Letters to the Editor

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.

Wed
09
Oct

Column: Observations a’plenty on the government shutdown

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

You might think observing a government that has shuttered many of its offices and has turned its tradition of being ineffective into an art form by grinding to a halt might be very boring, but there have been many nuggets of knowledge along the way.
These are not gold nuggets, mind you: They are more like lumps of coal, but sometimes we have to get past the shiny parts to really see the truth.

Where’s the budget?
The government “shut down” at midnight Monday as the fiscal year drew to a close. The fiscal year has always ended Sept. 30 so the deadline to have a new budget in place did not sneak up on anyone in Congress. There is no moving target here. Think of it as a college term paper, but one that earns everyone in America an F when it is not completed on time.

Wed
09
Oct

Editorial: Water issue perplexing

It seems that back in 2012 the Bistone Water Supply District viewed its consumers – primarily the cities of Mexia, Wortham and Whiterock – as partners. At that time the district sought financial support for a rate study and everyone agreed to pitch in a portion of the funding.

The results of that rate study was shared with city officials last month, at the same time it was revealed the district had already received $6 million in bond funds from the Texas Water Development Board.

Now, those same communities that agreed to fund a rate study are going to see their water rates increase by as much as 30 percent. It appears as though the communication and partnering did not extend to the decision-making about whether or not to take on the new debt.

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

Mon
15
Jul

Editorial: Energy producers living for today

Whether it is concerns over global warming or dwindling fossil fuels, mankind has for some time known deep down that something about how we produce and use energy needs to change.

Two very big hurdles stand in the way of change, though. The first is our general unwillingness to cut back on consumption or pay more for renewable energy sources. The second is the enormous profits in the fossil fuel industry.

The prime example of this gluttonous, short-sighted approach to our future is Exxon Mobil Corp. The company is an impressive example of business success, but it fails the test of truly seeing beyond today’s profits.

Mon
15
Jul

Letter: Donation deadline near

The Mexia Academic Sweater and Scholarship Fund will close its books for the year on July 31.

This will be in order to determine the amount of money that is available for scholarships. The scholarship amounts are different each year depending on the amount of money that is received during the year.

This is the last year that sweaters will be awarded, and Mexia High School blankets will be given to students who earn them by achieving in their school work.

Should you or your organization wish to make a contribution and be recognized in the 2013 program, please send your donation before the end of July.

The awards and scholarships are contributed by the people of Mexia and other interested individuals to honor the excellence of work while the students are in Mexia High School. Many Mexia High School classes make contributions to honor classmates. As people make memorials for former graduates, a notation is made of the year they graduated, if it is known.

Mon
01
Jul

Column: Court decision erodes voter protections

By Mike Eldleman
Publisher

There has been recent discussion as to whether high walls, razor-wire fences and surveillance cameras are still needed to help keep inmates inside our prisons.

Statistics show that escape is not a problem as less than one-half of one percent of our prison population escapes, and the numbers have continued to decline over the years.

Perhaps the years of needing so much security are behind us.

This is, of course, not true at all, and we can all agree it is a silly premise to assume that because so few people escape, we no longer need a mechanism to keep them from doing so in the future.

We can be sure that less security would mean many more escapes, and that these security measures are the very reason those numbers are so low.

Mon
01
Jul

Editorial: Celebrating liberty

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
– U.S. Declaration of Independence

The Fourth of July is a beloved summer holiday. It is a time of parades, fireworks, hot dogs and family fun, but it is important we keep in mind it is about so much more. It is important we never forget our own responsibility when it comes to independence.

We must remember that 237 years ago, our forefathers wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence that not only spelled out their reasons for separation from the king in England, but expressed the natural rights of all persons.
Our independence day is not simply about one group’s aspiration to govern itself. It is about independence of the individual and government’s place in our lives.

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