Last night we were negotiating the dangerous, poorly planned intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and U.S. Highway 75 South when, from out of nowhere a car whizzed passed and darted in front of us in order to make the turn. If I had not reacted quickly and let off the accelerator we might have collided. It so happened that we were headed for the same restaurant and this car zipped into a parking place two cars down from the place we chose.
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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series regarding climate change.
Editor’s note: A Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman told the Herald Democrat recently, as part of a cost-saving initiative, TxDOT will not be replacing damaged cemetery signs and will be replacing damaged county road signs with smaller signs.
Editor’s note: This letter is regarding another letter to the editor entitled “Was SHS Coach Gary Kinne forced out?” which appeared on this page on Jan. 26.
As I watched Obama’s State of the Union speech I was extremely impressed because it was full of a sense of improvement that has been produced by hard work, diligence, overcoming tremendous obstacles and it reflected such an encouraging and promising vision for America.
The relationship between sports teams and their host cities almost defies explanation. Why should millions of geographically co-located people consider a for-profit business emblematic of their relative worth as a state or city? Mark Cuban doesn’t consider spending money on the Mavericks just so the state will be well represented among its peers. And yet people in North Texas feel like the successes of the Mavs and Cowboys and Rangers and Stars represent some sort of regional validation.
When you want to get the full story, the best thing to do when possible is to go to the people who were there or involved. This was the case Monday when a group of Colbert residents, my age and older, got together for a very interesting history session arranged by Wyota Hannan.
Water is the new oil. Admittedly it’s a bit trite, but it’s fitting. Water is key to growth. It’s something we’ve known locally for a long time and why so many local leaders have worked so hard to secure an abundance of water storage in Lake Texoma.
The success of jail diversion strategies across America is proof that they work for the benefit of offenders, their families, the community and at great savings to taxpayers. But we don’t have to travel far to find that proof. We see it in the successes of the Fannin County Mental Health Court and the Residential Program in Grayson County where six high-utility clients reside. If these six clients were in jail the cost to Grayson County taxpayers would be $231,120 a year. If they were served in a state hospital facility the cost would be $1,134,000 a year to state taxpayers. Compare the cost of serving just six clients in jail or hospital with the total budget of $12 million for ALL of TCC’s Early Childhood Intervention, Intellectual and Disability, and Mental Health Services to many hundreds of clients.
Kudos to Justine Drennan for her column (“Destroying a $30,000 Islamic State pickup truck can cost $500,000, 10/15/14, http://bit.ly/1vDO1sv ) about the enormous cost of destroying ISIS from the air. This is another classic case of “asymmetric warfare” as old as the biblical David’s confrontation of the well-armed Goliath with a simple sling-shot.