Jury duty thoughts
To the Editor: In my recent experience with jury duty, I had some thoughts that I would like to share.
Before I get started, I want to say that every qualified citizen should experience the jury duty experience. It is you that makes our system of jurisprudence work. Without you there is no petit jury (jury of the people) to decide right and wrong.
Now that is out of the way, I would like to discuss the compensation for jury duty. Six dollars a day — what a joke. This is not even minimum wage for one hour much less a day. If business are required to pay minimum wage, why shouldn’t the state, county, city and other local governmental entities? If jury duty was truly optional or voluntary then I could see paying substandard wages but it is not. The summons commands, compels or coerces you under threat of legal action that could be taken against you which makes it an involuntary action on your part. For me, the $6 barely covers lunch and gas, much less compensating for my time lost. It appears to be more like slavery than freedom.
The second thought was about the people summoned. Many obviously did not want to be there considering all the mumbling and groaning. The first thing that popped into my mind was how many in the panel wanted to serve on the jury? Then, how many selected for the jury wanted to be on the jury? That would be interesting to know.
To sum up, to serve on a petit jury is an honorable experience and gives you an education insight as to how your government works. Everyone should be honored to serve on a petit jury and should do so.
Can we make it more equitable?
To the Editor: Dick Martin is a leader and a visionary. As a leader, whenever Northrop Grumman Information Technology (NGIT) was ramping-up operations in Corsicana and Navarro County, Dick was selected by NGIT senior leadership to serve as community liaison. While serving in this capacity, Dick was instrumental in identifying the needs for the NGIT work force center's personnel and linking specific community assets to fulfill those needs. Among these needs were sources of advertising and marketing for recruiting new NGIT employees, training and education resources, and residential housing for NGIT employees and their families.
In addition to Dick's leadership as Navarro County Commissioner for Precinct 2, Dick serves as a member of the Corsicana/Navarro County Economic Development Committee. During his tenure on this committee, Corsicana and Navarro County has benefitted from significant projects that contribute toward positive economic growth. Noteworthy among these projects is Pactiv Corporation's recent industrial expansion bringing over 200 new, well-paying, full time jobs to Corsicana and Navarro County.
Moreover, a unique project announced during Dick's leadership as County Commissioner is the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park. This amazing entertainment venue selected Corsicana and Navarro County as the home for a 23 acre family entertainment center. The family entertainment center will be second-to-none!
As a visionary, Dick Martin is one of the founders and charter board members of the Success Through Active Role Modeling (STAR) program. The STAR program set the standard for providing adults to serve as active role models to mentor Corsicana ISD and Navarro County area high school students. From its inception, the STAR program has increased in scope; it has been successfully integrated with the YMCA Mentoring Program which provides Volunteer Mentors opportunities to share 1-on-1 mentoring relationships to students of Navarro County.
These are a few of many instances where Dick Martin has consistently served Navarro County as a leader and a visionary. Dick has a proven record of success and well deserves to continue his visionary leadership as Navarro County Commissioner, Precinct 2.
Jury duty thoughts
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