I've been known to be critical of the bozos (I use that term lovingly, of course) on city council but one Esteban Rangel actually brought up a brilliant idea at Monday's meeting: dedicate a separate day for public recognitions. Sir, you are getting a fruit basket from me, Laredo's Most Imposing Blogger, for making one of the most practical suggestions I've heard in a long time.
Yes, citizens, if things pan out, no longer will we be subjected to the fawning that takes place at the beginning of city council meetings. That will occur at a separate gathering on a different day. Amen! But after offering up his plan, Mr. Rangel was met with an alternative plan by the city manager: if it's only two or three recognitions, we can include them before the meetings. No! No! No! No!
It has to be all or none when it comes to recognizing people's achievements. Case in point.
At Monday's meeting, an older gentleman named "Chito" Rodriguez was being lauded for his being named the "King of Baseball." There was a video presentation, then Mr. Rodriguez said some words, and the city manager put in his two cents worth, and then the mayor invited Mr. Rodriguez's obnoxious daughter to the dais, and a picture followed, and yadda yadda yadda. The whole thing took about 15 minutes. If two or three recognitions are allowed it could take up to 45 minutes during regularly scheduled meetings, and that defeats the purpose of what Mr. Rangel is trying to accomplish.
Big ups to Mr. Rangel. You're OK in my book. At least for now.