Talks With My Dad

During the past summer I have been having a lot of political conversations with my dad over dinner. Most of the talks center around the big issues like immigration and economics, the success and failures of our president, and a little political and military history thrown in for good measure.

Right now I am going to focus on the shortest part of our conversation last night which dealt with me, the sometimes politician and candidate for office. What began the conversation was his problems with school boards as taxing agent, a necessary evil perhaps, but in the end one that seems to continually go unchecked by voters every time a vote comes to raise property taxes or to pass another bond. The gist is that schools are raising more money than they really need for infrastructure and other needs for school districts, they are wasting enormous amounts of money with little return on the investment.

Some proof on the failure of this investment was seen when I ran for a seat on the board of trustee of the Alamo Colleges, then as a candidate for a school board seat with the North East ISD. In both campaigns I talked about the failures of preparing our students for life in college. Too many students are in remedial classes, getting frustrated and soon dropping out. In both campaign, this was central to the stump speech I gave to individuals and groups. In both elections I got roughly 20% of the vote and moved on.

We, as citizens, should expect more from our elected officials. In the case of school board, we really need to scrutinize them when these boards want to raise taxes or pass another bond in support of our schools and students. We need to look at where the money is going and that it will have a positive impact on students in the classroom.

I would note that I will have an opportunity to run again for a seat with the Alamo Colleges. In roughly two years time I get to look at where I am, and where I am going and see if running again is the right thing to do. I’ll make it a point to keep up with that conversation on this blog until then.

Not A Whole Lot Going On

Considering all that is going on politically in San Antonio, I have been doing my best to stay away from it and settle for talking the occasional politics with my dad over dinner. You could say that life got in the way of the politics that I really want to be a part of again. I can say this however, I am trying to do more than just vote, I try to stay informed and also try to engage others that I know to do more than vote, but to also vote smart this election.

On another note I spent a few minutes in a coffee shop talking to the publisher of the San Antonio Post, a locally published rag that I haven’t had the opportunity to read as of late. The person is a friend of someone I was talking to at the time and we chatted for a moment about the San Antonio River Authority and about my campaign for a seat on the board of trustees with the Alamo Colleges.

The gist of the conversation was that I did the right thing by running, even if I lost and that I should be looking at a run for local office again soon. Sometime down the road I will run for some elected office, but first I would like to focus on finishing college and teaching for a few years. Life simply has its way of getting in front of that catastrophe called politics.