I've long thought the definition of KBTX and its relationship to our viewers is a partnership - the true definition of the word. Such was the case this past weekend when storms intensified and hammered the area overnight Saturday into Sunday.
While thousands were without power, friends and neighbors were helping each other through the KBTX Facebook page, on social media and our website while KBTX crews were out assessing storm damage and working with local utilities to get the latest information. In the meantime, pictures of flooding and damage from throughout the Brazos Valley came pouring in from viewers from all over. On behalf of KBTX, thank you for taking time to send this information. And more importantly for me, a special thank you to meteorologist Crystal Ploehn for personally responding to everyone who sent a picture, sending them an e-mail thank you. What you share with us matters, and helps all of us do a better job of serving and helping each other.
C-M called in from North Harris County:
"I wasn't able to reach my sister and her husband after repeated attempts (Sunday morning) but found out about the power outage on your website. We just wanted to say thanks for the job you do there. We miss our friends and family there and we count KBTX has our family. You come in on our pitiful little antenna now and then and it makes us wish we were still there. Thank you for the great job and tell Brenda (Sims) hello."
And in the "haven't we been down this road before?" category, it's the government shutdown. The in-box has been full of opinions, some from the left, some from the right, but with a common theme. At the root of who we ALL are, we just need solutions.
J-B wrote in:
"This shutdown is becoming a meltdown. Now the Feds are proving what they think of American Citizens. A couple who has owned a cabin on Lake Mead since the 70s, but because that's federal land, they have to leave their home until the park opens!"
Look, this is but a very small sample of the effects of yet another shutdown. But has anyone thought about this? September 30th has been the budget deadline for a very long time. Those in Washington have known this date was coming since, well, October 1st of last year.
Throughout our lives, we've lived on deadlines. April 15th for tax filing, dates for school registration, Inspection stickers, car registration, the list goes on. You miss the deadline, there are penalties. In this academic rich area, there are deadlines in the classroom. Must take a test by this date or - YOU FAIL! Must turn in this paper by this date or - YOU FAIL! So, to those elected to create a workable budget - YOU FAIL!
Now, not everyone is bad in Washington, it just seems this way. Who will have the guts to introduce a bill that when the government shuts down, all in Congress and the house take a pay-cut to - say - one-fifth for example? That means if the average salary of Congress is in the neighborhood of $175,000, the government shuts down, you don't get paid - and then when it fires back up, you get just $2900 a month - still more than a lot of people - but a big decline. At that time, we'll find out what is really important to Washington: getting the job done or serving personal interests. Right now, it is very self-serving, and if we continue to pay them for making an "F,"why would they do anything different?
Your opinion matters to the family of KBTX - be in touch anytime.
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