The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Letters to the editor

July 9, 2013

Keep your eyes open

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

As we approach negotiation time with L-3, our elected officials (city council) are stepping ever closer to an opportunity to maintain trust and demonstrate openness and honesty to the citizens of Greenville. Elected means entrusted, given trust with respect. Will our city council cherish that? Our City Charter makes it very clear regarding transparency and what the definition of “franchise” is — Sec. 122. The City of Greenville shall have the power by ordinance to grant any franchise or right mentioned in the preceding sections hereof. And “right” is a keyword as all throughout the charter it states numerous times “public places and all other real property of the City of Greenville is hereby” etc., etc.

Just a note, but if the city council is going to find some way to rationalize or justify conducting these negotiations secretly and deny that L-3 is a “franchise,” then it puts L-3 in a position to not be granted a 25-year lease and the city can do a year-to-year lease based on a yearly appraisal.

We are living in a time when trust is something our federal government has destroyed, and now trust is being questioned among our own local elected officials and L-3.

The division felt among our nation is now being localized, and having Greenville split into warring fragments serves no one, although it may financially provide for a company at the expense of others. Is it worth it in the long run? The last thing we need in Greenville is Chicago-style politics. Or worse yet our city council wants to play the “we need to pass it in order to find out what’s in it” game.

If one removes both the City and L-3 from what is really going on and simply reviews the process upcoming, they are left with something that is very important, and that is honesty, openness and doing what is of the best interest of our city and citizens. It is our airport. It does not belong to either L-3 or the city council. The city council is given full trust regarding our property, the leasing thereof, etc.

I read the report provided by Airport & Aviation Appraisals, Inc. and have been following closely the comments by concerned citizens, Mr. Steve Ramsey and others.

I hear the social chatter when out and about. It is upsetting to hear the pending mistrust developing toward certain city council members. It is upsetting to hear the statements toward L-3, which are negative in nature. Yet regardless of how one expresses concern, fear or worry, it all boils down to the same thing, which is again openness and honesty. No secrecy, as that fosters mistrust, anger and loss of respect.

The citizens of our great city need to keep their eyes open, listen to what our city council says, but more than that keep a very close eye on what they do as it is in the actions one finds truth. In closing I would like to simply say L-3 does not have the wealth to buy my self-respect or trustworthiness and I hope our city Council members feel the same way. L-3 needs to pay a fair share, and I agree with the appraisal in that L-3 needs to pay somewhere between $2 to $2.50 a square foot.

Mitch Vaughn


Text Only
Letters to the editor
  • Health services kudos

    I am writing this letter of appreciation because two weeks ago I had my second knee replacement surgery within six months.

    July 20, 2014

  • Kill the YMCA project

    In addressing the city council on July 8th, YMCA board president Andy Bench made a bold and highly questionable claim that raised a red flag in my mind. He referenced the alleged financial commitment made by The Greenville Independent School District to help pay for his proposed $15 million taxpayer funded YMCA.

    July 20, 2014

  • Applaud Court’s return to interpretive sanity

    I applaud the Supreme Court’s return to Constitutional interpretive sanity in its recent finding in favor of Hobby Lobby and other closely held companies, to decline to pay for certain medications that they believe violate their religious beliefs.

    July 15, 2014

  • Take care of children crossing over border

    The beautiful little Hispanic children coming across the border from Mexico and South America…

    July 14, 2014

  • Not too late to stop proposed YMCA center

    n your Wednesday edition, reporter Brad Kellar briefly touched on the comments of Dr. Jerry Ransom at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

    July 13, 2014

  • Perkins should abstain from YMCA vote

    What if you were a judge? What if you were also Board President of a non profit organization?

    July 5, 2014

  • Say no to YMCA on Tuesday

    An April 28, 2013 ad in the Herald Banner stated that the YMCA/Event Center bond would only add an additional 2.5 cents to the Greenville property tax rate.

    July 5, 2014

  • Already missed

    When I moved back to Greenville after living 17 years in South Texas, I took the advice of my friend, Dr. Bill Thorn, who advised me to become an expert in some field. It didn’t matter what.

    June 26, 2014

  • Freedom of religion

    Texas Constitution and the YMCA

    June 13, 2014

  • Thanks to Park & Rec

    Thank you Kimber Patterson, Brett Quarles and the staff of Greenville Parks and Recreation for the outstanding job you do for our community.

    June 13, 2014

Featured Ads

What's been the primary cause of the Texas Rangers' poor first half of the 2014 baseball season?

Too many injuries
The loss of Nolan Ryan in the front office
Questionable decisions by general manager Jon Daniels
On-field decisions by manager Ron Washington
Key players just aren't producing
All of the above
     View Results
Must Read

See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide