Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Opinion

April 13, 2009

Letters to the Editor - April 12, 2009

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CCA a ‘stellar’ community partner

Dear Editor,

I have been reading with a great deal of interest “Letters to the Editor” regarding the ICE facility. After all it helps fill out the Sunday paper.

I must say one recent letter made me see red. I quote from that letter, “Furthermore, private prison corporations are notoriously bad community partners.”  To which I say bull!

Corrections Corporation of America has been a stellar community partner for as long as I have been aware of them.  Consider this – they employ nearly 300, mostly local, people with an annual payroll in the area of $9 million. They pay nearly $60,000 per year in property taxes and are a source of revenue of some $700,000 per year to the City of Mineral Wells for their water and sewer usage.

In addition, I estimate they save the City of Mineral Wells, Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway and numerous other civic organizations including the Senior Center and the Crazy Water festival some $100,000 per year in donated manpower through their work crews.

Their personnel are always active in conducting fundraisers for different charitable and civic service organizations. They are also the corporate sponsor for “Every 15 Minutes,” an invaluable educational program for our high school kids.  This program teaches them the dangers of drinking and driving. Just check the Index from time to time for the ads announcing those endeavors.

Last, but not least, they spend a large amount of money locally for operating and maintenance supplies. If these things, and more, make for a “notoriously bad community partner,” then I am missing the point.

In closing, I have two final thoughts: Who is watching “The Watchdogs”? Why do the people in the liberal cesspool of Austin, Texas, think they know better what is good for us than we do?

Dennis Bradshaw, Mineral Wells

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