Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Nov. 3, 2013


Mineral Wells Index

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Texas doesn’t need Wendy Davis



DEAR EDITOR,

We Texans do not need or want Wendy Davis as governor of the State of Texas.

As the “ABORTION QUEEN, ” she seems to be a standout. We do not need Texas to be the abortion capital of the United States.

You be the judges; dependable sources report there has been 60 million children that have been aborted in America. Hitler, as the leader of Germany had six million Jews put to death (so sad, so very sad).

Use your own pencil to compare the deaths of Hitler and the abortions in America.

Will the world and God not judge and remember America as Germany is remembered.

Myron M. Crawford

Mineral Wells




Take time to vote ‘yes’ on the bond



DEAR EDITOR,

I am writing this letter to encourage the citizens of Mineral Wells to vote and support the Mineral Wells Independent School District Bond Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. As a member of the Facilities Study Committee, I know a great deal of time and thought went into identifying and prioritizing the needs of our school district.

The top four recommendations by the FSC are being addressed in this bond:

Security at all campuses. We must provide safe and secure learning facilities for all students and staff. The world is changing and we have to be proactive on issues we didn’t worry about years ago.

Replace Lamar Elementary. Lamar and I have something in common-we were created in the same decade!  After 58 years of service to children, I believe it is time to build a new campus where young students begin their formative first years of education.

Replace the Mineral Wells High School track. Many people use the track – student athletes, residents and community events. We must address the needed foundation base issues in order to have a usable track for all. 

Make minimal cost renovations at MineralWells Junior High, knowing that it was built in 1963 and will need to be replaced at some point.

I urge you to consider these needs as you decide how you will vote in this election. The children and young people of Mineral Wells deserve a safe, secure and enriching learning environment as they prepare for the future.

Please take time to vote with your heart and your mind.

Kay Brown

Retired Educator




Vote ‘yes’ on the school bond



DEAR EDITOR,

Wow! Did I ever have a wakeup call when asked to serve on the MWISD Facilities Study Committee.

I have known that Lamar and the Junior High were really old, unsafe and in desperate need of replacing, but until you walk around and look at every nook and cranny you do not really realize how bad these two schools are.   

We have been able through the years to greatly improve our school buildings and sports facilities; and now we are down to the last two. I am asking you to please vote yes for the Nov. 5th bond election.

We have an old campus that has been renovated way to many times, unsafe campuses that really are a concern to many of us, and because of soil sulphates and inadequate drainage, the community/high school track needs new base, foundation and a drainage system.

Also, parents, grandparents, friends and families: ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS NEED TO HAVE SAFETY FEATURES INSTALLED, such as secure vestibules, corridor doors and control of access doors.  Did you notice I said ALL SCHOOLS!

One of the things that the facilities committee noticed throughout our school district is that all of the newer campuses were in very good, clean condition, showing that Ram Pride, so please join me in voting to support our MWISD bond election on Nov 5.

Sincerely,

Pat Bazzell

Avid Supporter of Mineral Wells, mother, grandmother and friend






Just say ‘no’ to the school bond



DEAR EDITOR,

In light of the recent support of the school bond, I would like to add how I feel about this:

1. LAMAR - The bathrooms have been an issue at Lamar since 2001. Where were all the cries for the children then? Instead we built a state-of-the-art football stadium unequipped with seats. Yet we pass a $20 million bond in 2006 for a “sports complex” and aren’t looking down the road at the existing school buildings to get our priorities in order.

I don’t think the children at that age are impressed with what a building looks like if they are getting a quality education from the great teachers we have at Lamar.

2. SECURITY - I am all for the $1 million security system. No problems with that, but sticking that in with an outrageous $23 million new school bond is just pathetic and playing on parents’ emotions and fears. Shame on you for including this with this bond. This needs to be done regardless of the outcome of this bond.

3. TRACK - Built in 1968, revamped 1988, 1996, 2004 and 2007. Is this track really worth another $1 million dollars? At the meeting at the Senior Citizens Center last week, the superintendent told us it “probably” wouldn’t cost that much and any excess would be used at the junior high. So why not ask for monies for the junior high instead of holding the track hostage for the citizens who use the track but aren’t in school? Again, I think using emotions aren’t the right way to go about getting things passed.

We currently have three bonds we are paying at a staggering cost of $33 million that will be paid off in 2032 and 2037. The current  bond proposal would be paid in 2044. This school board and district want to add another $25 million? How many people have lost their jobs, have had their hours reduced or don’t even have a job? You are asking more than what the people of Mineral Wells have to  give. Almost every tax that a homeowner is paying on has gone up this year. It’s time to say NO. Make a stand; we can’t afford this.

Ginny Milliken

Mineral Wells




Vote ‘no’ on the bond



TO THE EDITOR,

As a grandmother of four, an RN who worked as the school nurse in a handicapped preschool, and who currently does private duty for a young girl who survived cancer, only to be debilitated by several massive strokes, I consider the children our future, and think they should have an education that will allow them to become the best they can be.

I attended the meeting for the current bond election at the Mineral Wells Senior Center last week. What a lively and enlightening meeting that was!

1. This is a “ bricks-and-mortar “ bond. Not one cent goes to educating the children.

2. Are not problems in the districts’ facilities addressed immediately, instead of waiting for things to get so bad that a bond must be voted on for the repairs?

3. The county taxes have gone up, the town’s taxes have gone up, the water taxes have gone up, just about everything else, with no end in sight.

4. Are not the voters STILL paying off several other bonds on the high school, stadium and other schools?

5. Have not the people of Mineral Wells paid enough out of pocket already?

6. The economy is terrible. People have lost their jobs, and struggle to make ends meet. Another burden, to have MORE taxes placed upon them, is the LAST thing they need.

7. If people are truly concerned about the children, they should consider that approving yet another bond impedes the children’s future by placing the debt that will be incurred by approving this bond upon them. The children, the future.... What a terrible thing to do to them They have no say, but that is what will be done to them if this bond is passed. Vote NO.

Sandra Campbell

RN BS

Mineral Wells




Patriotism



DEAR EDITOR,

This is a true story.

We were at a Texas Rangers game a year ago September. The crowd was large and excited. The game was going well for our side with good pitching and some home runs. Stadium food was everywhere. There were peanuts, ice cream, hot dogs, cotton candy and a collection of cold beverages a plenty.

On almost every isle, the concessionaires in iridescent yellow shirts climbed up and down the sections with the occasional shout of “cold beer, soft drinks, ice cold water” heard above the noise of the crowd.

Think about it. These guys carry heavy insulated boxes loaded with ice and drinks. They stop and start, climb stairs and go back down, collect cash and make change; all the while working to make the fans happy and their stay at the ballpark memorable. Sure, they get paid and receive tips, but it takes a person who is willing to work hard for this job. Besides, some fans are never happy about the prices.

But what we saw is not about the concessionaire, the heavy lifting and low pay, the fans, or even the cold drinks. It’s about being witness to an act of patriotism or what happens when two patriots meet.

Our “cold drink” guy was headed up the stairs in our section one more time when he was hailed by a fan in the section just across the way. He stopped, put the box down across the steps and attended to the request. As he turned back toward us, a young man, a very young-looking young man, came down between the rows of seats and asked about the price of his favorite beverage. Undoubtedly because he looked so young, he was used to showing his ID and he handed it over without being asked. The price was announced and he opened his wallet and pulled out the money to buy the drink.

Our concessionaire looked carefully at the ID. Then he asked the young man, “Are you active duty?”

“Yes, sir,” came the reply and he said where he was from. The chunks of ice shifted to fill the space now empty in the box where the requested drink had been.

“Here’s your change,” said the man in the yellow shirt, as he handed the young soldier not only the beverage he asked for but all of his money back.

The weather at the ballpark that night had been dicey at best; cloudy with light rain, heavy enough to bring out umbrellas and rain hats sometimes.

Maybe it was the reflection off of the iridescent yellow shirt or maybe the lights caught the rain drops just right. For some reason, suddenly the place got brighter.

Most likely, the brightness came from the light reflecting off of the wide smile now covering the enlisted man’s face.

“Thanks, man,” he said to the guy with the icy box. Then came the simple reply, “No, thank you.”

Usually when we think of patriotism, we think of supreme sacrifice, of men and women struggling against all odds to save a town, a ship or a wounded soldier.

We think of famous acts of heroism where many are saved by a few who are lost.

We think of flags raised on the victorious battlefields of World War II or a single flag rising out of the dust and ashes on a bent flag pole on 9/11/2001.

Those of us who are old enough think of a little boy’s salute as his father’s horse-drawn coffin passed by on that awful day in November 1963.

We remember the line in the sand drawn at the Alamo and those who stepped across it.

I said this was a story about patriotism, and it is. Not all acts of patriotism are bold.

Sometimes acts of patriotism, acts showing love of country, are quiet and too often unnoticed.

This time, we witnessed a simple act of patriotism which occurred between two men.

They are patriots no less important than those who are more famous.

Maybe our beverage man was a veteran himself; maybe he has a son or a daughter serving in the military now; maybe he is just an American.  Now, he is my hero.

For whatever reason, he decided, without hesitation, that he was going to do something good; to perform a small act of kindness for another patriot. His act was not without sacrifice. It cost him the price of the drink and the tip for which he had worked hard. The cost is not important; the act of the heart is. It is a sight not to be forgotten soon.

The next time we celebrate a patriotic holiday and I see the “bombs burst in air,” or the flags waving, or the bands playing, I will remember this scene. Because at that moment, the 90-plus-mph fast balls stopped, the crowd disappeared. For one moment, the world made sense and the reality became clear to me that the most important part of our night was not the baseball game; it was what we had witnessed.

My only regret is that I was not quick enough to buy the drink myself and say to the young soldier, “Thank you, sir, for our freedom.” When the opportunity comes again, I will be ready.    

Soon, we will observe Veteran’s Day – the day set aside to honor living veterans. It should be a day of more than just posting the flag in the front yard. Every one of us should find a veteran and say “thank you.”

Better yet, buy him or her a drink or a meal. They all deserve it.

And if you should happen to hear the veteran say, “You are the first person who has ever thanked me,” just be proud of yourself. Then, you may find that the handshake has become a hug and the mist in your eyes has overflowed. That’s just fine. Carry on, my friend, carry on.

You are now a patriot, too.

Mike A. Smiddy

Mineral Wells


 

Shriners’ Thanks



DEAR EDITOR,

Thanks to the Mineral Wells area residents who so generously donated to Shriners Hospitals this past weekend. It is through your generous support that we can offer children specialized treatment for orthopedic, burn and cleft lip and palate conditions.

Shriners Hospitals care for children without cost to them or their families at 22 hospitals in North America and Hawaii. The Shriners are a worldwide fraternity focused on fun, fellowship and philanthropy.

Ken Sapp

Director Public Relations,Moslah Shrine Center, Fort Worth