Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002


Most of you know what happened here yesterday. I resembled an ice skater in competition who falls flat on his keister.

I am going to brush myself off, and try to finish what I started.

It was about me being too willing to forgive people.

After someone has 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” so that, as my support group, y’all can spot my symptoms, and bring me back to reality if I need it.

This is about mayor Ed Garza, shrinking violet of local politics. I've been claiming that he hasn’t been an effective leader. Most recently, in the matter of us versus U-P.

But now he's put together a delegation to go face the evil empire. Next Wednesday, our guys’ll meet with the chairman of Union Pacific in Omaha.

This is the kind of stuff that needs to be done. Things are accomplished that way.

I know this Omaha excursion isn’t huge. It ain’t the Big Red One hitting Omaha Beach on D-day. But it is one step, and things get done one step at a time.

So y’all keep a lookout on me. If I start saying 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, 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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