Competence over ancestry is best
During the Sept. 12 Republican presidential debate, Governor Perry was sharply criticized for his support for the in-state college tuition rates charged the children of illegal workers that have been longtime residence of Texas and are graduates of Texas high schools. He was called un-American, unconstitutional and a panderer to the Hispanic vote.
Sons and daughters of encouragement
One afternoon last year, when we were in North Carolina visiting our friends, Ann and Robert, we toured the Billy Graham Museum in Charlotte. The impressive exhibits not only chronicled the life and achievements of the world famous evangelist, but also the lives of the other members of his team.
Health care bill a waste
When we get everybody covered by health insurance, cost of health care will be marvelous. Health care costs will go down because everybody will be sharing in the burden. Government can force you to buy health insurance. The argument is made that liability insurance is mandatory if you drive an automobile.
Don’t lose this thought
Last night during an event, I forgot a donor’s name and used some sleight-of-hand movements to sneak a peek at his name tag. I called my forgetfulness stress-related.
What are words worth?
In life’s literary waters, words are endangered, and half of the world’s languages are circling the drain. Caught up in digital overload, we are victims in the rush that favors speed over accuracy, as well as ever-shortening messages.
Missing link discovered
There is talk about further study of man made global warming to determine if that was what caused hurricane Irene to sweep up the East Coast. Before Al Gore invented the Internet and discovered man made global warming, there were hurricanes doing what Irene did, and some a lot worse: the great hurricane that struck in 1938, hurricanes Carol and Edna in 1954. If you listen to the global warming crowd, you would think Irene was the first one to ever go all the way up the coast into Canada.
9/11 and Sept. 11 have two different meanings for me
On 9/11/2001, I remember sitting at a local breakfast joint and watching the first tower get hit while watching the morning news on the TV screen above the booths against the wall. At first I thought, “Damn, someone really screwed up.”
Raising the value of education
Most of us believe education is a priority. Legislators echo education as the highest priority. However, in the world of politics, advocacy for education is found with an asterisk — political party interest sometimes comes first.
Eighty eight feet per second
It never ceases to amaze me that folks seldom think for themselves. It reminds me of a safety meeting that I attended many years ago when I worked for the highway department. The DPS officer told the story of presenting the program to some older people. He asked the question, would you ride with me traveling at the rate of 88 feet per second, and all said they would not be comfortable traveling at that speed. He then asked, would you ride at 60 miles per hour, and all agreed that was fine.
Pulling for the pink
Unless entries in Ruidoso Downs’ annual All American Futurity have names honoring God, country, motherhood or apple pie, look for A Lot of Love for Robyn to be the sentimental favorite.
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