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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Posted November 13, 2014
Dear Editor, I’m writing this in hope that the people in Llano County will get as mad and sad as I got looking at the trees, on Hwy 29 and Hwy 16, that have been poisoned. I’ve called the Texas Highway Department 325-247-5146, the gentleman, said they sprayed the trees to kill that branch.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Posted November 13, 2014
Dear Editor, I’m peeved. Recently while driving along Highway 29 between Rio Llano and the city of Llano, I began to notice large sections of live oaks and other trees that appear to be dead. I found out later that the highway department was spraying them with some sort of poison defoliant.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 • Posted October 22, 2014
Dear Editor, Vitriol in Llano politics is the worst I have seen, as demonstrated by the citizen comments at council meetings, numerous letters to the editor, and chatter on the net. Even the editor of this paper wrote an editorial condemning the “insults” and wisely asked, “When will the sparring end and the work begin?” Some misconstrue policy disagreement with vitriol but there is still plenty of real hate language statements that are just plain nasty and nothing but personal attack ...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
Dear Editor, Your letter was confusing to me. You said in your last paragraph that you would like to see “no angles, no stretching of the truth, no twisting figures to suit your argument, and let the card fall where they may”, but in the beginning of your letter you did just the opposite.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014
Dear Editor, As a citizen of Llano, business owner, and Councilman, I am composing this letter in order to express my concerns and clarify some of the recent accusations being made by a very small group of citizens. I read the letters to the editor each week, and am appalled by some of these letters.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014
Thousands of Texas residents will forever recall walking on Buchanan Dam with their friends and loved ones. During the day they’d feel a cool and gentle lake breeze, at night they'd walk amongst the light poles with a romantic moon in the backdrop. Many would enjoy viewing the lake through the lenses of telescopes permanently affixed to the roof of the adjacent restaurant.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014
Dear Editor: I want to let all the people involved in the Christmas lighting project know how much you are appreciated. In the meeting Thursday night there were about 20 hard-working people who, again, took time out to refine and tweak the plans for the lighting of Llano for the holiday season.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014
To The citizens of Llano: I grew up in a family that understood risk. Some risk brought rewards. Growing up in a water well drilling family, other risk brought dry holes. I do understand the risk of trying to drill a successful water well into the Riley Mountain area, for the sake of finding secondary water for the City.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 24, 2014
Around the state, Texans are grappling with what to do about dwindling water supplies and an ongoing drought. In March, the Houston Chronicle listed 20 cities named by TCEQ that could possibly go dry before the end of the year. Search Google, and you will find article after article written about the effects the drought has played on communities throughout Texas.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, I want to read the TCEQ report Mayor Virdell keeps referencing. You know, the one where he claims that of 2000 water systems in Texas, Llano is 25th “most concerning” due to a single water source. Although fond of throwing around information supposedly from this report, he has not seen it. Since it appears to be the basis for his claim that we are in dire straits, it seems he would have a copy in hand to support his claims.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, Where were the people who could answer our questions at the August 28 Town Hall Meeting on Water? Why did they not have someone from TCEQ? Why did they not have someone there from the LCRA? The Mayor and the City Manager supposedly have meetings with these people, but the citizens of Llano are expected to pay for the projects and have a right to know the truth.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, We have lived in Llano for 35 years and I hate to say that I am ashamed of our city council and some of the local people who are acting like the school bullies. They need to grow up and set a better example for our young people. Running down a fellow councilman is no way to act.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 15, 2014
Dear Editor, Llano citizens should be very concerned about the ballooning cost of the mayor’s pipe dream out on Riley Mountain. On Saturday, I drove out to Stillwaters Ranch, the proposed site for the wells. It’s 8 miles from town and 8.7 to the water plant, not the 6 mile distance we’ve been told.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
Dear Editor, On Monday, August 25, my wife and I were on our way to Fredericksburg when our car developed trouble and we were stranded about 14 miles south of Llano. We were lucky that we were able to get a tow truck on the way to help. The estimated time was 1.5 hours. During that time six people stopped to offer help.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2014 1:02 PM
Dear Editor, Aldermen John Ferguson is an honorable, intelligent, well-meaning person, and possibly the hardest working member on the city council.  He’s a man who takes his oath of office very seriously and acts accordingly.  He and Gail Lang were elected by a vast majority of Llano citizens to be counterweights to the no-holds-barred crony capitalist approach to governance by Virdell and Company. Because Ferguson presents actual facts and figures, and points to legal issues and conflict ...