a brief biography
Business -- Retired from:
Systems Engineer (mainframes), Retailer,
Gentleman Farmer, Web Designer,
The Propane Club
34 years working with computers, including mainframes, telecommunications, technical
training, and public speaking. Two years on the city council of an area
city (the second person in the history of the city to unseat an incumbent), as
well as city and state boards. Presided over the two lowest effective tax
increases in the history of that city (2.99%, 0%), while implementing many
public safety programs, including police car replacement every 3 years and
manning a previously closed fire station. Now retired, due to health.
Businesses above are maintained by wife.
Life-long Baptist, now a member of Shiloh Cumberland
Presbyterian Church. "I couldn't handle the new Baptist chorus music."
Native Texan; about 1/3 native Cherokee Indian.
Fiscal conservative who deplores waste by city
governments, abuse of power by elected officials, and official corruption.
Dislikes people who are not tolerant of opposing
views, especially when it evolves into juvenile name-calling. People who
resort to name-calling are merely calling attention to their own ignorance and
Pro-military: "Freedom isn't free."
Supports the war and our troops: "If we
weren't fighting the terrorists over there, we'd be fighting them on Hwy. 77."
Gadfly when he sees government stepping upon people's liberties.
The United States is becoming a socialist nation, and we "citizens" will soon
become "subjects" if nothing is done to stop it.
"The right to have your own honest opinion, and
express it, is one of things that makes America great. When
you try to take that from another individual through harassment,
intimidation, bullying, ridicule, or other means, you are not trying to destroy
that individual -- you are trying to destroy America."
"I haven't lived here all my life, but I came as
soon as I heard it had turned republican."
Ellis County provides a peaceful, country atmosphere
in which to live, while being close to services available only in large cities.
Best Quote -- Ovilla Police
Chief Mike Moon
"Just because two people don't agree on the same
subject doesn't mean one of them is wrong."
We have Johnny Brown protecting us as Sheriff, Mike Jones
as our Constable, and Steve Egan
as our Justice of the Peace. I feel we have honest, caring people representing us in
Precinct 4 in the public safety area.
I'm a firm supporter of public safety. Ellis
County has a very good group of peace officers.
Judge Bush is a very sincere, intelligent person.
I was amazed at her courtesy in a recent visit. She seems very "open" --
something not often found in a person in her position. She even opened the
door for me when I left.
Sheriff Johnny Brown
Johnny Brown is the most innovative sheriff
we've ever seen. As one of the most powerful people in the county, it would
have been easy
for this job to "go to his head," but it didn't. He has reduced
major crime by 45% and added a K-9 program, all while maintaining costs at less
than the 2008 budget. His ideas are progressive and intelligent. To those who criticized
Sheriff Johnny Brown, you
have only to look at the newspaper -- we're having record arrests for drugs,
burglaries, etc. by the ECSO. He has done what he said he would do. If
only Washington would do the same.
Constable Mike Jones
Mike Jones is a man who has proudly served our
country and has the best interest of the citizens at heart. He has already
worked to solve mortgage fraud, having the foresight to recognize the problem
and work toward a solution months before it became nationally recognized.
His work has demonstrated we chose the right man for the job.
Justice of the Peace Steve
election to the Justice of the Peace position puts a real person into what is
often referred to as "The People's Court." With no agenda other than
serving the citizens, he is a breath of fresh air for Ellis County.
Emergency Services District #2
The ESD2 commissioners were of the "tax and spend"
philosophy, but the sales tax election and new faces on the board seem to have
given them a more conservative view. Tom Manning is invaluable in
the financial area.
Overall, the ESD's seem to be a win-win solution to
fire & ambulance protection in the county. The municipalities who assist the ESD's get
extra income, and the ESD's save by not having to build fire stations across the
Government should tax only to the extent necessary
for essential services. Instead of raising taxes, government should spend
the money it has more wisely. Governments often are not short on money, they're
short on the common sense to spend it wisely and the honesty to keep it out of
their own pockets. The federal government has over-stepped itself by
charging taxes, licenses, and fees on just about everything. The burden of
tracking those fees, not to mention paying them, is a tremendous one to any
To be charged a fee for a license to do what the 2nd
Amendment tells us we can do is just wrong. For Obama and his cronies to
want to take it away from us regardless is even worse.
Firm believer in constitutional rights. I wish Obama would learn some.
Opposed to the government's taking of people's land
by forced annexation.
Opposed to imminent domain except when absolutely
necessary, and it should NEVER be used for economic development.
The constitution affirms the rights of PEOPLE to own
guns. (Affirmed by the Supreme Court.)
The U. S. should have an immigration policy that is
fair, instead of the current one which gives special rights to countries from
whom we probably don't want immigrants.
We should welcome legal immigrants who want to come
to the U. S. and assimilate themselves into our society. If they desire to
burn our flag and/or replace our flag with theirs, they should be sent back to
the country they obviously love.
To press "anything" to continue in English is an
insult to our country and all who fought for our freedoms.
After being deported once -- maybe twice -- ILLEGAL
immigrants should be incarcerated, to send a message to others. Our porous
borders are harming our economy, our jobs, our safety, and our way of life, and will
eventually be a threat to our constitution.
Interesting People I've Met or Known
House Majority Leader
When Armey was running for speaker, we were
touring the capitol. Our young son ran up to him and asked, "Are you
Mr. Speaker?" He turned to his colleagues and said, "See? Even
HE thinks I should be the speaker." I immediately told him we
were not in his voting district, and he replied, "If you're an American,
you're MY constituent." We chatted and took photos for
15 minutes; I couldn't believe the amount of time he spent with us,
especially without an appointment. He was an amazing statesman.
Mary Kay Ash
Founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics
I attended church with Mary Kay and Mel (2nd
husband) for several years. They were both very gracious and
Mary Kay wore 2
lapel pins all the time. One was a bumblebee. Scientists say
the bumblebee can't fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it. She used
that to demonstrate the power of positive thinking, especially for women,
who had not quite been accepted into the marketplace at that time.
The other pin was two shovels: One
was large; the other, quite small. "The small shovel," she
would say, "is what I give to God. The large shovel is what He gives
back to me."
We met him at the Meyerson. He was very
friendly and down-to-earth. How else could Arlo be? (If you've
never heard "City of New Orleans" with full orchestra background, you
don't know what you're missing.) It was an honor to shake the hand
of such a talented musician.
Actor, "Green Acres" and "Benji"
Think of "Eb" with a doctorate. Very
intelligent, yet down to earth and sincere. Trivia: in the
70's, he taught Sunday School
at a Baptist Church in California. I don't know if he still does.
Actor, "Car 54, Where are You?" and "The
A brief encounter on a plane, but when I asked
for permission to take his picture, he responded with the "Grandpa" grin.
Vice President, U. S.
Extremely nice guy, very personable,
intelligent, and amazingly powerful
speaker. It's sad how TV and the liberals destroy his image. I got about 2
minutes to speak directly with him and shake his hand before his speech. It's amazing
how many guys there were around him in dark suits -- he should have felt
Dr. David Sibley
State Senator, Texas
I spoke at the opening of his Duncanville
office. He's a man who has overcome amazing physical hardships.
He sent Christmas cards for several years -- he's a great guy.
Speaker of the House
Yes, I know he's a democrat. It was
still interesting to chat for a few minutes with the Speaker of the House
-- it's not something one gets to do every day.
Dr. Robert Young
I was introduced to Bob at a dinner at a relative's
house. I made a joke about his name being the same as the famous
composer, and then found out that's who he really was. He has joined us at
our house for Thanksgiving dinner several times, and is a very interesting
person. Trivia: he was in the military, and was stationed to
Pearl Harbor shortly after the December 7th attack. Note: Dr.
Young passed away in 2011.