To the Editor,
I got an interesting surprise when I came to breakfast in downtown Waxahachie on Saturday, Oct. 5, on the suggestion of an acquaintance. As I entered the restaurant I was greeted by a woman wearing what I initially thought was a name tag bearing the name of the announced Democrat candidate for Governor of the great state of Texas. I quickly noticed six or seven other people sitting at a table in the corner wearing the same stick-on label.
Since the woman who greeted me was not the photogenic candidate, I ask “So, Wendy isn’t here yet?” The response was an emphatic question, “How did you find out about this meeting?” I indicated that an acquaintance had suggested the location.
As I made to sit down at the four person table by the door, I was told “We are going to have a private meeting over here!” I responded that that was OK with me as I was just going to have a private meeting over at my table as well.?After that initial contact I proceeded to order an omelet, iced tea, and chips and salsa.
The wait staff was quite friendly and the service was prompt. I endeavored to avoid interference with the assembling group, the arriving TV news media with their broadcast video cameras, the campaign staff with their cameras, folk taking notes, and people sticking poles, iPhones, and cameras in my ear, in my face, and against my person. ?
Since I have a much more than passing interest in things political, I thought that watching would be amusing. I learned that this was a meeting where a selected group of local teachers could complain about all of the difficulties of teaching. All assembled could agree that teaching would be perfectly easy if the Republicans running Texas would just spend more money. ?
I have heard about teaching issues my whole life. My grandmother taught school in or near Laredo for more than 55 years. My aunt taught English to help get my uncle through his PhD at Harvard. My mother taught high school for 27+ years. My father taught college in multiple states, and was asked to teach at both A&M and UT. Earning an MBA certainly gave me experience with university professors and staff.?
The assembled group expressed pretty much all of the issues I have heard since I was a child. It seems to me that the issues are same issues regardless of which political party is running the state or how much money is spent. ?
Wendy Davis spent some time listening, and the rest of the time looking good for the assembled cameras and suggesting that if she was in charge more money would be thrown at schools, and surely all of the problems would go away. ?
When I had eaten some chips and salsa, the omelet and a couple of glasses of tea, I decided I had had enough. I went and paid for my meal. As I talked with the staff I found out that of all the people occupying half the restaurant, I was one of only three people who bought anything. ?
As I look back on the event, the most striking impression I have is the neediness of the assembled group. I know and assist people who are having a tough time of it. In some cases they may not know where their next meal will come from. Those that I know are working through tough times on the way to something better. I would characterize the crew assembled at the restaurant as entirely different. ?
As far as I could tell each one was relatively well off. They appeared to have successful jobs and careers of their own choosing. However, the only thing they brought to the meeting was a hand full of “gimme” without so much as a mouthful of “much obliged.”
They appeared to neither notice nor care about the business they were in, the staff, nor the other patrons. If that group is representative; it certainly amplifies the view that they have no talent or consideration for running anything larger than their own person.?There was just one man in the entire group who was apologetic about the people bumping me, the disruption of my breakfast, and helpful when I was attempting to get more tea. Thank you sir, for providing some humanity in that assemblage.