The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

February 11, 2014

Feb. 9, 2014 letters to the editor

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — A judge of good character

To the editor:

As a retired educator I have always considered myself to be a good judge of character; in my judgment, I would consider Steve Tittle to be a judge of good character. I have enjoyed the pleasure of knowing Steve Tittle for the past four years as both a friend and neighbor. During that time and before, I have followed his career as a prosecutor and district judge. It is my opinion that Judge Tittle has performed admirably in his service to Hunt County, exemplifying dignity, honesty, and integrity along the way. I have no doubt that he can be trusted to continue doing so in the future.

More importantly, I will forever cherish the memories that solidify my assessment of Judge Tittle’s character on a more personal level. My sister spent her final years living in a house across the street from that of Judge Tittle. As a frail octogenarian in poor health, my sister was fortunate to have Steve Tittle for a neighbor. He exhibited kindness, compassion, and concern for my sister, and was always ready to help her with any need. His empathy, along with his vigilance in checking on her safety and well-being, provided comfort for our family.

I cannot begin to express my gratitude in words, but I will note that those qualities demonstrated by Steve Tittle, the friend and neighbor, parallel the character traits possessed by Judge Tittle. One has to look no further than the positive nature of his campaign, to find an example indicative of his conduct and professionalism.

I, for one, am confident that such attributes will serve the citizens of Hunt County well, and I ask you to join me in casting your vote to keep Judge Steve Tittle as district judge of the 196th Judicial District Court.


Dr. Margot Berggren


A Park Street thanks

To the editor:

The Park Street Historical Association appreciates the great coverage conducted by the Herald-Banner of the Christmas events, including the Candlelight Tour of Homes, Lantern Parade, and Horse-drawn Wagon Rides. The Herald-Banner played an intricate part of keeping the community informed of the events and the changes that had to be made because of the inclement weather.

PSHA would also like to thank the sponsors that made the events possible.

We applaud the support of all our generous sponsors, including Park Street Baptist Church and Kavanaugh United Methodist Church.

We would also like to thank the Park Street Homeowners for their hard work with their holiday decorations and making the baked goods for the Wagon Ride concessions.

The Park Street Historical Association is pleased to produce these holiday events every year, and it warms our hearts to see the community’s support that helps bring out the Christmas spirit to the Hunt County area.

We hope to see everyone at the Fourth of July activities coming this summer.

It will once again be a great way to start your day.


Tim Kruse

PSHA President

Keep Judge Steve Tittle

To the editor:

Judge Tittle has been serving Hunt County for more than a decade, as the Hunt County’s first assistant district attorney and our judge in the 196th District Court, since 2011. Judge Tittle has implemented significant improvements, trying thousands of cases with efficiency and professionalism. He has championed cost reduction for our county taxpayers that have made a very real difference.

Judge Tittle has the distinction of being the first Republican district judge, elected in Hunt County. He is also the only board certified district judge in Hunt County in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

With all of Judge Tittle’s achievements and judicial performance in mind, it must be pointed out that we have entered the “silly season.” You know that period just prior to elections. It is obvious to the casual observer that politically motivated attacks against Judge Tittle have been introduced into the mix of things. This situation reminds us of a fairly common circumstance in politics today. That is, if you “go along to get along” the powers to be will pay little attention to you. However, if you dare to be courageous and try to improve things (changing the status quo), you immediately become the focus of attacks.

Personally, I have always admired people who will speak truth to power in an effort to do what is right. Judge Tittle is a true conservative with a servant’s heart. I urge you to consider his outstanding performance and his principled stance in service to our county. Please allow Judge Tittle to keep serving Hunt County by giving him your vote in the March 4, 2014 Republican Primary.

Concerned Hunt County resident,

Royce Davis


A Christian response…

To the editor:

In recent weeks I have seen the worst of some folks, in the very county in which I reside. Unfortunately, elections can bring out the worst in people and I am not just talking about the candidates. I have seen negative editorials slamming a current elected official and only giving half the facts. I’ve seen a Facebook account that was designed to trash talk a certain elected official and this page clearly has an agenda for the upcoming primary. I’ve seen other elected officials come out and verbally attack this same individual.

When my children see and hear all of this and ask me questions, all I can think to say to them is that there are some people in this world who need more of Christ in their lives. I wonder to myself how it is that some are able to sleep at night, knowing that we have this much hatred going on in our county and yet so many who support it.

There is a district judge race coming up in the primary in six weeks. Judge Steve Tittle is our current sitting district judge, and he is being challenged by Andrew Bench. The only thing Mr. Bench can tell me is that he is from Greenville, born and raised. Last I checked, that does not automatically qualify you for a position nor does it make you right for the job. I have heard a few people in my community say they are voting for Bench because they went to high school with him. Again, that doesn’t make someone right for the job and that is a scary thought as to how some are voting. Time and time again, I have seen the Andrew Bench camp make comments on the Herald-Banner, and on a “bash Judge Tittle” Facebook page, and make public statements and announcements about Judge Tittle in a negative, hateful manor. They have even stooped so low as to put a trailer on the side of the road with negative remarks spray painted all over it. This reflects poorly on our community on how some are behaving. What have I seen Judge Tittle do about it? Nothing. He has continued to remain calm, professional, positive and Christian through all of the attacks by the other campaign and their friends.

This has given me so much respect for Judge Steve Tittle. This man has shown me that even through all of the hatred, he has the professionalism and Christian integrity that we need in our leaders. I hate to say this, but I can’t think of any other leader in our community who has this much integrity. I’m so proud to have someone like Judge Tittle serving our community and there are so many more out here who feel the exact same way I do.  

For those of you who have fed into this negative bashing of a person, please ask yourselves this, “Is this how you teach your children to behave?” Judge Tittle, I hope you are reading this because I want to tell you that you have so much love and support out here. Their trash talk is backfiring on them and it’s showing. We are praying that good will prevails and you will be re-elected to the position you were born to do.

Carla Dunham