Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 99, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 13, 2001 Page: 4 of 20
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13,2ttl,
THE POU COUNTY ENTEIVMSE
Letters to the editor
City displays impressive
To the editor:
I was a visitor to the City of Liv-
ingston about two weeks ago. My
first night there, my mom drove me
through Pedigo Park to see all of
the holiday decorations. She has
been bragging about all of the <fc-
signs and how they were created. I
was just amazed! She informed me
that Ms Boykin designed and had
help creaung all of the displays.
The thought and hard work that
went into each one of those was
really awesome I have to say, my
favorite was Santa Claus playing
basketball But they were all great!!
1 don’t know how you will top it
next year, but good luck!
My second evening was the
Christmas Candlelight Tour of
Homes Those families did a fantas-
Let justice be served
To the editor:
I’ll preface my main point by
stating my belief (hat John Paul
Penry is guilty, competent to stand
trial, should have already been put
to death, and is a dam good actor for
a retarded guy.
That said, it is in the best interest
of Texas citizens, particularly those
in the Livingston area, that he be
convicted in his third trial and soon
thereafter brought to justice -
killed. This time around, there is no
margin for error. Unfortunately, 1
already see problems ahead.
I don’t think 258th District Judge
Elizabeth Coker should preside over
the case. For her to do so would
constitute a conflict of interest. My
reasons for thinking this stem from
my recollection of how 1 first found
out about Pam Moseley’s murder.
My most poignant memory of the
tragedy involves Judge Coker.
We were in the same seventh
grade Texas History class, taught
by Mrs. Froehner. I remember
Looking toward Austin trip
To the editor:
This is in regards to the letter
about Romark Utility.
I am also a homeowner in Oak
Terrace Estates. It’s true that our
water rates have increased three
times what we normally pay, it
also includes a $15 per month sur-
charge for a new water well to be
The real reason for the rate in-
crease is because there have been so
many complaints to the Texas Wa-
ter and Resource Commission
about our substandard service and
the owner is upset and so he raises
We never know when the water
will go off or how long it will be
off, especially in the summer when
it’s real hot and dry and the ground
cracks and then the water lines, that
have probably been there 30 years
or more, break. Hopefully, they
don’t break on the weekend because
if they do, we may not have water
As far as a new water well being
drilled, the customers should not
have to pay for it. Who would own
it, the customers or Romark Util-
ity? This should not be our prob-
lem, it’s up to the water company.
So, Romark Utility, we look
forward to seeing you at the hearing
When will they learn?
To the editor:
Here we go again, another Ken-
neth McDuff. This time his name
is John Paul Penry. When will
people learn ’
Soldiers appreciate support
To the editor:
I just wanted to say thank you to
everyone that has called, written or
thought about a servicemember in
the last few months. Most of my
fellow soldiers can't go home for
Christmas this year, but we know
that you guys are keeping us in
your prayers and that makes it a
little easier. '*y5 . ,
Thanks for your support.
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Sgt. Stephen J. Herrera
115th Military Intelligence
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Drama class is great!
To the editor:
A special thank you to the Liv-
ingston High School advanced
drama class. They truly blessed
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everyone at the Christmas party
given by the Ruth Sunday School
Class for our widows and widowers
at Schwab City Baptist Church on
They were FANTASTIC! Not
only were they able lo speak well
(as drama students should be able to
do), but they could also sing!
Thank you so much for being will-
ing to pntertain us and for the mar-
velous job you did!
The Ruth Sunday School
Schwab City Baptist
Route 5 Box 352
Leave the Indians alone
tic job. Every house was just gor-
geous in its own way, The creativ-
ity that went into ail of the decora-
tions was so unique. You think, i
could do that," but you just don’t
think about the simplest things to
use. Every home had something
that just took your breath away.
I, too, live in a small town out-
side of San Antonio, but we don’t
have anything this wonderful to
look forward to. I just wanted to
say, ’Thank you” to the City of
Livingston for sharing your
Christmas spirit with me. Keep up
the good work, because you at
30011 Hwy. 281 North
Elizabeth being called out during
class into the hall, returning to the
class distraught and in tears to get
her books, and leaving. We soon
discovered that that incident was
related to Pam Moseley’s death, the
reports of which moved rapidly
through the junior high school
I don’t know the nature or extent
of Judge Coker’s relationship with
Pam Moseley or the Moseley fam-
ily at that time, but her response to
Moseley’s death points to some
personal connection beyond just
living in the same town and know-
ing her family -- enough connection
to merit stepping down from this
Let justice in the Johnny Penry
case be served - finally, absolutely
and without needless entanglement,
19603 Spoonwood Dr.
(Former Livingston resi-
dent and LHS graduate)
To the editor:
To introduce myself, I am an
American, part Cherokee Indian,
and the wife of a casino employee
and a mother of an 8-year-old little
Hooray for the Indians in Polk
County! I hope that the
‘Entertainment Center” at the Ala-
bama-Coushatta reservation suc-
ceeds with flying colors.
I am a native Texan and met my
husband of 10 years while celebrat-
ing on the Pride of Galveston
(gambling vessel) in Galveston,
Texas in 1991. Many gambling
vessels in Texas fail because either
the state steps in and seizes the
operations or for some other undis-
closed reasons in which the gov-
ernment is involved. For the past
10 years, my husband and I have
lived apart much of the time be-
cause his employment in the casino
industry keeps getting “shut down”
by the officials in Texas. My hus-
band has had to seek employment
out of Texas. I am thrilled that the
Indians in Livingston have opened a
casino and my husband can come
You would probably say, “Move
to Nevada or Louisiana.” My reply?
You move! Uproot your family! If
the Indians are forced to shut down
the casino, then the State of Texas
has succeeded again to break apart
my family. My husband’s liveli-
hood is the casino industry.
I do not understand why individu-
als cannot take responsibility for
their actions. You can elect to play
or not to play. That is your deci-
sion, but to shut down a business
which ignites the economy i
employs thousands is ludicrous.
The Entertainment Center can offer
so much for the community, espe-
cially jobs. Look at the Tigua Indi-
ans. The newspapers always report
how much the Tiguas revenue is.
but they fail to report the billions
that the Indians voluntarily pump
into the economy and give back to
the community — the billions to
charitable organizations, health care
and education. I am sure that ‘‘
Alabama-Coushatta would do
Leave the Indians alone. Isn’t it
time that the government leave
them alone? Let the Indians do what
they deserve, preserve their culture,
provide for their tribe.
The Entertainment Center can of-
fer much for the community. The
officials’ eyes in the government
need to be opened. Look at the good
this will do for the economy instead
of trying to step in and “play God"
by shutting down the casino be-
cause of “moral issues.” This is
just another wav. for the govern-
ment to tell its people, which sup-
port the government, “you arc irre-
sponsible and immoral, so we have
to do something about it.” Next,
you’re getting your notice in the
mail that your property or school
taxes are due. Shut down the Indi-
ans -- then stop the lottery, close
the horse track, shut down the
greyhounds and lock up the Bingo
halls. What’s the difference?
Good luck, Alabama-Coushatta.
2626 Planters House Lane
Look outside yourself
Last time it was Pamela Moseley
Carpenter. Who’s child is next?
What are they using for brains?
To the editor:
Many times we humans are at-
tacked by little insidious creatures
called viruses. We sniffle and cough
and develop all kinds of symptoms,
and when the doctor is consulted,
the decision is sometimes murky.
Do we have this, or do we have
that? Symptoms sometimes do not
clearly indicate the illness we really
Our country is one big organism,
with some 270 million “cells" to
become infected. The viruses vary,
from complacency and pride to hate-
fulness and avarice. There is but
one “doctor” to diagnose and treat,
and that is our Lord. In His eyes,
there is no mistake about what is
wrong with us. The original diag-
nosis will stand the test of time and
is to be cured by one treatment only
-• faith, truth and obedience in equal
As one of the “cells," I detect a
serious malady coming on. Actu-
ally, it has been coming on for
some time, but full incubation is
only recently apparent. We have
turned away from the worship of
One God, and have instead chosen
to worship a myriad of gods. The
early Israelites did the same thing,
and God took note and told them in
no uncertain terms to change their
ways or suffer the consequences.
From the attempt to “know what
God knows and be equal to Him,”
to the building of a tower to reach
God and therefore attain a physical
equality, we have tried and failed.
And rightly so. There are things we
humans should not db, and to relate
the Lord to worldly status (that is,
to think we can reach and be equal
to Him) is a hage mistake.
I see this happening ro our gov-
ernment, in our relationships with
other people, and in our churches.
The false gods of money, power and
control have morphed into one,
which I call “Mopocon,” the god of
the world and not of the spirit. Our
God is not going to look upon this
with favor, and is not going to take
For example, when we are given
a large sum of money, we are so
happy and thankful, and think of all
the good things we can do with it.
But shortly, very shortly, we begin
to see the gift not as a means to do
good but as an end in itself. In ac-
tuality, the gift is a test. T will
give you this gift, but I want to see
what you will do with it," says
God. “What you do with it will be
a measure of what you are.” This is
true not only with money, but with
anything which is tied inexorably
to the world.
God intends for us to share - to
do what He. told Peter to do: Teed
my sheep." We cannot hoard, or
look expectantly to the increase of
our wealth by worldly means. Man
does not live by accnied interest
When we are given the chance to
exert a measure of power over an-
other person or group, we too often
interpret this as the opportunity to
make ourselves into something we
were never intended to be - gods
ourselves. Whether jt is in the halls
of government, in the leadership of
a secular group, or in our churches,
we are given this *role as another
test. “I will make you a light unto
the world,” (or unto the nation, the
community, or the church), says
God, “but I want to see what you
will do with it.” And What we do
with it will be the determination of
whether our efforts will succeed or
When there are so many in need
in the world, and specifically in our
little personal world (the one in
which we live and breathe daily, our
church, our community, our circle
of friends), it is not proper to take
gifts and do with them just what we
personally want to for self gratifica-
tion. John Wesley said for us to
make all we can, spend all we can,
and give all we can. This is not just
money, it is also our own beings.
We make all we can from this
world, we spend all we can to cause
growth in the world, and we give
back to others all we can to make
their world rewarding to them. In
other words, possessions in them-
selves are not wrong, it is what we
do with them that can be wrong.
God is watching. God is evaluat-
ing what each of us does with His
gifts. He has given us the power of
personal choice, and we make those
choices daily. Do we choose to
gratify ourselves, or do we choose
to enhance this world with our shar-
This Christmas time gives us the
opportunity to evaluate ourselves,
and see just what our personal mo-
tivations are. But let’s not limit it
just to the time around the last of
December. Let’s make the pledge to
give of our time, our talents and
our treasures to those outside of
•ourselves. We will experience it
back to us a thousand fold.
Meny Christmas to all.
Route 8 Box 566
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State Capital Highlights
GOP takes Senate
By Mike Cox
Texas Press Association
AUSTIN - It won’t make any
red difference unless Gov. Rick
Perry calls a *r»*-i«i session be-
tween now sad January 2003, but
the Republican Party once again
cootrols the Texas Senate.
The split had been 15 Demo-
crats and IS GOP members with
one vacancy until Dec. 4, when
Republican Craig Estes won a spe-
cial election runoff in Wichita Falls
to fill the unexpired term of the late
Sen. Tom Haywood. Haywood, a
two-term member of the Senate,
died of a heart attack last July.
Estes got 63 percent of the vote.
His Democratic opponent was Greg
The general election next No-
vember will determine the makeup
of the Senate by the time the Legis-
lature convenes in 2003.
The 48-year-old senator-elect is
CEO of Estes Inc., a wholesaler of
chemicals and fertilizer.
Estes’ district covers 33 coun-
ties in north and west Texas, from
Amarillo to Sherman-Denison.
But assuming a special session
is not called, Estes will never cast a
vote unless it’s in a committee
meeting. He will, however, be able
to run for a full term as an incum-
Race filings begin
Political hopefuls began filing
for a place on the Democratic and
Republican ballots on Dec. 3 with
the filing period continuing through
So far there have been no real
surprises, though one filing demon-
strates the power of optimism-75-
year-old Democrat Gene Kelly, who
has lost seven previous statewide
races, filed for the U.S. Senate seat
being vacated by Republican Phil
Gramm. Of Kelly’s seven unsuc-
cessful races, three have been for
the U.S. Senate.
Primaries for both parties are set
for March 12.
Political bow outs
Since most of those who will
be tunning for office next year have
long since put up their trial bal-
loons, the announcements from
incumbents choosing not to run are
almost more interesting.
So for, four heavy-hitter Demo-
crats have announced they will not
be running for re-election: House
Appropriations Committee Chair-
man Rob Junell of San Angelo,
Public Education Committee
Chairman Paul Sadler of Hender-
son; House Public Health Commit-
tee Chairwoman Patricia Gray of
Galveston ad Transportation
Committee Chairman Clyde Alex-
Given As recently approved'
House retissrteting map, which *
probably wfl reault in a GOP take-;
over of the House, there probably j
Lamp Maury attacked
Weil, sort of.
Ever since die Sept 11 terrorist;
attacks, dm hendpmfets of the
Texas National Guard has been;
locked down to military personnel;
The camp’s once highly popular:
jogging-walking track has been
shut down as well.
Now a group of West Austin <
residents have organized a group;
called Friends of Mabry Historical;
Park. They would like to see the!
state move the military elsewhere j
and transform the camp's 400-plus j
acres into a state part.
Many of those who live near the;
camp also have been upset by!
newly installed barbed wire-topped;
fencing and increased lighting at the j
“It’s democracy in action,” said;
the Guard’s legislative liaison Lt.;
Col. John Stanford.
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