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September 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor – Sept. 23, 2012

United Way thankful for event’s support

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the United Way Board, we would like to thank the members of our community for doing their part to make lasting changes right here in Palo Pinto County.

United Way of Palo Pinto County’s mission to fulfill basic human needs encompasses our entire community, bringing us all together for the purpose of assisting with food, shelter, wellness, dignity, self-worth, and the opportunity to be independent. This goal is being accomplished with your help.

Our Fifth Annual Dancing with the Stars was a great success, and because of your support we were able to bring in over $6,200.

We would like to thank our 2012 “Gold  Star” sponsors of the event, Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home; our “Silver Star” sponsors, First Financial Bank and Bennett’s Office Supply; our “Bronze Star” sponsors, Diamond Pharmacy and Cole’s House of Flowers; and our “Honorary Stars” the Mineral Wells Index and the Lake Country Sun.

We also appreciated our “Dancing with the Stars” ensemble, the Master of Ceremony Kris Allen, judges Ric Hayward, Penny Beauregard and Jay Walsworth, auctioneer Dwain Eaton accompanied by Annette Bennett, sound and music by Mike Brooks,  photographer Dan Rasmussen and lighting by Mac Chestnut.

Our dancers also enjoyed the skills of our local dance studio and instructors at no costs because of the generosity of LeAnn Davis, of Dancin’ Etc., and local dancer Mike Brooks. 

The “Dancing with the Stars” cast would not be complete without the six couples who radiated the floor with their presence for the evening. A BIG thank you goes out to the following individuals who have donated their time and talents to make our event a success: David and Linda Draper, Jerry Bracken, Bonnie Matthews, Linda Gilley, Dorothy Dowler, Mike Brooks, Gayle Mason, Melody Carroll, Ruben Gomez, Lena Stawser and Blaise Doner. Each of you filled the room with grace, excitement, and laughter. 

Because of your commitment in making a difference and your desire to set an example for our community by investing in United Way, we are certain to have another successful fundraising campaign this year. Please join us for our next event, the United Way Penny Auction, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Mineral Wells Junior High.

Karyn Bullock, executive director, United Way of Palo Pinto County

Writer: council had no right to table request

Dear Editor,

Mr. Mayor and city council members, the voters of the City of Mineral Wells did not overwhelmingly vote to permit off premises liquor sales in this city to have the city council bow to the wishes of the Mineral Wells Independent School District by tabling the special use permit that was on the agenda at its Tuesday meeting.

Based on the information that I received from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission the city council has absolutely no authority over the 1,000-foot rule. That authority rests solely with the TABC.

The request for a special use permit met all the requirements of the city code; therefore the city council had no valid reason to table the request.

Any council member who is unwilling to vote to approve the permit at the next meeting should resign because based on the Texas code there are only two reasons not to vote and I do not believe a single council member meets either of those requirements.

The school district’s request for a 1,000-foot buffer may be in for a hard time. MWISD is going to have to justify its request for the 1,000-foot buffer zone. Based on their prior waver of a 300-foot buffer zone at another school and the fact that there is a store a half a block away that sells alcohol beverages and has no restriction on who may enter their request is not going to be a simple request and it will be approved.

Finally to council member Lively, although I do not in any way believe you did anything illegal I do believe your decision to make the motion to table the special use permit and your vote to approve the motion left you open for criticism.

Charles Thompson, Mineral Wells

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