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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: Looking for just 10 good men among the refugees

Our “Christian” leaders have our values backward. The good Samaritan did not check the background of the stranger in need before he took him home. He did what many of us do today — evaluated the downsides and found them low enough to risk his most valued possessions — his family and household. The good he balanced against the risk was the good in heeding the directions of God to do what is right in the world.

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LETTER: Tax cuts aren’t the answer

Nobody enjoys paying taxes. But we all appreciate having first responders to call when a fire or a burglary upsets our lives. We all want good schools that prepare our children to be happy, successful adults. We all like driving on well-maintained roads that don’t shake our autos to bits with potholes. It’s our taxes that pay for all these services.

LETTER: Meat industry is scary

I was never scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering around on Halloween. What really used to scare me was the meat industry. This is the industry that mutilates, cages, and butchers billions of cows, pigs, and other feeling animals, that exposes thousands of undocumented workers to crippling workplace injuries at slave wages, that exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale prices, then jails those who document its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws.