After a week of national news regarding a billionaire’s lack of tolerance for certain races and ethnicities, I did not want to believe the big, bold print and captions that I saw on the front page of my county newspaper on May 4 regarding the La Marque Independent School District.
Our school district and community seem to always make headlines in negative ways in this paper.
I am a lifelong resident and search the newspaper often for information that I do not know.
On May 4, I found none.
Because I believe in the First Amendment, I searched the extra long, negative article for a comment from those of us who support the district, and I found none.
All I read was the same old soup warmed over.
Everyone that lives in the district has a right to his or her opinion, but when one never has any thing good to say about an entity, one’s motives are called into question.
To continue to attempt to tie our administration and board to all of the problems is wrong.
Anyone that has watched our district get into this situation has to be aware that the time for whining and criticizing has passed.
Being critical of any and everything about something usually reveals a personal problem.
Anytime the personal attacks enter a public arena, there will be problems.
To openly lobby to derail the sincere efforts of individuals to save a school district is horrible.
Anyone that believes our district needs someone from the outside to guide it has no knowledge of our steadfastness and resolve.
For the record, LMISD is here to stay. The supporters of our district should be heard as well.
We are not afraid of the stipulations — in fact we welcome them.
They will only broaden our perspective and make us stronger.
Given the opportunity, Superintendent Terri Watkins and our present board will get the job done.
Candidly speaking, because of my avid support for our district, I am constantly maligned.
I learned many years ago that talk and criticism are cheap.
Bring on the criticism because we are going to make it.
Our children will learn a great lesson from all of this and that is that nothing comes easy — you just cannot quit.
They will learn to let unfounded criticism roll off like water rolls off the backs of ducks.
They will also learn that difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
A wise man, William Channing, said that.
Stand up Eagles, Tigers and Cougars.
Let us declare that we are moving forward and will let nothing turn us around.
Let the critics talk as we work to save the district. Let them whine and moan while we pray and work.
We have seen the promised land and we will get there.
Martin Luther King said that, and it is true in our case.
The Rev. J.E. Daniels is the founder and chairman of the Eagles’ Nest Community Organization.