Reader Responses, Febraury 21, 2014

Published on Thursday, 20 February 2014 21:23 - Written by

Judge Carole Clark was elected based on her board certification in Family Law and years of family law experience. Since 1999, she has managed an annual caseload that has grown from 1,500 filings to over 2,400 filings in recent years. To improve the lives of the children affected by divorce, parents with addictions, and other horrendous issues, she instituted a drug court program for CPS cases, a Child Support Accountability Program, classes for divorcing parents and embraced the National Adoption Day program.

She has dealt with the recent runaway CPS caseload that escalated 41.7 percent to an average of 314 cases a month in less than two years by pulling a team together to develop new streamlining measures. These changes were subsequently approved by the state CPS regulators in April 2013 and have now been implemented. She also responded to the CPS case expansion by developing a new pro bono program that is being implemented with help from the Smith County Young Lawyers Association.

The impact of these cost-saving initiatives will be felt in this budget year and future years. With the continuing societal demise that directly impacts the caseload of our 321st family law court, we need an experienced judge — one who not only understands budget challenges and responds, which Judge Clark has done, but also understands the numbers to count are the lives of children who are saved and given new hope for a better life. Join me in voting to re-elect Judge Carole Clark.

Barbara R. Bass




We seem to elect individuals to represent us who are not representative of us.

I am supporting Skip Ogle because his background and experience reflect life experiences beyond the legal and political realm. It is refreshing to see a lobbyist wanting to become a politician rather than the other way around.

I would ask the voting public to question why lawyers, who make up less than 1 percent of the United States, workforce, make up 31 percent of the members of this States Congress?

Are these attorneys representing you, your peers? Does their education qualify them to insure your liberty? Do the laws they write provide you with more freedom? Sometime common sense should prevail. Texas is on track to look more like Washington D.C., which has 46 percent lawyers representing “we the people.”

I appreciate and respect our legal system, but resent imposition of thousands of laws common working men do not understand and should not.

We are seeing what happens when special interest groups takeover our government houses. If the individuals that write the law had to obey the law, there would be fewer laws.

P. Mark Lankford




Fiscal conservative incumbents are specific targets for the upcoming statewide Republican primary elections March 4. The Nolan Chart website declares the local House District 6 election to be a featured race because it pits “establishment, nobility Republicans and RINOs against a Tea Party incumbent.” The Tyler and Austin power brokers have rolled out well-funded lobbyist Skip Ogle to oppose Matt Schaefer, a rare conservative fiscal incumbent.

Schaefer has been staunch against the free spending of our tax dollars, but that is a hard and continuous uphill battle against entrenched establishment types. The Ogle team criticizes a Schaefer donor while Ogle’s endorsements and funding are from numerous special interest groups and their lobbyists.

He won’t even need to open an office as the lobbyists are already lined up to lobby a lobbyist. Mr. Ogle is a professional communicator, jokes about an old traffic violation, has a cute TV ad and offers nothing of substance. It will be different when he has to use persuasion on a legislator. Do not let District 6 become a trendsetter and vote a lobbyist into the role of representative of the people.

Joe Lee Smith