Category: Viewpoints

Letter to the Editor: Regarding Cable Tabled Article

Dear Editor, Regarding Article: Cable Tabled Oh those poor inmates (sarcastic). How about we serve steak and lobster too. They have no one to blame but themselves for breaking the law and being in jail. Jail is not the Hilton Hotel. How about you give them books to read and crossword puzzles? Maybe if they realize jail is not a vacation, they won’t re-offend and the people of Freestone County will realize we won’t tolerate crime or the cost thereof. I’m sure the people of Freestone County would be more than happy to donate books and puzzles. Sincerely, Nanette Piotrowski Fairfield,...

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Hindus Seek Diwali Holiday In All Texas Schools

Hindus are urging all public school districts and private-charter-independent schools in Texas to close on Diwali, most popular of their festival, which falls on October 19 this year. Many public school districts in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have already reportedly declared day-off for students on October 19. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said it if would be a step in the positive direction, as it was important to meet the religious and spiritual needs of Hindu pupils. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that schools should make efforts to accommodate the religious requirements of Hindu students and show respect to their faith by not conducting regular business and scheduling classes on Diwali. We did not want our students to be put at an unnecessary disadvantage for missing tests/examinations/papers, assignments, class work, etc., by taking a day-off to observe Diwali. If schools had declared other religious holidays, why not Diwali, Rajan Zed asked. Holidays of all major religions should be honored and no one should be penalized for practicing their religion, Zed added. Zed suggested all Texas schools, public-private-charter-independent, to seriously look into declaring Diwali as an official holiday, thus recognizing the intersection of spirituality and education. Zed noted that awareness about other religions thus created by such holidays like Diwali would make Texas students well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened...

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Why We Need to Scrap the Debt Ceiling

by Lee H. Hamilton Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. “Don’t you understand that we’ve got a serious spending and debt problem in this country?” he asked. “Why did you cast this idiotic vote?” He was right about the problem. But he was wrong about the vote. With Congress fast approaching another debt-ceiling vote and yet one more “fiscal cliff” drama taking shape, I’d like to explain why that is. If you ask members of Congress which regular vote they most dread, this one would probably top the list. It’s hard to explain to constituents why raising the debt ceiling is necessary, as indeed I had trouble explaining to my own constituent. It’s an unpopular vote to cast, and many members simply will not do it. Yet they recognize that if a majority of their colleagues sided with them and voted against raising the ceiling, we’d be in deep economic trouble. The key thing to understand is that raising the debt ceiling is not about increasing spending. It’s about paying the bills for purchases we’ve already made. Refusing to increase the debt ceiling is like putting your child in day care so you can work, getting your transmission repaired so you can get there,...

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Where is the Old Fire Truck Siren?

Dear Editor, I have a burning question for the citizens of Fairfield Texas. WHERE IS THE SIREN FROM THE OLD FORD FIRE TRUCK? This old truck is the original fire truck of the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department. After years of faithful service to this city and surrounding area, followed by several years of neglect and deterioration while on display at the Freestone County Historical Museum due to the lack of funds, the old truck has been brought back to life through contributions of local citizens and businesses and the expert mechanical abilities of Bill Green and Carol Embry. I grew up about a half a block from the old fire station, which is now the entry to the Fairfield Police Department. Many times I would find the door up where the truck was parked and would climb up into that cockpit and bump the button, located on the floorboard of that old truck, just to hear the chrome plated, bullet shaped siren, which was mounted just outside the driver’s seat, come to life. Of course, it only took a- – few seconds for Mr. Willy Frank Tate, the City Manager, to come and see who was playing on the truck.. Anytime that truck went out to a fire, the first indication was to hear that huge siren on the old water tower screaming the warning that the fire truck...

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Letter to the Editor – May 24, 2017

Dear Editor, After reading Karen Leidy’s article on “Speeders Take Note,” I got to thinking, have people forgotten the basic rules of driving that got you that license? That road signs are there for a purpose; whether for speed, yield, stop or traffic lights.  Do you think these signs don’t apply to YOU? I have seen so many people “fly” past the courthouse (where the speed limit is also 30 mph) so I’m not surprised that they’re doing it on Reunion. I’m so glad the Council approved the purchase of the speed monitors and I sincerely hope that the tickets given to the speeders will be of significant cost; after all, the fastest way to solve a problem is to hit the wallet. And to you speeders who apparently don’t remember what it says in the Driver’s manual:  “Driving is a Privilege, Not a Right.” Nanette Piotrowski Fairfield, Texas P.S. Hang in there City Council; it won’t take long for the signs to be paid...

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