Weatherford Democrat

February 1, 2008

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 3, 2008

Editor’s note: Letters to the editor for or against political candidates entered in the March 4 party primaries in county, state or national races will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 15 for the Sunday, Feb. 17 edition of the Democrat.

Sanctity of Human Life Week

Dear editor,

This past week, Jan. 20-27, Pro-life groups remembered the Sanctity of Human Life Week to remind Americans that 45 million babies were aborted since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion 35 years ago.

Here are some facts that we all need to know about:

1. Even though abortions have declined since 1990; there are still 800,000 abortions each year.

2. 44 percent of women who have had abortions in the U.S. have had one before.

3. 82 percent of women who had abortions in the U.S. were not married.

4. At current rates, an estimated 43 percent of American women will have one abortion by the age of 45.

5. Two thirds of all abortions are among never married women.

6. 52 percent of U.S. women having abortions are younger than 25 years old.

And 86.7 percent of abortions in the U.S. is performed between 8 to 12 weeks of gestation. Consider what happens from weeks 8 through 11:

Week 8, the baby, about l/2-inch long, has a beating heart.

Week 10, the baby has fingers and toes.

Week 11, the baby has all the major organ systems and can yawn and suck its thumb.

I have asked politicians, judges and others this question: Which holocaust is worse — The Nazi holocaust that killed 6 million Jews; the documented Chinese and Russian Communist holocaust that killed an estimated 50 million of their own countrymen, or the American Abortion Holocaust that has killed 45 million babies?

So far, no one has had the intestinal fortitude to answer that question.

Clifford E. Ball,


All truckers

aren’t bad

Dear editor,

I am angry about your headline in the Monday, Jan. 21 paper. What did that headline have to do with an 18-wheeler? You have insulted every trucking company and every hard-working, honest driver.

I think you owe every trucker a public apology. You have implied that all truckers are either using meth o hauling it.

Dale Dillahunty,


County commissioners

past and present

Dear editor,

I do not know Judge Riley. I sat before him once for a short time and took an oath regarding my wife’s last will and testament.

I have met Jim Webster, but I certainly do not know him. I do feel that I owe him a debt of gratitude, however, since we had all the roads in our subdivision paved well and that was the first time in some 28 years or so. I have spoken with him a couple of times and have found him to be no more reliable than other politicians with whom I have had verbal dealings. They are all quite expert at the art of being vague.

I do know Gary Plugge. He has been a friend for a good number or years. I also voted for him when he was elected and then when he was not. I also know that Gary sincerely thought and felt that what he was doing was the right and correct thing to do.

I do not know Mac Dobbs, but I feel he also sincerely thought and felt that what he was doing was the right and correct thing to do.

Perhaps, before the next commissioners meeting, we should take the precaution of arming all of its members so that they can shoot off something other than their mouths.

R. E. Driscoll Sr.,


Secure the

voting system in Parker County

Dear editor,

Voter fraud should be of great concern to voters.

Consider this: “Voters decide nothing; people who count the votes decide everything.” — Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin

Your Jan. 15 article about Parker County’s new elections boss, Robert Parten, was interesting. Parten’s extensive background and experience could prove beneficial to voters in Parker County.

Every effort should be made to prevent voter fraud that occurred in New Hampshire’s presidential primary. “Paul and Obama cheated out of third and first place by voting machines and hand count fraud,” (Jan. 9 article by Paul Joseph Watson).

Lou Dobbs at CNN wrote: “Across the nation, eight out of every 10 voters will be casting their ballots this November on electronic voting machines. And these machines time and again have been demonstrated to be extremely vulnerable to tampering and error, and many of them have no voter-verified paper trail.”

My recent Internet search using “vote fraud 2008” yielded a computer estimated 181,000 entries — wow!

Last year I voted in Precinct 410 using an electronic voting machine. When I pressed the button, my vote vanished into the ether — no paper trail, no recoverable record that I know of. This is not good.

When I vote I want to be confident my vote was properly counted. I trust Mr. Parten will earn his $50 per hour by devising a system that prevents voter fraud in Parker County.

Basil Garrett,

Willow Park

Vote Marjorie King

Dear editor,

On March 4, the voters of Parker County will elect the officials that will be running the county for the next four years. One office in particular is the tax assessor-collector.

The current elected official, Larry Lippincott, has a law suit filed against the county. It could eventually cost Parker County over a million dollars. His opponent, Marjorie King, had always maintained a great office, with qualified and courteous employees, and she never brought Parker County into a lawsuit.

I encourage all citizens of Parker County to get out and vote on March 4. Vote Marjorie King.

George Hester,


Get priorities right

Dear editor,

Mr. Riff Wright’s letter in the Jan. 27 edition begs for a brief rebuttal. If this gentleman neither owns property nor owns or operates a business on the square, then his cheap shot at Mrs. Cotten-Scott was uncalled for.

There are other downtown property owners whose buildings could be “polished,” but he only jabbed at Mrs. Scott because she is one of the few passionate enough to voice her displeasure at the mess being made of our square.

Mr. Wright, my family owned and operated the Plaza, Palace and Texan theatres on the square for various years between 1940 and 1975. While not currently downtown, we have continued to own and operate family businesses from 1983 to the present. Like Mrs. Cotten-Scott, my family, too, actually has a vested interest in this community.

The current project is mostly cosmetic and a lot of us feel that reversing the traffic flow around two quadrants is going to confuse more folks than help our stagnated congestion.

There was a petition several years ago with 500 signatures that did not want the square changed; however, typically, our elected officials at City Hall totally ignored the wishes of its citizens.

My biggest, and primary objection to the work now being done is that we are using TxDOT resources when there are other, more important traffic projects that need to be done — i.e. the South Main expansion from College Park/Bethel Road southward, the replacement of the Ft. Worth Street viaduct built in the 1930’s and the pursuit of a loop, which has been tossed around for over 20 years with no action. The square’s makeover could have taken last place on this list.

I only hope that the new faces at City Hall do a better job of setting priorities for what our city really needs and quit concentrating on frivolous projects.

Carla Hollingsworth-Johnson,


Get him out

Dear editor:

If Larry Lippincott did not have an opponent, I would run against him myself.

I am so proud Marjorie King is running for tax assessor-collector to bring some common courtesy to the office.

I went to the office on Santa Fe to get my car transferred sometime ago and nobody knew how to handle the transaction. I went to the back office to see Larry Lippincott. He was surly and rude. He sent me back out front and said “That is what the girls get paid for.” They did not help me. I used a paper license plate on my car for six months — and they finally got the vehicle transferred for me.

We traded that vehicle in and bought a Cadillac in Arlington. When I received the notice to renew the tags I went to the Santa Fe office again. They told me they had no record of the vehicle and I would have to go to the county that sent me the

notice — that was Menard County. I had to go to Menard County to get my tags.

Vote for Marjorie King for tax assessor-collector and return courtesy to the office. Getting trained and polite employees back in this important office will be great.

Bobbi Klein,


Help the hungry

Dear editor,

Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, you can be proud of the efforts the current administration has given toward global poverty and health.

In a pleasant change of pace, members from both sides of the aisle have come together on these issues, and great strides have been made in reducing poverty for those most vulnerable in our world.

In his State of the Union Address, President Bush outlined America’s leadership in this area and asked for Congress to help him do more in these last few months of his presidency. As citizens of Weatherford, and citizens of the world, we must ask our lawmakers to do all they can to fight the single most important problem our generation faces: Global Poverty.

President Bush will send his proposed budget to Congress on Feb. 4. This is our time to be heard.

America has been generous throughout her history, yet one billion people still live on less than $1 per day. Currently, one half of one percent of our federal budget is dedicated to development assistance for the poor. Keep in mind this money is not a handout to other countries; these are long-term investments like schools, agriculture and health care. An additional 1 percent of our budget would cut hunger and poverty in half and reduce the child mortality rate by two thirds. Also, you can contact your Senator and ask them to pass S.2433, the Global Poverty Act, which will improve the coordination of America’s global development programs and policies.

Lastly, keep these issues in mind in the upcoming elections and vote for those who will help Weatherford speak on behalf of those who have no voice. Let’s ensure that our town, state and country remain focused on compassion for years to come.

Jeremy Lane,


Check out Ron Paul

Dear editor,

Are you aware the media is missing out on perhaps one of the greatest stories in the 2008 primary season? I’m talking about the rise of Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) who is running for president.

I’m guessing you probably don’t know that Ron Paul has now placed ahead of every other Republican candidate in at least one primary contest — including two second place finishes.

Ron Paul is the champion of the Constitution. In contrast to the other candidates who only pay lip service to the ideals of limited government, low taxes, balanced budgets and personal liberty, Ron Paul has an impeccable 20-year congressional record to back him up.

Ron Paul knows that “the constitution was written to restrain government, never to restrain the people.”

Are you sick of inflation, high prices, wars, jobs leaving our country, uncertainty, markets crashing and politicians pandering their way into office and once there, forgetting their sworn promise to uphold the Constitution?

This year, we finally have a solution.

I urge you to visit and see for yourself. Say “No” to “We the Government” and “We the Media,” and “Yes” to restoring America to “We the People.”

Please vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primary on March 4, and prove that freedom is popular.

Kerri Rehmeyer,


Vote for a

positive change

Dear editor,

I would like to remind the voters of Parker County to vote Feb. 19-29 for early voting or March 4 for the Primary.

One of the offices that will be decided March 4 is the office of the tax assessor-collector.

This office needs a change for the BETTER! It is lacking the great customer service that we deserve and has lost many years of experienced clerks.

There is a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit pending against Mr. Lippincott/Parker County in Federal Court. Out of 14 positions, there are only four employees left that started working for Mr. Lippincott in 2001. For an office that seldom had an opening, there has been great turn-over since 2001.

Mrs. King had two large signs missing from Kelly Road in Aledo last week. In Lippincott’s response he noted that the right-of-way disclaimer was missing from Mrs. Kings signs.

Thanks to Mr. Lippincott for pointing out the error, which now can be corrected by the manufacturer since it was their error; but I would like to know how can you read the disclaimer without being right up on the signs or having one in your sight?

During the last campaign, a banner was stolen from a heavy equipment dealership along Interstate 20, which was hung on a semi-trailer. Looks like Mr. Lippincott and/or his supporters are the ones trying to generate some controversy.

Mrs. King ran the tax assessor-collectors office for 12 years prior to Lippincott. Mrs. King has the proven performance.

Vote Mrs. King for a positive change.

Paul Smith,


Reward raised

Dear editor

The theft of signs, especially political signs, in Parker County, needs to stop.

The recent theft of two political signs belonging to Marjorie King, a republican candidate for tax assessor-collector, calls for some attention. The property owner gave her permission to place two 4x6 signs on his property. A short time later, they were stolen. According to her opponent, Larry Lippincott, the incorrect disclaimer was printed on her signs. After checking with manufacturer, they agreed they had made an error on her signs.

The disclaimer that is on each sign is in very small print and therefore went unnoticed by the manufacturer and the candidate.

The problem will be corrected in the next few days.

I am now offering a $1,000 reward to anyone that will come forward with information leading to the arrest of the person or persons, who stole the signs.

Also, Mr. Lippincott has brought the county into a one and a half million dollar lawsuit, filed by two of his former employees who had a combination of more than 18 years experience in his office. Before the suit was filed, one of the employees went into mediation with Lippincott and the county, but due to Lippincott’s decision, mediation failed.

Let’s get Marjorie King, a 12-year former tax assessor-collector, back in office.

Vote early, Feb. 19-29. Election Day is March 4.

Leon Tanner,


Meth menace

Dear editor,

As a retired police officer who worked the trenches of the Drug War, I know a proven strategy to eliminate every meth lab in Texas and stop the cross-border smuggling of meth from Mexico.

End the prohibition of amphetamines and allow Texas adults access to the same amphetamines the military provides to Air Force pilots who go on long bombing missions.

If a person develops a problem with amphetamines, they see a doctor or they suffer and possibly die.

When did it become the responsibility of our police to protect citizens hurting themselves in the privacy of their own home? That is a task best left to family and friends in my opinion.

Officer Howard J. Wooldridge (retired),