Thursday, January 12, 2012

What happened to TOPS, COPS, VIDA and CUT-FAT?

Laredo overdue for another cane-waiving Watchdog group

Over the years, there have been several citizens' groups who have taken up the mantle of protecting the taxpayer from unscrupulous politicians.  Some of these have included  Taxpayers Organized for Public Service (TOPS), Citizens Organized for Public Service (COPS), Volunteers In Democratic Action (VIDA) and more recently Cut-Fat, a taxpayer fiscal watchdog group. 

LaredoTejas political insiders could not determine if any of these groups are still active locally.  That being the case, it's obvious that a vacuum exists for just such a group; one dedicated to holding our city and county politicos accountable. This is especially true in these times of constant shenanigans at both City hall and our County courthouse.

The mood certainly seems to be appropriate for such a citizens group to keep our local bigwigs in check but what might make for a good name?

For starters, there could be a Citizens Restricting Amoral Politics (CRAP), or perhaps an organization of cane waivers (i.e. Keyrose); Community Against Negative Ethics (CANE). Other possibilities could include Laredoans Organized to Negate Canoneros' Hurting Elections (LONCHE) or even Publicly Engaged Laredoans Organized for New Ethics & Standards (PELONES).

It's easy to see that there's a plethora of excellent names for any group(s) that may form to carry on the proud Watchdog tradition.  LaredoTejas, for one, would certainly be willing to help spread the word.

1 comment:

  1. I saw a CUT FAT bumper sticker the other day. If I'm not mistaken, I think one of the members of that organization was a local physician.
    What happened to the group?

    Perhaps BOLAS should get to the bottom of this.