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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: 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.

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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?

LETTER: The stoned-rabbit problem

In Utah, the Drug Enforcement Administration is worried about pot-eating rabbits being stoned. Everybody knows pot makes sex more exciting and food more tasty. But the rabbits can only eat the sprouts at the stage at which they have no THC (the primary hallucinatory chemical in marijuana), only leafy, watery buds.

LETTER: Why so popular?

What has football player Michael Sam done to get on “Dancing With The Stars”? What did he do to grace the covers of Sports Illustrated, Out and GQ magazines? What did he do to win The Arthur Ashe Courage Award last year?