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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: Veterans of all wars deserve to be honored

The recent defacing of the Confederate Heroes Memorial on the Grayson County square is a slap in the face to all veterans who have ever served their country and especially those who served during the Civil War. The people who did this should be considered “racists” themselves since they are discriminating against brave men and women who fought a war not about slavery but about big business — “king cotton.”

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LETTER: A questions about SCOTUS’ ‘sinful’ ruling

I must first quality myself for asking these questions and giving my opinions base on the following: the Bible; I am a Christian; an average, voting American; a typical Texas; and a totally disabled Vietnam veteran. Like other veterans we fought for freedoms of many types for our great nation with the exception of some freedoms that our current government has bestowed on us lately.

LETTER: County clerks should ignore Paxton’s terrible advice

Religious liberty is a fundamental right of all Americans, but the first duty of Texas state officials is to uphold the law. By telling county clerks, judges, and justices of the peace that they can opt out of their own sworn duties, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attonery General Ken Paxton are encouraging them to break the law. This will have disastrous consequences for Texas’ reputation as well as for Texas taxpayers, who will have to foot the bill for the civil rights lawsuits these officials will inevitably lose.

LETTER: Open carry and terrorism

I just heard some newsmen talking about the object of terrorism. They said it is to make people afraid — to make them afraid to go out in public, to go to the movies, to go out to eat, to shop. Well, if this is the case, then this new law regarding guns — the right to wear guns out in the open — is an act of terrorism.

LETTER: ‘Bower has finally met justice’

Lester Leroy Bower has finally met justice. To put his time on death row in perspective, I was a young patrolman with the Sherman Police Department when he shot down four of our friends and neighbors. Every police officer and sheriff’s deputy in the area showed up at the hanger to assist in the crime scene search. This was the biggest crime any of us saw during the five years I was in Sherman.

LETTER: Drought of jobs worse than drought of water

Water, food, and shelter are necessities of life, but for today’s societies where over half the people in the world live in cities, you need money to get them, and money comes from jobs. Jobs can make the difference between living in a cardboard shanty town eating from a garbage heap and middle class. Jobs can be the difference between a calm community and a fearful, desperate one, or a country with a future and one in crisis. Jobs are a necessity for the modern world.

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.