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Now nobody should
complain about TCI
A grand total of zero members of the public showed up for last Thursday's
second public hearing concerning the service provided by TCI Cablevision.
The hearing was publicized on Channel 6 and placed in the community
calendars of both locally circulated newspapers. The Courier announced
the date of the second hearing in a story about the first hearing, in late July,
in which only 10 people attended.
TCI bashing has been a favorite sport in The Colony for many years.
Citizens have complained about a perceived lack of responsive service, the
lower-than-average channel count and the removal of favorite networks
such as WGN, which has since been restored, MTV and Lifetime. Yet when
these people had the chance to let TCI have it with both barrels, at public
hearings with TCI area manager Ricky Allen present, they decided it was
more important to sit in their easy chairs and watch the fourth rerun of "The
Voice" episode of Seinfeld.
Well, maybe everybody who has been complaining about TCI has moved
to satellite. Still, if absolutely nobody deemed it a priority to voice their
opinions about cable service, then what TCI is providing must be satisfac-
tory. If the service was so bad, people would show up to complain, right?
This is not the first instance of apathy in this city. Look at voter turnout.
Look at the sparse attendance at the extremely well-publicized "Victory
Over Violence" conference last month.
This city has long been known as one in which the politics have been
exceedingly nasty. Maybe that's because the only people who speak out are
those who many consider to be at one extreme or the other. Nobody inside
the farthest reaches in either direction seems to care.
If they do care, they complain to the newspaper or to their neighbors,
always expecting someone else to do their work for them. When given the
opportunity to do something themselves, they never do it.
Take, for example, the Victory Over Violence conference. Only about
75 to 85 people attended. Others probably buried their head in the sand
thinking, "It could never happen here." But watch it. If a kid from The
Colony starts opening fire outside a school, the people who didn't attend
the seminar will be the first ones to point fingers and say, "How could you
let this happen" - and demand that somebody else fix it.
It is also such with TCI. The next time a cable line breaks and service is
out for a couple hours, or the next time a favorite channel is dropped, some-
body who didn't attend the public hearings will call City Hall demanding
somebody do something about those Colorado-based demons. They will
call The Courier insisting we expose the crooks for what they are and bring
them to their knees.
All that takes is a phone call. They'll hang up and feel good that they've
taken care of the matter. And if things don't improve, they'll blame the
newspaper and/or the government.
That's not the way a democratic society works. Unless all the critics
have indeed voted with their pocketbooks and have signed up with DirecTV,
Primestar, Dish Network or a C-band satellite, it is hard to believe everyone
is satisfied with TCI.
Or maybe TCI's new services have tempered the criticism. Who knows?
Josey gas-line result
example of teamwork
A month ago, the city was wondering just where in the heck it would
come up with $271,000 to pay Lone Star Gas for the relocation/lowering of
a transmission line located in a place that will cross the planned Josey Lane
Because of the work of several people, the city will pay only $80,000.
Anytime the city can reduce its cost by 70 percent, it is time for rejoicing.
The bargain-hunters in this case were City Manager Lanny Lambert,
County Commissioner Jeff Krueger and former Mayor Bill Manning. All
deserve a round of applause.
There was no way Lambert was going to let the city pay all of the
$271,000. Almost immediately, he "threw a fit" and knocked down the
price $100,000. One of the unnoticed benefits of Lambert's yearlong ten-
ure as city manager is how he and the people he has hired have managed to
reduce costs - discounting, of course, the exorbitant legal fees that have
amassed this year. Purchasing agent Bob Sparkman has already almost paid
his own salary in savings, and other nips and tucks have been accomplished.
Manning helped arrange for Krueger to meet with TU Electric/Lone
Star Gas officials to hammer out even more cost reductions. Some of
Manning's political opponents may question his motives, but the fact re-
mains he did utilize his resources to provide a service to the city - and
beneficial assistance should never be denegrated.
The real star, however, probably is Krueger. Not only did he help ham-
mer down the final total bill to $160,000, he is arranging to have the county
pay half of that. Krueger is fast turning into a very valuable player in The
Colony's progress: The widening of Main Street/FM 423 is his priority in
the planned upcoming $50 million county road-bond program, and now he
has helped the city clear the latest hurdle in the Josey extension marathon.
And let's hope that marathon is nearing the finish line. After controver-
sies in acquiring right of way, surprise bridges, unsatisfactory bids and now
gas lines, the day a contractor begins to move dirt on the project will be a
day when a huge sigh of relief is heard throughout The Colony.
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Civic duty calls. This Saturday,
you will have yet another opportu-
nity to go to your favorite polling
place and cast your ballot for the
Lewisville Independent School Dis-
trict bond election. The main thrust
of the election has to do with your
vote, either yes or no, for the $160
million in bonds the LISD is asking
voters to approve.
This time around, a substantial
chunk of the bond money, if passed,
will actually go to a new elementary
school a new middle school, and
much needed additions to The
Colony High School. There is a much
more in-depth understanding of the
need for these additional facilities
given the massive growth in new
housing developments that will soon
reshape the empty tracts of land in
Since this is an election that will
require citizens to cough up more
money for higher taxes, there is a
quandary firmly in place that pits the
Let's Do It citizens against the NO
WAY citizens. And there are salient
points to be considered on both sides
of the equation.
On the Let's Do It side, there is
the positive rejoinder that clearly
points to the need to provide our
youth the best possible environment
for educational excellence, as well a#
the economic-development argul
ment. After all, shuttling youth from
scattered portables to permanent
buildings is a real pain for both stu-
dents and teachers. And it is true that
companies wishing to locate in our
community almost always ask about
the nature and effectiveness of the
local public education institutions.
Right from the very start.
On the NO WAY side, there is a
widespread opinion amongst the citi-
zenry that clearly points to abhor-
rence of additional taxes being
sucked from our collective wallets.
Show me a citizen who thinks we
are undertaxed and I'll show you a
citizen who probably doesn't live in
As I mentioned previously, there
are salient points to both sides of the
equation. That the decision is left in
the hands of voters in the polling
place is a key point in the outcome
and direction of our school district.
Regardless, it is one of those deci-
sions that will require some research
on the part of the voters.
It is safe to assume that we need
the additional facilities for our youth
here in The Colony. Just check on
the number of portables at the high
school. It is also easy to determine
that the additional facilities are nec-
essary given the massive growth in
residential new housing starts in our
As for doing the necessary voter
research, that is relatively easier than
in the past. You can check out the
LISD web site for quite a bit of in-
formation about the bond election
and thaplan for spending the money.
Both the official and unofficial web
sites of The Colony carry links to the
LISD web site and bond-information
pages. And for those who do not have
access to the Internet, you can call
LISD administration and ask for the
information. Or call your favorite
school board trustee. I would assume
that administration and school board
members would be more than happy
to explain it to you, since they have
indicated they NEED this bond to
Although the entire deal can seem
like a monumental hassle to do the
research, make up your mind as to
which way you are going to vote,
locate the correct polling place and
make some marks on the ballot, it is
imperative that you take the time and
effort to do so. And as I have men-
tioned many times in many columns
in the past, I am not interested in co-
ercing you to vote a particular way.
But I am a rather rabid anal-reten-
tive control freak in insisting that you
VOTE! Which way you vote is your
own business. But DO VOTE!
One final thought that I wanted
to pass along to you. I recently heard
a comment about the bond election
that hit a chord within me. It basi-
cally stated that trying to save money
within the various taxing entities is
the fair and right thing to do. But try-
ing to low-ball the budget and cut
corners when it comes to educating
our youth is like winning a battle, but
losing the war.
I tend to agree with this line of
logic. And I am NOT a fan of addi-
tional taxes sucking my wallet drier
than it already is. But the ultimate
decision for me rests on my ability
to determine if the educational en-
tity that is asking for more of my
spendable income is running as effi-
ciently and cost-effectively as the
times permit. In other words, if the
educational entity is wasting money,
all bets are off.
And that is the essence of my
vote, one way or the other. Show me
you are being prudent with my tax
dollars, even if I don't have any chil-
dren in my household, and you have
gained my attention long enough to
hear what you are going to do with
the additional revenue. Otherwise,
don't even bother me. Just like most
all of the citizens who are my neigh-
bors, we're too busy trying to make
ends meet and raise a viable family
for any shenanigans that have to do
with drying up my revenue stream.
Regardless, I will still take the
time and effort to do my civic duty
and vote. Which way I vote depends
on your taking the time to explain the
options to me. As a real, live breath-
ing human being. Two-way respect
is a nice touch.
Now, GO VOTE!
Mike Catt is a resident of The
Colony, president of The Colony
Digital Magic Factory, and director
of economic development/president-
elect of The Colony Chamber of
Nurturing children's wonderment
Did you know...
That to children, the sky is a
magical window into the land of
dreams, where anything and every-
thing is possible - a wondrous place
where stars wait to be wished upon,
and the man in the moon lights up
When we love and nurture our
children, we are gifting them with the
strength to believe in themselves and
in their dreams, and allowing them
to hold on to their hearts' capacity
for wonder for the rest of their lives.
Or as Kahil Gibran, the
prophet,says about our children:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of
life's longing for itself. They come
through you but not from you,
Andthough they are with you, they
belong not to you. You may give
them your love but not your thoughts,
for they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not
their souls, for their souls dwell in
the house of tomorrow, which you
cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but
seek not to make them like you. or
life goes not backward nor tarries
Letters to the editor
Use the camera
I, like many parents, was very con-
cerned about the letter to the editor last
week regarding the person approach-
ing children after school. This is a se-
rious problem that needs to be ad-
dressed quickly, and I have a solution.
No, not with a firearm, but with a
camera. Parents that pick up their
children after school, carry a dispos-
able camera in your car. If you see
something suspicious, pick up your
camera and shoot.
I got this idea from my mothej;,
who lives in Piano and carries a cam|
era in her car. One day, she and I went
to the store and witnessed two kids
trying to break into a car. My mother
didn't reach for her car phone but
reached for her camera, instead. The
kids saw her and ran. Too late. They
were already caught...on film.
With a photo, there is no ques-
tion. The person is caught in the act
and can't deny it. Also, police are
able to lift a lot of information from
a photo that we may not see as the
offense is happening...including a
license plate number and complete
description of the vehicle and driver.
Also, trying to remember details
while the crime is occurring is very
difficult. This resolves all doubt.
I have a name for this: POP —
Parents On Patrol. This may seem
silly to some of you, but think of the
parents that were there the first day
of school with their cameras. This is
a $4 investment in a child's life.
And I have a message for the jerk
that is preying on our kids.. .you are
I am writing in response tp
Annette Bobbin's letter to the editor
printed in The Colony Courier oti
September 2, 1998.
We are grateful to Annette because
she has donated to our cause on at least
two occasions. We are grateful that
she shops in one of our three resaJP
stores. And, finally, we are delighted
to have this public forum to help her
and the general community under-
stand our mission and the role the
stores play in our organization.
Christian Community Action is
an organization of Christians minis-
tering to the poor in obedience to the
mandate of Jesus Christ. The minis-
try provides an ever-responsive range
of services, which alleviates physi-
cal suffering, brings hope to the op-
pressed and changes human lives.
We provide financial assistance
with rent, utilities, food, child care,
medications and transportation. We
offer casework and counseling ser-
vices. We provide a wide range of
employment-related training, includ-
ing vocational assessment, resume
writing, employment interview
preparation, computer operation and
job placement. Poor, elderly and dis-
abled families live in our housing for
about half the cost they would pay in
the open market. We have a chap-
lain on staff to address the spiritual
needs of families unconnected to a
This summer, we distributed
40,000 lunches to needy children in our
community. In August, we equipped
1,100 children with school supplies,
two changes of clothing, a new pair of
shoes and a haircut, so that they might
not return to school embarrassed in
front of their classmates and teachers.
At Christmas we will set up a Christ-
mas "store" so that moms may select
presents for their children. All of this
is given at no cost to the family.
Obviously, the money comes from
somewhere. These children, these
moms and this community, are deeply
indebted to the volunteers and em-
ployees who operate our three resale
shops. They are the ones who make
these miracles possible. Without
them, there would be much less joy
in the homes of the poor. Without
them, there would be fewer prayers
of thanksgiving raised to God. With-
out them, there would be fewer con-
versions to the Christian faith.
If you shop at our stores, remem-
ber that the money you spend accom-
plishes three things. It brings you joy
that you have found that searched-
for item. One half of your payment
underwrites the operation of the store
and assures that it will be open when
you decide to return. The other half
of your money goes to the hungry
and the homeless. High price or low
price, every transaction in our stores
is a bargain for the poor and for this
community. Hopefully, every cus-
tomer leaves with a sense of having
reached out and touched a hurting
heart with a healing hand. You can't
find a better deal anywhere.
Thomas O. Duffy
Christian Community Action
A volunteer's response
I am a volunteer worker at The
Colony Resale store four mornings a
week. I love the Christian concept of
helping less fortunate families from
the sale of our donations. I feel
blessed to have this store here in our
In the September 2 issue of The
Colony Courier, I read an article from
an unhappy customer, and I'd like to
respond to her.
Our store prices are determined
by a knowledgeable department head
who does his very best. It's a fact that
most regular customers don't mind
our prices because they realize just
how far our help extends to others.
I doubt that we are the only store
that won't accept an out-of-state
driver's license for check-cashing
identification. I can't help but won-
der if you've lived here for a year,
why don't you have a Texas license?
I'm angry and sad for you not hav-
ing the understanding of how hard we
all strive to help our fellow man.
Once you understand the concept
of the Christian Community Action
organization, I hope you'll give us
Nancy J. Rosenow
Bad old air rifles
Recently I was shooting mud
turtles in a cow pond with a borrowed
air rifle. These monstrosities ruin the
fishing and about anything else
around the pond.
I was approached by a game
ranger who was very much an ami-
able gentleman. After a friendly chat,
he requested to see my gun. I handed
it to him, he looked it over and handed
it back to me. We then chatted for a
while, then he advised me that an air
rifle was against the law and left I later
checked and found that a "bad old air
rifle" was against the law.
It puzzles me that an air rifle is
against the law when you can have
all the 22., 30-30, 30-06, various
army rifles and cannons that any
"kook" can stuff on his property. Any
one of these weapons are lethal - at
many times over the distance an air
rifle can even shoot. A bad old air
rifle might even break a window pane
if it is close enough and hits at a sharp
enough angle. I do know that an air
rifle will eliminate a dirty, nasty old
mud turtle at 15 or 20 feet.
Of course the NRA will have
many reasons why "sportsmen"'
have a real need for machines of wild
destruction while only the real
"meanies" have an air rifle.
In the case of handguns, law-en-
forcement people do need them be-
cause they occasionally have a need
for a "fast draw." Even then, a police
officer will use his shotgun if he has
the slightest chance at all. The only
police officer I ever knew who made
a "fast draw" shot through the ceiling
of the police station, and he was a top
police officer. This only exemplifies
the fact that the safest thing around
any handgun is the target
If any wild eyed "blow hard"
thinks he is going to intimidate me
by bragging about what he will do to
me with his "mighty macho gun" any
time he sees me, he won't. He's the
very monkey I'm talking about, and
I won't even be armed.
Now that we have gotten rid of
air rifles, let's eliminate water pistols.
Even cap pistols might startle some-
one and cause a nervous breakdown.
Heaven help the guy who throws a
brick at an attacker.
Toney L. Magnino
Other sections wanted
I was very impressed with an en-
tire section of The Courier devoted
to TCHS football team and outlook
for the upcoming season. Certainly
our team deserves recognition for
their commitment to the sport and
school, and the effort they put forth.
I would like to see The Courier do
the same for other student organiza-
tions. For example, the TCHS March-
ing Band has won numerous awards.
These musicians are rehearsing every
school day at 6:50 a.m. and on some
Saturdays. Even Good Morning
America & KVIL have given them
media spotlight. Their accomplish-
ments have certainly given this com-
munity and many parents much pride.
How about a section of The Courier
devoted to the band?
The National Honor Society is an-
other group of talented, committed
students who deserve recognition for
their academic accomplishments.
There is certainly ample interest in the
goals of these fine young adults. Then
there are the Topcats, the ROTC, girls'
athletic teams. Actually, the newspa-
per could have a section devoted to a
student organization or athletic team
in each weekly edition.
Recently, our community joined to-
gether to find solutions to the violence
that threatens our family life and
schools. In fact The Courier published
numerous articles and announcements
about the "Victory over Violence."
Well, these students who partici-
pate in non-aggressive sports and ac-
tivities are part of the solution to
channeling our youth toward healthy
endeavors. Let's give them the atten-
tion, support and news coverage they
A proud parent of a student
in the TCHS Marching Band
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