County officials’ credibility takes hit
Aug 06, 2014 | 745 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

For several years, many Goliad County citizens have applauded the activities of the EMS director who has provided outstanding professional services and demonstrated a unique ability to obtain grants and other operational funds.

The credibility of the EMS director and that of the county judge received a serious setback at the July 28 commissioners court meeting when the judge (not too artfully) dodged the agenda item concerning a report regarding the status of an earlier proposal concerning the county association with DeTar Hospital.

The judge’s reluctance was subsequently re-identified by Ms. Fonseca’s proposal for a new facility obviously to be shared by the Goliad County EMS and a hospital emergency room operated by an unidentified (presumably DeTar Hospital) staff.

Things went downhill from this point when citizens questioned details including cost, hospital association, management and locations. The situation deteriorated further when it became obvious that persons indicated as supporters had not been previously consulted and, in fact, had not expressed the support claimed.

More and more it appears that the court is being led to rush to judgement without due consideration of citizens’ concerns, actual requirements, cost or effectiveness of a poorly conceived and less than carefully planned facility.

At this stage, the proposals appear to be more an ego trip for the advocates than an exercise in serving the needs of the community.

John Caldwell,

Goliad County
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