Letters to the Editor

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.

Mon
01
Jul

Seating conflict example of racism

As I begin to write this letter, I must first state that I am totally against racism of any sort. In 2013, one would think that we should be a better nation. I am here to tell you that racism is still very much alive and raises its ugly head quite often.
Graduation exercises (at Groesbeck High School Football Stadium) begun at 8 p.m. on May 31, 2013. My husband, sister and I arrived at the football stadium around 7:25 to get good seats. We approached the 50-yard line where there were two half-empty rows of seats. We noticed that a Caucasian lady was sitting middle ways on a bench with a purse about seven or eight feet from her.

Fri
21
Jun

Editorial: True barriers to immigration solution

Fences, border patrol agents and unmanned aerial vehicles may be the answer to passing comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, but they are not the answer to truly solving the problem.

As the two sides come closer together on a bill with any chance of passing both houses, measures have been included calling for an additional 700 miles of border fence, 20,000 additional border patrol officers and special surveillance provisions in an effort to appease many Republicans.

As with most immigration debates, we are discussing two issues – how to keep people from coming in illegally and how to deal with those already here. But we are neglecting what may be the most important, third-part of the problem – how to make it unappealing to be here illegally.

Fri
07
Jun

Column: Apparently, someone in our government is listening

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

So maybe it is not as ominous as all that, but it is disturbing news to find out the government is collecting large amounts of data on Americans through their phone records.

Among the key principles that guide our nation are individual privacy and liberty. We expect there to be a line the government can’t or won’t cross when it comes to being intrusive in our lives and it seems now that line is being blurred at best and disregarded at worst.

The government – the National Security Agency in particular – admitted this week to the collection of millions of phone records of Verizon subscribers after it was outed by the British newspaper The Guardian. It remains unclear whether other providers are included in this, but it is unlikely the government believes terrorists only use Verizon so it is reasonable to believe the program covers multiple carriers.

Wed
05
Jun

Editorial: Where will you go?

About the time we begin to wonder what lies ahead for our children, we pick up books like the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh the places you’ll go.”

We read it to them with dozens of other books as we imagine the best for them – a bright future with endless possibilities, fulfillment and happiness.

More than 200 area high school seniors are stepping from a stage of life they have all been desperately trying to escape into a new one with unforeseen challenges and pitfalls.
We have helped them, encouraged them, taught them and even scolded them at every turn in hopes we might have them prepared for this very moment.

What we find in life, though, is that even as adults with many years behind us it can be a challenge to define our lives and become – or even know – who we hope to be.

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