Vote Lessman

I proudly recommend that you elect Judge Denny Lessman as your Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 1. Denny is a hard-working judge and good community servant. He is very knowledgeable and highly skilled in his profession and has earned the recognition of his legal peers and community leaders. He is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been selected to serve on the Legislative Committee for the Texas Municipal Courts Association.

Denny worked closely with me to help pass legislation correcting problems and improving the appellate process for cases in municipal courts of record. He was instrumental in drafting HB 4147, presenting it to the State Legislature, and ultimately its final passage.

Denny is committed to his faith and his family and serves the community in many civic organizations and church ministries. I am confident that, if elected, Judge Lessman will bring the same ethics, hard work and expertise to the justice court. I am proud to recommend that you vote for Judge Denny Lessman in the March 6 Republican primary.

Kyle Kacal, State Representative, House District 12

Where’s Gibson?

I read in your paper that McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lester Gibson hasn’t been to commissioners court meetings since September. Seems like a pretty long coffee break. Given that his salary isn’t paid by only Precinct 2 taxpayers, I wonder how the rest of our county taxpayers feel about continuing to pay an elected official when he’s not been to work for months.

If you hadn’t shown up for work in that length of time, would you still be getting a salary? And what are the other commissioners doing about this? Can the Trib check it out and let us know?

Helen K. Hood, McGregor

EDITOR’S NOTE: Trib reporter Cassie L. Smith has reported extensively on Commissioner Gibson’s absences and memory lapses. However, county efforts to address the matter ran aground after the NAACP rallied constituents in Gibson’s defense on June 6. Some alleged a political conspiracy was afoot to sabotage Gibson.

Head of state

Regarding David A. Smith’s Feb. 21 column on the Obama portraits offering an opportunity for artistic discussion: The more compelling discussion is why the former president chose this particular artist, whose portraits often display people of color with angry, defiant expressions and even some with the severed heads of white women held triumphantly. While the artist is free to paint what he wants, art is subjective.

So what was in the mind and heart of Obama when he viewed this artist’s work? Something is morally off here. It smells like hatred.

Christi Weddington, Mount Calm