First, a thought experiment: Imagine the one person to whom you’re closest is in danger. Mortal danger. Someone, somewhere is threatening to kill them. And you have that person’s accomplice literally in your hands.
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The holiday season is well underway. Cities in Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties have decorated their streets and are hosting Christmas events such as parades and holiday concerts. Likewise, at the Capitol in Austin preparations for the holiday season have begun. The Capitol halls are adorned with decorations, and several traditional Christmas trees, including one in the House Chamber, welcome visitors to the Capitol. Throughout the holiday season, school children come to sing and perform under the Capitol dome. This year, the 19-foot Virginia Pine in the House Chamber was supplied by Elves Farm in Denison. Elves Farm also supplied the House Chamber’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 Christmas trees.
Do you believe in angels? I do. I have always felt that I had one waiting here for me when I was born. There always seems to be an ethereal atmosphere surrounding me even today, when I mention her name. I always called her Sister Myrle, as did our siblings that came after me.
Corporate taxes in the United States are frequently in the news, as they’re a favorite subject of both the left and the right. Republicans unsurprisingly want them lowered, as America has the highest such tax rate in the world, among developed countries. Democrats, on the other hand, like to single out specific industries for either having to pay too much — e.g wind and solar farms — or benefiting from “unfair tax breaks,” which usually track closely with a company’s proximity to an oil well.
Long-time readers of this column will recall that I have a fondness for unusual words and their history. When I run across interesting ones, I save them up and occasionally write a column on the subject. As a teenager I liked to read noted conservative writer William H. Buckley, who managed to employ at least one unfamiliar term in each of his newspaper columns. Even when he was “bloviating” (using highfalutin’ words), I found him entertaining.
Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama announced the good news that our combat role in Afghanistan — the longest war in U.S. history — would finally end by New Year’s Day.
An annual tradition at the capitol is the unveiling of the capitol ornament. The 2014 ornament was just recently unveiled and features the blue oculus windows which can been seen near the north wing of the Capitol. The ornament is finished in 24k gold.
I love winter and I especially love Christmas, but I never seem to be ready for it. I’m never ready for it financially, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. It’s draining on the pocket book because I have 4 little girls. It’s draining physically and emotionally because in a one month period I spend more time than I do all year with my parents and my in‐laws (I’m praying they don’t read this). Spiritually, I often find, that between the busyness of my personal life and the church picking up speed during the holidays that I’m left wondering if I have done all I can do to prepare my heart for Christmas.
Writing about rape, as a man, is a fool’s errand, but it’s one I feel compelled to undertake. Men are imprisoned for rape at a 99-1 ratio to women, according the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics. So since men are all-but precluded from suffering the consequences of rape, some people believe they therefore have no ground on which to stand while debating rape-related issues.
While listening to a radio interview with novelist Richard Ford, I was shocked to hear him say that his father made a living selling Faultless starch — in bulk, by the railroad carload. Instantly I recalled seeing boxes of Faultless starch used by my mother when doing laundry. Of course, this product is still on sale in stores, but it now comes in aerosol cans. When I looked it up on Wikipedia, I discovered that the company that makes it was founded in 1886 and remains privately owned, which is a rare thing. Its second flagship product, Bon Ami cleanser, has also been around for more than a century and is still a top seller.