If she thinks email is bad, wait ’til somebody tells her about the Facebook and the Twitter

Meet Lucille Drain, who until last month was the oldest elected official in Texas. At the age of 96, she’s resigned her Newark City Council seat before the end of her term, after 26 years of service.

The main reason for her early resignation? Here’s what the Wise County Messenger reported, from her resignation letter:

“The main reason for resigning early before term ceases, I care not to work with new council members through computers with all the questions and answers cut and dried before meetings.”

Adding, “I don’t think the city can be run by computers,” she took it to the house.

You’re wise beyond your years, Lucille. Utterly charming. Thank you for your public service.

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7 Responses to If she thinks email is bad, wait ’til somebody tells her about the Facebook and the Twitter

  1. whiskeydent December 7, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    I suspect they’ll let her take her slide rule home with her.

  2. FUBAR December 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Rumor has it she was required to return the city abacus upon her resignation.

  3. Juanita MacBain December 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Although the city will save some money by eliminating the outhouse they constructed in the parking lot of City Hall.

  4. Juanita MacBain December 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    Although the city will save some money by getting rid of the outhouse they constructed in the parking lot of city hall.

  5. Anonymous December 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    Interesting, the folks above took her resignation as a rejection of technology. It seems to me that she was objecting to consistent violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, as much as anything else

  6. FUBAR December 8, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    I briefly wondered that too, as did a commentor on the Letters From Texas Facebook group, but I don’t believe there’s no violation of the Open Meetings Act triggered by officials emailing each other, unless the email distribution/discussion reaches a quorum of the governmental body. Thus, council members are clearly allowed to talk to each other.

    It’s also what makes 3-member state boards obnoxious – since any 2 members constitutes a quorum, they can never talk about business unless it’s at a posted meeting.

  7. Anonymous December 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    If the council members were emailing each other to discuss an issue, or figure out or agree how everyone was going to vote before a meeting, then you do have a conspiracy to violate the act. We don’t have those facts from your posting, but I do think the question is fairly raised.

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