Category: Viewpoints

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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How Long Do We Have to Wait?

by Thomas Ratliff When charter schools recently were accused of sub-standard performance, the Texas Charter School Association defended charter school performance as “steadily improving” over time. While charter schools have seen improvement over the 20 years since their inception, it’s clear from five years of TEA data, that charter schools underperform as a whole compared to their ISD counterparts.   This isn’t an opinion; it’s the facts. The evidence is in the past five years of TEA Snapshot Data available on TEA’s website.  Keep in mind, this isn’t based on the A-F Accountability System (which I agree is far from perfect).  These are the raw numbers, and the data shows the following: Since 2012, charter schools have had fewer students in special education, career and technical education, and gifted and talented education programs.  Not just by a little, but a lot. It’s interesting that a “random lottery” of public school students generates such a skewed student population compared to the state as a whole. Maybe if a charter doesn’t offer those programs, the students don’t bother applying to attend that school? Just a thought. From 2012 through 2016, charter schools had a dropout rate of 3.5 times that of ISDs.  The five-year average was 5.7% for charters and 1.6% for ISDs.  The high was 7% in 2012 for charters and a low of 4.7% in both 2015 and 2016....

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Dear Editor – Proud to be From Fairfield!

Dear Editor: PROUD TO BE FROM FAIRFIELD! I have many happy memories of my childhood in Fairfield. It was a community filled with loving and caring people who spoke into my life. I am still proud to live in Fairfield today and still see so many people speaking into the lives of our youth – people who work with sports and other events planned for our youth in churches and other organizations. I wish to commend our Mayor, City Council, and the Chamber of Commerce for providing activities for young and old, such as a good library and events for all ages. A Great example is our Annual Show of Wheels. This event brought in people and positive excitement. On Friday evening there was an informal gathering at NAPA Auto Parts, which included free hot dogs and lots of fun and a good time. This concluded with a parade of cars, pickups, and motorcycles “cruising through town.” They drove past the nursing homes where they were met with cheers and smiles! This is what a community is about! It costs money to provide these activities and I believe it is money well spent. These events bring profits to our local businesses, which in turn help support our community. I believe we have a good place to raise our children and to give them good memories. Let’s keep up the...

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