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
Some stories I’ve heard
Sometimes, stories come to me second- or third-hand, but they stick with me and I just need to share them.
‘Yeah, but ...’
“I’ve got good news, and bad news.”
It’s a time-honored phrase that boiled down to it’s simplest terms is really explained best in only two words — “Yeah, but ...”
Let’s hear it for butterflies
Let’s face it. When national leaders agree to attend summit meetings, we don’t expect many tangible and/or desirable results.
If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times — I hate computers! I don’t want anything to do with cell phones with their myriads of applications. I don’t want anything to do with “blogging,” “tweeting,” “friending,” and “liking.”
Often, you start off your Monday with some semblance of an idea what the day and week will hold. Although working in a newsroom will teach you one thing: you don’t have control over anything.
There is nothing gradual about spring in Texas.
It’s Round-Up Time in Texas
For the longest time, “round-up time in Texas” meant “headin’ up and movin’ out” cattle. Cowboys atop horses undertook the massive undertaking.
Our new neighbor
Our house sits almost in the bottom center of a horseshoe of new homes which all back up on a man-made lagoon. Ours is one of the few homes that does not have an extended screened-in lanai but we are perfectly satisfied with the standard one
Smoker no more
So, I quit smoking.
Of course, just admitting that I once smoked is almost sinful in this day and age, akin to admitting I used to sell heroin to orphans, but it’s different now than it was when I started.
Read a book
No secret here, I was one of those odd children who would rather stay in her room reading books than play outside.
Fortunately, little Nancy (the madre) limited our television watching, and video games included nothing but Pong on Atari at that time, so once you were done with your alloted 30 minutes of television viewing for the day, you were on your own.
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