A good Bible-based church
To the editor:
Re Johnson Street Church of Christ
I got up this morning and something told me to go to church, so I started calling for a ride 45 minutes before school. Made it 15 minutes late.
After the service something told me to go to the front, so I did with one other person in front of 400 people. The preacher, which is very good by the way, said I was brave for doing it then asked what he could do for me, and I said just have some issues that I can’t seem to get over without help.
He told everyone in there my name and then sat with me and the other person while everyone in the place prayed for us, then I never shook so many hands in my life. The preacher held our hands as they prayed. I need the help of the Lord to help me to vote for the right persons and help me live in a way that is correct and moral, to better to help the county and city that I call home. I love Greenville, it has been kind to me and give great service.
Do yourself a favor! Find a good Bible-based church, because everything in it is relevant in your day to day life even after all these years.
I would like to thank the editor of the Herald-Banner for making this possible.
Joe M. Parsons Jr.
To the editor:
In recognition of Black History Month, I wrote this poem years ago about a person I knew years ago.
I grew up in the middle of a cotton patch
A rusty old cistern and cone sitter out back.
Yes, we were poor, but I never cared
Love and joy were never spared.
This is a song about freedom — see
Let’s just call it equality.
Rode the bus every day to school
Could hardly wait till the day was through.
Riding the backroads of mediocrity
Down freedom roads’ inequities.
That’s my brother in the fields
His fate seemed to be signed and sealed.
He doesn’t have any freedom — see
Because his color was different from me.
Working every day for the man
No time to understand.
Sundays were his time to play.
I always saw him that day.
He called me little Brother,
Man that’s equality.
If only between us you see.
There was no freedom on freedom road
The backroads of mediocrity
One of life’s inequities.
Michael L. Compton
Stay away from good ol’ boys
To the editor:
Two years ago I was in Judge Tittle’s court numerous times because of a close friend’s case.
His attorney lead him to believe that Judge Tittle may not appoint the same court appointed council when the 6 months change of district court took place in January. Indictments handed down by the grand jury are rotated to the 196th or 354th every six months. This would mean that through the years the death penalty cases would average out between the district courts, so comparing the dollars spent in each court for the budget of 2012-2013 is an isolated year.
My impression of Judge Tittle was that he gave his undivided attention to the case in front of him and was fully engaged in the proceedings. He did indeed appoint the same attorney to my friend, but not until verifying financials. My opinion is he made that decision because it was best for the county, rather than a new attorney starting over, and also best for the client. I knew justice would prevail sooner, instead of later with this judge at the helm. I witnessed in the following months nearly every attorney requesting more time and Judge Tittle requesting explanations. He was fair and balanced in taking care of the rights of all. I ask the citizens, if you were the accused, wouldn’t you want the wheels of justice to continue turning?
I thought back to 20-plus years when my 12-year-old bravely awaited trial of an indicted molester, while he walked free, befriending elected officials, and I knew I had to write this letter. Do not forget the victims and the families of the accused, guilty or innocent, that are patiently and painfully riding out the system while others are playing seesaw on the scales of justice. Elections should not be about favors, boards or popularity.
I have seen Judge Bench deal fairly and sternly with juveniles, while not burying them in the system. I believe he serves well where he is, but does not have the legal maturity or steadfastness to sit on the bench of the District Court. Even I know this is apples and oranges, county court and district court. Let’s not let our county regress back to the days of the “good ol’ boys.”
I have seen dedicated servants of the law doing their jobs, and also the cat-and-mouse games that delay resolution, and I know that the district judge should not be a part of their games. Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; ...” Keep Judge Tittle’s courage and integrity in the arena of the 196th District Court.
A thank you to Greenville
My retirement announcement
To the editor:
I want to thank the citizens of Greenville for the opportunity to serve in the water utilities department for 24 years. I have served the past two years as your utility superintendent. I started in 1989 as an entry level employee. I was hired by Bill Erwin who is one of the best men I’ve ever known or worked for.
The water/sewer employees that I have supervised are some of the finest men and women I have ever been around. They work hard and responsibly and are there to serve you 24 hours a day with water emergencies and sewer stops. It’s a very dangerous profession. These folks work in traffic, in confined spaces, excavations, all weather events and electrical systems in wet conditions. All while doing their best to get home safely back to their families.
The only glory in the work is a job well done and the assurance that they are truly serving and helping the people of Greenville.
As I move on the next page in my book, I will have fond memories of serving the citizens and working with the team in my department and other departments of the city. I have made many friends and colleagues and learned from them and hopefully passed on some of my experience and knowledge.
It is my prayer that God will continue to watch over and bless the guys I worked with, fellow employees and the citizens of Greenville, Texas.
City of Greenville
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Letter from Judge Steve Tittle
Editor's note: Because we ran letters to the editor regarding the upcoming March 4 elections longer than usual, the Herald-Banner extended an opportunity to both Judge Steve Tittle and Judge Andrew Bench to write a final rebuttal letter. Bench's letter can be found in today's print edition. Tittle's letter is below:
To the editor: Today is election day, and I encourage all Hunt County voters to vote. Make no mistake, there is an important option you have today regarding who will continue serving as your District Judge for the 196th Judicial District Court.
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