The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Letters to the editor

April 25, 2014

False information

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

Occasionally, even the best newspapers “let one slip through the cracks”.  That is what happened Wednesday when you published a letter from Byron Taylor. In his zeal to support the upcoming GISD bond measure, (and it’s  accompanying massive tax increase), Mr. Taylor chose to lash out at me.  In doing so, he stated that I do not pay property taxes to “support” Greenville schools. His statement is an outrageous falsehood. As a life long resident of Greenville, I built my first home in 1986 and have been “supporting” GISD ever since.

Mr. Taylor has every right to support a GISD bond measure that could cost taxpayers as much as $150 Million, including interest payments. He has the right to support the bond measure in an election that is unfairly tilted in favor of YES votes because the GISD Board cunningly decided to allow early voting to take place on Greenville school campuses, thus making it more convenient for supporters. He has the right to support a tax increase of between 21.4 cents and 24.8 cents, depending on which option the GISD Board chooses, if voters approve the measure. He has the right to support the ultra expensive proposal on May 10th, even though it is very likely the GISD Bond Committee will come back with a more reasonable  and affordable plan later this year if voters reject the current proposal.

However, Mr. Taylor has no right to use your publication to make foolish and verifiably false claims against me or any other Herald Banner subscriber as he did in his letter on Wednesday. To have an honest disagreement on issues is one thing. To attack those with whom you disagree, by propagating clearly false information is quite another.  Thank you for allowing me to respond to Mr. Taylor’s attack in such a timely manner.

Sincerely,

Ron Rogers

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