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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: Stronger gun laws — just common sense

The defenders of unfettered access and use of guns constantly claim it’s their constitutional right. Does it matter? We have no constitutional right to drive cars or fly airplanes, but we recognize the necessity of regulations for public safety. Over 70 percent of Americans support stronger gun regulations, but no congressional action comes from politicians who fear retribution at the ballot box by gun extremists. Extremists cheered on by the NRA, an organization that has come to be recognized for their radical opposition to any safety regulations placed on guns.

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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.”

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.