The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Letters to the editor

March 26, 2014

Letters for March 26, 2014


GREENVILLE — Ignoring school zones

To the editor:

The City of Greenville and the GISD have ignored the Intermediate/ Travis School school traffic zones that are located on Sayle and King streets. These zones are ignored by motorists and even school bus drivers. I drive both streets every day that I work here in Greenville and the speed zones are ignored by parents who would scream to my employer if I ignored the zones. I even once called GISD and gave the speeding bus number to the bus director. But, the buses continue to speed in these zones.

Many drivers are unaware that the time frame for these zones is set from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the afternoon. The cell phone non-usage also is ignored.

Andy Talley


Ad timing questioned

To the editor:

Yes!  Money really does grow on trees.  Especially when the money comes from taxpayers. Case in point, a slickly produced 12 page, 4 color glossy brochure delivered to our mailboxes by the Greenville Independent School District. The piece was so slick and so professional and so positive and so glowing of GISD that we asked ourselves why were we receiving this piece barely two months before the $72 million GISD bond election?  Surely GISD would not try to sway our votes !  Or would it?

We submitted a public information request to the District and what we found was truly disturbing. First, the size of the printing, some 10,000 pieces. Second, the cost of printing and mailing, $11,500, paid to an out of town company with offices in Carrollton and Commerce... and most disturbing, the fact that only those folks eligible to vote in the upcoming bond election were targeted by GISD to receive the mailing. Coincidence?

An email obtained from GISD is very revealing.  Written by a key operative in the Public Relations department, It states, “...prior to the 2014 bond campaign, I think I need to amp up our informational/positive stuff broadcasting.”  The same email identifies the direct mail piece as a top priority.   GISD certainly excelled on the amping up part. But $11,500 worth of amping?  Really?  Is this a wise use of GISD dollars?  Moreover, is it fair to mail such a piece to voters so close to the election date?

Given all the “amping up” being done by GISD, (to the tune of $11,500), and given the fact that the GISD Board approved an election plan that allows two days of early voting at five campuses while school is in session, it appears that GISD has covered all bases in their attempt to run roughshod over local taxpayers.


Ron Rogers

James Evans


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