Wind turbines are seen at a wind farm on January 21, 2016 in Colorado City, Texas
Former Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd learned that lesson Tuesday when he started snapping his hard fingers into his hard keyboard and threw up a hard Facebook message
As residents of Colorado City, a West Texas town of about 4,000 people located between Midland and Abilene, had to contend with the explosion in the Arctic that left part of the city without electricity for more than 24 hours, some gathered on a community Facebook page asking about when the power could be restored, while others asked how they could help their neighbors
Boyd jumped on Facebook for another reason: slapping his chest and ridiculing those who couldn’t handle the conditions, telling townspeople, “Sink or swim, it’s your choice!” and that the people who are waiting for someone to come and help them, it is because they are “lazy” and are “the direct result of your education!” He also rallied the city by warning that “only the strong will survive and the weak will be parochial (sic)”
Boyd later deleted the post and posted another, claiming that he had already quit and that he “would never want to harm the elderly or anyone who really needs help to be on my own I was just making the statement that people who are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but who are able should not be given a document “
Boyd also said his wife lost her job after trying to defend her husband’s message
No one owes you anything to your family; It is also not the responsibility of the local government to support you during difficult times like this! Sink or swim, it’s your choice! The city and county, as well as the electricity providers or any other service owe you NOTHING! I’m sick of people looking for a hell of a document! If you don’t have electricity you step in and make a game plan to keep your family warm and safe.If you don’t have water, you get rid of it and think outside the box to survive and provide water to your family If you are sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and you are waiting for someone to come and save you because your lazy (sic) is a direct result of your elevation ! Only the strong will survive and the weak will make the parish (sic) The people God gave us the tools to support us in times like this Sadly it is a product of the socialist government where they feed the people by making them believe that FEW will work and others will become dependent for donations Am I sorry you ran out of power and water? Yes! But I’ll be damned if I want to support anyone who is able to do it themselves! We have lost sight of those who need it and those who take advantage of the system and have lumped them into one group !! The bottom line is, stop crying and look for a document! Go wild and take care of your own family!
Everyone, I took a step back and saw it all escalate and tried to keep my mouth shut! I won’t deny for a minute what I said in my post this morning Believe me when I say a lot of the things I said were taken out of context and some of which were said without giving it too much thought. I would never hurt the elderly or anyone who really needs help to be left on their own I was just making the statement that people who are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but who are capable shouldn’t not receive a document I apologize for the wording and some of the phrases that were used! I had already submitted my resignation and had not registered to run for town hall again by the February 12 deadline! I brought it up because of the anger the city and county was getting for situations that were out of their control Please understand if I had to do it again I would have just kept my words for me and if I had said them I would have used better wording and been more descriptive
The anger and harassment you caused to my wife and family are so undeserved my wife was fired because of the association people gave her and the company she worked for This is a very good person and was only defending me! But she has to get fired from her job for things that I said out of context is so horrible I admit, there are things that are said all the time that I don’t agree with; but I would never harass you or your family to the point that they would lose a livelihood as a form of income
Please understand that I never meant to speak on behalf of Colorado City or Mitchell County! I was speaking as a citizen because I am no longer THE MAYOR I apologize for the wording and I ask you not to harass me or my family anymore!
Threatening our lives with comments and messages is a horrible thing to wonder about.I will not share any of these posts by these names because I think they know who they are and I hope after seeing this, they will take back the hateful things they said!
Matt Young has been Sports Writer / Writer at Chron since 2015 He is proudly Alief and sometimes sits alone in his room in the four corners watching the candles Reach him at mattjeune @ chroncom
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