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in San Angelo Unable to Maintain Current Lake Nasworthy Water Levels
There is the Death of the Rivers http://deathoftherivers.org/
The problem isn't the city slickers with nice homes on the Concho, it's the larger landowners downstream, out in the country and farms east of here.
in Man Camp Moratorium Set in Place
just earlier in this same council meeting - Wardlaw and Fleming both said multiple times that housing - especially apartments - were in dire need - and their support for that re-zoning proposal was positive. We need more apartments both of them said. But now - suddenly - the housing market has slowed - homes are available and the apartment market is slowing up (Wardlaw)!!!!! Which is it gents? Why is there a market when it involves re-zoning, but no market when we're talking about the RV parks, man camps and a moratorium??
I understand that there are some property owners who can pump water directly from the Concho River, they have nice green lawns. Maybe someone needs to renegotiate those water rights, especially when the property is sold or changes hands. I've also heard it said that there are certain farms and ranches that receive water from Lake Nasworthy; true or false?
in SAISD Votes to Demolish Old School
I am a Lake View graduate and grew up with Lincoln just a block from my grandmother's house. I went to Lincoln and was always amazed at how well the building survived the tornado of 1953. I have family members, my aunt and a cousin, that took shelter in that building during the tornado while attending school. I think it would be a shame to tear it down. Asbestos abatement and remodeling the building to make it apartments would make sense to me and would be less expensive than tearing it down to build any thing new. That building is a part of my family history and it breaks my heart that people who have no such memories of the school want it torn down. All across the country, cities are re-claiming and re-using buildings to preserve history and it seems San Angelo is trying to remove any "bad" moments in history and only glorify parts of our history. Embrace it all or just level all of San Angelo and start over.
Water rights are property rights. You know, those rights that Thomas Jefferson said were the fount of "happiness" in one of his most famous writings. Those downstreamers poachin' water from your tap PAID for that water when they bought the land that has the water rights attached.
So, I guess the daily water usage rates that the City posts on their facebook page don't include the amount of water relaeased to the so called, "water rights holders". That's interesting, do those holders pay for the water they consume? I thought Lake Nasworthy was for the exclusive use of city and citizens, I didn't realize we were selling it to others. Stop that!
in Jazz Hits San Angelo
Wonderful "Play it again" concert at the museum. John Talley creating an audience "sing along" was the most fun!!
in Is San Angelo a Mini Austin?
Considering that their unofficial slogan is "Keep Austin Weird," San Angelo probably has a head start.
I lived in Austin for 18 years. My arrival in 2005 had me wondering as I drove In town....well according to the map we are in San Angelo....but where is the traffic on loop 306. Definitely a refreshing sight after living in Austin and traveling Mopac, Capital of Texas HWY. and IH 35. Love Sealy Flats, Fi Fi's , Chamber Music and the San Angelo Symphony. We have it all without the horrendous traffic! Well except no Whole Foods but HEB has satisfied all my needs!
A mini-Austin? Please, no! We just moved here to be closer to family IN Austin, but we didn't WANT to be "in" Austin, for a number of reasons.
On the other hand, one of the appealing things about this community--like Austin--is the arts, live music venues, and...bicycles. San Angelo definitely has an eclectic "feel" to it, likely a result of the mix of old time residents, college students, military personal, and national/international businesses, as well as a number of people who moved here for the same reason I did--because I like it. A "mini-Austin". Let's just leave those guys out of it and be San Angelo.
in Child Predators Online and On the Prowl in San Angelo
Well said Dogiejoe. I stopped at a lemonade stand some kids had set up this last summer. I thought it was cool seeing kids still doing that and had a flashback of my brother and I doing the same thing. I bought some lemonade from the kids and wished them good luck, and looked up to encounter a very similar sounding look to the one you described coming form the mother. It saddened me and the look kept with me throughout the rest of the afternoon. The predators out their have taken so much away from this world.
I will never understand child molesters. And I hate what they do to true "nice guys"--guys like me who had/have children, love them, and love to chat and tease children wherever we see them. There are lots of kids in the apartment community I live in--more kids than I have been around in a long time. I always visit with them and tease them. I let them put my quarters in the laundry or open my mail box. I would love to hug every one of them, but I don't. I may pat them on the back or the head, but that's it. Even then, I have seen their moms look at me in a way I don't like to be looked at. A look that says, "Are you a predator?" I don't blame them. I would think the same thing about people talking to my kids when they were little.
I believe child predators have always been around, but I also believe that there are more than there were before, that society tolerates it more, and obviously, as this article points out, technology has given them access in ways impossible before. But I also recall seeing a clip from an old Shirley Temple movie where she was singing "Good Ship Lollipop" and one of the men listening picked her up and put her on his knee. It shocked me, and then it surprised me as I realized that when the movie was made in the 1930s, no one would have seen anything but "cuteness" in the move.
So what's the "rant"? I'm not sure. Crack down and hard on every child predator we can find, definitely. Parents, watch your kids, and teach them how to respond to predatory acts and people, without teaching them to be afraid of everyone--which is probably impossible.
in Wardlaw's Budget War Rages On
The president of COSADC represents Charlotte Farmer.
in City Council Talks Trash
We had alley pickup when we lived in Garland and no one ever had any issues.
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