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Dear Comanche,

If times have been kinder to you than some, and you can, buy an extra turkey and give to your church to give to a less fortunate family. God will bless you.

God bless Comanche!

Laura Hawkins, Comanche

Dear Editor,

I want to congratulate Ronnie Clifton on not just another, but the best Veterans Day turnout and program ever. Over the years Ronnie has led the way on Veterans Day and Memorial Day with some really wonderful programs. The young people who are in attendance at the Veterans Day program are exposed to a vital part of our countries heritage and hopefully in some way have a positive impact on their lives. This year’s speaker, Michael Williams, a 22 year Marine, made an outstanding presentation on what it means to serve our great country and to be a Veteran. As usual we heard some really wonderful patriotic singing and music. Also thank you to the student’s who were assigned to each Veteran and introduce that Veteran to the audience.

Thank you again Ronnie. Well done.

Marvin J. McKinnon, Comanche

Dear Editor,

Every day I look for something to be extremely grateful for and today it is the fact that we in Erath County are only fighting a single solar plant for now!

Thursday evening, I went to Comanche County to talk to an old friend and meet many new faces. They were all there for one reason. They are looking at three solar plants, one incorporating 10,090 acres, just 3 miles out of town, and the other 1,027 acres, in the southern county, and then there is a third in Hasse, which at the time they were not sure was coming. It is an 83 MW facility. Hard to imagine 12,000 acres in a sea of solar panels. There is also a threat of more coming in. Their faces showed they were somewhat in a state of disbelief that this was actually going to happen to them, as neighbors and landowners in the county. Once more the story of neighbor against neighbor plays out in another county of Texas, and many of the neighbors still don’t know it’s happening to them.

This group is getting mobilized and working on a plan of action. They will be meeting on a regular basis for a while, and I will post those dates for anyone who wishes to join them. at https://www.facebook.com/groups/erathcountystopsolarfarmshere Life is full on a daily basis as a landowner, and these are challenging times, but everyone needs to be vigilant of what is going on around you.

These industrial complexes being set up are huge land hogs, with little return on the tax dollars brought into the county over the long haul, and only a couple of employees. Not to mention the surrounding land values plummeting, the environmental issues, the wildlife concerns, and the visual impact of these eyesores on the edge of town for the next 50 years or more. As a friend said, there are no do-overs with solar farms, the land is destroyed for many lifetimes.

For anyone wanting to find out more about the solar plants and their impact on the county, please come to our Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, December 9 at City Limits, Stephenville. It’s open to everyone wishing to join us and learn more. We have an impressive panel of speakers set up who will give their perspective and answer your questions.

Joanna Friebele, Erath County Land Owner and Taxpayer

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