Change is a hard thing to change.
You canít stop it. Sometimes you canít start it, either.
People often say they want change. But when they get it, they want to change it. Every election seems to resound with that very word. But when the change comes and it doesnít really change things, then itís time for another change.
Congress seems to be caught in that conundrum. Whatís the difference between a Democrat and a Republican? One wants change and the other wants to change it.
The Glen Rose City Council made some changes Monday night. Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Mitchell submitted her resignation and the council accepted it. Then it appointed a new member, Tom Osborn, and moved Johnny Martin into the mayor pro tem position.
Some people liked the changes. Some didnít. Some saw the split on the council when it came to voting on the changes as evidence that some council members want change and others donít.
Think about all the issues that have come up this year in this city. Whether to hire a city administrator or not to hire one. Whether to pass the overlay or not to pass it. Whether to renovate Oakdale Park and equip it to handle modern RVs or restore it to its historical authenticity.
They all boil down to change and how best to effect that change.
Right now the most visible symbol of change is the debate over a city administrator. Some people want that to happen now ó the council even planned for it and budgeted money for the position ó but others donít want that change and donít think itís needed.
The way the council voted to replace Mitchell was an indication of who wants change and who doesnít.
Mayor Pam Miller, who has said many times something to the effect of ďif itís not broke why fix it,Ē does not want a city administrator. Neither does Martin. Osborn has voiced his opposition to that as well. Miller broke the councilís tie to appoint him. No surprise there.
Kiss the prospect of getting a city administrator anytime soon goodbye.
It may take more newcomers moving to Glen Rose and getting involved and elected to public offices before a city administrator will ever be hired, but that change likely will happen as the town grows. And, despite the current depressed economy, Glen Rose looks poised to grow and change even more in the next decade.
Glen Rose and Somervell County changed a lot when the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant was built and began operating 20 years ago. Now it wants another big change ó two new reactors. Given the way its application seems to be moving ahead, Luminant likely will get approval to build the new nukes. Then more changes will come our way.
Bigger highways are heading our way, too. Theyíll bring more change ó more newcomers, more students for our schools, more challenges.
All this change is happening way too fast for some people and not fast enough for others. Thatís where the stress of transition comes in.
Every governmental entity in this county and elected public official is confronting the prospect of change. And how best to handle the change? Do you go with the flow or try to put up a dam?
The challenge isnít to keep Glen Rose a small town. Youíd have to barricade every major highway, close the gates and stop all the clocks.
The challenge is to enable it to grow and still keep the small town flavor. The friendliness and the feel of this town that has adapted to change but hasnít lost its soul in the process is one thing people around here donít want to change.