Generally speaking, I think many of the common populist saws about politics are untrue or, at the very least, mostly wrong.
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I grew up in Brinker, Texas, U.S.A., the Hub of the Universe, east of Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County, a community that had more characters per square mile than any other place in the world. Practical jokes abounded, and my dad’s stories of his growing up in Brinker kept us in tears of laughter. It was only after I was grown that I realized he was probably chief among the characters when he was at his prime. This is the story of one of his best pranks.
It has been reported that tens of thousands of students will not graduate from high school this year because of the failure to pass an end-of-course test, including many cases in which a student has completed all other required coursework. A high school diploma makes it much easier for a student to attend college, join the military, and qualify for jobs.
In the book of Acts (in chapters 3 and 4) there is a story about how Peter and John healed a lame beggar at the gate of the temple. He was sitting there, and asked for some spare change from Peter and John. Peter told him, “I don’t have any money, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus – walk!” Now there was no small fuss made when the man actually could get up and walk. The people around began to get excited, a crowd began to form, and this gave Peter the opportunity to preach Christ to the people. Instead of taking the glory for himself, he preached that they had crucified the Messiah, and that God wanted them to repent of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Lord over everyone.
Texas is No. 1 — for the 13th straight year. Recent U.S. Commerce Department figures released for 2014 show the Lone Star State led the nation with goods exports worth $289 billion, up 3.4 percent from 2013, and representing 17.8 percent of all U.S. goods exported. International trade is vital to Texas, directly supporting 3 million jobs. Trade-related jobs grew 1.6 times faster than other employment in the state, and now represent one in every five jobs, according to the Trade Benefits America Coalition. A new bill in Congress would help expand and open markets for Texas products and services to reach the 95 percent of the world’s consumers outside the United States.
Watching the family canine descend into old age is a long, painful odyssey for many pets owners. Standing idly by while Fido licks his arthritic paws — unable to understand why they hurt and ignorant as to the uselessness of the only treatment he knows — can be every bit as frustrating as watching a grandparent struggle with dementia.
For years, a Sherman teacher has adorned her personal workspace with things that are important to her. Of course, there are signs and posters throughout the classroom that are meant to encourage student learning and motivate. Around the teacher’s workspace, which is in the back of the room, you’ll find the files and papers she needs to do her work, drawings and notes from students, and a display of eight crosses she’s personally collected and used to adorn the area where she spends a large percentage of her waking hours.
It was 150 years ago that President Lincoln was shot, on the evening of April 14, 1865, and he died the next morning. Doris Kearns Goodwin, my favorite among the historians who have taught us most of what we know about our presidents, says if she had the chance to sit down with Mr. Lincoln, instead of asking him a question she would say, “Tell me a story.” That reminded me of how much I enjoyed hearing Lincoln stories told by Prof Jones, my mother’s father, a retired schoolteacher.
• Watching a movie with your adult children and it shows full frontal nudity.
In 2009, the legislature passed House Bill 3452, which created the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program. This program is designed to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at colleges. A student must meet specific eligibility criteria in order to receive an initial scholarship award, and must enter into a four-year commitment as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air Force National Guard, or as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.