Form vs. Function
To the Editor: There are those who would say I am against the courthouse renovation. That is not true; I am against this particular proposal.
The purpose of the courthouse is a place to conduct county business. Any work on the courthouse should enhance the efficiency of conducting county business. Currently, the courthouse needs at least one additional courtroom, additional storage space and additional workspace for employees. Simply put this current proposal emphasizes form (looks) over function (utility).
The first reason I oppose this proposal is because the courthouse may have foundation problems. Researching past courthouses built on this site would indicate some possible problems. The cracks in the floors, walls and ceiling would also be indicative of potential foundation issues and it would be prudent to have this investigated first before we pour $5 to $8 million of our taxpayer money plus the $4.4 million in an expected state grant.
The second reason is the courthouse floor plan. The current proposed floor plan submitted by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) reduces workspace and does not add any courtrooms. With this current proposal, Navarro County would be required to purchase additional land and/or buildings for a courthouse annex. This is an example of form over function. Nothing proposed in the courthouse renovation enhances the ability of the courthouse to be more efficient and in fact could have the exact opposite effect.
Finally, how this project is going to be financed is another issue. As of July 10 2013, the Commissioners Court has abandoned it plan to issue Certificates of Obligation in favor of holding a Bond Election in November. Assuming the bond election passes, how do we (the citizens of Navarro County) pay for these bonds? Revenues are not likely to be available to support this proposal.
Donald C. King
State Home memories
To the Editor: If you know anything about how the Corsicana State Home got started in the first place, you know that the city of Corsicana gave the land for the home to be located there. Corsicana residents have always been very kind and helpful to us at the orphanage — and some even went to Corsicana High School when they closed the school at the home. We were all sad when they closed the home as an orphanage, but it has been made available to the ex-students for Homecoming the second weekend of June. There is a cemetery on campus, and also all of the trophies and memorabilia are housed over the dining hall on campus. The ex-students are concerned about what will happen to both the cemetery and the “sorta” museum.
The residents of the CRTP are people who need the supervision they receive there — and I do not personally know why any of them are there — but they should not be put out in some other place.
I am getting a lot of information from friends in Corsicana — newspaper clippings and such — and our secretary of the Ex-students Association and a group of those who are interested in the meeting that will take place in Austin, are letting everyone know about it and encouraging more to take part in letting the officials know how we feel about it.
Perhaps our efforts will succeed in helping keep the facility open.
Jestene (Creacy) Phipps, graduating class of 1946 from the Corsicana State Orphans Home
About our Freedom
To the Editor: In paragraph 22 of George Washington's Farewell Address, he warned about the diversity of factions whose ideologies would destroy our unity around the Constitution and lead to a despot and loss of freedom.
"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissention, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty."
To the Editor: Our son and his wife and daughters were driving through Corsicana on Friday, July 12, and the tire on my son's boat trailer went flat.
While his wife and daughter were trying to find a service station to have the spare inflated, a "good Samaratin" came to my son's aid. Not only did this person bring a tire but also put it on the trailer.
My son was so grateful and tried to pay the man but he would not take anything.
I thank God for this kind man and am grateful to him as well.
The Gospel reading today at my Church was from Luke and it was the story of the "Good Samaratin", that is why I felt compelled to try to thank this good person.
Form vs. Function
Lessons from Mandela
This week President Obama and former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter made their way to South Africa to join thousands who honored the memory of Nelson Mandela.
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.
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