Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

November 5, 2011

Dear Jacksonville, thank you

Murfreesboro, Tennessee — On Friday, October 14th, we were enroute from the dusty, fire-scarred area of Bastrop & Elgin in mid-state Texas, to our reserved hotel room in Louisiana.  Our usual mid-afternoon break had put us at the DQ across from your football field.  We took our ice-cream outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, and were captured by the sound of Indian chants and drum beats.  When we asked about it, we were told it was the football team practicing for that night's homecoming game.  That trumped anything on our agenda; we decided to stay in Jacksonville for the game.

Back from getting a motel in town, we were guided to a legal parking place by a very friendly and helpful policeman at DQ.  We saw him later at the game with another officer who both watched the crowd intently looking for signs of discontent  before they had a chance to bloom into trouble.  We applaud the manner in which they operated to ensure safety at such a crowded facility.  They, and other adults at the stadium, were geniuses at crowd control!

My husband and I were greeted by friendly ticket agents and  a helpful lady collecting the tickets who informed us where general admissions could and could not sit.  But our choice of seats meant that the best was yet to come.

We happened to sit on the same bleacher with Catherine.  This young lady, a sixth grader, bubbling with personality, adopted us.  She introduced us to her father, and then to her brother who was all loyally decked out with spiked, blue-painted hair.  Catherine took me to the top of the bleachers to show me where the restrooms and concessions were located.  She bounded up three or four stairs and then doubled back to walk with me.  Though I could tell that she knew myriads of people, she stayed only a short time with them so she could assist me.  She told me about the beautiful, unique, floor-length ribbons that the girls wore.  She introduced me to the "pickle pop" and offered to share her dip and chips.  We talked some about what she wants to do when she grows up.  I know she will be a success at whatever field she enters.  Catherine was a Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce representative and public relations guru all in one happy 11 year old.

Thank you, Jacksonville, and your fine citizens.  You all made a great impression on two travelers and "former" strangers.

Diana & Jim Johnson

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

jimjohnson2quiet@gmail.com.

P.S. If anyone reading this knows Catherine, we would love to have contact information for her and her family.  The chill of the night air became more than her family could take and they left abruptly before I could get their address.

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Kudos to ‘Tomato Republic’ cast, crew

    THE STARS AT NIGHT WERE BIG AND BRIGHT, DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!  The stars were the brightest the week of April 7, 2014 at the Dallas International Film Festival.

    April 23, 2014

  • 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.

    April 19, 2014

  • 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 10, 2014

  • April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Child Protective Services investigated more than 160,000 allegations of child abuse or neglect in Texas last year.

    April 9, 2014

  • 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.

    April 8, 2014

  • 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

    April 5, 2014

  • 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.

    April 4, 2014

  • Crying foul

    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 ... ”

    April 3, 2014

  • 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.

    April 2, 2014

  • 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.

    March 29, 2014