Letters to the Editor for Sunday May 13, 2012

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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 9:01 pm

Wagging tails say thanks

To the Editor: The Corsicana Animal Services Department had a very successful Derrick Days Adoption Event, adopting a total of 33 animals to new homes.  Of course this wonderful outcome would be impossible without the tireless efforts of the following candidates, businesses, and individuals for their continued support:

River, Melissa and Carey Dean, Animal lovers and continued supporters;

Jack and Barb Wepler, Animal lovers and continued supporters;

Ralph and Fran Townes, Animal lovers and continued supporters;

Judge Mike Russell, Animal lover and continued supporter;

Kathy Asta, Animal lover and dedicated animal shelter staff member;

Sharla Allen, Director, Corsicana Parks and Recreation;

Lynn Gatlin, Keller Williams Realty;

Sonny Bancroft, Keren’s Grain & Elevator;

Sherry Martin, Verandah Country Cabins;

Joe Chow, Candidate U.S. Congress District 6;

Bobby Vickery, Candidate State Representative District 8;

Bryon Cook, Candidate State Representative District 8;

Leon Tate, Candidate City Council Member Precinct 2;

Ralph Gonzalez, Candidate City Council Member Precinct 2;

Ruby Williams, Candidate City Council Member Precinct 2;

Josh Tackett, Candidate District 13 Clerk;

Amanda Doan Putman, Candidate County Court at Law Attorney;

James Lagomarsino, Candidate District 13 Judge;

Butch Warren, Candidate County Commissioner Precinct 3;

James Murray, Candidate County Commissioner Precinct 3;

Darrell Shelton, Candidate County Commissioner Precinct 1;

Johnny Lake, Candidate County Commissioner, Precinct 1;

Jason Grant, Candidate County Commission, Precinct 1;

Mike Cox, Candidate Navarro County Sheriff;

Elmer Tanner, Candidate Navarro County Sheriff;

Guardian Glass, water;

Fastenal Company, water;

Northland Cable, $500 donation towards Spay and neuter coupons.

 A special kudos to the Humane Society of Navarro County and all of their dedicated volunteers.  Without their steadfast efforts the Corsicana Animal Shelter would not be able to hold remote events to help find homes for all the animals that are in our care.  Also thanks to Tony and Lynn Gatlin at Project Pawz for their persevering support.  And an extra special acknowledgement to The Ranch Radio.  These guys take every opportunity to support us on and off air, in addition to hosting Wet Nose Wednesday and so many other efforts it would be impossible to mention.

Katy Watkins, Corsicana Animal Services Manager

Standing ovation

To the Editor: Wow! Monday evening Corsicana High School was filled With the "Sound of Music"

Joel Trimble , J. B. Kirkpatrick  and beloved Hub Hill were smiling down listening to the Drane, Collins and Corsicana High School Band Concert.  I was thrilled with pride and joy as the almost full auditorium enthusiastically  applauded each selection.

The excellent performance of each band was truly awesome, especially Drane Middle School.  These students played so proficiently, and that was amazing.  Nine months ago, the majority of them could not read a note of music and were learning to play their instruments. Their instructor, Jeff Osbourn is to be complimented on their beautiful performance.

Bre Osbourn did double duty.  Her Collins Band, second and third year musicians were great.  Then stepping in taking over the High School Band director's position, Mrs. Osbourn took the Tiger Band and won honors at the UIL Marching Contest.  Monday night, the same musicians played like professionals.  The audience had a treat, as the Osburns had Jeffrey Ward, a college music major, conduct one number.

Not only was I pleased with the sound, but also with the number of students in the bands.  My children were members of the Tiger Band when the new high school opened in 1970, with the band numbering over 200 students.  Through the years, the numbers have dwindled; but Monday, the bands filled the stage, and the students were having fun and taking pride in being a member of the Corsicana Band Program.

Oh Hail Corsicana,

Babbette Samuels

Reyna supports Smith

To the Editor: I served as a Justice on the 10th Court of Appeals for over six years.

In the May 29 Republican primary for the 10th Court’s Chief Justice, I recommend voting for Judge Steve Smith, who is a distinguished district and county court trial judge for 17 years and board-certified in civil trial law.

In the State Bar’s recent judicial poll for this race, lawyers, who best know the two candidates in their judicial capacity, favored Judge Smith over his opponent Tom Gray in a landslide, 63 percent to 37 percent.

Felipe Reyna

Former Justice



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