Goodness, I think I may have put a burr under Cherokee County Attorney Craig Caldwell's blanket. Mr. Caldwell took me to task for using the word inadvertant. In reality he may have been upset about me chiding the powers to be for having a bad case of good ole boy ism. Normally I do not think a county attorney would respond to a letter such as mine but with elections in the not so far future he may have seen an opportunity to get a few licks in in an attempt to discredit an incumbent he does not favor.
In Mr. Caldwell’s very long responce to my letter he inadvertantly failed to mention that the comments make by the foreman and crew were hearsay. I think he also inadvertantly failed to mention that Commissioner Pinotti was no billed for the action. He also threw out the number of $30,000 expended on the road. May be, but this is the first time this reader saw such a number published and therefore thinks it may have been enhanced to support Mr. Caldwells responce.
All in all Mr. Caldwell took 5 inches of column to respond to my letter plus another 16 inches to copy pretty common legalese found in probably all such documents within the county.
Back to the burr under the blanket. In the days of cowboys, in preparing to saddle their horse a cowboy first put a blanket on the back of the horse. This would act as a pad and provide a level of comfort for the horse. The saddle would then be put over the blanket and secured in place. You can imagine if a burr inadvertantly got caught between the blanket and the horse the horse would very probably become a bit agitated.
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Commending ag exemption views
I have read the recent JDP letters regarding the Ag/Timber Exemptions with great interest and concern. This issue concerns a plan by our county Appraisal District to reevaluate our actual timber or agricultural usage of a property to increase revenue.
H.O.P.E event offers chance to help locals in need
A social worker once said to me “it is not easy to be poor in a small town.” Her reasoning varied but attributed it to a lack of public transportation, accessible healthcare, and employment opportunities. Other reasons were unavailable social service resources, employment training and higher education opportunities.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
Child Protective Services investigated more than 160,000 allegations of child abuse or neglect in Texas last year.
Ag, timer exemptions a ‘money grab’
I recently wrote a letter that was critical of the Appraisal District for forcing landowners to jump through hoops and spend money to maintain timber and ag exemptions on rural property.
Local veteran: ‘Is that what we fought for?’
The other night I was sitting at the house feeling alone and feeling down in the dumps. Wishing I was back in Vietnam, wishing I was anywhere but here in Cherokee County
A few more words on ag exemptions
People who claim an ag exemption and really do not tend to it are not benefitting the economy; all they are doing is forcing the rest of us to pay higher taxes to make up for their dishonesty.
What an amazing bit of gerrymandering in the opening lines of an article posted by Fox News this morning. The article: “Critics cry foul as feds place lesser prairie chicken on threatened species list” began with the first line with: “The Obama administration on Thursday announced plans to place the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species...” and was quickly followed with: The Fish and Wildlife Service's decision, set to take effect around May 1 ... ”
Appraisal District ‘doing its job’
The letter to the Editor criticizing the steps being taken by the Appraisal District to verify whether or not owners of 11 acres or less are making legitimate use of their ag exemption exudes naïvete, disingenuousness, ignorance and a failure to understand economics.
Clearing up decision to audit property
It’s rarely advised to engage in a ‘letter to the editor’ debate. However, in view of our current activities and the recently posted letter to the editor in a local newspaper regarding such, I am writing this response to set the record straight.
A plea for politicians to pick up signs
Just wondering who should pick up the political signs after the elections are over?
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