From the time I was a child, my parents, Harold and Oleta Walker of the Sandy community north of Ravenna, always stressed to my brother and me the importance of community, church and civic involvement. In community improvement clubs and councils, at the county fair, on boards of companies and organizations, in societies and clubs, and in church, both our parents taught us, by their example, to participate.
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It’s probably silly, because I’m only 23 years old, but I often find myself feeling nostalgic for time periods I was not around for – I call it “false nostalgia.”
The political world is all atwitter over the decision by the Denver Post, in most years a reliably Democratic newspaper, to endorse Republican Cory Gardner for the Senate seat currently held by Mark Udall.
I have to agree with The Denver Post’s editorial endorsing Cory Gardner, challenger to pro-choice Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, that “obnoxious one-issue campaign(s)” are insulting, particularly when the issue in focus is “reproductive rights.”
In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. On that much, we can agree. The list of things beyond that which can be stipulated is pretty scarce, but in summary: someone at some point decided Columbus should get credit for discovering the Americas. Someone else, in turn, decided that was reason enough to declare a holiday on the anniversary of his “discovery.” And bingo-bongo, bank cashiers have been big fans of Cristoforo Colombo ever since.
On Friday’s opinion page, Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Meg Penrose, and David B. Muhlhausen, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, debated the question: “Has the death penalty become too costly to administer in America?”
For those of you who think the Fed is capable of returning this economy to full recovery, I would like to give you something to think about. In order to induce the banking system to make loans the Fed initiated and has continued a program known as Quantitative Easing introducing massive amounts of money into the economy.
I am concerned that Van Alstyne is accumulating more and more debt, which it will not be able to pay back. Each citizen in our town of around 3,050 now has a per capita burden of over $5,800 — that’s principle and interest combined. That is because the city is borrowing and spending money it does not have.
My wife, Kimberly, has a story she is fond of telling about her little cousin. We often tell it to illustrate what a vibrant — and of course adorable — little girl Kimberly’s cousin, Avari, is.
This November, voters will have an opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment, Proposition 1. This amendment was a joint resolution that was passed during the 2013 legislative session. However, because it changes the Texas Constitution, it needs voter approval before it can take effect. If passed it will direct some of the severance tax from oil and gas production to transportation funding.