We are asking a rhetorical question, and that is how are you doing?
Our newspaper cover was recently used to point out the fact that you informed your constituents “I will do better”. We didn’t have two weeks before that cover expired and the promise was shaken. We are thankful you stopped an even deeper investigation that was in progress to look at the bar tapes and possibly City Hall video.
While we understand the facts, and that is: you went out to a local bar to celebrate a birthday of a friend; at the end of the evening you were in front of City Hall asleep on a park bench; you claim you may have been drugged; and you did not go to a doctor for a medical exam because you did chose to honor the fallen San Antonio Fireman who was being honored citywide.
We are thankful that you were not driving a car while drunk. We are thankful that you were not hurt or someone else was not hurt. We are thankful that nothing bad happened.
We understand you were probably embarrassed at this indiscretion. But where the problem came for many of the community is that you went down the path of passing blame prematurely. For a brief moment the owner of the bar you were drinking at, was on the defensive that his establishment was accused of having people who might slip illegal drugs into the drinks. In response, the bar owner was forced to provide tapes to the media to prove his innocence. We are glad you went to the bar and saw you were not drugged. After seeing the real view of your behavior, you went to the news media to share the truth.
Perceptions are running wild about the incident, and people are asking if this is a one time action or is your behavior one that reflects something deeper. Listen, this newspaper does not wish any ill will upon you. If anything we offer you the encouragement to take care of yourself.
If you read the Observer, you will note that we are aiming to help our youth by serving on Project ALERT, a drug free coalition of the George Gervin Youth Center. The seriousness of this role is that we are doing our best to help our young kids understand that we do not want them to be dependent on alcohol or drugs. But in order to do this in your district we need your help.
Councilman Warrick, we do not want to write the story of your premature death, or behavior that results in a broken family. While we have paraded you on our cover as a clown, we were trying to get your attention. As the son of the community, we want you to be successful and to be the role model our community desperately needs. I have written publisher notes that talk about character, accountability, responsibility, trustworthiness, respect, fairness, and caring. I had you in mind with each week I wrote to our readers.
Listen, this is not about the election. This is about you. The community will choose it’s next Councilman. But it is how a person deals with and learns from adversity and tough situations is how we hope to judge you.
So, it is our hope that you will soberly approach the demanding needs of the community. We have high murder rates, and deep problems that we need to fix. District 2 cannot afford lapses of immaturity.
One 14 year old boy asked his mother, “what kind of friends does the Councilman have, that doesn’t look after their friend?” The situation has caused parents to be parents. Now, we ask that you provide a written response to address our youth. They are confused about what is appropriate behavior for elected officials and adults in general. You said you will improve. In light of what has happened, how will you be better?
- The San Antonio Observer