In response to Suezette Griffin’s guest column (“Wayne Faircloth should apologize to constituents,” The Daily News, Feb. 10): You missed the point of my letter (“Middleton campaign owes Faircloth an apology,” The Daily News, Jan. 25). The point is that it is, at a minimum disingenuous, and probably dishonest to advertise a forum where one of the attendees has not accepted the invitation. I can only speculate as to your motivation — but I will not.

However, I will commend you on your attempt to “spin” the issue to say Faircloth should apologize for not accepting your invitation. I’m really not sure when it became good manners to apologize when an invitation is not accepted. Then again, I can honestly say I don’t understand the tea party of 2018.

The tea party was formed in 2009 as a purposeful reaction to the liberal sweep of the 2008 elections. It was formed to crystallize the conservative base to promote fiscal reform in government. The goal was smaller government and better fiscal responsibility; admirable goals.

Today, the number of local tea parties has shrunk from a high of 1,000 in 2010 to less than 600 in 2012 and probably far fewer in 2018. The tea party has only four of 100 U.S. senators and 48 of 435 U.S. representatives. Instead of promoting and compromising on conservative fiscal reform, these congressmen are only causing gridlock. In addition, the tea parties have wandered into social issues as well. Maybe the tea party is yesterday’s news.

Let’s not let Texas be subject to this tea party gridlock. Join me in voting for Republican conservative Wayne Faircloth for Texas Representative District 23. He has a proven record for getting things done for our district.

Marty Fluke lives in Galveston.

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Ray Taft

Marty Fluke writes that Faircloth “has a proven record for getting things done for our district.” Really! Why did we have such devastating flooding during Harvey, and so much misery afterwards with Faircloth supposedly on the job for us. Vote for Middleton.

Mike Trube

Why did Faircloth side with the corrupt LMISD board members rather than what was best for the kids? Wss it just for the votes of the adults? That's why I am voting for Middleton.

Carlos Ponce

Did he side with the board or with the kids? I am not a member of his district but remember going over this last go around. He expressed a need to do what is best for the children of La Marque.
Here is my reply dated October 19, 2016:
Wayne Faircloth stood by the students of the former LMISD and give them the best education that can be offered - and that's what they got after TCISD took over. Re-read TJ Auld's article from the October 15, 2015 GCDN.
“I was there as an advocate for the students, not to make a policy statement one way or another,” Faircloth, a former teacher, said.
Wayne Faircloth stood by the students of the former LMISD and give them the best education that can be offered - and that's what they got after TCISD took over. Re-read TJ Auld's article from the October 15, 2015 GCDN.
“I was there as an advocate for the students, not to make a policy statement one way or another,” Faircloth, a former teacher, said.
http://www.galvnews.com/news/article_5ce26cf8-3614-565b-9086-1f6407e4901d.html
From TJ Auld's article.
"He stopped short of saying La Marque deserved another second chance, however.
'I was there as an advocate for the students, not to make a policy statement one way or another,' Faircloth, a former teacher, said.
'I caught flak from both sides,' he said. 'My focus and my purpose, though, was to be sure that we don’t forget the welfare of the kids.' "
Does that sound like he sided with the corrupt LMISD School Board or the students??????
I don't have a dog in this fight but believe everyone is entitled to the truth. Faircloth did not side with the district.

Walter Manuel

That's interesting Mr. Ponce that you would say that Mr. Faircloth did what's best for the students of LMISD when I was told on several occasions when I called Faircloth's office to talk to him personally that Mr. Faircloth was "simply representing his constituents".

Everyone still remembers when the GDN reported Mr. Faircloth's comments while he walked through the schools that were shut down and he couldn't believe his own eyes.

Faircloth was taken for a fool and he looked like one after TEA ordered LMISD to be annexed with TCISD.

Last that I heard, you still had to be 18 to vote....

Carlos Ponce

Children less than 18 have relatives that can vote. There is still no article that Faircloth wanted LMISD to continue - just accusations.
From the GCDN article:
"Texas Education Agency records show that a commissioner has not reversed a decision to assign a board of managers.
'I think the case was made,' Faircloth said. 'The data is there for everybody to see. (The commissioner) has a professional staff and they are well qualified to make the decision and look at the big picture and see what should be done going forward.'
By agreeing with the Education Commissioner (Williams) and the findings of his staff (ie SHUT LMISD DOWN) that what was best for the students. Faircloth reached the same conclusion you did. Neither of you are "foolish".
"simply representing his constituents" was probably in response to your column "Politicians should ‘mind their own business’ " Sep 30, 2015

PD Hyatt

Faircloth is a fair weather RINO at best. He is for what is good for him and not for our area. I say it is time for a change and we need someone new like Middleton....

Walter Manuel

Come on Mr. Ponce, don't pick and choose what articles that you want the readers to believe, but direct them as well to the article where Larry Taylor and Wayne Faircloth walked through the broken glass beneath their feet, saw all of the vandalism on the walls and all of the closed down schools in LMISD not having any security to prevent vandals from entering the buildings.

If your going to try and make your point Mr. Ponce, you also have to include ALL the facts and not cherry pick the one's that help your case.

Mr. Faircloth was not doing what was best for the students of LMISD as you claim, but rather supporting PAC's and you and I both know it.

Carlos Ponce

Pick and choose? Can you cite the GCDN article to which you refer? I can't find it. Does it exist in another venue? I cited TJ Auld's article from two years ago and it indicates he was willing to go along with the education commission's recommendation to shut down LMISD. A Feb 8, 2015 article shows Faircloth was “encouraged and strengthened” by the progress made by Watkins but added "We have to join hands and join hearts and we have to work together.”

Walter Manuel

Here you go Mr. Ponce, I can't imagine that these 2 articles will provide the proof that Wayne Faircloth was more worried about his votes rather than the LMISD students.

Officials: It’s time to fight to save LMISD By T.J. AULDS, Feb 8, 2015 http://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_578324f0-b01a-11e4-a68a-33c50b69df81.html

Get into the fight
Sunday’s meeting was also a call to arms, as district officials called on teachers, staff, alumni, community members, business leaders and state elected officials to step up and help out.

“Don’t just watch the fight,” Watkins said. “Get into the fight.”

Pledging to join that fight was state Rep. Wayne Faircloth, R-Galveston, who attended the meeting. His district includes the La Marque school district.
The freshman state representative, himself a former teacher, said he was “encouraged and strengthened” by what he heard and saw at the meeting.
“We have the leadership here, we have the commitment,” Faircloth said. “We know what we have to do. Somebody has rung the bell. We have to join hands and join hearts and we have to work together.”
Faircloth said he would call the Texas Education Agency today to see what he could do about helping keep the district open. Watkins said she has a similar pledge from state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who was recently appointed chairman of the senate education committee.

School board faces challenges of absorbing LMISD , By SCOTT E. WILLIAMS The Daily News

Jan 29, 2016 https://www.galvnews.com/users/profile/Scott%20E%20Williams

“She said state representatives, including state Sen. Larry Taylor and State Rep. Wayne Faircloth, were working with the district to make sure neither taxpayers nor students in the Texas City-La Marque area suffered unfairly. Those officials got a better idea of what Texas City was facing after touring some of the La Marque district’s buildings.

“Their feet crunched the glass on the floor,” the superintendent said. “They saw the wires dangling. They could, well, they could smell it.”

Unfortunately, there's some things that just can't be undone by any politician who seem to be in it only for the money.

Carlos Ponce

Where does any of this show support for the School Board but not the students? In 2015 Faircloth saw promise in the progress made by Watkins but in the October 2016 TJ Aulds article more than a year later he put trust in Commissioner Williams and his staff to do what was best for the students.
The January 2016 article does not indicate support for the School Board, only described the poor condition of the facilities. "Those officials got a better idea of what Texas City was facing after touring some of the La Marque district’s buildings." It was evident Texas City would take over. I still see nothing that supports Mike Trube's implications in the question "Why did Faircloth side with the corrupt LMISD board members rather than what was best for the kids?"
You wrote, "Everyone still remembers when the GDN reported Mr. Faircloth's comments while he walked through the schools that were shut down and he couldn't believe his own eyes."
The article you provide mentioned only reports Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo's comments. I still find nothing from Faircloth at "School board faces challenges of absorbing LMISD" by Scott E. Williams, can you?
http://www.galvnews.com/news/article_57293331-4826-5081-9fb4-78c82ade4e59.html

Carlos Ponce

"I can't imagine that these 2 articles will provide the proof that Wayne Faircloth was more worried about his votes rather than the LMISD students."
True, very true.

Walter Manuel

Mr. Ponce, keep spinning the truth, those of us who ACTUALLY fought the battle against the ousted LMISD BOT know the truth and so does your friend Wayne Faircloth.

Sorry Mr. Ponce, your spin on things is just plain wrong this time....

Carlos Ponce

Walter vote for his opponent if you want. Not my district but you are usually more objective than this. So sad.[sad]
I have nothing to gain no matter who wins but believe in TRUTH!

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