Keyes: Local Entities Struggling Under Texas’ Flawed Property Tax System

June 23, 2017

Many of us in Gaines County are frustrated with the steady increase in property taxes, which seems to be led by increases in property values.  We’ve had a couple of tough years with the bottom dropping out of oil values.  

Local governmental entities have struggled to make ends meet and keep tax rates as low as possible.  For example, Gaines County spent $5.5 million from reserves, cut positions, and curtailed projects to soften the blow to tax payers. 

We understand that there is a tendency to look close to home to place the blame for increased tax rates and property values.…

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Wright Words: Thank You, Hess

June 21, 2017

Within a five minute window early Monday morning, I had received two inquiries, one by phone call and the other by text message during the course of the phone call.

“Have you heard the news?”

Typically, such inquiries are a typical conversation starters in many interactions I deal with on a daily basis.…

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Letter to the Editor: Seminole Mayor Calls for SHD Board President’s Resignation

June 21, 2017

A letter to the editor of the Seminole Sentinel,

It is with weeks of concern and thought that I am writing this letter.

I am Wayne Mixon, Mayor of Seminole. I have always refrained from making public comments about other city or county boards or elected officials. They are elected or appointed to serve the citizens of the city or county and their actions are between them and the people who elected them.…

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Wright’s Words — Hospital Board Needs to Re-Address Public Concerns

May 31, 2017

Last Monday evening (May 22), the seven members of the Seminole Hospital District’s Board of Directors had an opportunity to ease the fears and concerns raised by their constituents and taxpayers related to cost overages associated with the district’s $48.5 million expansion/renovation bond project.

The Board, behind a prepared statement read aloud by SHD Board President Geoff Gray, sadly missed the mark — and then some.…

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Dies und Das: People in History Who Were, Oh, So Wrong

January 17, 2017

1) “Hey Noah!  What you building that big box for?  Ain’t none of us ever seen no rain!  Ever!”  (People in Noah’s day, circa:  4000BC)

2) “If only we can get rid of that guy, our problems will be over!”  (The religious leaders seeking to kill Jesus, circa:  AD 33)

3) The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.”  (The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903)

4) “That Peters kid will never amount to anything!”  (My German Teacher, circa:  1982)

5) “As far as it is possible to do, these two wonderful vessels are designed to be unsinkable.” (Promotional Flyer for the White Star Line, Titanic and Olympic, 1912)

6) A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” ( New York Times, 1936)

7) “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” (Decca Recording Company on declining to sign the Beatles, 1962)

8) “Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look.” (United Artists executive after rejecting Reagan as lead in the 1964 film The Best Man)

9) “There is no path to 270 electoral votes for Donald Trump.”  (1,000s of experts and pundits during the 2016 election)

10) Charles H.…

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Mirror Ministries: It’s Time to Grow

January 12, 2017

I’m a curious kind of person, meaning I want to know how things tick. This can be a good quality unless I’m picking apart myself, which I’ve been guilty of on many occasions. For example, I’ve questioned my own faith at times because of comparison to others who seem to have more faith than I do.…

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Dies and Das: Church Humor

January 11, 2017

The widow, who had seven kids, was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Preacher at her rural church.  She had heard good things about him, and had also heard that he was single and possibly available.  After a few Sundays of hearing him preach and noticing that he would be quite a catch, she invited him for Sunday dinner.  She took a tally of the chicken drumsticks she had on hand and noticed that she only had 10.  That meant that if she ate one, the Preacher ate one, and each one of the kids ate one, there would only be one left.  She sternly commanded the children to only eat one drumstick apiece and to leave the extra drumstick for the preacher. 

She repeated this command several times.  Sunday dinner rolled around and they each ate a drumstick.  Everyone around the table hungrily eyed the extra drumstick, including the preacher, but what was to be done?  Suddenly, the power went out and the room went completely dark.  An anguished scream could be heard from the Preacher.  As the lights went back on, the widow noticed the Preacher’s hand wrapped around the drumstick, and 7 forks impaled in his hand!   Lesson?  Don’t invite the Preacher over unless you have extra drumsticks, or something like that!  Have a wonderful week!…

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Leo’s Lance: Wild Game Seeker

December 21, 2016

I think I’ve always been a hunter at heart. When I was a little kid I used to hunt bugs and lizards and frogs and such. One of my favorite sport was to find a doodle bugs den and catch a red ant and put it in the funnel shaped den-trap, and watch the doodle bug, (also called ant lion), jump out of his hidden lair in the bottom of the funnel and grab the ant and go back out of sight.…

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Dies und Das (This and That) The Russians!

October 27, 2016

by John Peters

I was watching one of the Sunday morning news shows the other day.  A Democratic campaign manager was asked about the leaked emails that Wiki-Leaks had released.  He deflected on whether any of the emails were accurate and immediately proceeded to blame the Russians.  That gave me an idea.  So, here goes!…

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Dies und Das (This and That)

September 30, 2016

by John Peters

Somebody reminded me the other day that I had gotten way too serious.  I agree, gotta laugh more.  Scripture tells us that laughter is like a medicine, good for the heart (Proverbs 17:22, paraphrased).  So, here goes my first article in a long while, and I hope it is good for your heart.…

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