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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.

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LETTER: It’s time for a mental health court

The success of jail diversion strategies across America is proof that they work for the benefit of offenders, their families, the community and at great savings to taxpayers. But we don’t have to travel far to find that proof. We see it in the successes of the Fannin County Mental Health Court and the Residential Program in Grayson County where six high-utility clients reside. If these six clients were in jail the cost to Grayson County taxpayers would be $231,120 a year. If they were served in a state hospital facility the cost would be $1,134,000 a year to state taxpayers. Compare the cost of serving just six clients in jail or hospital with the total budget of $12 million for ALL of TCC’s Early Childhood Intervention, Intellectual and Disability, and Mental Health Services to many hundreds of clients.

LETTER: Pentagon should take a lesson from car loan companies

Kudos to Justine Drennan for her column (“Destroying a $30,000 Islamic State pickup truck can cost $500,000, 10/15/14, http://bit.ly/1vDO1sv ) about the enormous cost of destroying ISIS from the air. This is another classic case of “asymmetric warfare” as old as the biblical David’s confrontation of the well-armed Goliath with a simple sling-shot.

Why it’s important for everyone to vote

From the time I was a child, my parents, Harold and Oleta Walker of the Sandy community north of Ravenna, always stressed to my brother and me the importance of community, church and civic involvement. In community improvement clubs and councils, at the county fair, on boards of companies and organizations, in societies and clubs, and in church, both our parents taught us, by their example, to participate.

LETTER: Fed is loosing control of economy

For those of you who think the Fed is capable of returning this economy to full recovery, I would like to give you something to think about. In order to induce the banking system to make loans the Fed initiated and has continued a program known as Quantitative Easing introducing massive amounts of money into the economy.

LETTER: Van Alstyne spending out of control

I am concerned that Van Alstyne is accumulating more and more debt, which it will not be able to pay back. Each citizen in our town of around 3,050 now has a per capita burden of over $5,800 — that’s principal and interest combined. That is because the city is borrowing and spending money it does not have.

LETTER: Political office for sale

I’m pumped. We have elections just around the corner, and I’m hopeful for some meaningful improvement. I am optimistic but much of my enthusiasm is crushed with the idea that my vote doesn’t count as much as it used to because of campaign finance laws.

LETTER: Politics of extremes

Politics is a consistently shifting and vacillating gob of good where well posited positions collapse without warning, where uncertainty is the constant and equivocations are given perfunctorily, where principles are more conceptual than real.

LETTER: It’s time for Congress to act

The U.S. House of Representatives have repeatedly chastised our president for unilateral use of authority. Yet the House refuses to call a vote on the use of military strikes against ISSL? Why are they now telling the President to use his authority? The obvious answer, Nov. 4, Too many in Congress care more about re-election than governing. Voting is riskier than disavowing their oath of office to govern even though avoiding a vote is an unpatriotic and cowardly choice. Especially when our future is endangered by our past.