Reader Bob Garza, who always provides thoughtful commentary on this blog, has raised the issue of our county’s image to outsiders — a topic that has been discussed here before:
“Two friends and former colleagues of mine from out of town went to the Independence Day parade and were surprised by the tea party presence. One of them who was considering moving here, jokingly said that if this is how it is here then she’d move someplace else. She was kidding but I got the sense that she was serious.
“The image that the tea party in this part of the county gives to visitors is something that should be considered by business and community leaders. If people begin to think of this area as a ‘backwater’ filled with rednecks and angry old people, then tourism will decline and potential new residents will find a different place to live.
“Of course, if you like the status quo and don’t mind gradual decline, then you should encourage this political and polarizing posturing which doesn’t seem to provide any substantive or productive value in the form of meaningful governance solutions.”
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