OK, NOW WHO IS THE
a column by Nelson
Thibodeaux or Things
that chap my butt!
On October 3rd,
2003, I wrote a column about Star-Telegram's Dave
Lieber declaring that the GCISD Board of Trustees had
"destroyed itself". In that column, I reflected on
the responses of the Trustees posted on LNO concerning
Lieber's revelation. I concluded the following, "Every
Trustee that took the time to respond clearly demonstrated
their personal understanding of responsibilities in public
office. The simple fact that a group of seven does not agree,
may not like each other's style, even think that a member is
out of line, does not justify some public damnation of these
members." The only Trustee that failed to
give input, consistent with her previous conduct, was Vicki
Here for that column.
Now Poison Pen
Dave has taken after GCISD Trustee Freda Ward again.
Lieber concluded that Ward's questions to Trustee Jesse
Rodriquez concerning the purchase of textbooks from his
company by GCISD is "hypocrisy"! According to
Ward in her column, Click
Here , "He (Lieber) told me on
Tuesday, when he called to question me, that if I had not
questioned my fellow trustee, who he has high regards for,
that he would not need to write a negative article about me."
Unlike Lieber, I live in and pay taxes to the GCISD district
and both my children graduated from Grapevine High
School. Rodriquez, Ward and John Eubanks were elected to
the school board at the same time and received cross over
support from each other's candidacy. I supported all
three of these individuals and fully intend to support them
again for re-election, once again that would be ALL THREE.
Now with typical sanctimonious arrogance Lieber writes
that "...I made the news judgment that I would not
report what I believed was an apparent conflict of
interest..." , he goes on to say he "felt
sorry that she lost her job," referring to Ward.
First of all as a journalist, I would have hoped that Lieber
would simply have reported the facts, but of course making a
"news judgment" by a columnist is a dangerous
inflammatory columns, blatant generalizations, personal
attacks, and political bias, Lieber has done more to
discourage "new faces" from getting involved in
local public service than any political machine. Lieber
has delivered political heartburn to many locally elected
officials through his perceived "conflict of
I have served in local elected office. Everyone I worked and
came in contact with, including my most ardent opponents, I
felt were doing what they thought best for their community.
Getting elected wasn't about grabbing a free meal at a
convention or expecting favorable treatment. Your
neighbors elected to council or school boards spend hours and hours of
their personal time without any compensation. Both while
serving as an elected official and from a journalist's
observation, I believe these elected officials are doing
what they think is best for their community. While I may have
vehement disagreement about policy or approach, in my opinion,
none of these individuals served in local public office for
their own personal gain, that is all
You might recall the ex-mayor that help
direct $7.5 million in Colleyville's TIF funds and then, in less than six
months, took a job with the same firm? You might recall,
when I served on city council with this individual my
disagreements with the ex-mayor's policy and conduct were
discounted by Lieber because I was simply a "meanie"
and the poor mayor was being "victimized."
Get a load of this guy, Lieber calls Ward's conduct "hypocrisy" and
he was not surprised because of her previous votes
concerning a certain ethics policy.
What about ethics in the City of Colleyville. Might he
recall the big push for "Ethics Rules" in
Colleyville by the same mayor? Not a WORD from North
East Tarrant's political conscience about the absolute
unethical confirmation of conduct by his newspaper's favorite
When it comes
to "hypocrisy", there is one thing for certain.
Local elected officials may from time to time conduct
themselves in a manner some may think is hypocritical, but they
are truly amateurs compared to the self-promoting Dave Lieber. You see,
the rest of us find it hard to compete with a Professional Hypocrite.