Reflecting pool needs upgrade


May 29, 2017 another perfunctory ceremony day designated Memorial Day. A day to remember and honor those who offered up their lives for good of country. Too few realize the extent of military service relative to wasted youth health, loss of limbs, imprisonment by enemies or death by many causes, and, too, disrupted family lie for wives, children, parents or friends. We could all give deeper thought about veterans wounded, MIA, KIA and those lost dreams each family had slip away for good of country.

Also, in line with Memorial Day emotions of Texans in general and particularly Gonzales citizens should be urgent to step up and press the city of Gonzales about neglectful management of a state archeological landmark, the Gonzales Memorial Museum (particularly the reflecting pool for the monument to those foolishly brave 32 men and boys from the Gonzales area that made world history volunteering to defend the Alamo — an event that gave Sam Houston a chance to gather and train an army to whip an over-confident General Santa Ana of Mexico). This is a historical site equal or better than any in France, Greece or Russian tourist-wise. Yet do we see mainline tourist bus traffic in Gonzales restaurants and hotels? Why not city officials? Is the rodeo park and convention center barn more to your likings? There is a world class tourist attraction on your doorsteps that could bring much tourist business with all those tax advantages, yet you’ve chosen to reduce rather than promote tourism by way of cutting city public relation activities. But please don’t embarrass all Texans by featuring a non-kept facility; a world-class attraction requires first-class maintenance and a state of Texas archeological landmark certain deserves aggressive maintenance attention.

In 2014, as a new resident, a proud native Texan, too, I attempted to explore why the monument reflecting pool was so appallingly neglected, essentially no water, floating paint, piles of leaves, etc. city officials and local historical group members pointed the finger at the Texas Historical Commission.

In a letter 29 August 2014 in reply to my inquiry, the Texas Historical Commission rebutted the city’s line showing that the reflecting pool had been placed way down on the city list of needed maintenance. The 29 Aug. 2014 letter also indicated that funds to redo the reflecting pool could be obtained by Texas Reservation Trust Fund grants. Oh well, so much for honoring those listed on the Memorial Monument, as a 92-year-old man, I watched, moved to Harwood and wearied of the whole matter. 

David Cole