Category: Viewpoints

Letters to the Editor – April 19, 2017

The Dogan Alumni Association Executive Committee has begun the planning phases of our 15th School Reunion festivities for this year. We are grateful for the various ways the area businesses and merchants have supported our association in the past.  We look forward to your continued support.  This year we are calling upon you once again to support us by making tangible donations or contributing special gifts that will ensure the success of the reunion. By the same token you will reap the benefits of free advertisement, as well as a tax advantage.  We expect over 600 in attendance that will join in the reunion activities beginning Friday with a talent show. Saturday, we continue with a parade, picnic, games, a dinner dance.  We conclude on Sunday with a memorial service. We are counting on your generosity to ensure that our reunion continues to be as successful in 2015 as it has been in years past. The name of each business owner or merchant and their donation will be published in a souvenir book that each registered alumni will receive. If you would like to place a specific ad in the book, please see attached form for ad prices and sizes. The main purpose of the Dogan Alumni Association, an association with approximately 300 members, is to objectively devote time, energy and resources to the ongoing of Dogan School’s legacy....

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Letters to the Editor – April 12, 2017

Dear Editor, The VFW Auxiliary of Post 5872 would like to thank the following businesses and Individuals for their donations and help at our recent Scholarship Fundraiser: Capps Ag Service, The Candle Shop, Robinson’s Trading Post, Josh Tinsley & Viky Keng, Texas Outfitters, Rockin Kountry Karaoke & DJ, Bella Nails, Rockin Kountry Club House, Sam’s Restaurant, Genny Guthrie, Gilberto’s Mexican Restaurant, Andrew Richards, Bush’s Chicken, Patsy Jonas, Ponte’s Diner, Buster Hagen, Brenda’s Closet, Catherine Ethridge, Something Different Restaurant, Ralph Billings, Lyle Oil Company, Sheriff Jeremy Shipley, Aztec Tire and Lube, Sandra Rankin, Triple L Tire, Wilma & Larry Workman, Dry Gulch Mercantile, Juanita Coleman, Kellie Hodnett, Roadster Car Wash, Jay Cain and Bubba Rutherford. Again we thank all of our community for supporting our youth in Freestone County. VFW Auxiliary of Post 5872 Fairfield, Texas   Dear Editor, The National Day of Prayer will be held on May 4, 2017, at 7 p.m.  Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, located at 303 North State Highway 75 has once again opened their doors to hold this event.   We are inviting the whole community to come pray for our nation, our leaders, veterans, police, fire, and first responders, county officials, city officials, school officials and teachers, families, and our pastors. We will pray for these groups as we ask them to stand and be recognized. These are trying times for our nation.  We...

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Bills Take Aim at License Points Program

A controversial program that fines Texas drivers would face major reforms or even total elimination under two bills considered at Wednesday’s Senate Transportation Committee.  The Driver Responsibility Program was created in 2003 as a way to cover part of a budget shortfall that year, but critics say it’s putting a massive financial burden on Texas drivers.  The program assigns “points” to drivers based on the number of traffic violations, which stay with the driver for two to three years, depending on the severity of the offense.  These points accumulate with additional violations and once a person has six points, they have to pay a yearly $100 surcharge, and $25 more for every point above that.   It also assesses surcharges upon conviction of some offenses, like an extra $250 fine in the case of a conviction for driving without insurance.  “Paying these surcharges along with the litany of other costs can become an impossible task,” said Edgewood Senator Bob Hall, who cited figures stating that 1.2 million Texans have had their license suspended because they can’t pay the program’s fines. Though the project is widely derided by the public and elected officials, it provides millions of dollars to support trauma care in the state, $55 million in 2015 alone.   The committee considered a proposal to eliminate it entirely, SB 90 by Hall, who says the state needs to find a...

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The effect of the proposed High Speed Rail on our land and family

Dear Editor, My name is Ann Mosher. My parents, L.D. and Mary Ann Wilson, Mexia, Texas, own land which foreign investors threaten to condemn and take away from us through eminent domain in order to build a High Speed Rail. Most economists have said the project cannot be built nor operate without taxpayer subsidy. The purpose I’ve written this however, is to give the reader my perspective on this situation and how it will affect my family. My parents own approximately 55 acres near Personville in Limestone County. Their land is part of a larger parcel of land that has, over the years, been divided amongst our extended family. This land was settled by our ancestors back in the mid-1850s. They lived there and worked the land; tending crops and cattle to support their family. My grandmother and her sister and brother were later born on this property. Although no one lives there anymore, my father and brother still tend the land, continuously making improvements. It is now a place where our family, many generations later and scattered all over Texas, meet to camp and spend quality time together. The site of the original homestead is where my daughter and I pitch our tent, sleeping just a few feet away from where our ancestors slept over 160 years ago. We find pieces of brick, bits of glass and pottery,...

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