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U.S. House of Representatives, 36th C.D. race

To the Editor,

My name is Phyllis Creagh and I am the mother of Pat Kasprzak, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 36th Congressional District which includes the communities of Crosby and Highlands. My daughter and her husband, Dan have lived in Crosby for the past 33 years. My son-in-law, Dan is currently the President of the Crosby School Board and the Kasprzak family has been active in many facets of this community for over 3 decades. I was quite astonished and upset when I read your description of my daughter, Pat, in your 1/30/14 article about the upcoming primary election for this open seat as “Some Dude Kasprzak”. I consider such a remark about my daughter to be highly offensive and irresponsible. To think that our hometown newspaper would go out of its way to misinform the public about a long term resident of Crosby who is a congressional candidate with impressive experience as a high school teacher, attorney, and corporate banker is inexcusable.

As a member of the local press, you owe it to our community to report information about the upcoming Republican Primary in a fair and accurate manner. Your insensitive reference to my daughter as “Some Dude” indicates your dismissive attitude towards her as the only female candidate in a field of 12 seeking to be the next Republican nominee for Congress. Perhaps your readers would be interested to know that Texas has 36 members in the House of Representatives (second highest number in the nation) and currently only 3 are women. As women represent 49% of the population of the 36th district, it is time we send another woman to Washington, DC from the great state of Texas.

I am so proud of my daughter, Pat, for entering this race. I know her decision to run was not made easily because of the enormous amount of time, energy and financial resources it takes to compete at this level. However, Pat and her family are willing to do what it takes and only ask in return that your paper provide fair, honest and reliable information to the voters of our community who have an important decision to make at the Republican Primary on March 4.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Phyllis Creagh

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Star-Courier did not comment on the character of Ms. Kasprzak. We reported on the remarks made by the Ron Paul Forums on all 12 candidates for District 36, in an effort to provide some background information from a conservative source for the benefit of our readers. These views do not necessarily represent the views of this newspaper or its editors. As shown by publishing this letter, we welcome diverse opinions and will publish them when appropriate.

Thank you to witnesses of helicopter accident

Dear Editor,

Readers of the Highlands Star – Crosby Courier may remember a helicopter accident that occurred on the afternoon of September 10, 2012, near Crosby. A Robinson R-22 crashed near a pipeyard off Miller Road No. 2 and ten burst into flames. The accident killed the pilot, Christopher (“Chris”) Yeager, and his passenger, Joyce Ates.

The family of Chris Yeager would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of the witnesses who stopped, approached the burning helicopter, and tried to rescue the occupants. We want each of you to know that we appreciate your amazing courage and your kindness.

Although Chris and Joyce did not survive, we realize that you did your best trying to save them, even at the risk of your own lives. Your efforts will never be forgotten.

We would also like to thank everyone who called emergency personnel, assisted at the scene of the accident, provided information to investigators, prayed for these loved ones, or tried to help in any other way. God bless each and every one of you. We will forever keep you in our hearts and prayers.

Joseph and Paula Yeager

Lubbock, TX

To the editor & the public

As Commander of Crosby American Legion Post 658 and the membership, we wish to express our sincere thanks to our community. The first Eastside Veterans Celebration event was a very rewarding two days.

The Crosby-Huffman Chamber, local churches, Crosby Fair Assocation, Scout Packs, CISD ROTC, all BBQ cooking teams, parade participants, and many unnamed individuals all joined together for this successful undertaking.

It has made us so proud.

Bob L. Boyles

Appreciation for CISD

I want to personally thank and congratulate the 6 folks that ran for the Crosby Independent School Board. David Shaver, David Porter, Dr. James Hofmann, Gerald Blakenship, Carla Mills Winfont and Will Locke.

All of these citizens were volunteering their valuable time and resources to try and make this a better place to live and raise our children. I know 5 of the 6 folks and I honestly believe we could not have elected a bad one. This is a difficult job that has no paycheck at all. We owe the current, past and future school boards a debt of thanks.

Every citizen should get to know these folks. We should thank them every time we see them for trying to make this a better place to live for you, your children and grandchildren.

Mike Godsey with Godsey Insurance

To the electorate of CISD

Having served four elected terms, it has been my honor to serve the Crosby ISD since 1980. I want to thank all of you who supported me over the years as I tried my best to represent you and be a good steward of your taxpayers’ monies. I also want to thank all of the administrators, teachers, and school employees who work hard every day to educate our students for the future. I especially want to thank Dr. Keith Moore, who has and will continue to make great strides at raising the standards at Crosby ISD because he knows our students deserve it. It is with great pride that I can say that I was a part of a team who hired him.

I wish Dr. Hofmann the best as he starts his term as your new Crosby ISD trustee.

Sincerely,

Gerald Blankenship

In support of school board candidate

To the residents of Crosby School District,

November 6, 2012, is election day for everything, from President of the United States to your local school board members.

Whomever you choose to vote for is your choice. But I would like to encourage residents of District 7 of the Crosby School District to vote for James Hofmann. He is a very concerned parent who has 3 children in our school system. His fourth graduated last spring from CHS and now attends Texas A&M. His wife is one of our fourth grade teachers. So you see how his interest is in making sure our students have a great aducation.

I also feel that board members who have children attending school make the best trustees.

Sincerely,

Annie Michalsky

Crosby

Sampson Lodge thanks those who supported the Shriner’s Hospitals

To the Citizens of Highlands and Crosby,

We would like to convey the appreciation from the Sampson Masonic Lodge to the Citizens of Highlands and Crosby, for their recent donations to the Shriner’s Hospitals when we collected funds from drivers.

All of these funds go to help support the Shriners Children’s Hospitals in Galveston and Houston.

On Yellow Apron Day, October 6th, we collected $3100 in Highlands and on October 10th we collected $2100 in Crosby.

Again, thank you to all who contributed to the support of these charitable hospitals.

Sincerely,

Maurice Robbins

Sampson Lodge, Highlands

Former Constable dies at 82

EAST HARRIS COUNTY— A Harris County Constable who served for this area for close to 30 years passed away last week.
James L. Douglas, 82, of Old River-Winfree was born Jan. 15, 1928 in Quitman, TX and passed away Nov. 10, at home.
He was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of the Goose Crook Masonic Lodge #1192 and the Baytown Shrine Club.
He began his career in law enforcement in 1952 with the Texas Liquor Control Board and retired in 2000 after serving 28 years as Harris County Precinct #3 Constable.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rabon and Eula Douglas; sister, Johnnie Bullock; and niece, Judy Jones. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Opal Douglas and daughter, Sheryl Fisher, both of Old River-Winfree and grandsons, Cody and Dylan Fisher, both of Beach City.
Funeral services with Masonic Rites was on Nov. 13, at Navarre Funeral Home with Chaplain Kevin Taylor officiating. Burial followed at White Cemetery in Highlands.
Serving as pallbearers were Harris County Deputy Constables.
Arrangements were under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.

Former Crosby State Bank officer dies at 66

CROSBY– Jack Sheffield, who worked in the banking industry for nearly 40 years, passed away Nov. 1 at the age of 66.
Sheffield began his career at American National Bank in Beaumont. He later worked for Lone Star Bank in North Shore, which later became Sterling Bank, where he served as vice president of commercial lending.
He ended his banking career at Crosby State Bank.

James Edward “Jack” Sheffield, 66, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Nov. 1. He was a resident of Mont Belvieu.
Jack was born in Beaumont July 6, 1944 to James and Louise Sheffield. Following his father’s death in 1966 his mother married L.C. Horn, who became a surrogate father to him, his brother and grandfather to his and his brother’s children.
A graduate of Beaumont High School and Lamar University, Jack began his banking career in 1969 at American National Bank in Beaumont.
Over the course of his nearly 40 years in the banking business, he served at First National-Houston, Lone Star Bank and later Sterling Bank of North Shore, and Crosby State Bank.
Among his interest were his membership in the Marine Reserves, the Optimist Club, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the National Rifle Association. Later in life he trained to be an EMT.
He was a staunch conservative and part of the TEA Party movement.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepparents.
He is survived by his wife Linda Sheffield, daughter Michelle Pustejovsky and husband Clint and grandchildren Charles and Rebecca Pustejovsky; son Jason Sheffield and wife Summer and grandchildren Trevor Turnbough and Bryce and Hayden Sheffield; brother Robert and wife Kathy, beloved nephews Robert and James Sheffield and beloved niece Elizabeth Wenner.
Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Houston. A private interment followed in Beaumont.