The Perspective – April 2021

The Perspective

Hello Everyone,

My hope is that all of you are enjoying the break in weather these past few weeks. Spring truly is a beautiful time of the year. It is often a time when we regroup, refresh, and as well to clean out and get rid of the old and bring in some new.

Last month we ended on “Ethics”, and I would like to speak just briefly on it as we near the end of April. The definition of the word, “Ethics is based on well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtue.” * It provides a fundamental approach in how we look at the world and contribute to its success in helping others – we – all share in “ethics”.

We will see you next month as we continue this discussion in depth on “The Perspective”. Until then try to stay safe and blessed.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
Albert Einstein

 

* Manuel Velasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J., and Michael J. Meyer, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, at Santa Clara University: the article appeared originally in Issues in Ethics //E V1 N1 (Fall 1987). Revised in 2010. www.scu.edu Accessed: April 23, 2021 at 3:58 pm (cst).

President’s Message: The Perspective-Transparency / Director Preston

The Perspective

Welcome back to “The Perspective”

Transparency
March 2021 Edition

First, on behalf of The Board, our employees, consultants, advisors, vendors., and attorneys, we offer our appreciation for your support and patience with us throughout these past few weeks.  In addition, we extend our sympathy for the many who are experiencing difficulties in their homes because of the Winter Storm Texas 2021.  We are committed to serving each of you.

Last month, “The Perspective” was introduced and was shared with you of its meaning. Therefore, in order that your perception be put into the right context about how MUD’s, especially MUD 304, carries out the District’s business, the perspective on how you see it must change.  There also needs to be a new way of thinking and doing the business by The Board as well.  Although we strive hard to do the right thing, it may not always be the most popular decision, yet, for those of you who are community leaders such as HOA Boards you understand this principle. However, we cannot confuse an unpopular decision with being the wrong one and one of not being sensitive to the Resident or taxpayers, after all, your Board are also taxpayers and Residents of the District. One of the biggest challenges during the storm evolved around the power outages, low water pressure or no water because of busted pipes. This resulted in a lot of discomfort for everyone, and ultimately the concern over boiling of water.  In upcoming editions, we will share information as to important terminology for our water, sewer, and drainage, that may help you understand why some decisions are made and the timing involved. Many of you have provided suggestions and we were listening, as The Board, and even our attorneys, consultants and employees experienced these difficulties.  In effect, to look through and observe these circumstances, we must continue the process of building transparency. This can only be accomplished by moving forward and with your understanding of how this governing entity operates.  Otherwise, your perception will hinder your perspective.  We will look at Ethics in the next, “The Perspective”.

Until we meet again, stay safe, be blessed, wear the mask.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
– Albert Einstein

The Perspective – February 2021

The Perspective

Hello, I’m Ann-Toinette Johnson-Preston, Board Member for Harris County MUD 304.

I would like to welcome you to our first edition of “The Perspective”, an intimate look at the complexity of MUD Districts, its’ Board, Consultants, Vendors, Advisors, Counsel, and of course you, our Residents, the District.We will explore our most vastly dependent resource – water – as well as our land. In doing so we will also present issues that build up communities and contribute to helping us enjoy the privilege to be part of something unique, something that many around the world may never experience: the beauty of cultural, social, and economic diversity.

As we are already well into the new year with a new focus and no doubt, new prospects, we need to ensure that we put our perceptions into the right “perspective”. The latter is particularly important when addressing critical issues that pertains to MUDs and especially their Board Members. The key is to first understand “perspective” and what it means. The word perspective comes from the Latin word perspicere; per means to look through and spek to observe. This concept is relevant where transparency is concerned, and oftentimes will lead to misinformation if not in the right context. We will expand upon these views next month in “The Perspective”.

We recognize Black History Month and those who paved the way for many others before them.

Until we meet again, stay safe, be blessed, wear the mask.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
Albert Einstein