— Hood County came to help Parker County residents
I just would like take a moment to express my full gratitude for the county that I, as well as my family from generations past, has called home. You see recently from the tornado that struck the Ponderosa Hills Community on May 15, I was proud to call it my home and I looked forward for my children to continue to call Parker County home.
On that dreadful afternoon time stood still while they watched the world that the have created for their family and themselves destroyed. Now I know the Ponderosa Hills Community isn’t the richest or the best community that Parker County has to offer, but for the residents that choose to call Ponderosa Hills home, you will not fine a better group of people.
These same people lost their home, or part of their home due to the events from that day. Now our home county wouldn’t even offer assistance because they say that tornadoes didn’t hit Parker County that day, but for some strange reason the school buses from Weatherford Independent School District didn’t run that Thursday or Friday.
Rumor has it that the transportation company that runs the school buses heard the Ponderosa Hills Community was a “disaster area.” For a county that says tornadoes did not hit that county, how is it that the school transportation company for the county knew that this small community, Ponderosa Hills, was a “disaster area”?
Now Parker County didn’t offer assistance until a neighboring county, Hood County, came out and offered assistance to those who needed it and offered raw manpower to those who needed it as well.
Parker County has came out and offered assistance to the residents by picking up debris that the respondents from Hood County and the residents from this community had gathered and drug out to the roads.
Oh, and lets not forget the tickets that Parker County authorities are threatening to give to these same people if they don’t have the debris cleaned up quickly enough. How can this be assistance to this community, to threaten to give someone a ticket or fine if they don’t have the remains of their house and personal belongings cleaned up after a tornado took their world and turned it upside down?
These same people, as myself, have to work and cannot dedicate the time needed to clean up all the debris until days off.
Now I plan to stay right where I am now but in the future I hope and pray that Hood County would annex this small community and welcome it as their own, so our community taxes could go to a county that is willing to help every one, even after suffering from tornado hits themselves instead of a county that is more worried of fining people in distress for not cleaning up remains of their homes in a timely manner.
What has happened to the county that my family lived in and my ancestors fought to help develop? My people have been in Parker County since Parker County was formed and before. My great-grandfather signed on with the Texas Rangers to fight the Indians in this frontier area to protect the people that wanted to settle here and call this area home.
So my gratitude goes out to Parker County, the county that turned its back on one of its communities in its time of need.
R.S. Fontenot, Cresson