Letters to the Editor

Fri
15
Nov

Human slavery rampant even today

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s historic speech at the dedication of the national cemetery established to honor those killed at the battle of Gettysburg.

It was in the midst of a time the United States was struggling over many issues, slavery among them.

Slavery was not an American phenomenon, but a tragic circumstance of humanity dating back to our beginnings. Emancipation in the United States put us on the path to righting this wrong, but we should not turn a blind eye to the realities of slavery worldwide today.
It is estimated that 30 million people live in slavery today, primarily through indebtedness or international sex trade. If we stop for a moment and think about how inconceivable it is for us today to believe one person could have the right of ownership over another, we know this is a practice that can’t be ignored and certainly never tolerated.

Fri
15
Nov

Column: Have you listened to yourself lately?

By Mike Eddleman

Have you ever heard yourself sing? I don’t mean hearing yourself in real time as you sing along at the top of your lungs to your favorite tunes. I mean going through that emotional meat grinder of being faced with the evidence of your special brand of musical butchering.

If you haven’t, I suggest you do, as it is very revealing. It is also humbling, painful and, if you are really lucky like me, it will be so bad not even you could take it seriously enough to keep a straight face.

I believe we make two key mistakes in communicating. The first is we do not listen to what other people have to say. The second, which I believe to be more problematic and ties directly into the concept of listening to our own singing voices, is we don’t listen to what we ourselves have to say.

Fri
15
Nov

Think before speaking

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw could have never dreamed that this quote could say much more than the 14 words he took to say them. Communication is the beginning and the end of many great relationships. Shaw, however, never knew that communication would grow the lengths that it has today.

Mon
04
Nov

Editorial: Cast vote to solve water needs

Texans have the opportunity to consider nine amendments to the Texas Constitution Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The nine amendments cover a variety of topics from reverse mortgages to eliminating an already-obsolete State Medical Education Fund.

The key ballot issue, though, is Proposition 6, which would add funding and new financing options for future state water planning.

The amendment would allow the state to take $2 billion from the Rainy Day fund for water projects. It would also establish two new funds separate from the state’s general fund to finance future water projects. The Rainy Day Fund is currently estimated to be at $8 billion.

Mon
04
Nov

Column: U.S. spying on friends not a betrayal, not a surprise

By Michael Eddleman
Editor and Publisher

“How can we believe a man who would sell out his friends?”
“Dumkopf! Who else are you supposed to sell out? You can’t betray enemies!”

No truer words have ever been spoken about the world of espionage, despite the fact these quotes came from the “Get Smart” comedy series.

There has been quite an uproar in international circles over the extent of U.S. spying and eavesdropping around the world – especially when it comes to our “friends.”

We were all up in arms when former National Security Agency (NSA) worker Edward Snowden revealed the agency was collecting data on Americans domestically through phone records. While we are not as bothered by similar news about our snooping in the business of foreign governments and leaders, many of them have perked up and shown their consternation and offense at the practice.

Fri
18
Oct

Editorial: It’s Relay time

Limestone County’s Relay for Life is Oct. 25-26 at Fort Parker State Park, meaning it is time to make sure all the hard work and preparation pay off, by eclipsing our fundraising goal for 2013.

To date, participants have raised $36,841 toward the annual goal of $48,000. To finish strong and surpass that goal we will need a lot of excitement and participation next Friday evening during the event and night of games and walking.

If you have never watched a group of cancer survivors take that first lap around the track, then you are missing out. If you have never participated in a luminaria ceremony, then you must come Friday.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News – or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
18
Oct

Column: Congratulations on a job well done, Congress? Hardly

When your 9-year-old comes running out of the bathroom feeling very accomplished because they used the toilet, I hope you do not give out gold stars and ice cream.

When someone in your office shows up on time on a Thursday I hope you do not strike up the band and give them a big, “Way to go, Dave.”

These are things we expect at a certain point, so they should not come with much fanfare or praise. Some things you just do, but Congress defines the term “big accomplishment” differently.

When members of Congress looked the debt ceiling deadline in the eye and blinked, leading to a last-minute reprieve from the unknown but sure catastrophe of default, there was plenty of patting themselves on the back for averting a disaster. It was as though a trip to Chuck E. Cheese was in order.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News – or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
11
Oct

Mexia has a dog problem

I would like to know why Mexia  cant control our dog problem. I know there is a leash law, but we have dogs all over our yard all the time, especially as soon as the catcher goes home. Waco and other places are at least trying.

We get sick and tired of all these people turning out their  dogs and they come to our yard to use the bathroom.

Arlene Hawkins
Mexia

Fri
11
Oct

Scouting enlarged life

I am writing this letter to earn the next rank in Boy Scouts, which is Life. I have been to a lot of places that kids dream about.
I’ve been to the Davis Mountains where there is a camp that has a spring-fed pool that stays 65 degrees in the day. I have stayed on Lake Bridgeport for a week.

I’ve seen the Vicksburg Battlefield, where we walked 5 miles of the 14 – because we were just too tired to finish the rest of the way. It was cool seeing a big part of our history.

For any kid who wants to join our troop, we meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 in the building across from the hospital. They can come and just experience what we do and if they like what we do, then they can come back and join the troop for good!

Nathan Webb
Boy Scout troop 70
Coolidge

Fri
11
Oct

Editorial: Shame on us if we do nothing

With the government shut down, national news media has been left with little to do but poll Americans on what they think of our elected officials and the stalemate in Washington.

According to every poll, we are unhappy, disgusted, disgruntled and eager for change. Will the same anger and frustration lead to change in the primaries and general election next year?

Attitudes toward our elected officials have rarely been so dismal, but even when approval ratings slump badly, we find that when the next election cycle rolls around we often re-elect the same people we were so angry with before.

It is so easy to be mad in the moment. It is comfortable to sit back and second-guess and rally against Congress from our couch when a polling company calls.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

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