The Aledo Leader and Willow Park Times (Aledo, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 37, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 11, 1989 Page: 4 of 16
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Willow Park Times • The Aledo Leader
Wednesday, October 11, 1989
The Aledo Leader • Willow Park Times
Knowing when to roll...when to rollback
If anybody wants to have a "Texas Tea Party" - it is yours truly.
The politician who stood before the TV cameras last week whose
entire time for his speech was filled with only phrases using one
word: taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes, and etc. said it
so well as to how citizens feel. Where is the end to the tax increases?
Finally, in desperation and frustration, somebody strikes out at
the nearest entity or group to whom the word politician could be
attached. Or, in this case, "Here comes de Judge" and while we're at
it - the Parker County Commissioner's Court, and yes, the hospital
The Parker County Informed Taxpayers Association is a good
idea. Citizens in such an organization can make a major impact on lo-
cal and county governments. And, such an organization is needed in
Parker County, in every county.
The "key" word in such an organizational name is "Informed." I
have to submit that someone has been reading too many headlines
and not enough story content to propose a tax roll-back on Parker
County or the Parker County Hospital District this year.
Besides being "informed" - it is extremely important to "know
when to roll and know when to rollback" - timing. For instance, if
you roll back both Parker County and Parker County Hospital
District tax increases by petition, forcing a roll-back election - it will
likely cost more to hold the election and pay for it than will be saved.
If you own a $50,000 home and the roll-back on both entities is suc-
cessful, you will save roughly $13 in taxes. Does that make sense?
I would suggest the Informed Taxpayers Association get copies
of the actual operating budgets of both the County and the Hospital
District and get someone knowledgeable (A CPA) to examine them
and explain. Get where you know excess funds are being spent
- and then BLAM! Let 'em have it and we will all sign up.
However, $13 means the timing is wrong. We can all live with a
$13 average tax increase from these two entities. Just hang on. And
be prepared. The future road has some real financial chug-holes in it
and if not careful - rollback may not be the word. A full-blown
taxpayer revolt might describe it more accurately, but only if armed
with the truth.
Lon H. Williams
The following letter was
supposed to have been received
by an insurance company in
response to one of their question-
aires asking the injured to explain
how the accident occurred:
I am writing in response to
your request for additional in-
formation. In block number three
of the accident reporting form, I
put "trying to do the job alone" as
the cause of my accident. Here's
I am a bricklayer by trade.
On the day of the accident, I was
working alone on the roof of a
new six-story building. When I
completed my work, I discovered
I had about 500 pounds of brick
left over. Rather than carry the
bricks down by hand, I decided
to lower them in a barrel by using
a pulley which was attached to
the side of the building at the
Securing the rope at ground
level, I went up to the roof,
swung the barrel out, and loaded
the brick into it. Then I went
back to the ground floor and
untied the rope, holding it tightly
to insure a slow descent of the
500 pounds of brick. You will
note in block number 11 of the
accident reporting form that I
weigh 145 pounds.
Due to my surprise at being
jerked off the ground so sud-
denly, I lost my presence of
mind and forgot to let go of the
rope. Needless to say, I pro-
ceeded at a rapid rate up the side
of the building.
In the vicinity of the third
floor, I met the barrel coming
down. (This explains the frac-
tured skull and broken collar-
Slowed only slightly, I
continued my rapid ascent, not
stopping until the fingers of my
hand were two knuckles deep
into the pulley. Fortunately by
this time, I had regained my pre-
sence of mind and was able to
hold tightly to the rope in spite of
At approximately the same
time, however, the barrel of
bricks hit the ground, and the
bottom fell out of the barrel.
Devoid of the weight of the
bricks, the barrel now weighed
approximately 50 pounds!
I refer you again to my
weight in block number 11. As
you might imagine, I began a
rapid descent down the side of
the building. In the vicinity, of
the third floor, I met the baifel
coming up. (This accounts for
the two fractured ankles and
lacerations of my legs and lower
The encounter with the barrel
slowed me enough to lessen my
injuries when I fell onto the pile
of bricks, and fortunately, only
three vertebrae were cracked.
I am sorry to report, how-
ever, that as I lay there on the
bricks, in pain, unable to stand,
and watching the empty barrel
six stories above me, I again lost
my presence of mind -- and let
go of the rope. The empty bar-
rel, weighing more than the rope,
came back down on me and
broke both my legs.
I hope this will clear up your
concern as to whether this was
an accident. If suicide, I would
have just jumped off the build-
ing - which I may do If I receive
one more questionaire from you.
Parker Countv Truthtellers:
Father to son: "Of course
this country has faith in your gen-
eration. Look at the size of the
national debt we expect you to
A new employee at GD was
habitually late. Finally, the fore-
man called him in. "Don't you
know what time we go to work
here?" he demanded.
"No, sir," came the reply. "I
haven't been able to tell because
the rest of you are already here
when I come in."
O.K. O.K. I'll try to be a
more serious journalist. I have
been duly notified that I have
failed to report on truly stinking
issues in this column. And I
have to admit: I haven't tried.
We reserve other portions of the
newspaper for serious stuff...but
Ranked somewhere near the
top 10 things that concern us
Americans (Dan Quayle becom-
ing president ranking number
one); is the two briefings we al-
ways get now on the major poli-
tical addresses on television.
The politician spends thirty
minutes saying nothing about
everything and disagreeing with
What is workers' compensation?
State Representative Richard F. (Ric)
Texas State House Of Representatives
To Those Who Unjustly Accuse
Originally our legal system
was founded on the principal
'innocent until proven guilty".
Fundamentally this holds true,
as far as it can be enforced.
Harly in our nation's his- fact-finding hearings within the „ far as can be enforce
, there was little need for TIAB, a hearing examiner with . owever, inwardly we have
"The Workers Compensa-
tion Crisis in Texas: Part I, The
Way the System Works Right
AUSTIN - For the past 18
months, a great deal of legis-
tory _____________e ...............
workers compensation insur- the TIAB reviews all evidence
ance. Our economy was mostly and testimony and arrives at a
agricultural and while the work final figure to compensate the
certainly was not "easy", it was injured employee for medical
"simple" and, therefore, injuries costs associated with the injury
were a rarity. But as the Am- and for lost wages. Then, the
erican economy becai e more hearing examiner's decision is
industrialized and the work en- put before the three (3) board
ironment became more mechan- members of the TIAB for re-
ical and much more compli- view and either ratification or
tendency to judge and convict in
our minds long before a case
ever goes to trial. Unfortunately
this can do more damage to an
innocent reputation than all the
courtrooms in America.
Recently there has been a
rumor growing in our com-
munity about a young man
starting a grass fire on Sunday,
Oct. 1. This story started out as
lative attention has been focused — ----------—- -----K** -7- — —— n . -
on the issue of reforming the cated, work related injuries be- rejection. If rejected, the case UC1, iTls story started out as
workers' compensation insur- came more commonplace. Ob- returns to the fact-finding hear- a Srassfireand since has grown
ance system in Texas. Inde- viously, with no protections set ings and to a hearings examiner ? ‘rP1.0 proportions that it
pendent businesses, lawyers forth in law back then, an for reconsideration. If ratified, lctluously involves police chas-
and consumer activists through- injured worker was often dev- on the other hand, the decision .. arresf warrants, and emo-
out Parker County have asked astated. Not only would the em- will become final unless the ;Jonai instability! Although
me to describe the problem and ployee lose his or her present injured employee, not satisfied . es^ rumors have always ex-
outline different solutions in job but, depending upon the in- with the TIAB approved settle- ist . an^ sadly always will
such a way that all choices are jury, often would be unable to ment, decides to appeal the de- ^ain’ t*Jere 1S °nly one thing a
clear. For the next few weeks, I obtain new employment. Such cision directly to a state district Person can do to
will be presenting a series of circumstances would reak havoc court. There, the injured em- ena Jf16 innocent in such a
articles on workers' compen- upon the injured workers entire ployee will receive a hearing in . se’ ancl 111311S 10 expound his
sation reform. This week, I will
focus on describing the system
as it now operates.
What is meant by the term
"workers' compensation insur-
ance?" If an employee is injured
on the job and if that injury is
caused by defective equipment
or some other hazardous con-
dition existing in the work en-
vironment, then the employee is
entitled to compensation for the
injury that he or she sustained.
For this same injury, the em-
ployer is shielded from a lawsuit
by the employee. Workers' com-
pensation insurance is, then, a
special form of protection for
both the employer and the em-
ployee which covers the cost of
a job related injury sustained by
wiu icceive a nearing in . • ‘ ^
ny as wen. front of a jury to consider the iH^cence and challenge those
In response to the gravity of claim. The process of the appeal . dlstort and confound the
situation, many states en- to a state district court is known trut?’10 Prove their accusations;-
acted laws either requiring — or as "trial de novo". Once the state relent from this
at the very least — enticing em- district court issues its ruling, mvahd and damaging manhunt -
ployers to subscribe to work- the matter is absolutely final. "”clrlcr sPcak up or shut up,
ers' compensation insurance. Future articles will discuss ms nas g°ne far enough.
no one. The TV news specialist we will pay the taxes to fund it,
then takes that bit of zero infor- if either the politician or the news
mation, brings in several other experts themselvesare ever able
experts who specialize in saying to recall what the problem was
much about absolutely nothing, in need of solving in the first
and we get two thirty minutes of place.
informative programming? At -—-
the conclusion, us dummo's in Smilemaker of the Week:
TV land forget (1) who held die "The*trouble with filling out
neVs conference (2) the impor- an income tax form today is that
tance of the topic (3) the topic it- if takes more brains to make it
self. All we remember is Sam out than it does to make the
Donaldson’s face! income."
And all we know for sure is, --
that since it was important God Bless. Enjoy Life. Thanks
enough for a news conference, for reading the Times Leader.
Texas first enacted such leg- the flaws in the current system,
islation in 1913. the system taking the points of view of the
was established as a no-fault pro- businessman, insurance indus-
cess that would drastically re- try, and legal profession,
duce the involvement of court As always, I encourage you
litigation, cap liability for em- to express your thoughts to me
ployers and provide the injured on this or any other issue per-
worker with appropriate compen- taining to state government by
sation. writing to me at P.O. Box 2910,
Basically, here is what hap- Austin .Texas 78768-2910.
pens now when an injured em-
ployee seeks compensation. Fie
or she first submits a claim to
the Texas Industrial Accident
Board (TIAB). After a series of
Paul Knox Sr.
Alpha Delta Kappa Week
ALEDO MAYOR DWIGHT
WILKINS signs a proclamation
declaring the second week in Oct.
International Alpha Delta Kappa
Week. Pictured left to right ar
members Artie Norman, Polly
Koch and Debbie Day.
LETTERS TO THE
The Aledo Leader and
Willow Park Times welcomes
letters to the editor. How-
ever, we reserve the right to
reject any letter or to edit and
condense letters approved
for publication. Only letters
signed and including com-
plete address and phone
numbers will be considered.
Letters on any subject are
welcomed, but subjects of
general public interest will be
Letters should be legible,
preferably typed, 500 words
or less. When multiple letters
are received dealing with
opposing views on controver-
sial issues the editor re-
serves the right to select let-
ters for publication consider-
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A very special thank you to the Willow Park
Volunteer Fire Department for responding so quickly
and so efficiently when we needed them.
The Spenser Key Family
Joe, your courage is such
an inspiration to others. I
am one of many who are
so proud to say, "He's my
There are two times when a
closed mouth can be of help
to you—when you're about
to say something against a
person, and when you're
A JOB WELL DONE!
CHEERS to Rhonda Ray and Sherry Shaffer for doing such a wonderful
job on the Masterpiece Showcase at the Primary Elementary Building.
The students love to see their work in your beautifully arranged displays.
You're the greatest. Faculty of Aledo Primary.
(Times-Leader photo by Terry Clemens)
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