The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

April 28, 2009

Letters to the Editor for April 29

I wonder if there is a job description for mayor? Is the mayor a representative of the people, a governor, not only of the wealthy, educated and prosperous, the high social strata, but also of the struggling poor, uneducated, destitute and the upper and middle class of workers and plodders?

I began to champion Carolyn Salter primarily because of her female gender and my opinion that the more women participate and take responsibility in government that the better both the economy and the morals of this country will be. I now recognize and appreciate her professional educational accomplishments, her proven ability to conduct the city council meetings and mayoral duties, her dedication and sacrifice of much of her personal and occupational time for the welfare and advancement of the citizens of this city and county. I believe she has earned our respect and the privilege of being an executive participant in the progress Palestine is expected to achieve during a third term as mayor.

Helen Stevens



No help to 4-Hers and FFA

Why can’t Elkhart support their 4-H and FFA students? While watching the Anderson County Livestock Show premier auction Thursday night. Almost all of Elkhart 4-Her’s and FFA animal projects were bought by Slocum Youth Supporters. If the Slocum community can raise funds for their kids and Elkhart, why can’t Elkhart do the same or join forces with Slocum and have a bigger resource for the 4-H and FFA.

Elkhart wants a new school built, For The Kids, yet they can’t support their 4-Her and FFA kids in their project. These are the kids that need their support, to help build a better community, and school.

God bless Slocum for the work that they do on behalf of all 4-H and FFA students. And, yes, I did support the 4-H kids at the sale.

Lets do better next year.

Jessie Ashley


This letter is in reference the letter of Ann Myers of Friday, April 17 entitled “Our president is immature.”

Ms. Myers only hinted at the depth of President Obama’s immaturity when compared to the statesmanlike behavior displayed by Dubya. President Obama did not sidle up to a foreign head of state and start to give her a shoulder rub in front of the world. President Obama did not chow down and then spray the area with tidbits while conversing with another nation’s leader.  And the president did not spit a wad of gum into his hand just before starting a speech. I guess President Obama did not get the same education in etiquette that George W. did in the frat house.

Ms. Myers is also correct that the president did admit the U.S. has been arrogant. He even claimed that, in order to lead, we had to listen to our friends and allies. And, yes, he did say that while the country has a lot of Christians -– some of them even charitable -- Christianity is not the official state religion. The last part is true. You could look it up.

John E. Marke


The Board of Directors of the PEDC has reviewed the proposed PISD bond election and believes that the economic impact from the bond election would be positive for Palestine. The $64 million in construction costs will benefit everyone. This type of expansion will help fuel our local economy by increasing spending in our stores for goods and services and increase employment. It has been shown that for every dollar spent on a bond of this sort that the community will see that dollar turn up to 10 times! Many of the proposed improvements will attract regional events in Palestine that will bring in additional dollars to our local businesses.

PEDC recently contracted with Angelou Economics out of Austin to conduct a survey and study of the strengths and weaknesses of Palestine when it comes to competing for jobs and industry. One of the main points that came out of this study is that the Palestine education system must be upgraded for Palestine to become competitive for higher paying jobs and industry. Quality school facilities are an important part of that upgrade to our education system.

We recognize that the tax rate will be impacted, but we also know that the long term economic benefits are much greater. With the new UT campus addition and the PISD bond construction Palestine’s economic future will be on the right track for a brighter future.

Larry D. Harris

Board President

Palestine Economic Development Corp