More Important Issues than Street Renaming
Although we are ready to move forward and see what next week’s Lubbock City Council meeting will bring us; we would be remiss if we didn’t comment on last week’s Chavez Dr. council vote.
The Publisher of this newspaper went before the city council; something he rarely does to try and convince them that they should consider the resolution proposed by District 3 Councilman Todd Klein before moving forward with the proposal to rename Canyon Lakes Dr.
If Mayor Miller and Council members Linda DeLeon, Phyllis Jones, and Jim Gilbreath would have listened and agreed to Mr. Klein’s proposal, perhaps we would have reason to be more positive and enthusiastic as we await the second reading on the compromise voted on by the aforementioned city council members.
Instead, what we have is a situation where once again the community has had to settle for whatever the council wants to give us; as Ms. DeLeon put it for “the scraps”.
Instead of accepting Mr. Klein’s proposal and developing ideas and suggestions on how best to honor Chavez; we have a fractured or “chopped up street” to point to as a testament of our perceived Hispanic political clout.
It is little more than a small token, which will stand as a symbol of what happens when elected officials are more interested in protecting their piece of the political pie and not really interested in making a genuine effort to acknowledge the diversity which exists in this city.
We also must take exception to Councilwoman DeLeon’s role in this whole fiasco and wish that she would have taken a less “defiant” attitude when she spoke to the council only to make an about face and vote for the compromise – the token gesture offered by Councilwoman Jones.
But as we said, we can accept the council’s action and are ready to move on to more important issues. There are issues like the high dropout rate among Hispanic youth; a high and rising crime rate which seems to impact our neighborhoods more than others; our high poverty rate, and lack of economic development, among countless others.
In the whole scheme of things, we should all realize that there are more important issues facing our Hispanic community and city as a whole and we should try and divert some of our energy to addressing those issues.
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