Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

July 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor - July 22, 2012

Mineral Wells Index

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Supports Walden for Parker County Commissioner

Dear Editor,

Larry Walden is the person we need as commissioner of Precinct 3 in Parker County. I happen to know that as an 18-year-old high school senior he was employed as a school bus driver. How many others do you know who were responsible enough for that job at 18?

He learned from his parents the importance of being self-sufficient, educated and having the willingness and ability to multi-task. A commissioner must be able to do more than one thing at a time. Larry, raised on a farm and ranch in Parker County, has an appreciation for the land and private property rights, both his and yours.

Larry earned degrees to teach agriculture and served our community in that capacity for several years. During his tenure our FFA chapter received several state and national awards for community improvement. They were the first FFA to join the Adopt-a-Highway program.

At the age of 30 Larry got his first administrative job. He became the superintendent at Garner ISD. Larry retired as director of Special Education for Parker County Special Education Co-op in 2010. He served on our school board for 15 years, from 1991 to 2006. He is president of the Millsap Alumni Scholarship Foundation, a member of our Heritage Society and many other community service activities.  

Larry, along with his brother, Jerry, and their families purchased the Millsap Farmers Co-op in 2002. The business was in decline with the loss of peanut farmers. Today, the store, renamed Walden Farm & Ranch Supply Inc., is a tremendous success and a real asset to our community and our entire area.

In 2011, Larry was asked to come out of retirement to serve as interim superintendent when our superintendent took another job just before the beginning of school. He directed the operation of Millsap ISD until mid-term.

Larry Walden has already had the experience required to be commissioner, dealing with people, developing budgets, managing personnel and operating heavy equipment. He shares his time and is a great listener with all people. I find him willing to learn new things as he remembers values from our past. He seeks information from others, studies, recognizes value, always gives praise and uses constructive rethinking when necessary. Larry knows how to delegate, but keep on top of, and stay focused, on the task at hand.

Mr. Walden isn’t looking for a “9-to-5 job,” he knows the time commitment and its similarity to the time required to be a superintendent. We need his dedication to serve and the trustworthy value system he will bring to Commissioner’s Court. Just like the lessons he learned in his youth, integrity and self-sufficiency will remain the keys to his public service.

Larry has run his campaign without accepting huge donations, he is obligated to no group or individual other than the taxpaying public.

Join me in supporting Larry Don Walden for Parker County Commissioner, Precinct 3.

JoAnn Barnhart


Support Walden in runoff

Dear Editor,

My son and I would like to urge the voters of Parker County, Precinct 3, to vote for Larry Walden in the runoff election on July 31. We believe Larry has the qualifications to be a successful commissioner who will represent all of the residents of this precinct, whether they live in the city of Weatherford or in the unincorporated county.  

Larry is a successful businessman with experience in management and in working with employees and the public. He is familiar with the oil and gas industry and won’t let them get by with damaging our roads. He knows the business of agriculture and will stand up for our private property rights. He knows the school business after serving over 30 years as a Parker County educator.  He values the history of our area and the people who live here.

We have lived in this area for 42 years and have found Larry Walden to be a man with character, honesty and good judgement – all the qualities we need in a commissioner.

Helen Parks and David Meals


Thanks for book drive support

Dear Editor,

The Palo Pinto County Retired Teachers and School Employees Association would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting our “2012 Bear Project-Books Encourage Awesome Readers.”

Generous contributors include: Booksatchell, Brazos Foundation, Gordon PTF, Houston PTO, Kiwanis, Noon Lion’s Club, Travis PTO, Walmart Foundation and individuals who made honorary, memorial and personal donations.

With these contributions we were able to gift every first-, third- and fifth-grade student in Palo Pinto County with a new book. Your participation in the Bear Project is greatly appreciated.


Members of PPCRTSEA

Runoff candidates supported

Dear Editor,

It is very important to Texas that we vote in the upcoming runoff election - early voting is July 23-27, and Election Day is July 31.

In this primary runoff election, we will likely determine who will represent Texas in the U.S. Senate for the next six years and, if history repeats, for the next 18-20 years. Turnout in the runoff elections next week is expected to be abysmal with vacations, the heat and farmers in the field. This is an opportunity for us to influence the election, especially if we will all work to get our friends and neighbors to the polls.

I have candidates I am supporting: David Dewhurst for U.S. Senate; David Medina for Texas Supreme Court; and Barry Smitherman and Warren Chisum for the Texas Railroad Commission.  

Regardless of who you vote for, please vote. It is the best way to uphold our traditional Texas values.


Greg Gilbert

President, Palo Pinto

County Farm Bureau

Board of Directors

Walden backed in runoff race

Dear Editor,

In the race for Parker County Commissioner in Precinct 3, Larry Walden is my choice. I believe we need more people in government like him. He has the education, experience, knowledge and leadership skills required for the job.

He doesn’t want to become a leader, he is one. He doesn’t hope to become successful, he is successful, in both the public and private sectors. He will serve the entire precinct, not just a portion of it. He has spent his entire career here, in Parker County, working to make our county a better place.

Join me in helping him continue his community service at the next level.

Chris Schofield


Kind words for the Index

Dear Editor,

In this day of terrible decline of newspapers and other newsprint, I want to offer my congratulations to the staff of the Index for the awards they recently received from the Texas Press Association.

Our local newspaper simply gets better all the time. Publisher Mel Rhodes has hired some really good people, and he obviously recognizes their talent and lets them work. Mr. May, the same goes for you.

We can depend upon Chris Agee to research issues well and to present his comments fairly and from more than one point of view. I love everything Libby Cluett, who gets to the heart of the matter, writes. She caught my eye years ago with an article she covered about Kamp Kenner, a camp sponsored by Dr. Joanne Kenner for high school students interested in medical careers. The sports coverage has been really complete in 2011-12, giving recognition to athletes from most sports.

My goodness, Lindsay Bryant outdoes herself with her graphics! In Thursday’s paper (July 12), the use of the eye accompanying the “city’s black eye” coverage was really impressive. I applaud the use of the pictures of the Baker Hotel, patriotic images and such that she uses to dress up the various articles.

I want to thank all of you as a team for your respect for our history, the Brazos River coverage, and your efforts to incorporate into our paper coverage for all ages and interest groups who live in Mineral Wells. I intend to keep reading!


Wanda Reddell

Mineral Wells

Editor’s response: Thank you, Mrs. Reddell, for taking the time to send us such positive comments and compliments. We thank you and our many subscribers, readers, advertisers and online followers for your support. It takes a community to produce a community newspaper.