Category: Viewpoints

Nine Ways to Kill a Good Town

Pirated from As I Was Saying, 1957 by Boyce House Author and Publicist 1. Don’t attend any civic meetings; but if you do, arrive late. 2. Never accept an office. It is easier to criticize than to do things 3. Do nothing more than absolutely necessary, but when others use their ability to help matters along, howl that the town is being run by a clique. 4. If you have a suggestion to offer, do not think of going to the authorities in charge – just yell to the world at large. 5. Get “sore” if you are not appointed to a committee such as the park board, cemetery board, or public relations committee, but if you are appointed, do not attend committee meetings. 6. Get good and mad at some members of the organization. 7. Be pessimistic about every proposal to expand trade and promote the interest of the town. 8. Watch the proceedings of the local school board and town council, and point out the error of their ways to everyone who will stop long enough to listen. 9. Encourage your wife and relatives to do their shopping out of town....

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Dear Editor – Where, oh where, did our money go?

Dear Editor, In October 2015 the City of Fairfield had 3.5 million dollars. October 2016 we had 2.4 million dollars. When you do the math that leaves a deficit of 1 million 100 thousand dollars. I would like to know where all of this money went. When I have looked into this situation, my findings were that a decrease in income, very loose spending, habits and unauthorized spending was the cause of this. I was able to account for around 600 thousand dollars. That leaves a large amount of monies unaccounted for. I would like to see our City Council put on the agenda to have a forensic audit to find out about our money On October 10 at our City Council meeting the City Administrator was evaluated. It is my understanding to replace the City Administrator, 4 out of 5 have to vote that way. I understand that 3 City Councilmen were for replacement. On the City Council meeting on October 24, the mayor convinced the City Council to approve 4,600.00 to be spent on the new soccer field. In these figures, the Mayor was wanting a temporary electrical pole to be installed so they could take electrical extension cords to run the electricity for the little concession stand at a cost of 1,500.00. As usual, it was very muchly over killed. This pole has not been set...

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Dear Editor – Teague Business & Cub Scouts

Dear Editor, Teague Floor Covering would like to thank Freestone County and the surrounding counties for your business for the last 33 years. It has been a joy and a pleasure serving you.  You welcomed us when we came in 1984 on a leap of faith that God would provide. We will be closing Teague Floor Covering as of October 31, 2017 because of retirement from the flooring business, but will be extending Teague Tactical Supply as a sporting goods and RV parts & accessories store. So, come by and see us, because we will still be around. Thank you, Dennis & Rita Martin – Teague, Texas   Greetings! From Cub Scouts Pack 668 We want to give a great big “THANK YOU” to everyone that purchased popcorn or made a donation. We have been having FUN while learning many things and fulfilling our requirements, accomplishments being made, and achievements awarded. We have been camping, toured a mine, held a rain gutter regatta, to name a few things. We would also like to THANK our families for helping with all we do. Thank you also goes to L&M Trophies, pack 700, Pizza Hut, KNES, Chamber of Commerce, First Responders (EMS & Police), City of Fairfield for use of the conference center. Until Next Time, Do Your...

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Battling Misconceptions at the Alamo

by Dr. Bruce Winders, Alamo Historian & Curator   The one thing that I’ve learned after being at the Alamo for twenty-one years is that there is a great amount of misinformation surrounding our state’s most treasured site. These ideas are often held by people who care passionately about the site and its history. My task as the Alamo’s curator and historian is to help separate fact from fiction so that visitors understand what has taken place here and why it matters. Once, I spoke with a visitor who insisted that David Crockett was just a cartoon character. Clearly this person was mistaken, despite the strength of his conviction. Knowing that Crockett was a real person is important to the Alamo’s story. Another time, a representative from a prominent lingerie company wanted to use the Alamo as a backdrop for a photo shoot because it made such a picturesque setting. The pastel lighting they planned to use, he said, would make it look divine. We asked him if they would do something like that at the Vietnam War Memorial. He replied that, of course they wouldn’t, because it wouldn’t be right. Our director then pointed out that was the same reason there would be no lingerie shoot at the Alamo. Facts and tone are important to us. I have dealt with competing notions of the Alamo for years. The...

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Dear Editor – Why the Second Amendment is Timely in 2017

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed…” These words were penned by educated, enlightened men in the late 18th century. The choice of words was not fuzzy or vague. It was clear and explicit and was inserted into the U.S. Constitution, the bedrock of American law. It clearly gives the right, not just the power [to the people] but the right under the law to not only own arms but to bear [carry] them as well. Admittedly, technology since that time has made weaponry vastly more powerful and deadly than at that time, but the right of lawful citizens remains. Why did they incorporate this 2nd Amendment and make it law in the first place? Answer: not for protection from hostile native Indians, encroaching French traders, or renegade Redcoats. Its purpose was primarily for protection of the citizens from government. This is why having standing [regular] armies was extremely suspect. The added reason of defense on the western frontier and the fact that municipal police forces did not yet exist to ensure safety, even within cities. Good cause, albeit different, exists today. Locally today, we are blessed with relatively low crime rates, unlike those in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, etc. Still, we live in dangerous times. Chances of car-jacking in Fairfield are quite low; road rage violence, however, is just as likely here as...

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