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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.

LETTER: Honoring local heroes

A very special ceremony was held at Grayson College recently honoring Texas’ longest serving and still working police officer, in fact Capt. B.F. Wade may be the longest serving still active police officer in the country with over 65 years of service. A very unusual coincidence to this is that two of America’s very dedicated public servants were born in neighboring counties; B.F. Wade was born in Fannin County, and Irving firefighter Capt. Billy Gene Holder was born six years later in Grayson County. He retired in September of 2011 with 56 years of service.

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LETTER: Mowing makes a Texas beauty scarce

We had been south to the Hill Country to view the wildflowers; it’s been a great year for flowers. We decided to view the flowers behind the Denison Dam to finish off our trip. The wildflowers are getting more and more scarce, but there was quite a few bluebonnets and primrose.

LETTER: With great freedom comes great responsibility

The American people are a good and just people of good conscience. Their convictions are not hollow offerings made only for social pretension. We enjoy a standard of living that allows us time to contemplate and enjoy all the cultural niceties and, by law, we cannot be persecuted for worshiping the way we like, but such privilege does come without responsibility. Our salient decadence is bound to elicit deep resentment and jealousy in less prosperous nations. Historically most of the major wars in human history were catalyzed by simple petty emotions. Discontented nations can be easily mobilized to make war on prosperous nations.

LETTER: The problem with the GOP solution

Americans are moochers hoping someday to collect Social Security and use Medicare for health problems. We are lazy and hope to lose our jobs so we can collect food stamps, unemployment and get free Medicaid benefits. Our retirement plan is to end broke so we can live in a nursing home financed primarily from taxpayer money (Medicaid).

LETTER: Legalized discrimination not a Christian ideal

We’ve seen the mess created in Indiana by the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which legalizes discrimination against gay people. Texas is about to do the same thing, and worse. There are four bills pending in the Legislature which would allow anybody in the state, including for-profit businesses, to deny service to people based upon their belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.

LETTER: Front page ads unwelcome

These new front page ads are a new low for the Herald Democrat. They are equivalent to pop-up ads on a computer screen and are just as annoying. I personally make it a point to never, ever patronize a business whose advertising is excessively aggressive.

LETTER: The dangers of open carry

In Afghanistan, people are paranoid of each other because everyone is carrying a gun. It’s the same paradigm that drives nuclear proliferation but at the personal level. Law enforcement understands the lethal consequences of mixing guns and angry people. If they encountered a group of disputatious, legally-armed men, are they to enter this situation with naive optimism or draw their weapon preemptively?