We will have elections in a couple of weeks. There are two big issues on the ballot in Silsbee. The school district will allow its patrons to vote on a bond issue for a little under $30 million for improvements to two schools and the construction of a new elementary school for grades one through five.
I have made it pretty clear that I will vote for this bond issue. I realize that there is some opposition and I appreciate their position. I have to look at what I think is best for the community and it is my feeling that what is best is to pass this issue.
The second important vote is the initiative to allow liquor by the drink. I will vote against this one. I get calls on a regular basis complaining about one thing or another that the proponents of this issue are putting out.
I have lived in places where liquor was available at most of the dinner facilities. I prefer that alcohol is not so readily available. So I will just vote against it.
I have been surprised that the churches in Silsbee have not organized to fight this proposition. As one city official told me when this issue first came up,….. "if the Baptist and Pentacostals don't want it there are plenty of them to vote it out."
I don't know what the Baptist and Pentacostals are saying but I am going to vote against it.
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I attended a couple of outstanding football games last week. Unfortunately my team lost both of them. First I went to the Kountze game at Newton on Friday. I thought the Lions outplayed highly regarded Newton all evening. In the end, they came up short by a two-point conversion of ending the game in a tie. They say it is a game of inches. I've never seen a game where the inches kept showing up.
In the end, Kountze was inches short on the two-point conversion attempt. Earlier, the Eagles were inches short of a touchdown. This was a truly good game. Now the Lions must have another win to earn a spot in the playoffs.
I was a little upset with the officials after the game. They ejected a player in the final minute of the game when the guy was simply attempting to knock a ball loose. The official apparently thought he was taking a swing at an opponent and ejected him.
I have lived in places where an ejection would result in an automatic one game suspension. I thought that was the rule here. However, later I asked Coach McGallion about it and he said he thought that was an NCAA rule but not a UIL rule.
I remember that was the rule in Colorado.
Saturday, I attended the Lamar game in Beaumont. It resulted in a 26-24 loss for the Cardinals. This game was much like the Kountze game – it came down to the final minutes and the Cards actually were just yards out of field goal range. I would have attempted one. They had the wind at the kicker’s back and the kick would have only been a 47 yarder. Hindsight is always better than foresight.
I also drove to Houston on Saturday to watch my grandsons play baseball and T-Ball. I thought baseball was a spring and summer sport. I guess I was wrong. My older grandson got a little upset. He got a hit ever time but each time he only got to second before the side was out. I'm not sure either of the grandsons are outstanding baseball players but they are great in the eyes of grandpa.