17 Jul

I really would like for this whole balloon deal to go away and hopefully after this weekend I won’t have to bring it up again. Unless of course, people keep acting foolish on the City Council. In this mornings AJ we found out that Paul Beane brought up the ordinance banning balloon releases because of a promise he made to a rancher outside of Lubbock County. (link)

Beane is even quoted saying, “The balloon ordinance was not on my top-ten radar,” Beane said. “As a matter of fact, it’s not in the top 50, but a promise is a promise.”

I’ve posted the audio from my thoughts on this in the podcast section of the website (link) but I think this needs to be written as well.

Mr. Beane, you represent District 4 of the City of Lubbock. Not a rancher outside of Lubbock County. You were elected by the people of District 4 of the City of Lubbock. Not a rancher outside of Lubbock County. You serve the PEOPLE of the CITY of LUBBOCK. NOT a rancher outside the County. Do you get it?

If Linda Deleon or Floyd Price had made a promise to someone outside of Lubbock to make an ordinance affecting the citizens of Lubbock, many people would be outraged. And I hope you are now. Paul Beane tried to grow government with an ordinance that was unenforceable, and made Lubbock look bad all because of a promise to some rancher who has no vote in Lubbock, and pays no taxes in Lubbock.

Mr. Beane, you should only make promises to those you serve. You should concentrate on District 4 and the City of Lubbock, nothing else. You serve no one outside of Lubbock County. If you’d like to serve people outside of Lubbock and force laws on people and increase government then it’s time you leave City Hall and run for State Representative.



  1. Lightbulb Jones July 17, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    In the article you linked to the AL/LOL (What an acronym!) it’s worthy to note what Klein said about who he represents.

    Although he is an unusually good speaker, and his good intentions rarely make him disagreeable, he falls into the same trap as Beane.

    “I think my responsibility is to listen to the public, and…”

    Benefit of the doubt says he meant first and foremost the citizens of his district and to some degree the citizens of Lubbock.

    On the other hand, if you say something enough you tend to believe it.

    The broadly defined “public” (In this case persons not associated with government.) exists on all corners of the earth and has it’s sights on stretching its reach into space- If taken literally and if Klein stays in office long enough, he may be representing the best interests of a space tourist landing on Mars.

    Doesn’t a farmer in the next county raising balloon-munching cattle seem a little local now?

    I would give him the benefit of the doubt, but some people might not.

  2. Jason H July 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    When a local politician says he serves the public it is understood that “the public” means those who elected him. When the former USSR premier said Comrades did you think that he was talking to you??

  3. RT July 24, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    Apparently Paul Bean represents loud, public cursing, embarrassing citizens!

  4. Lubbock or Leave It July 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Nice try RT…were you even at the alleged incident? The stuff morons will believe on the internet.

  5. James Garza July 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Concerning the gastric disturbances of local cattle, it would be hard to tell if the balloons came from District 4. Lubbock has ordinances not only in the interest of the immediate community but for the general population around the city. Any fire chief will tell us that fire makes no distinction between victims regardless of what district, county or state they reside in. In essence I don’t see the difference between balloons or cigarette smoke being released into the atmosphere. I don’t have any opinion of cigarette butts or chewing gum on concrete.

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