about daycare; but, it would appear that Steady Steps and the school are smoothing out that situation, so why cloud the issue with too many words?

I'm tired of hearing about so many things, and there are times I wish they would all just go away. But, to be replaced by what?

During the last few months, people have told me that they don't want to hear about this or that issue; but, those are the issues of our lives. Every day is filled with power lines, recycling bins, county roads and daycare centers. These are the issues that comprise the content of our lives and that we must deal with on a daily basis. Not hearing about them does not make them go away, nor does it solve anything.

As I said earlier, there are many topics I'm also tired of hearing about; but, they are too important to stop discussing. In the coming months, there will be even more talk about the power lines... there will also be talk about a possible new junior high school and elementary. We will still be talking about the PUC and CREZ; but, we will also be hearing about reconfiguration of our water supply system in the City of Mason. And, we will hear about our roads, our courthouse and our law enforcement.

We're all tired of hearing about so many things; but, I'm most tired of hearing that we need to let someone else deal with it. The reason we need to hear about these things, and the reason we need to discuss them, is that it takes all of us to make decisions and to find solutions.

So if you're tired, take a nap and come back refreshed. We'll take care of things until you get involved.

It’s all just my opinion.

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