To the editor: Our County has an extremely important election coming up — the restoration of our beautiful, historic Navarro County Courthouse. Yes, it will cost millions, of which thankfully our state will cover about 40 percent, and what is not covered will not cost us, the tax payers hardly any thing.
I would like to point out that the funds the State are paying for the restoration are our taxes coming back to us that are being used to cover the cost. In other words, the majority of the work will not cost the county anything.
As a citizen of Navarro County, I take pride in our gorgeous historic Courthouse. It is old and needs lots of work to keep it in working order to conduct the business of our county. As good citizens, it is our duty to take time out to vote On Nov. 5, 2013, to accept the funds from the State for the renovation of our Courthouse.
I am not trying to be facetious, but think of your own safety. Recently parts of ceilings have fallen. You could be voting, paying your taxes or renewing our car license, and a piece of plaster could fall on you. The bathrooms are in need of replacement.
The county can keep repairing, but that is putting good money after bad. We, the voters have to face it, our Courthouse needs a complete renovation, not a patch job. So let's follow the many counties that have taken advantage of the state's generous offer and get the job done.
Recently I was in New Braunfels and saw their beautiful Courthouse which had been recently renovated under the same program which will do ours. Remember, this is your home and your county, and you want to be proud of it.
The light within
Last week the small town of West, Texas marked one year since the devastating chemical explosion leveled a large section of the town killing fifteen and injuring more than 200.
When 'breaking news' was fragile
The lesson, hammered by countless journalism teachers for century(s), was intended to be cattle-branded into minds of aspiring writers who would go forth to inform readers about what’s going on in the world. And it was emphasized that “getting it right” was preferable to “getting it first.”
As you have probably surmised, I am just about addicted to my TV, and especially to jock shows throughout the day. I usually start my day with a couple hours of “Imus in the Morning,” just to broaden my horizons in the areas of politics, investments, current events, show business, and a plethora of other topics
Technology versus common sense
The gadgets of the future will include an internet-assisted backyard grill, according to news accounts this past week.
Salute to 'Mr. Derrick Days'
I can’t help but think back to the “near-death experience” that Derrick Days had 14 years ago, and how one man’s determination brought it back.
I was 29-years-old when my father died of multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. He was 53 years of age. Only hours before his death, I spoke with him. Our eyes met during that final visit, the same eye contact we had shared from my birth.
It’s about time
Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations — you name it.
The Wonderlic Test
Did you hear the one about Texas A&M’s “Johnny Football” Manziel testing better than all the other quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine? No, this is not the start of an Aggie joke.
Work Out? Bite your tongue!
I've shared this before, but it bears repeating. I'm a lot like my late, dear Daddy … whose idea of “working out” was a good, brisk sit.
Amen, Daddy. Me too.
Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 12, 2014
Thanks for service
To the Editor: The Blooming Grove Elementary School would like to express appreciation to several individuals and businesses that for three years have provided a “free” vision exam and eyeglasses for many of our students.
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