Let the People Decide
To the Editor: It is very disconcerting that we live in a free society where the people have lost their voice. Although we are quick to criticize Washington, we the people, allow our local governments to do the same thing as Washington does: Spend our money without our approval.
In regards to the proposed renovation of the Navarro County Courthouse, the intent of Certificates of Obligation is for emergencies. When the responsibility of the elected body is to fund an emergency, they can do it quickly through Certificates of Obligations to protect the welfare of the citizens. The restoration of the Courthouse is not an emergency.
Personally, I am neither against nor for the restoration. I am for protecting the voice of the people. In my opinion, the issue should be put on the ballot for the people to decide. The lack of transparency of what this project will cost and the lack of effort to communicate these costs to Navarro County citizens are troubling. We the people want to be involved in this process.
The Commissioners Court is making a major decision that will affect our tax burden. The amount of the tax rate is unknown until we have hard numbers. The rate will also be determined by how long the Court decides to finance this project. It could be $0.02 per $100.00 valuation or more.
Navarro County’s State Representative co-sponsored a bill (HB14) that would require more transparency for Certificates of Obligations and to limit the abuse of issuing them in non-emergency situations. That message should be loud and clear to the Commissioners Court to put this on the ballot.
Please call the County Judge, your Commissioner and tell them that this should be a vote of the people.
Judge Davenport – 903-654-3025.
Commissioner Grant – 903-654-3031.
Commissioner Martin – 903-654-3032.
Commissioner Warren – 903-654-3033.
Commissioner Olsen – 903-654-3034.
Robert (Bobby) Vickery
Navarro County resident
Photo ID OK
To the Editor: RE: Congressman files suit to stop Texas voter ID law
Yes, it's true.
Democrat congressman Marc Velsey of Fort Worth and 7 others filed a federal lawsuit to stop Texas voter law to make it mandatory to show photo ID to vote. They say its discriminating against minorities.
I don't know how that could be true. There are lots of businesses that ask for photo ID when making purchases. How could that be offending to anyone? It's protecting us all even when our ID's could have been stolen.
I believe there are a number of places that offer photo ID's at a nominal fee.
It is a must this voter ID is defended. Our vote is our right and it is one of the most important rights we have.
Come on folks, put forth some effort and we all can make this happen. There are still many countries in the world that doesn't have the right to vote, they would give anything to have it.
Let's be thankful for our great country.
Barbara A. Whitfield
Let the People Decide
Wherefore art thou, Simpler Stage?
In his play “As You Like It,” that debuted some 410 years ago, Will Shakespeare said “all the world’s a stage.”
We can only guess whether theatre audiences nodded in agreement or shook their heads vigorously to object.
Oh, this wacky weather
The Little Woman (not her favorite sobriquet) and I check our paper every day to see what the weather is doing at our previous home locations (Denver and Dallas) just to see what we are missing.
Getting a move on
It did get icy Friday, but it wasn’t too bad. A lot of us came in late to work, or didn’t go in at all. Cops, firefighters and pizza delivery people had to, of course, because there’s such a thing as essential services.
Boys are completely different creatures
I get asked all the time if I wish I had a little girl mixed into to my brood
Every year I write at least one column about my dog, Buddy, a tri-color Pembroke Corgi that found his way into our home four years ago. Animal Control picked him up off the streets of Fort Worth, skinny and sick.
Who was that kid?
He was, almost certainly, a young man whose name we’ll never know. Perhaps age 10, he was nondescript, like a background figure in a Charlie Brown comic strip.
Black Friday — not a fan
For years, the Friday after Thanksgiving has reigned as the busiest shopping day of the year. I just don’t get it, but then, there are many things that I just don’t get these days.
Loose lips sink criminal ships
A big old section of my family is from Arkansas, so I can’t point fingers and make “hee haw” noises when dumb criminal stories come out of that state, but I’m still going to make fun.
Letters to the Editor 11/30/13
Corsicana Emergency Corps still active
To the Editor: If anyone would like to know, the Corsicana Emergency Corps Is active and available for calls.
Breaking News: No end in sight
Biblical instruction is clear: We are not to grow weary in well-doing.
Across generations, it’s easier said than done. On life’s landscape today, “bad-doing” holds the upper hand.
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