February 9, 2015
Recently, I half-jokingly tweeted that the local newspaper had used a less-than-flattering picture of me. I thought it didn’t capture my essence very well. So I whined a little.
Careful what you ask for. The Statesman seems to have accommodated my request by running a different picture. Last week, the paper ran a picture of some scowling man with a pumpkin head not once, but twice on the same day. It appeared with a great story about Austin Community College getting a big grant that I helped with as well as with a story about state employee pensions and my efforts to protect them. Two times. On the same day.
So I have a problem. Yeah, I know it’s not cool to moan to the paper about the pictures they run. And of course we can—and should—all agree that the paper should only run good pictures of me.
The bigger problem is that my concept of my beauty and age may not be what everyone else actually sees when they look at me. It’s undeniably me in the picture. There doesn’t appear to be any malicious photoshopping.
I’ve reluctantly concluded that, well, the picture looks like me.
I’m an over 50, slightly overweight, grouchy man. I’ve achieved my political demographic.
A big deal
We broke some really good news last week about ACC winning a state grant worth nearly $5 million to build a wetlab at its Highland Campus.
The ACC grant is a big deal. It will create a much-needed space for biotechnology research in Central Texas. And ACC will be the first community college in Texas to have wetlab space.
It also will help accomplish part of the 10 Goals in 10 Years that I laid out in 2011 as a vision to transform our community’s health and economy. On my newly revamped website, I’ve got a page dedicated to showing the amazing progress we’re making toward those goals.
Our community provided the spark to make this all happen first by supporting the 10-in-10 vision in 2012 and again in 2014 by backing the investments ACC is making to build up our educational infrastructure.
Great things are happening here because of your support and I’m proud to stand up and represent you at the Texas Capitol.