The root of the issue is about the good old boy system retaining power

by Jim Smith


In response to Sid Johnson’s comment:

Sid – Bottom line I’m a Republican here in Parker County and have always supported the Republican Party and have voted in the Republican primaries. I quit going to the Parker County Republican Party meetings because I felt like Ms. Prince was using it for her own agenda and not necessarily for the good of the Republican Party.

There are a great many people like me that were active at one time in the Parker County Republican Party. We have since either made our own conservative Republican Party or have become involved in the Weatherford Tea Party.

You see Sid the root of the issue really isn’t the Republican Party or the Democrat Party in the City Election. The root of the issue is about the good old boy system retaining power. Ms. Prince, the Weatherford Democrat, and others who shall remain nameless are a part of that system. For far to long this town has sacrificed the needs of the many for the needs of an elite few. Now that good old boy system is being challenged by Mr. Tarbay, Mr. Matthews, and Ms. Watson and they don’t like it at all. I would say that apparently these three are some very formidable opponents or there would not be as much of a fuss going on as you see now.

I have watched Mr. Matthews for a long time and he has fought the good fight for the people of Weatherford. He has spoke out during many council meeting against higher taxes and higher utility rates. Most of what he has done can be seen in other blogs on this blog site. In my opinion he should have been on the City Council last year rather than Mr. James Hamilton. That is even more evident given the fact that the seat for Place 2 is now empty due to Mr. James Hamilton’s resignation. Mr. Hamilton left Weatherford by choice rather than by necessity. He could have finished out his term which would be up in May 2011 instead of leaving. It was terrible that he lost his job at Milsap but in my opinion he could have found another job here locally that would have enabled him to complete his term on the Council. Mr. Matthews’ tenacity alone should speak volumes regarding his genuine concern for Weatherford.

I have watched Ms. Watson as well. She was very outspoken as the Chairman of the utility board. She always expressed a genuine concern for the people of Weatherford when it came to the other board members wanting to raise utility rates. I also remember Ms. Watson when she was a previous Mayor of Weatherford. The most important thing I remember about when she was Mayor was that she always operated the City in the black. It was never in the red like it is today.

I have watched Mr. Tarbay as a Tea Party Member. He has always fought to make things better for our Nation and our State. He is well educated and has the personal drive and genuine concern to make things better for Weatherford.

Mr. Waymon Hamilton, Mr. Craig Swancy, and Mr. Dennis Hooks need to go. They are not the stellar conservatives as Ms. Zan Prince would like to label them. Here’s why: (1) They voted to raise taxes while at the same time spending $3 million of your tax dollars on outside consultants. (2) They allowed the City employee pyramid to become top heavy by allowing the City Manager’s (Mr. Blaisdale and Ms. Fadden) to hire folks that would eventually make over $100,000 in gross annual salaries in a City with a population of just over 26,000 people. (3) They allowed Ms. Fadden to make the decision regarding the utility contract in 2008 versus making the decision themselves thereby costing all of us an arm and a leg in utility bills during that timeframe. (4) They would like you to believe the road projects are going according to schedule. Who’s schedule? Certainly not the people of Weatherford. Those road projects should have been started 10 years ago and they should have been finished prior to the new shopping centers being built along I20. (5) They cost us money once again last year when they had to pump water from lake Benbrook to Lake Weatherford. This should have never happened. They should have been calling for water conservation like the other Cities in the Metroplex instead of allowing the gas drilling companies to hook up to our water hydrants around the city to get millions of gallons of water for frac drilling wells.

Weatherford needs folks on the Council that have vision, will listen to the people, will hold City Staff accountable for their actions, and will be fiscally conservative when it comes to managing your tax dollars. In my opinion those folks that fit this bill are Josh Tarbay, Eric Matthews, and Sherry Watson.

4 responses

  1. I said others of the good old boy system would remain nameless. Since this person has voiced his opinion in this election, I feel it necessary for me to shed some light on him as well. Mr. Joe Tison is one of the good old boys I mentioned above.

    Mr. Joe Tison has come out and endorsed the incumbents. That is very admirable for him to do so considering the fact that some of the problems we are facing currently were results from when he was Mayor of Weatherford.

    First, the road projects should have been started 10 years ago when the city had sufficient levels of money in the bank to cover the cost of them. We got the cart before the horse here. The shopping centers on South Main along I20 went in before the road projects were started. That didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Matter of fact one of the box stores Office Depot located in the Lowes Shopping Center ended up closing it’s doors as a result of this problem. Many folks on the North side of town will not shop in the new shopping centers because of the traffic congestion along South Main. This ultimately has caused a financial strain on those remaining box stores resulting in lost revenue for them and loss of sales tax revenue to the City. We can thank good ole Mayor Tison and the other ole boys on the Council for their lack of vision and planning for our city.

    Second, the City had the opportunity to fix the aging water and waste water pipes years ago when we had sufficient funds in the bank and were not in an economic recession. Once again we are a day late and a dollar short thanks to Mr. Tison and his good ole boys. Now we are faced with incurring more debt to repair this aging infrastructure or fix it as it fails because we are in a revenue crunch.

    Third, Lake Weatherford has experienced a diminished holding capacity due to lack of maintenance and dredging. This problem should have been remedied years ago but due to lack of vision was neglected. Now we are faced with having to depend on Lake Benbrook during times of drought for our water needs. Thank you Mr. Tison.

    Fourth, Our previous Ciy Manager Ms. Jennifer Fadden was hired during Mr. Tison’s term as Mayor. As a result of her poor management we are stuck in a utility contract that cost the people of Weatherford and the City millions of dollars. Also, thanks to Ms. Fadden the City expanded the salaries and incomes of upper level management to unprecidented levels making it impossible for a City of 26,000 taxpayors to maintain. As a result, we have more chiefs than indians at city hall now and the indians are the ones that are working the hardest and being put on furloughs.

    Once again I tip my hat to you Mr. Tison for a job well done.

    So as Paul Harvey would say now you know the rest of the story here folks. Now is the time to get your city back and get us on the road to economic recovery. Please get out and vote.

    Vote Josh Tarbay for Place 3
    Vote Eric Matthews for Place 4
    Vote Sherry Watson for Mayor


    I’d like to extend my personal thanks to all those who supported us the challengers in this election. It cannot be said that during this election we the challengers did not do our very best.

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

    What can be said is 1721 people decide how the other 28,000 people in Weatherford live. Those that are in the majority have no reason to complain when they do not vote.

  3. We always need challengers! Please don’t be discouraged. Continue to show up and always ask questions! We are thankful for your commitment.

    1. Eric Matthews

      Dear Windmill,

      Thank you for your words of encouragement. I intend on staying involved.

      Have a great day!


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