I read the editorial in the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper (the official newspaper of Glen Rose and also the newspaper I subscribe to) about old and new people that live here. (I would link to the post but it's not yet on the newspaper online site). Ms Jones had apparently heard someone talking about "new people coming into Glen Rose and trying to run things". Someone yesterday also made a simliar comment, although the slant was different. Here's mine.
I don't think in terms of whether people have lived here for a long time or not, but in terms of what people's ideas are and their personalities, etc. Was thinking about it last night and I believe it's because I'm a suburb kid who moved quite a bit. And most of the time the neighborhoods we moved into were new.. new housing that was built over rural or vacant land. I believe that most people who moved out to any of these burbs were part of a shared experience of being a transplant. There were, of course, people who had lived in the area their entire life. To me, I didn't value a person more or less simply because he or she had lived in the area from the start or was a transplant. What I missed out on was shared experiences of growing up, of knowing an area from being there since, say, kindergarten and having the same friends for perhaps most of my life. On the other hand, I have friends from a variety of places that I have known for years, and it's a different type of rich experience. I don't see one type as having more value than the other.
When we moved to Glen Rose (to the county) about 10 years ago, we had already been coming here for a few years to the land we had purchased. I had come through Glen Rose as a child and always thought it was lovely-I have a lot of kin in central Texas. I purposely wanted to live in Glen Rose. The place I lived before, up in Denton County, had changed from a sleepy quiet area to one with way too much traffic, businesses and congestion. I wanted to come to a place that was rural, appreciated its past and the charm of its own beauty. I wanted to have livestock and poultry and be able to grow things, have lush flower gardens and not have a neighbor 6 feet away across a strip of land between houses. And I could have looked in other areas but I zeroed in, at the start, on Glen Rose. (And yes, I knew it had a nuclear power plant). I am one of those that wanted to move here and then lock the door and throw away the key to KEEP it the way it was so it would not turn into the congested metroplex mess I moved away from.
I had people tell me that I was a newbie for years.One friend of mine who moved here in the 1970's said that she was considered a newbie for a very long time as well. (heh!) . I can understand that from people who have heritage families that came here in the 1800's; that's really something to be proud of. But I also know of a lot of people who moved here even after me, who are very involved with organizations or committees or whatever. I decided that 10 years was long enough to allow anyone to call me *new* and I consider myself as fully a citizen of Glen Rose as anyone else at this point.
And it isn't as if there is a philosophy difference in how the city should be handled or grow by comparing natives versus transplants. Where do you measure a *new* person from? 10 years? 20 years? 30 years? Or maybe the turn of the century? I know people who have lived here for a long time, went to school with others, and who are all for more nuclear powere plants, socialization of various enterprises, ie, seeing a land of making a buck and lots of progress. For example, one person wants to grow the city proper so that annexing of the county land can begin. On the other hand, there are people who have moved here more recently (myself included) who want to see the treasures of Glen Rose preserved, don't want more nuclear power plants and do NOT want Glen Rose to even LOOK like the metroplex.
In other words, the battle lines are not between old and new but between the IDEAS that PEOPLE have and whether you agree with them.I like just about everybody I meet, but I may not always agree on ideas or the way things are done. I can say what I think and people don't have to agree with me, but I get to say it. I don't have to not express myself simply because of some artificial idea about who is *new* and who is *old*. And I believe that if there are those who think that others are *running* things, the solution is to speak up, loudly and often. Vote out those you think aren't doing the right thing and TALK about what you want. At the very least, it ought to engender a healthy debate and that, at least to me, is a principle our country is founded on.