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Today’s youth not so bad after all

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.

State of the Union left out creator

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 Super Bowl

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.

Memories of growing up in the 1930s

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.

Media spreading misinformation about e-cigarettes

I had read the article that the Herald Democrat re-printed entitled “Complaints of e-cig poisonings on the rise, report says.” It is a shame that the New York Times picked up on this Center for Disease Control and Prevention fear-mongering media report and other papers jumped right on the band wagon including the Herald Democrat. This is just one more example of the government, big pharma and many associations attempting to sway the general public into believing that electronic cigarettes are “BAD.” Please read the article from the American Council on Science and Health: http://bit.ly/1ncPEqI .

Unemployment numbers explained

Musing over April 4’s financial headlines, particularly that economists are mystified by the job market and its relationship to the unemployment rate. I can understand why financial wizards don’t see what is happening, but it is distressing to see that people who have spent eight or more years studying economics are at a loss.

Runoff laws limit voters

Editor’s note: Texas law says a voter who casts a ballot in a primary election can only vote in the same party’s runoff and cannot switch parties between the primary and the runoff. So a voter who voted in the Democratic Primary cannot vote during in runoff election in the Republican Party.

Fond words for Fairview Park

Old, faithful, beautiful Fairview Park, where I played and picnicked with my children, and now my grandchildren — folks in Sherman are blessed to have it. It’s a place where the fresh air of an early morning walk is filled with the sounds of a choir of songbirds, backed up by a cricket quartet; a place bursting with the beauty of God’s creation.

Congress should care about veterans

I want to talk about our veterans. I want to talk about your son or daughter or your grandchild or your nieces or nephews. I want to talk about your friend’s child or the kid that cut your grass. I want to talk about our soldiers who returned from war without an arm or leg or with war trauma or beaten bodies or scarred for life.