To the editor:
Many of you know me as a “I’ve-had-just-about-enough” kind of guy. Regarding the recent barbs from the trio against our schools, that is just about what I have had. I would have liked to seen more citizens at the school bond public forum recently. I learned great things about GISD.
Our newest school is our high school built in 1980. It’s 34 years old! Just think of the technological advances we’ve had in 10 years. No doubt we’re outdated. Our oldest schools were built in 1950 and 1953. I have independent knowledge to share. I worked the front desk of a local hotel from 2006 to 2010. I encountered hundreds of people hiring into Greenville. I actively tried to get those families to live here. The two biggest reasons for not moving here? 1) They heard the schools were bad. 2) They couldn’t find a house to purchase.
I shared this information with the school board around 2008. I am extremely proud of Don Jefferies, GISD employees, parents, and school board members for turning around the perception and improving our system. Hats off! If we don’t upgrade our schools now, then when?
As for complainers about work many of us do to get Greenville back on track, they offer no solutions. James Evans is a good example of someone who should not run unopposed for City Council. Ron Rogers owns no property in Greenville to my knowledge. That means he doesn’t pay any property tax to support our schools in the first place. I’m not claiming I’m perfect, but I have no children and I’m smart enough to know the health of our schools is paramount.
Let’s get behind those in our community that volunteer hours crunching real time information to present our needs. James Evans would like you to believe we’ve all been living under a rock. Let’s spend less time on people comparing Texas with no state income tax to states like New Jersey that do. It is typical scare tactics and not apples-to-apples comparisons. This idea that we spend nothing and get something is exactly why Greenville needs everything from new streets and other upgrades for lack of upkeep.
Let’s pass this bond and be proud to ask others to live here. That is how we succeed.
My grass is greener,
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Health services kudos
I am writing this letter of appreciation because two weeks ago I had my second knee replacement surgery within six months.
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.
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.
Take care of children crossing over border
The beautiful little Hispanic children coming across the border from Mexico and South America…
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.
Perkins should abstain from YMCA vote
What if you were a judge? What if you were also Board President of a non profit organization?
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.
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.
Freedom of religion
Texas Constitution and the YMCA
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.
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