Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 7, 2014

‘Yeah, but ...’

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

— “I’ve got good news, and bad news.”

It’s a time-honored phrase that boiled down to it’s simplest terms is really explained best in only two words — “Yeah, but ...”

Well, I have good news and bad news for you ...

The good news ...

There was more interest in the March 4 Primary Election that we commonly see in a springtime vote.

According to the numbers, of Navarro County’s nearly 27,000 registered voters — 26,957 to be exact — we had a voter turnout of almost 19 percent — 5,049 people voted. Historically, the turnout for the March vote is less than stellar. Frankly, I expected a less than “less than stellar” turnout anyway, given there were so few contested races locally.

Now, the bad news ...

According to the numbers, of Navarro County’s nearly 27,000 registered voters — 26,957 to be exact — we had a voter turnout of almost 19 percent — 5,049 people voted.

Yes, that is the same sentence.

But it’s being repeated because it’s not really “good” news in my view.

It’s “Yeah, but ...”

It means that four out of every five people eligible to vote did not vote.

It means that we let under 20 percent of the people eligible to vote make the decisions that affect 100 percent of the people.

It means .... well, I think you get the drift.

Yes, I’ve written about this before. And, I’ll likely have the opportunity to write about it again.

If you voted, good for you.

If you didn’t vote, that’s certainly your choice.

But don’t complain about the outcome if you didn’t provide the input to begin with.

We do it all again May 10.

Like another time honored phrase — “Don’t make me come in there — or write this column again.”

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Along similar lines ...

Your Corsicana City Council is having some discussions on possible changes to how the city will regulate such things as satellite dishes, windows in the downtown area, front yard fencing, bamboo growth on private property, signs and banners and other items.

Before there are any changes made to what’s on the books, there will be public hearings, and a vote.

My purpose mentioning this isn’t to influence your opinion one way or the other on any particular item the council may decide to act on.

My purpose is to get you involved in the process.

It’s like the discussion above on voting — don’t complain about the outcome if you didn’t provide any input.

Doing what we do here at the Daily Sun we go to a lot of meetings.

And when we’re there, we generally see a lot of empty seats.

A lot of them.

There is a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Corsicana Government Center for the continued discussions on possible changes to the ordinances. A regular meeting of the council will follow at 6 p.m.

They won’t vote on any changes this week. There will be a public hearing — and your chance to provide input — at a future meeting, before they vote on any changes, if they are going to make any at all.

Stay informed — get involved — that is all.

Oh, and “Carry On.”

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Bob Belcher is Managing Editor of the Daily Sun. His column appears on Saturdays. He may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com