Goliad residents known for resiliency
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Living in Goliad nowadays is like trying to predict the weather in South Texas. You know the old saying “If you don’t like it stick around and it will soon change!”

This summer, so far, will be one for the record books. Not in the terms of weather, but in the terms of all the recent events in our community with all the political calamity in our city government and the very sad tragedy that claimed the life of one of our own citizens.

The truth is no matter what we would have said or what we could have done we did escape our destiny.

Many opinions have come forth about what has been and what will come to be. We are not all in agreement, but what is amazing is that all of us are willing to press on. We pick up the pieces and do the best we can. This we will call Goliad.

Since its early beginnings over the years, the greatest asset to Goliad has been its resilient people. This summer will mark four years I’ve been a resident of Goliad. I accomplished 30 years of service with the Texas Department of Transportation, and it was a privilege to have worked alongside some fine people at Port Lavaca maintenance service.

And last but not least, I left behind a heartfelt, painful divorce. I came to Goliad to be a different person, if nothing else a better person. My father taught me citizenship in the community. At this point in time, it’s fair to say I help out whenever, however I can here in Goliad.

But like our good sheriff tells us, “You would be surprised about what you hear on the streets of Goliad.”

Recently it was brought to my attention that it was I that gave the Victoria Advocate classified information about the city audit while I was employed with the City of Goliad. To the perpetrator of this lie, I say publicly in this letter you have disgraced only yourself. Your disgusting ego along with your blatant lies show exactly how utterly insignificant you really are. And so I say to my friends, neighbors, and fellow Goliad citizens “God speed.” To my enemies or I should say to those who refuse to accept me on the basis of friendship, remember the lord moves in mysterious ways.

For you see I too have now joined the ranks of Goliad’s resilient people. I wish the City of Goliad a swift recovery and an effective resolution to all its woes.

To the families on both sides of the recent tragedy here in Goliad, may God grant you peace. In observance of all the events that have transpired here in Goliad and on behalf of all the people, let us call to mind 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed. We are perplexed but not in despair. Persecuted but not forsaken; cast down but never destroys.”

Michael Martinez,

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