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By Mike Eddleman


Letter: McLennan County emergency head unjustly criticized

I have watched the media response to the West explosion, and there are some points that need to be brought out concerning the efforts by some to blame the McLennan County Office of Emergency Management, headed by Frank Patterson, for the incident in West.

First, Frank Patterson is a well-respected emergency management leader in Central Texas. He is respected because of his knowledge, his dedication and his leadership. When I took office, we had just had a tornado go through our county. Frank was here to help, which I have since learned is typical Frank. He has helped us many times since.
The idea of blaming Frank and other emergency management personnel for what happened in West is nothing short of pathetic. And this pathetic idea is being pushed by people who know so little about emergency management that they believe that a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), which is an advisory committee used by some counties, is the totality of emergency preparedness.


Letter: Second amendment outdated

The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States is only one sentence in length. It reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This amendment should be considered in total context.

When the second amendment was adopted more than 200 years ago, this new nation had no standing army. It is obvious that our forefathers were primarily concerned with the development of a citizens militia. When they adopted this amendment, there were no automatic weapons.

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Building for the future

The Mexia ISD school board has its hands full trying to find the next leader of our district. This person must have many qualities, chief among them is the need to be willing to roll up his or her sleeves and take on a number of issues that can’t wait. Academic achievement must be addressed and is the foundation on which every teacher, administrator, superintendent and school board member should be judged, but it is not as simple as that.


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