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August 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor – Aug. 26, 2012

Merchants group thanks teachers’ breakfast vendors

Dear Editor,

The Mineral Wells Merchants Association would like to thank the vendors that so generously donated time and prizes to support the educators of Palo Pinto County. We feel this is a worthwhile cause for a very deserving group of wonderful citizens of our community. They are:

Whataburger, First Baptist Church, Titan Bank-Mineral Wells, Perri Leavelle Design, First State Bank-Mineral Wells, Countryside Therapy Group, Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce, Four Seasons Dental, Freeze Carpets, Palo Pinto County Girl Scouts, Mineral Wells Center of Life, Diva’s Style, Fashion & Accessories, First United Methodist Church, Bronze Goddess Tanning Salon, Palo Pinto County Retired Teachers Association, Wells Express Dry Cleaners, Catholic Charities-Fort Worth, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Crawford, Carter & Thompson LLP, Cole’s House of Flowers, Bank of America, United Way of Palo Pinto County. Palo Pinto County Historical Commission, NSC Properties, Mineral Wells Office Supply, Holiday Inn Express, First Financial Bank-Mineral Wells, First National Bank of Santo, Southside Church of Christ, Kwik Kar of Mineral Wells, Anytime Fitness-Mineral Wells, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, AXA Equitable, Walmart, Fuzzy’s Tacos, McDonald’s, Tractor Supply Company, Famous Water Company and Texas Best Donuts.

These companies should be saluted and thanked by every parent in the county for their commitment and dedication to the Educators of our children.

Mineral Wells Merchants Association

Appreciates West’s column

Dear Editor,

I really appreciated the truth for a change about Obama’s intentions. Diana west (“Future of the Republic hangs on 2012 election” published Aug. 19) is right on target! I have a copy of his real birth certificate from Kenya. He literally hates America!

Biden was right about the chains but wrong about who will put us there. First he is going to outlaw our Second Amendment and then civil war is going to break out all over again when he comes after our guns.

This nation is history if he is elected to a second term.

Thomas C. Hearn, Mineral Wells

NRA bears responsibility for massacres

Dear Editor,

The National Rifle Association is partly responsible for the Aurora, Colo., massacre and shootings in College Station.

I grew up with rifles and pistol in my parent’s house. I believe every American has a right to have rifles and pistols for sporting purpose in their home. But there is absolutely no reason to have a military- style automatic weapon that has a clip that hold 100 rounds of ammunition or an VZ .58, a Chzechoslovakian-made assault rifle. Those types of weapons have only one use and that is to massacre people.

I commend the NRA for their continuous efforts to protect the rights of Americans to have rifles for sporting purposes. Unfortunately they are so obsessed with protecting that right that they don’t know when to stop. I believe their demand for the right to own any type of weapon has crossed the line and therefore they should be held as least morally, if not legally, responsible for the massacre in Aurora and the shootings in College Station.

To the high-paid spin doctors working for the NRA who, as usual, are distributing their propaganda that “rifles don’t kill, people do” tell me what the autopsies will say for the 12 American citizens killed in Colorado from a bullet fired from an AK-47 assault rifle or a bullet from James Holmes. When a person has a legal right because of action of the National Rifle Association to purchase weapons made to murder people then the NRA must shoulder part of blame when people are slaughtered like they were in Aurora.

But they are not the only ones. All elected officials who are puppets of the NRA is just as responsible as the NRA. Congressmen and senators are you a puppet of the NRA and therefore have some responsibility for the massacre in Aurora.

Let me restate I am not – I repeat, I am not – suggesting that there be any kind of limit on rifles used for hunting or for pistols but I see absolutely no valid need to have an automatic or a semi-automatic rifle thats only purpose is to murder people.

Charles Thompson, Mineral Wells

Thanks to all who helped with flood recovery

Dear Editor,

We want to thank publicly some hometown people for their help during major water damage in our home on Sunday evening, July 15th (my birthday).

Our family was returning from Dallas after attending a performance by our grandson. We received a call that water was flowing down our dining room walls due to the malfunction of a commode upstairs.

Upon arriving home, my daughter, Sue began using their shop vac in our upstairs bedroom. Seeing the amount of water, I called a carpet cleaning company listed called DeSantiago Carpet Cleaning. Roberto DeSantiago had just walked in his house from the weekend. He came to our house within 30 minutes. His people started arriving in their rescue and disaster unit trucks, immediately setting up their water removal equipment and blower fans. Leslie Thomas and Allen boxed our personal belongings, carefully marked each box of its contents and, using her camera, the room from which it was retrieved.

Early that Monday morning, I called Phil Luker, our State Farm agent. I asked if he could come to our house. (I was told later by a friend that the agent doesn’t normally come, they notify the claim adjuster.) Phil was at our home at 9:30 a.m. He said, “We will help you get your home back.” Debbie Parker, claims representative, did come and assessed the damages. Expeditiously, she has sent correspondence each week to our home. Also, thanks to Robbie Grubbs, claims representative, for your help.

Our gratitude to Scott Mitcham and Cheyenne Freeman Construction Company. They have made repairs at the minimum cost with still a lot of quality to our home.

We commend you for working together. A job well done.

Deryl and Nell Harris, Mineral Wells

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