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Colorado City Texas mayor resigns after calling residents “lazy” among other things. On Tuesday, Mayor Tim Boyd posted a stunningly insensitive message on Facebook telling residents that the local government and utility companies do not owe them anything. “I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout,” the now-former mayor said.  

RELATED: Texas Power Problems Persist As Deep Freeze Continues

No Responsibility To Help Out 

Boyd’s message, which he posted last Tuesday via his Facebook account, addresses concerns aired by Colorado City citizens already suffering from power outages amid very cold weather. 

When residents asked on the community Facebook group if Colorado City planned to open warming shelters, Boyd gave this disturbing reply. The local government had no responsibility to help out its citizens, and only the strong would survive. He also emphasized that utility companies and the local government do not bear the responsibility of supporting people in times like the present. 

As expected, groups condemned the Mayor for his insensitive remarks while a large portion of Texas suffered from the freezing cold without electricity or running water. Angry citizens called out the apparent insensitivity towards children, the elderly, and the sick, who cannot fend for themselves despite what Boyd said. Reportedly, the mayor’s wife got fired from her job while he himself received nasty messages and threats. 

Boyd’s Full Message

The full verbatim text is as follows: “Let me hurt some feelings while I have a minute. No one owes you or your family anything; nor is it the local government’s responsibility to support you during trying times like this! Sink or swim, it’s your choice! The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owe you NOTHING! I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout!

If you don’t have electricity you step up and come up with a game plan to keep your family warm and safe. If you have no water you deal without and think outside of the box to survive and supply water to your family. If you were sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your laziness is a direct result of your raising! Only the strong will survive and the weak will perish.” 

“Folks, God Has given us the tools to support ourselves in times like this. This is sadly a product of a socialist government where they feed people to believe that the FEW will work and others will become dependent on handouts. Am I sorry that you have been dealing without electricity and water; yes! But I’ll be d—ed if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves! We have lost sight of those in need and those that take advantage of the system and meshed them into one group!! Bottom line: Quit crying and looking for a handout! Get off your a– and take care of your own family! Bottom line – DON’T BE A PART OF A PROBLEM, BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!”

Texas Mayor Resigns

Late Tuesday afternoon, Boyd came out with a second post, claiming the first one was taken out of context. In addition, he profusely apologized for the wording, mentioning that he should have kept the matter to himself instead of posting. However, he reiterated that he is not taking back or denying anything he said in his previous post. He rued the fact his wife became a victim of harassment because of his original post. Additionally, his wife was laid off from her job due to the same reason. 

Boyd also informed everyone that he already resigned as mayor of Colorado City. He declined to submit his name for consideration in the next mayoral elections. Also, he clarified that he posted those words as an of people looking for a damn handout! If you don’t h

Texas in Trouble

While Boyd professed that he already quit his post, there are no official reports yet. A quick check of the official website for Colorado City still lists him as Mayor. No other announcements or news reports about Colorado City’s change in leadership are available. 

Since Sunday, Texas found itself engulfed in a severe winter storm. As of Thursday, at least 17 people died and 3-4 million homes remain without electricity. The sub-zero temperatures knocked out many power generation plants and led to many residents without electricity and heat. The National Weather Service issued a warning that pipes are in danger of freezing or bursting due to extreme cold beginning Thursday night.

Watch the News West 9 feature reporting that Colorado City, Texas Mayor Tim Boyd is under fire for his Facebook comments:

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42 Comments

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    He tells the truth about a lot of people. Especially the younger crowd. He is just tired of seeing people expecting something for nothing. You get what you put in to life.

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    Freedom of speech is for everyone even public officials…..there are consequences when in office though….resigning just made the end result easier as he would have been forced to do so anyway

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    Agreed – too many “working” a system that a much lower number actually are deserving of. Sadly, and very unfortunately, people who are happy to EARN their place in this Country have become an exception and are no longer the norm. It’s become too easy and now encouraged to sit back and wait for the handouts that are presented as handups. Slowly it all comes together (as planned) and ends up with all being controlled – those handouts will be the controlling crumbs America sold it’s soul for. Wake up people. Take responsibility for yourselves. The Mayor was speaking to more than an ice storm. OF COURSE!!! the people of the community needed to be cared for and should be in such a crisis but I believe the moral of this story relates to this Country and where it’s heading.

  • Avatar concernedcitizen says:

    Agreed – too many “working” a system that a much lower number actually are deserving of. Sadly, and very unfortunately, people who are happy to EARN their place in this Country have become an exception and are no longer the norm. It’s become too easy and now encouraged to sit back and wait for the handouts that are presented as handups. Slowly it all comes together (as planned) and ends up with all being controlled – those handouts will be the controlling crumbs America sold it’s soul for. Wake up people. Take responsibility for yourselves. The Mayor was speaking to more than an ice storm. OF COURSE!!! the people of the community needed to be cared for and should be in such a crisis but I believe the moral of this story relates to this Country and where it’s heading.

  • Avatar Fed up with government says:

    He stepped on toes and the truth hurts. I think we are better off without government. They are a waste of money. All they do is think of ways to steal from taxpayers. Not a good one in the bunch. God save us from this mess.

  • Avatar Stephen 1 says:

    This can only happen in a shithole like texas.They are more worried about guns than they are there own people
    They get what they deserve voting for the morons they put in office.keep voting for repubicans that’s what you get.

  • Avatar Billy Camota says:

    The Mayor did not handle it wisely. He boldly told the truths but lack to show grace. On the flip side, laying off his wife from work is not wise either. There’s zero grace.

  • Avatar Judith says:

    It’s the mayor’s responsibility to be prepared for a state of emergency. End of story that is his job. Being in a political job I’m sure you see people always asking for hand outs and I’m sure it’s frustrating. I truly think he had enough. Americans have become weak and want the government to take care of them and they have so why work when you can just sit on your couch and complain. Then there is the story your momma always told you. You can think anything you want you just can’t say it. Kudos to Texas mayor. Prayers for Texans to be safe and not only help themselves but help their neighbors.

  • Avatar Bernie Loos says:

    “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country..” JFK

  • Avatar Bernie Loos says:

    “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

    THOMAS JEFFERSON

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    This official does not have a heart for people. He doesn’t need to be a public servant if does not have basic empathy. He did the town a favor by leaving. May the Lord direct his steps and give him a heart of flesh.

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    Thanks to Biden the potatoe head gas is the highest it’s been in four years
    Go figure that out
    And Democrat keep saying the president doesn’t raise gas prices
    Sure he does morons
    He closed oil wells Trump opened them
    I will now be raising my prices for my businesses

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    We, as in my Family, are not rich, or even well off, but over time we have gathered several items to help us get along. We have 2 generators and the electric hookups to power our home, if need be. We has a gas grill and we always keep propane on hand. We always have at least a full month of food reserves for 6 people, and we will feed neighbors and Family that is nearby. We filled up coolers with water, along with 2 tall kitchen trash cans to use for the toilets.

    We are the kind of people that grew up LEARNING AT AN EARLY AGE, just what to do in almost any situation and we teach the the ones who WANT TO LEARN, HOW TO SURVIVE!!!

  • Avatar Carolyn Martens says:

    Were his comments rude?…maybe a lil ,however what he said is true as there’s always someone who is just looking for a handout. The people of Texas need to just handle things to keep themselves safe. Seriously, get yourself into survival mode and get it together…life goes on folksso learn to manage.Our ancestors managed to get by w/out modern conveniences &so can you.Get off your ass &find a way to stay alive.

  • Avatar Bobby Mann says:

    I’ll take the job! I’ll remember that- I WORK FOR THE PEOPLE THAT PUT ME IN THAT POSITION!

  • Avatar Scotty says:

    Many people lack the experience to deal with overt trauma such as this. Their only options are: ask for help or go under.

  • Avatar Renee Blackhardt says:

    This is insane, tax paying citizens wanting public services, that they also pay for- such as heat is not looking for a handout. People are dying, if you collect an overpaid check for a job then do it. Clearly this is a person whom cannot handle stress and the people should be happy to be rid of him. Yes, many people don’t earn their way, but that has nothing to do with maintaining power to people for heat. Talk about confusing the issue

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    I understand the frustrations of most people and political organizations when faced of having to provide assistance to those in a time of “need”. What the Mayor said holds truth, but it wasn’t the thing to say. Regardless of who may “need” help, he and others can’t shut off help just because of a lazy few! My heart and prayers goes out to the people of Texas.

  • Avatar Benny says:

    I think he’s a straight stand up guy who’s tired of the bs. People need to be more responsible for themselves. No one can control nature but can try to lend a hand. Is he wrong for saying what no one has the nerve to say. Hell no. We need more people with backbone. He’s expected to try to help because he is an official but he’s not god. Take care Texas and let’s all come together for one another.

  • Avatar Gary says:

    I think he was way out of bounds. They were asking about warming places. It is difficult to provide for your family if there is no utilities available, not gas, not other fuels etc…
    Wanting to no if the city had facilities that could keep his family warm while the husband & wife try to make provisions in their own home. The mayor was a jerk and should never hold public office again. These are the people that voted him in office and he turns his back on them.

  • Avatar Pamela says:

    He is both right… and wrong.
    Too many are lazy and want to be taken care of without planning. We had a lot of warning
    But…
    There are people who are unemployed due to this darn virus. We have elderly and the very young.

    Some worked at preparing but never had ecpdfizn ed this before.
    To day people are owed nothing…. well that’s not true. We pay taxes and bills ( ones who do) and the city State and government also had ample warning

    People are hu
    An and I’m sure he was / is understanding lot of pressure. People are human and it seems he had reached his limit.
    What set him off? Besides the obvious. We don’t know

    I think some should have been dhZken up.

    I was without lights ( my only means of heat!). I am elderly. Alone other than sons coming to check when they could. I made provisions thinking ahead but I’m on line
    Ited I come so I understand.

    My heart goes out to those who truly could mot help themselves .. the homeless. The destitute. Not everybody had a vehicle to get supplies No money. No home. It’s hard.

    Lastly some blame the Republicans…. how? We now have a socialist President The oil. The gas prices. Allowing more illegal entries. How is that helping?????

    Nope. Cant blame Zorrd Trump for this one

  • Avatar James M Graham says:

    The Mayor was both right and wrong in the way he expressed his frustration.

    We as a people in a prosperous, industrialized country have become very much dependent and complacent on receiving electricity and other utilities and, especially in an urban setting, have virtually no knowledge or options for caring for ourselves when these are interrupted. We all need to recognize that when there is such an extraordinary event as has happened this past week the various government agencies also are limited in what they can do. In the past when we were primarily rural and not dependent on “external” utilities we knew our neighbors and worked together to help each other in need. We also had the knowledge of how to do “things” that are not now ordinary to our lives.

    This kind of event points out the need for each of us to be personally prepared for emergencies. It also demonstrated how ideas that seem to be “good” can have disasterous unintended consequences. When decisions are made based upon ideology rather than reality, they come back to bite you.

    The Mayor would have much better served his city by suggesting steps that could be taken by his community to help themselves.

  • Avatar Melissa Kane says:

    What he said was his opinion he’s allowed to have one. It’s the problem in the United States right now is everyone gets offended when you have your own opinion that doesn’t match theirs. This is how he feels and I agree everybody expects a handout anymore nobody feels they need to work for things. Nothing in life is free. Don’t expect anyone to help you but you.

  • Avatar Tony says:

    Seems he is a bit emotional. But that is expected. He is working so hard yet sees those who are LAZY, and take advantage of every FREE service, when its really not free. Hard working citizens tax money to see lazy folks be lazy. I agree with him. Perhaps, he could have taken a more non aggressive approach. But obviously ots something that’s been building up. Now his boiling point is reached. Congratulations on your exit. You are a survivor and will continue to overcome. God Bless you and protect you and your family.

  • Avatar gene says:

    What a BS poll…1. YES, investigate him; 2. Good riddance; 3. Help people

    How about 4. No, he called it right.

  • Avatar Chas says:

    This nation had become ultra sensitive with words! You can say this, but don’t say that. You might hurt someone poor little feelings. My god, what has we become!!! What a crook of crap!!!

    Can’t believe I am responding to such a worthless article!!!!

  • Avatar Barbara Gould says:

    Show me a new world order, this is the Biden world . Voted for him or should I say maybe your dead family did ! But if you believe the media his VP is talking on his behalf to the other countries, really! Hope Biden watches his back around her

  • Avatar ANONYMOUS says:

    What do you know, finally a person that has enough “brass” to tell it like it is, people now days are getting lazier and lazier and they think the world owes them, it’s time they finally know what the real world is like….sometimes the pressure gets to be enough to have to finally speak up

  • Avatar Mario says:

    I was in Wallace Unit in Colorado City for ten years. 5-1/2 years I was a trustee who would go out and clean up CC. The residents are lazy, want handouts, and want others to do everything for them. The mayor was right, this new age liberal media just want to sensor the truth as always!

  • Avatar Q. Nguyen says:

    His wife should not have lost her job due to his remarks.

  • Avatar Cindy crim says:

    I get it. What he said was right. It’s always your responsibility to take care of your family. Think ahead. Quit sitting back expecting to be rescued. Get up and do your part to survive. Check on your elderly or sick neighbors. Help others, but do your part to help yourself. The people that are complaint are the people that have most likely had their hands out for years. Grow up and be resourceful.

  • Avatar TLo says:

    We choose these people for our city state and country we pay taxes and they are suppose to help out or have a plan in emergencies. HES A QUITTER …you dont quit you find solutions..not everyone can fend for themselves .i will grill outside and find solutions to survive not everyone can..im female and 60yrs old…

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    This so-called Mayor is an ass and should not resign but should be ousted. What a jerk. What does he think his job entails? Getting paid for doing nothing? As far as his wife goes, DIVORCE his ass and move on

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    The mayor, although not in the most diplomatic or graceful manner, speaks the truth, we have all come to rely on “Big Brother” (Federal, State & local government) to “fix” every thing thats wrong or inconveniet in any way, shape, or manner. Unfortunately the “I’m entitled” crowd gets larger and louder every day. I’m with the mayor, no one owes you anything that you didnt get off your fat ass and earn through the fruit of your own labor.

    I, as well as the mayor am sick and tired of hearing the phrase “I want to be sure and get everything I’m entitled to” because your not “entitled” to a damn thing unless you put in the time and effort through your own blood sweat and tears to earn any benefit promised as a reward for your labor and those rewards, I will grant you your entitlement.

    Beyond that I, we, the “Government” owe you nothing. George Orwell’s 1984 describes “Big Brother” as the source of fullfillment for all the needs of society, but the mayor, and I as well are simply saying, that the source as well as the responsibility for fulfillment of your needs, lies within.

  • Avatar David says:

    Of course there are folks that need help (elderly, disabled, etc) but the rest DO need to get off their butts and help themselves and others so that the rescue folks can concentrate on those that truly need the help! Otherwise they get spread too thin. No way they can help everyone at once. On the article’s survey, there should have been a forth choice: “The Mayor was telling it like it is, no action to be taken against him.”

  • Avatar JR says:

    Sure Stephen 1, the republicans are to blame for the bad weather. With democrats we would have nothing but sweet sunshine. You are a complete and absolute brainwashed idiot. This country has got to where it is at with both parties running it. Go check your mail for another government hand out, as I am sure you are one of the pathetic lazy people these folks are referencing.

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    Yeah Stephen 1, California is so much better off than Texas with their Liberal Democrats that have ran the state for decades. Live life large and have other people pay for it, and demand handouts. Does this cut close to home??

  • Avatar Connecticut Yankee says:

    Just like”” the guy from Boston”” he’s got the balls to say what you your thinking !!! You have to plan for certain emergencies power outages ice storms you need to keep extra food extra water it’s common sense !!!! And you folks down in Texas you think you got a tough now wait or sleepy Joe starts bringing in all these illegals and putting them on food stamps Medicaid free dental free education think about it …. I wish Y’all good luck I’ve been to Texas many times Baytown Houston Amarillo a wonderful state but your mayor said the right thing

  • Avatar TERRY JOHNSON says:

    Quit lumping the “elderly” among those who need help in times of crisis. I’m elderly, age 70, and am the most prepared person I know. Years ago I experienced a power outage during a very cold spell. I thought I was prepared, but discovered that there was more needed to stay warm and comfortable. So guess what? I got better prepared with an alternative heat source, more blankets, a stock of food and water and several methods of cooking. For a short crisis, FEMA, the Mormons, or the Red Cross take 3-4 days to arrive. For a major crisis they may never show up. Its up to each individual to make sure they can survive. By relying on others we become dependent and that leads to captivity…ask any trapped animal. Take care of yourself, then your family, then your neighbor. The Mayor was right! Hats off.

  • Avatar Connecticut Yankee says:

    Terry Johnson God bless you I wanted to say more in my last message but being a Yankee sometimes I’m not taken seriously ….. have you ever been to Connecticut in the winter time ???… i’ve been to Texas in the winter time and yes it gets cold down there but up here you Gotta be prepared you have to think …. but here’s a special message to Tim Boyd you run for reelection and I’ll be behind you you said it like so many politicians are afraid to say it’s time to get off your ass and pull your straps up and take care of your family

  • Avatar Mary-Jo Wiese says:

    Does that Mayor realize it is his DUTY to see that things are taken care of during an emergency?? Does he think the citizens pay taxes just for the fun of it ?? I know most Texans are a lot brighter & More Sensitive than than ‘Mayor”, but he is giving the state a black eye by his actions !!

  • Avatar JACKSON, Rod says:

    This is real Americanism – Self reliance- Hard work – Think out of the box – You are not the center of he universe – Your purpose in life is to take care of your family, yourself, your fellowman. We are faced with difficulties from time to time – – “these are the times that try men’s souls” – – let’s see what we are made of – – We Are AMERICANS , let’s get to work. No more whining!!! GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC!

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