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Letters: LISD Board Candidate Smith Exposed

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/16 0:18:15 (1618 reads)
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To the editor:

If you were looking for [LISD Board Candidate] Mary Smith, outside of her position at Presbyterian Flower Mound Hospital, more than likely you will find her in a place she finds to be her center point. That center point for her is at New Beginnings Church right in the center of Lewisville. Growing up, Smith was surrounded by a family that found comfort in not only attending church but inserting their spiritual gifts in and outside of the church. Today, Smith carries the same traditions with her family. Her foundation consists of strong morals and values such as being trustworthy, non-judgmental, standing firm for what is right, and being dependable- all derived from her relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Jesus Christ is the head of my life and everything I do is to honor him. I honor him through consistently loving others, having compassion for all, extending grace in all situations, and holding short accounts. I do this because every day Jesus does this for me.” -Mary Smith

During Smith’s second year of college, at 19 years of age, she found out that her first child would be arriving in September resulting in her Physical Education degree being placed on hold. At that point in time, Smith believed all of her education and career goals would become a distant memory since she would have to focus on becoming a mother. Ten years later, four more children, a divorce and a new marriage, Smith began to rethink the possibility of a degree again, and that thought reignited her passion for education. Smith decided to not be held in bondage anymore and to reignite her passion for education. In the spring of 2010 Smith completed her bachelors in Biblical Theology and is a third of the way from completing her Masters at Dallas Baptist University. Smith has no plans of stopping at her Masters.

“My education journey has fueled my passion to fight for quality education for all”- Mary Smith

Smith’s life journey has allowed her to develop into an individual who can bring people of different backgrounds together for a common cause. If elected, Smith plans to listen to the concerns of parents and teachers and seek out a solution. Smith believes that in order to see LISD at its full potential, all parties need to work together.

“In 2012 a teacher stepped out of her comfort zone for my husband by donating her kidney that saved his life. My appreciation for teachers runs deep.”

Therefore, Smith vow’s to go to work for all in preparing all of our children for success in a competitive world.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela

Jennifer Rivera,
Dallas

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Letters: Defeat Big Brother Bills

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/18 12:28:00 (1014 reads)
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Several legislative bills have been proposed that are designed to undermine local control and independence, and residents of municipalities across the state need to quickly rally to defeat these Orwellian bills.

SB 343 would prohibit a city from passing a regulation or ordinance that is “more strict” than “state statutes” (essentially eliminating home rule); it would terminate our local authority to ban texting while driving, protect our trees, regulate the gas industry, and regulate indoor smoking, etc.

HB 540 would require cities to get the attorney general’s approval before putting a citizens’ initiative on a local ballot; it seems designed to usurp the courts’ authority.

SB 720 would prohibit cities from banning hydraulic fracturing.
If this legislation were to pass, Texas would no longer be a home rule state, which would not benefit the residents of the DFW metroplex. But powerful, special interest groups such as the oil, gas, and tobacco industries…would profit.

Therefore, I hope we will all work to defeat these Big Brother bills by letting Austin know that we do not want our right to local control and self-determination stripped from us.

Sandy Mattox,
Denton

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Letters: Problem with STAAR is Ownership

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/9/4 3:33:18 (1815 reads)
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Open in new windowI found the problem with STAAR: OWNERSHIP!!!

I returned to Austin to present my petition that I have been working on. The petition would require elected and appointed officials be required to take the STAAR test. I was encouraged by the conversation and tone our senators were taking. Then the Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, an attorney, gave his testimony. I found his statements disappointing, troubling and unproductive. Primarily, because of his complete lack of ownership in the test his department developed. His audacity to quickly lay the blame for the high failure rates solely at the feet of our educators and children was shocking.

This highlighted the adversarial role between our educators and the TEA and reinforced my conviction to see this unproductive relationship dismantled. Think how beneficial the STAAR test could be if we demanded its results were used to target the needs of students, teachers and schools. I was once one of those kids that would've had trouble with these tests. I was given a diagnostic test that determined I have dyslexia. That test did not punish me or my teacher for my disability; it got me the help I so desperately needed. I’m eternally grateful for the educational gift I was given.

What I said before the Texas Senate Education Committee:


The official state video is here.

Mr. Williams spoke 2 hours and 5 min. into the meeting, and I spoke at 4 hours and 1 min. into the meeting. You can fast forward using the player.

Bret Wooten,
Lewisville

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Letters: Legal Defense Fund Established for Freed

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/8/30 5:13:38 (1353 reads)
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This is in regard to Brian Freed.

An account has been set up for Mr. Freed, by some friends of the Freeds. The person heading this up is George Gober, long time resident of Lewisville. The money will be used strictly for Freed's court costs, attorney fees, defense investigators, and anything pertaining to his cost for defending himself. Those wanting to contribute can go to Ciera Bank in Flower Mound, 1801 Cross Timbers Rd. Make out checks to the Defense Fund for Brian Freed. any questions you can call Mr. Gober at 972-977-0618 and he will gladly answer any questions.

Tanya Massengale
Flower Mound

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Letters: Freed Should Be Considered Innocent

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/20 14:52:32 (2617 reads)
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Most people know the power of words and yet still use them in devastating ways to destroy reputations, futures, and families. This has been done to Brian Freed by reports in this publication.

While this letter is not about me, I need to tell why I feel qualified to speak out. I have known Brian Freed since he was my student at Hedrick Middle School a number of years ago. I taught in the Lewisville Independent School District for over twenty years, spending time as department chairman at three middle schools and being recognized as Teacher of the Year for the district in 1991-92. I have been appointed to and served on four Denton County Grand Juries as well as serving on various civic boards and committees. I have taught adult Bible study on both Sundays and Tuesdays at First Baptist Church of Lewisville for many years also. I include this information only as evidence that most people consider me to be a reliable citizen.

I have recently been disturbed by words used as character assassination against my former student and friend, Brian Freed. I have known him from his years as a boy to those as a man to be a person of integrity. In his student years, he was admired by both students and teachers. On one occasion, the teachers were asked to choose a student to be a representative from Hedrick Middle School to an event for American Airlines; Brian was the unanimous choice.

I have continued to watch Brian Freed's growth as he has become a young man and now I am also acquainted with his wife and each of their three children. I have seen these parents involved in every aspect of their children's lives, seeking to rear them to also be kind, contributing young people.

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