Category: Viewpoints

Dear Editor – Thank You form the Ward Family

To Our Friends and Neighbors in Thousand Oaks and the Fairfield Community: In the midst of the tragedy of our house fire, we have been so blessed by the outpouring of love, prayers and gifts from our community. From the many offers of places to stay to the donations of clothing, money and help, you all have been more than generous. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and want you to know how very appreciated you all are. Jane and Guy Ward Fairfield,...

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Dear Editor – Looking for Community Sponsors for Health Fair

Rounding Up a Healthy Community Dear Community Member, On behalf of Freestone Medical Center, we would like to invite you to contribute to our annual Community Health Fair. The theme for this year is “Rounding Up a Healthy Community”. We have had a great 1st year as Freestone Medical Center and look forward to showing the community all that we can do and offer. The Health Fair will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday October 7. 2017. The Health Fair will be held throughout the hospital facility and grounds this year. We would like to invite you to contribute to our Health Fair with a monetary amount and/or food, T-shirts, Prizes, Etc. Any and all donations are appreciated and your organization will be listed as a sponsor for the Health Fair on the Health Fair flyer, In the local newspapers and on location. If you donate $250 or more your logo be will placed on our staff health fair T-Shirts. For information on where to send your donations please contact Health Fair Committee Members: Rachael Glass at 903-389-0959 ( or Rachel Middlebrook at 903-389-0926( We ask that you let us know no later than September 15, 2017. As a local hospital we realize we provide a great value to the community and we know the services you provide are valuable as well. As well as...

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Dear Editor – Where Were Taxpayer Protestors Before?

Dear Editor, I read where the City tax payers are in an uproar about raising City taxes. Where were these people when the City took in Oakforest and Westwood water supply? This is going to be a drain on the City for some time to come, and it will cost all the people in the City. The citizens of the City were sold a bill of goods, so it’s a little late to be protesting. Dixie Donaldson Fairfield,...

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Proposed Cuts Would Jeopardize Public Safety

Fairfield EMS is facing funding cuts that could impact services the ambulance could provide, according to Director Billy Perez. “We are facing drastic Medicaid Cuts up to 36 percent, effective October 1, 2017 and Medicare reimbursement decrease of 22.6% effective January 1, 2018,” says Perez. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has proposed huge cuts in Medicaid reimbursements to ambulance services. The effect of the cuts, however, goes far beyond Medicaid recipients: They would severely and negatively affect public health and safety for all Texans. Texas EMS agencies already operate on very tight budgets. To cope with the proposed cuts, cities, counties, emergency service districts and ambulance agencies would have to decide whether to reduce service, cut staffing or postpone or cancel the purchase of lifesaving equipment. Many communities   would be forced to choose between raising taxes, reducing other public services or drastically reducing EMS coverage. These cuts also would result in an increased burden and risk to local police and fire departments, other first responders and all agencies that work together to provide lifesaving services. In areas where the hospital provides ambulance service, it would be forced to divert money from other critical needs to subsidize the EMS operation. The reimbursement reduction is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1. Six groups representing Texas counties, hospitals, firefighters and EMS have joined together to oppose the cuts. These six...

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Open Letter to Freestone Citizens

On September 11, 2001 a great National tragedy happened.   It is now called “Patriots Day.”  In honor of this day and also because of the turmoil our beloved country is going through at this time, the National Day of Prayer Organization has asked for another time of prayer…“Cry out America”… to reunite all of us. The emphasis is on getting the momentum going for daily prayer from each of us for our country.  We will hold a gathering at the County Courthouse in Fairfield from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. on this year’s Patriots Day. I am asking all county pastors to encourage their members to come spend a few moments in prayer with us and to hear patriotic songs. I am also asking all pastors to come and gather within the different groups to help motivate this call for daily prayer for our country. The Bible tells us in James 5:16 that “the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man, avails much”.  It also tell us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. People always ask what they can do for a cause.  For this cause you can come out and...

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