Letter to the Editor

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

-Albert Einstein

For those of you who read Eastland County Today and read @ the Ranger Library…and More! in the March 17 2016 edition, you will know exactly what I am making reference to. For those who don’t, I will briefly explain the reason for this Letter to the Editor.

Mrs. McCullough, a city employee, writes this column and is published each week. From time to time, Mrs. McCullough oversteps her bounds and makes her personal opinions known on issues that are NOT library news. In doing this, Mrs. McCullough’s statements cause the City of Ranger to be at risk for legal liability as she is not authorized to make personal or political statements in a city column.

Mrs. McCullough concluded her article with a paragraph about an issue she had no direct knowledge of. Whoever provided Mrs. McCullough the information she wrote about ‘stirred the pot’ as many would say and pointed fingers. I believe I know EXACTLY who provided that information to Mrs. McCullough.

Mrs. McCullough was careful not to mention a name but referred only to “someone” as “evildoers.” Everyone in Eastland County knows, Mrs. McCullough, who you were referring to. The Ranger Historical Preservation Society is not “evildoers” and we DO NOT “work overtime to destroy…good” and we did not “desecrate” the J.H. McCleskey Well site. For RHPS to “plead the fifth” and to “face justice,” a crime must have been committed. There was no crime committed, no desecration and no evildoing, or at least not on the part of RHPS.

Property removed from the McCleskey Well Site belonged to RHPS. On August 24, 2015, RHPS signed a Rule 11 Settlement Agreement with Ranger College Foundation and I quote from that legal document:

2. The parties agree that all personal property of whatever nature located at or on the McCleskey No. 1 well site, is owned by the Central Texas Historical and Genealogical Preservation, Inc. (Ranger Historical Preservation Society) and may be removed by them at their own expense from the site within one hundred and eight days (180) of the entry of the Rule 11 Agreement. The removal and relocation of Texas Historical Marker number 5133004817 shall be removed and relocated to the adjacent land owned by the Central Texas Historical and Genealogical Preservation, Inc. (Ranger Historical Preservation Society) at their sole cost and expense. The fence, well bore, and medallion, currently situated on the premises shall remain and the original site shall continue to retain its designation as a State Archaeological Landmark, into perpetuity.

This LEGAL DOCUMENT is filed in 91st District Court, signed by the authorized agent for RHPS, Jeane Pruett, and authorized agent for Ranger College Foundation, William Campion. Surely Dr. Campion knew what he was signing when he signed the document on August 24, 2015? Or could he possibly have forgotten in 7 months that he even signed the legal document? A document that LEGALLY gave RHPS the right to remove PERSONAL PROPERTY; equipment, memory bricks and subject marker.

Prior to the signing of the Rule 11 Settlement Agreement, the RHPS Committee decision was to relinquish ownership of the McCleskey Wellsite (land only) to the Ranger College Foundation. The Rule 11 Settlement Agreement guaranteed protection of the McCleskey Wellsite, into perpetuity.

James Farrar, legal owner of the McClesley wellsite, notified RHPS by email of his intent to deed the McCleskey Wellsite to Ranger College Foundation, 3 days prior to deeding the wellsite on August 5, 2013.

There was prior knowledge of a conspiracy, of at least 5 individuals, who acted in concert to take over the McCleskey wellsite. If this had been a business, I am of the opinion, this would have been considered a hostile takeover and there would have most certainly been an actual desecration of the McCleskey Well Site.

It has recently come to my attention that Dr. Campion announced , to the Board of Regents at their meeting on Monday, March 21st, that since the equipment was no longer at the well site, he thought it would be best to just let the site go back to nature. I remind Dr. Campion and the Ranger College Foundation, just in case he has forgotten again, there is an exception to the conveyance: “so long as the herein described premises are used and maintained by Grantee as a historical site, for the benefit of the public, to commemorate the McCleskey No. 1 well…” and providing that should be above stipulations cease, the conveyance would be null and void and the land and premises would revert to the Grantor without any necessity for suit or reentry.”

Also, “The fence, well bore, and medallion, currently situated on the premises shall remain and the original site shall continue to retain its designation as a State Archaeological Landmark, into perpetuity.”

In the Agreed Final Judgment, dated August 25, 2015, Paragraph 3.2 states, “IT IS ORDERED that the parties shall fully comply with the Settlement Agreement.” Ranger College Foundation agreed to accept the deed and site from James Farrar, now Dr. Campion has the audacity to let the site return to nature? Where is Dr. Campion’s great desire of preserving HISTORY now that his plans fell through?

In closing, let me restate one of favorite quotes:

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

-Albert Einstein

I WILL NOT WATCH WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING,
Donna Driskill-Thackerson
Individually-Not on behalf of any entity or organization