Missing commissioner means unfulfilled duties

Dear editor,

In response to the story “Commissioner missing from meetings” (April 1, Weatherford Democrat), as a resident of Precinct 3 I strongly believe that our elected officials should continue fulfilling their duties as long as they are receiving compensation and in office. Mr. Roth’s absence from his office and meetings clearly reduce his effectiveness and our representation in Commissioners Court.

I have dealt with Mr. Roth and his office many times during his tenure and until recently have always been satisfied with the results. Calls are going to voicemail during office hours, recycling can’t be accessed until posted hours on Fridays due to early closing, and Mr. Roth clearly seemed disinterested the last time I contacted him for help.

It seems to me that Mr. Roth has found a way to become vested without fulfilling his duties to those who elected him. I call upon county officials to take a closer look at this situation to see if the taxpayers are being slighted while Mr. Roth seeks future employment on our dime.

Jennifer Hicks,

Weatherford

A get well card to Commissioner Roth

Dear editor,

In the Weatherford Democrat story of April 1, “Commissioner missing from meetings,” it was stated that Precinct 3 Commissioner John Roth has stopped attending court meetings and also has stopped going into the precinct 3 office, to alleviate “stress levels,” from a condition he does not want to publicize.     

He is missing in action.

And, I wish him a speedy recovery.

However, I would ask the following questions.

Does he really have a health problem?

If not, should he receive his $84,000 salary and $1,000 per month travel allowance?

If not, is he thumbing his nose at all taxpayers?

Is the court better off without his hysterics?

Did he not get his way? Has he taken his toys and gone home?

And if he is really sick, I wish him a speedy recovery.

Jim Webster

Former County Commissioner

Precinct 4

Support for Judge Ben Akers

Dear editor,

I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support Judge Ben Akers in his bid for re-election as judge of the County Court at Law, Number 2. I know Ben to be an insightful and intelligent jurist, as is evidenced by the fact that in his eight years on the bench, his decisions have never been overturned on appeal.

Additionally and very importantly, he is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in two areas of the law, which is an enormous testament to his knowledge of the law.

Although I am unable to practice in his court, I am impressed that virtually all Parker County attorneys and other lawyers who regularly practice in his court publicly support him. He has had the good sense to hire a professional and courteous staff and has had very limited turnover in his eight year tenure.

Ben’s experience, knowledge, integrity and temperament could not be more different than that of his opponent, Debra Rogers, formerly Debra Dupont. Quite simply, during her short tenure as judge of County Court at Law Number 1, Mrs. Dupont-Rogers had difficulties running her court in a manner consistent with sound jurisprudence and normal decorum. I observed that she was unable to conduct a simple trial call in one of my cases. For no logical reason, during that trial call, she became too emotionally upset to continue hearing cases, left the bench, and asked Judge Akers to hear the remainder of her docket, which he did.

I found her behavior in the courtroom to be bizarre and appalling.

Please join me in voting for the very best candidate for that position, Judge Ben Akers.

Martha N. Akers,

Weatherford

Conservative agendas may lead to over-regulation

Dear editor,

In his column (“Health care, ID, oil — all gone wrong,” March 29 Viewpoints), Richard Feuilly opines that the current voting system we have been using is corrupt and needs to be fixed with more government regulations. Thus, the state of Texas should spend millions of our tax dollars creating, recording, maintaining and renewing photo IDs for all adults who do not currently possess them.

Wow! What would Jefferson and Madison have thought about the government maintaining an address and current picture file of all citizens who wished to participate in the process of choosing our elected representatives?

Consider back when conservatives were compassionate, they created the Patriot Act so that the government could read our mail, listen to our phone conversations and filter our email on the pretext of keeping us safe.

Then they followed that act with the Department of Homeland Security, which is the mother organization for taking naked pictures of Grandma and fondling Grandpa’s genitals at the airport before they get on an airplane.

Today’s hottest hot button for conservatives concerns government’s role in governing the bodies of its female citizens and managing their reproductive rights, even to the point of inserting probes within vaginas.

Maybe it’s just a liberal thing but the concept of government inserting anything into any orifice is totally repulsive to me.

So where can we expect conservatives to take our government in their quest for the ultimate government-managed security? My guess is microchips, like those inserted under the skin of our pets, only this time it will be our necks.

Don’t think so? Who would ever have thought that it would be acceptable for the government to take naked pictures of Grandma at the airport? Not me.

Larry Mason,

Azle

Her name is Juanita

Dear editor,

One of the most wonderful things in life is the discovery of a very special human being who quickly becomes your friend and the relationship continues to grow with love and joy as the years go by.

God is good. He gave me this special person over 40 years ago.

Her name is Juanita — Juanita Cupit.

If God had a refrigerator, Juanita’s picture would surely be on it. If He had a wallet, her picture would be in it.

Juanita has a way of being gracious. She has touched the lives of many over the years with her special thoughtfulness, her acts of kindness. Life doesn’t seem quite so complicated when Juanita is there.

Whether it be with children, the older adults, and every age in between, she is there with her warm and loving touch, a hug and “I love you.” Maybe if you are lucky you might hear her singing a verse or two of one of her favorite songs “His Name Is Wonderful.”

Juanita has played the game of life and won. She has used her talents for God and He has blessed, and blessed some more. What a wonderful story, a woman, a song, and the power of love, and through it all she has maintained her aura of graciousness.

YES! It’s true! His name is truly wonderful. Her name is Juanita. What a winning twosome.

Nelda Teague,

Weatherford

IRS column was good; other had issues

Dear editor,

In the March 29 issue of the Democrat, William Kelly had an excellent guest column concerning why forgiven debt is considered income by the IRS.

This law was enacted before the present administration to stop tax cheating. Cheaters were receiving part or all of their income in the form of a loan, instead of taxable income. Then the loaner would forgive all of the debt and write it off from as a loss. Thereby avoid paying Social Security and state taxes on employee pay. And since the original payment was in the form of a loan instead of income, the receiver of the money didn’t have to pay taxes on any part of the loan. The bottom line is the loan maker and the receivers were using the loan to avoid legitimate state and federal taxes.

Tax scams such as this are why the tax code is so long and complicated. A new law is required as tax cheats find new ways to cheat. If we were a nation of honorable people the tax code could be one page long.

In the same issue of the Democrat, Mr. Richard Feuilly attempts to discredit every act of President Obama with conclusions based on misrepresentation of a fact. He states government inefficiency is the cause of escalating health care cost. But the facts are government provided health care has about 7 to 15 percent overhead above actual care cost. Private health plans have between 20 and 35 percent overhead for the same medical treatments. Additionally, when large surveys of all health plans were conducted, Medicare has the highest user satisfaction rate of all plans.

I’ve seen wing nut websites before that state per patient cost are higher for Medicare and Medicaid than for private health plans. And of course this is true. What these supposed experts don’t mention is that Medicare and Medicaid ensure the nation’s oldest and sickest and private health plans generally ensure the youngest and healthiest. How could cost not be higher for the government plans? This is an often used tactic to conceal a giant lie behind an irrelevant truth.

Presently, a 65-year-old pays about a $105 per month for Medicare part A and B coverage. I challenge anyone to find an insurance company that will provide the same coverage for 10 times that monthly cost. So before voting for the Republican plan to privatize Medicare and Medicaid you might want to ask how much of that private policy cost is the government voucher going to cover.     

Additionally, Mr. Feuilly, to justify a voter ID law, completely misrepresents the famous “box 13” voting fraud that elected Lyndon Johnson to the senate in 1948. The “box 13” fraud was carried out by election judges after all voting had been completed. Lyndon’s supporters just changed the vote count from box 13. It had nothing to do with voter ID. Maybe the moral of that story is to never let any one party control an election.

Mr. Feuilly also asks why the president asked Saudi Arabia to increase production to reduce energy prices. He implies we should just increase American production. The fact is, there are three and one half times as many American rigs at work now, as when President Bush left office. Almost every land and ocean drilling rig in the world is being used. American oil and gas production is at a 40 year high.

No president can change the fact that we have only about 10 or 12 percent of the worlds crude oil. So no matter what our national oil and gas policy, it will have minimal effect on world prices.

One thing we could do is stop Wall Street speculation of oil and gas. It is estimated that speculators skim off fifteen dollars from every tank fill up in America. But we should probably stop feeling sorry for ourselves; in Europe gasoline is approaching $9 a gallon.

Dennis Tilly,

Weatherford

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