Miller County Judge Larry Burgess is one such "Hero" who should be looked to as a hero by the citizens of Miller County, Arkansas. Judge Burgess served a full career in the Marines before returning to Texarkana and making the decision to continue his service by running for Miller County Judge. He not only ran, but he has won two terms already and is now seeking a third term for the county. The county could not be served by a better man.
As Judge Burgess runs his campaign, citizens are reminded that he has to continue to run the operations of the county in the capacity of judge. Judge Burgess though is no ordinary county judge. Judge Burgess comes to Miller County with a Marine background where he studied terrorist routines and trained to be prepared to face them when his country calls. Yesterday marked the anniversary of one of the most devastating attacks by terrorist in this nation's history. It should be no surprise that many around the country braced themselves for the possibility that terrorist would once again strike at America.
While most of us went on about our daily business, Judge Burgess remembered his training and applied it to the job we have entrusted him with through our constant voting record for him. Judge Burgess, as he often does, walked the County Courthouse grounds early as a precaution against potential copy-cat plots or possible attacks. It was during this walk that he spotted a suspicious container.
Judge Burgess might have easily walked up, checked the container, and found there to be no problem; however, he was doing what he always does. Judge Burgess was looking out for the county. He first ensured the safety of the citizens, and then the safety of the people working at the courthouse by ordering an immediate evacuation. Finally, when citizens were safe, he followed up to ensure the safety of the property and brought in the Texarkana Police.
It turned out that the container was nothing more than a transport cooler and the incident made the paper as a small article the next day. However, a person only has to look back to 9/11 and wonder "What if it had been more?" What if that small container had been a bomb? Had that container held the contents of a bomb meant to hurt citizens, kill employees of the county, and damage our historic courthouse, then Burgess' actions would not only have saved lives, but would have also saved county property. We could go all day with the "What if's," but thankfully it was an empty container. But does that negate the fact that Judge Burgess acted in the best interest of the people and the county? No, the county benefited from Judge Burgess' training in the Marines, his attentiveness to our county, and his willingness to put himself on the line for the good of the all citizens. This makes Judge Larry Burgess not only a great county judge, but it always makes him a hero for the county. He's the type of man we need to continue to elect, continue to support, and continue to entrust with the well-being of our property, our employees and our citizens.
Sep 12, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
People in Texarkana recognize that Tom listens. The local radio station was present for Tom's visit, as was the newspaper, state representatives, business leaders, party members, and a host of other people. The Cattlemen's was packed with so many people that it would be hard to list them all here. Cotton started the meeting by standing outside the front door in the heat and meeting guest as they arrived. He shook hands, talked about his last visit, and took time to hear what each voter had to say.
Once inside the room, the Cattlemen's banquet room was packed wall-to-wall. Several people sat at tables visiting, others wandered around the room and some found nice little corners where they could watch all the events. If you did not know Tom Cotton, you would not be able to find him in the crowd. He wore a regular shirt, easily moved around the room and most people acted as if Tom had lived his entire life in Texarkana and we were all visiting at a local football game. Tom did not present himself as someone special, nor did the crowd who has been accustomed to seeing so much of Tom view him as someone special. To everyone in the room, Tom was simply our Congressman visiting us in Texarkana.
After a short time, Texarkana Mayor candidate David Haak was introduced and then in turn introduced Tom. Tom spoke briefly about the campaign by stating his goals and desires once he takes over the Senate seat for Arkansas. Finally, instead of the usual pleas for money that most politicians make, the crowd was encouraged to join in singing happy birthday for Tom's wife who turned 37 today.
As people began to leave the gathering slowly, it was apparent that while Tom is our Congressman, and will soon be our Senator, that he is also something different. He is not the politician as usual running around only during the campaign season. Most people were comfortable with Tom because he's here...in fact he's here a lot. A few people may remember a few years ago when Tom came to town during a televised Presidential debate. Tom bought pizza and hosted the event at the local Republican Headquarters. It makes a person wonder how many other Americans can say they watched a Presidential debate with their Congressman? But then again, that's simply Tom Cotton, a Congressman more interested in spending time working for the people and spending time with the people than playing golf during these troubling times when men like Cotton are so desperately needed.
Aug 6, 2014
Republican Cathy Hardin stepped into the race for Miller County Tax Collector after issues came up with the former Miller County Tax Collector. You may remember that Miller County Tax Collector Melissa Barnes was arrested and finally plead guilty to a lessor charge: (LINK). Because Ms. Barnes is a woman, it is certain that Democrats will view this as an attack on women again! Yes, those mean Republicans are out to destroy women. Sorry, the bottom line is Melisa Barnes, a Democrat who has held the office of Miller County Tax Collector is guilty of Abuse of her Office. She plead out of the charge of stealing tax receipts and using county money for her own use. This is not a Republican attack on women because if it was, why would the Republican party be running Cathy Hardin for the office?
Cathy Hardin decided to run when she saw the corruption that had occurred under a Democrat's watch at the Tax Collector's office. She decided to take the bold step to run for office and make a difference for Miller County. Cathy is not a long-standing politician, and in fact she is the opposite of most politicians. She is quiet, soft-spoken, strong, and proud of her family ties to Miller County. When a voter speaks to Cathy, she does not yell at them, but instead forces the conversation to a level that you would reach sitting in a coffee shop with a good friend. She brings the conversation down to Earth, but reminds the voter that she is running for the office of Tax Collector and she is going to make a difference. This stray from typical politics makes Cathy unique. It also makes her something that we all need more of in county offices...it makes her real.
Beyond being a candidate though, Cathy Hardin is something else. Cathy is a woman. She has chosen the Republican Party as her platform not because Republicans hate women, she simply would not be part of a party that hated women, but instead because she chose a party that she believes can make a difference. Already Cathy has been elected as the Miller County Republican State Committeewoman for the Party, an office that could lead to national conventions. She has stepped up at the headquarters, along with her son, and helped prepare for the coming elections. She has attended state and local party meetings and continued to impress people across Arkansas. This soft-spoken lady is quickly growing into one of the major representatives for the state. The voter will do well to consider this Republican woman for the office of Tax Collector because Cathy Hardin is a hard act to follow, and after all, a Democrat woman held it before and we all remember how that turned out right? (Remember this Link?)