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.
To the Editor: Now that the government has struck a "deal" to avoid a default, they can go back to spending our country into oblivion. I, and probably most of you were taught at a young age "not spend money you don't have", to save a little each pay check for a rainy day, which we all have from time to time. I guess our elected leaders don't know anything about that, or don't care as they receive their money whether they do a good job or not. They have spent our country into the poor house, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told the government it would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and it could no longer borrow to meet its obligations, if they didn't agree to a deal to borrow more money. The more they borrow, the more they spend.
When will they cut a lot of the useless spending? I'll tell you when! When we all let them know they work for us, not the other way around. They won't stop until we have had enough. Well, I've had enough. Have you?
If this, out of control spending, doesn't stop, we will be a third world country. China owns us now. While the White House gang gets everything from haircuts, travel, insurance, meals, retirement, etc free, well, it's free to them, but not free to us, we are paying their bill. I would be embarrassed to be bilking our hard working citizens like they do.
Hey, I've got a great idea, let's send them a message and let them know just how we feel. I did, will you?
Barbara A. Whitfield
The mug shot
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