Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

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