It was a big, important, monumental — finding the right word to describe the significance of Friday’s dedication of the new Denison High School, along with an almost new Munson Stadium, is a tough thing. Still, it’s something the people of Denison seem to understand, judging by the hundreds who attended a wet dedication ceremony.
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It’s Labor Day Weekend across this great nation, which means a three-day weekend of barbecues, trips to the lake, and, of course, the temporary suspension of the Fourth Amendment. It’s one of those rare occasions when we can reconnect with old friends, provide the kids with some life-long memories, and be subjected to search and seizure methods on par with a third-world country.
This November, Texas voters will elect someone new to most of the state-wide offices: the Office of the Governor; Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Agriculture Commissioner, Land Commissioner, and Railroad Commissioner. Over the next several weeks, I will talk about the duties and powers of each office, and how the office effects the lives of Texans.
Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.
One thing I like about scientists is their willingness to change their minds, even to the point of contradicting what they had previously spoken as truth. In contrast, politicians rarely admit to error, always insisting that anything they did was not only lawful but morally right. Consider for a moment the Neanderthal.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks — and even then, I imagine the icy images would have found their way under your slab — you’ve likely heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” If you haven’t — maybe you’re an Unfrozen Cave Man Lawyer , I’m not here to judge — it’s a bunch of people ostensibly trying to bring attention to Lou Gehrig’s disease by dumping freezing water over their heads. For all its faults, at least that step in logic makes sense.
Besides learning diaphragmatic singing in the Kate Wakefield Elementary choir, writing a check and memorizing my social security number in Dillingham Middle School, learning the checks and balances of government in my senior civics class, my most important class lesson was in Mrs. Helena Fair’s Health Occupation Students of America-HOSA. During the 1977-1978 school year, Mrs. Fair, unannounced, brought in a guest speaker to talk to our class of 20 girls. She was a nurse employed by the Grayson County Health Department and the subject was birth control and contraceptives.
Aug. 22, 1944, during WWII, was surely the longest day of my life, despite the fact that I was only 19 at the time. On that day my plane was shot down over Yugoslavia on a bombing raid, and it was the prelude to almost nine months of harsh imprisonment as a POW in Germany.