Image: Kathy Turner Jones (left), who has left her job as General Manager of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, celebrating the end of her tenure with Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham (right), who attended her “going away” party at the Corner Pub in downtown Conroe on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Conroe, March 14 – Kathy Turner Jones has left her job as General Manager of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) and celebrated the end of her tenure with some friends, who included Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham. Jones held a broken “Golden Hammer” attached to a box which had the words “No Mas!” This newspaper and its Publisher have openly criticized Jones for her pro-regulatory positions with respect to privately-owned groundwater and other private property.
Interestingly, Ham was among the first activists in Montgomery County who openly criticized LSGCD, the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), and their pro-monopolistic relationship. SJRA has developed a virtual monopoly of surface water sales, allowing the government agency to spike water prices enormously, by pushing LSGCD to over-regulate groundwater, as the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University observed in a 2012 Capstone Report.
Even while she managed government property as the General Manager of LSGCD, Jones openly campaigned for the pro-regulation candidates who ran against the current Board of Directors members in the November 6, 2018, General Election. The entire Board of Directors ran on a deregulation platform calling for respect of private property rights and an end to government spending.
In private communications to a mutual friend of Jones, the Publisher of this newspaper made clear during the past couple of days that this newspaper and its Publisher both wish Jones personally the best of fortune in the future. Nevertheless, this newspaper joins the vast majority of citizens in celebrating Jones’ departure.
The issue is not Jones personally and has never been. Rather, Jones’ departure represents an important step in the direction of deregulation and reduction in the unreasonable reach of government.
Jones the person deserves all the good that life may bring. Jones the Regulator simply does not fit in Montgomery County where the vast majority of citizens are working together to bring reform of government by showing leadership to the rest of Texas and the Nation with respect to what a community of individuals with strong conservative principles who love “freedom” (as defined immediately below) may do to bring about true reform.
A conservative activist by the name of Brett Rogers made a wonderful point on social media yesterday. He provided a definition of what true “Freedom” means when he said, “My definition of freedom, as I’ve often written, is when I can go thirty days without worrying what the government is up to, because government is that small in our lives.”
Jones’ departure may signal a shift towards “freedom.” May all the joy, peace, and freedom in the world be a reality in Kathy Turner Jones the person’s life.