Town Hall meetings intended to gather public input for the city's November bond election are at the half-way point and priorities are beginning to emerge. The top three are police, police and police. After that come streets, drainage and parks. But there also appears to be a desire for a larger bond program that addresses what are perceived as a long neglected city infrastructure. Last night's meeting in Gary Griffith's conservative east Dallas district seems to have been representative.
Apparently, city hall isn't deaf. Today brings word through the local newspaper that there are actually plans to move free-access Wi-fi into selected parks and all libraries. Thus far, testing of municipal wireless Internet has been limited to city workers. My own experience tells me it's already reaping benefits behind the scenes.
Another potential candidate for Dallas Mayor is planning to test the waters. Former Dallas City Council member and DFW Airport Board member Max Wells will take a poll after the partisan primaries and runoffs are completed. Wells recently sold Oak Bank and Trust to Sterling Banks of Houston and currently serves as a director of that institution.
While the incumbent, Laura Miller, has said she will definitely be a candidate for re-election other candidates openly testing the waters have yet to announce. They include: Dallas City Council members Bill Blaydes, Don Hill, Gary Griffith, and Ed Oakley, former council member Valetta Forsythe Lill, Dallas Attorney Darrell Jordan and TI executive Phil Ritter. Zachary Crain and William MacLeod have filed treasurers with an intent to run.
Oral histories are often the most telling of all accounts.
A unique program at the General Land Office called “Voices of Veterans” attempts to preserve the oral accounts of the experiences of veterans. The program is unique from other veteran programs because it allows Texas veterans who served in combat in any war from WWI to the War on Terror to tell their story and have it recorded for the benefit of future historians.
Recently, the Dallas Morning News reported that Claude Platte, who was among the first African American servicemen to be trained to become a military pilot in World War II, gave his oral history account to “Voices of Veterans”. He was one of the Tuskegee Airmen.
It is worth noting that Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is also a former marine and a veteran of the Vietnam War