Weatherford Democrat

Viewpoints

September 10, 2012

Letters to the editor, Sunday, Sept. 9

— Family thanks those who cared about their loved one

Dear editor,

On Sunday, Aug. 26, our family lost our beloved Ross Robertson. A devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle, his generosity and geniality will not be forgotten by those who knew him.

Our family was overwhelmed with the support and kindness from those that helped care for him in the final days and the fine staff of Weatherford institutions that ensured his funeral was a fitting memorial to an outstanding public servant.

We would like to warmly thank that staff and caregivers of Integra Hospice of Mineral Wells: Lora, Brenda and especially Jeannie — his morning sunshine. We are also indebted to caregivers Ramona and Cindy. The presence of all these fine women not only gave comfort to Ross, but also the family.

We are truly indebted to the Weatherford Fire Department for their moving and respectful contribution to Ross’ funeral. A volunteer fireman for 40 years, Ross dedicated his life to protecting Weatherford’s citizens. The fireman’s funeral, officiated by Chaplain Gene Smithwick, was a perfect send-off for our father. We were humbled by the sight of the city’s firetrucks along the route of the procession with the trucks’ crews standing at solemn attention. Ross would have been honored, and we thank Fire Chief Paul Rust and his amazing team. We also wish to thank the Weatherford Police Department for their professionalism and efficiency as the procession left Weatherford to Ross’ burial at Spring Creek Cemetery north of Weatherford.

As someone who worked tirelessly to make Weatherford a better place to live, Ross would have been both proud and humbled by the outpouring of generosity and kindness shown by this city and its citizens..

The Family of Ross L. Robertson Jr.

Extra zero needed in column

Dear editor,

Jim Brown’s column (“Mitt’s taxes in perspective,” Aug. 26 Viewpoints) is in error. If he is financial guru, he needs to get a better calculator. Mitt’s income of $21 million with an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent shows he paid $2.91 million in taxes, not $290,000 as the article states. Sure glad Mr. Brown is not my CPA.

Jerry Carter,

Corvallis, Ore.

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