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January 16, 2021

Worthy to Print Column: We’re All in This Together

By George Worthy, Gonzales Columnist

What in the world is going on with our government? You have a guy that was videoed threatening to use his power to hold up aid to a foreign country’s aid, then getting millions of dollars transferred to his son and brother actually trading his position as Vice President for money. You have the head of the FBI saying he lied, under oath, to get a search warrant and to spy on a candidate for president. I know that you know that if we ever got caught doing the things that these yahoos in Washington did, we would be spending the holidays in the jailhouse.

I can usually find something to say about the politicians in Washington, but I’m sure if I did that, they wouldn’t be able to publish my thoughts. This has to be the most blatant example of the thought process that occurs when you are elected to a position in the government. They go to Washington as poor as church mice and come home again with millions.

I have just about given up watching TV anymore. I don’t really care how you voted. That is something you’ll have to work out within your own home, wife and children. I wanted to write about those who bring joy to others simply by doing their work. No shouts of, “Hey look at me! I’m working during the pandemic.” They feel as if they have to blow their own horn.

Let’s look at some of the folks that make me happy to be living in Gonzales. First I have to say something good about our law enforcement personnel. We have young enthusiastic officers that patrol during the hours you and I are sleeping. I don’t know about you, but I know I sleep better knowing they are out there. They have to approach some folks who are ignoring the facts about the contagion of the virus we are all fighting. While alcoholic beverages are being consumed, they have to try and make sure the partygoers understand the danger they present. They have to point out the danger of close proximity.

I’m sure Chief Wise has been informed about how many folks in our neighborhood have been infected. Not from all the parties, but because they have to get up and go to the fields early and work very close to each other. No matter how hard the farmers are working to assure the safety of their employees, this is not a cold we are talking about. It is a deadly scourge that requires constant vigilance to assure our loved ones are safe.

As much as I hate to say it. the masks we are wearing do present a safety measure that must be followed. Hopefully those dingbats in Washington will allow a vaccine to be perfected soon. I shudder to think what will become of the children who are denied an opportunity to learn. This video learning is not the answer. The teachers need to get into the classroom with their charges and help them understand the world. I am not blaming anyone, I know the teachers I have met have a strong desire to teach. They are not holding out as some have said; to get better pay. They have families too.

The folks I truly do appreciate are the postmen and women who make sure we get the mail. That old adage, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” I have never visited our post office when I didn’t get a friendly smile and a salutation of the day. The hours they are working are difficult due to the difficulty of dealing with the rules they have to live by. You won’t hear them asking for your respect. They earn your respect every day.

I certainly do not want to forget the work that the folks that come to work every day to keep Gonzales running. The public works folks that assure that you have water or your trash is taken away. They are out there no matter the weather and never fail to wave hello or make sure the whole machine that runs Gonzales is kept oiled and maintained.

How about the city manager and staff of our town? They have a tough time on one side of the counter as they have to meet and take care of the problems of the town, while they don’t know if that person they are helping is taking all the precautions necessary. They have loved ones at home that they have to remember.

You know I couldn’t forget the city council, planning committee, fire department and all the other hardworking folks that want to keep Gonzales the great little town that it is. There are some who love to tell you how hard they are working and all the good they are doing, but they forget that if they are doing good things, people will know. They don’t have to toot their own horn to be reminded. You know the best things these folks could do is pray. We must never forget who makes the ultimate decision.

Until next time, wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance from others and take a moment to stop and give thanks that we are all in this together, and together we can accomplish anything.

God Bless.

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