Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002

Maybe I’m too willing to forgive.

After people have screwed up, if they act sorry and apologize even halfway good, I lean toward saying “Give ’em a second chance.”

I reveal this forgiveness weakness because, if I need a support group, you’ll be here to recognize the symptoms, and bring me back to reality.

What this is about is mayor Ed “Anybody Seen My Spine?” Garza. You know how hard I have been pounding the idea that the shrinking violet of local politics hasn’t been an effective leader. Lately, in the matter of us versus U-P.

But now here he comes, putting together a delegation to go deal head-on with the evil empire. A week from today, our guys’ll meet with Richard Davidson, chairman of Union Pacific, who’s holed up at corporate HQ in Omaha.

This is the kind of stuff that needs to be done. Acting rather than reacting. Things are accomplished that way. And anyway Mr. Garza is taking grownups with him, county judge Nelson Wolff and others.

I know this Omaha trip isn’t huge. It ain’t the Big Red One hitting Omaha Beach on D-day. But it is one step, and if anything’s ever to be accomplished, it’ll be one step at a time.

So y’all keep a lookout. If I start to thinking that maybe the mayor has finally shifted into Leadership second gear, splash me with cold water and slap me right smart. Bring me to my senses.

Help me remember a leopard doesn’t change his spots. And spine transplants aren’t possible either.

However, there’s no denying, this certainly looks like a valid first step. Whoops, there I go again...

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

• San Antonio Express-News Dec. 10, 2002 Garza hopes to clear the tracks

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