Weatherford Democrat

Viewpoints

December 29, 2013

NOW HEAR THIS: Soaring with the eagles

By LARRY M. JONES

The eagle, of which there are dozens of species throughout the world, is probably the most majestic and revered of all our avian creatures. Although not always our friend, the eagle is predominantly viewed as a symbol of strength and power – the master of its world. As such, it has been used as a national symbol by many countries on their coats of arms or flags throughout recorded history.

The fledgling United States adopted the bald eagle as our national symbol, despite the objections of Benjamin Franklin. He referred to the eagle as being of bad moral character, lazy and cowardly that will flee from smaller birds. He preferred the turkey, a grand indigenous American bird, who “would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.”

Obviously, others did not share Ben’s opinion.

Comparing eagles and turkeys, I am reminded of the old saying I have heard, particularly while flying in the Navy, “It’s hard to soar with the eagles, when you work with a bunch of turkeys.”  

In the aviation world over the past century, the term eagle has become synonymous with flying, aviators and aircraft. Many things are named after the great bird. Perhaps, the most famous reference to the eagle was originally used by Neil Armstrong when the first manmade craft (the “Eagle”) landed on the moon.  He announced, “Houston, the Eagle has landed.”

I was reminded of the great bald eagle last week as I watched the local news. A gentleman from Rowlett investigated his barking dogs in his back yard, and discovered an injured and malnourished male bald eagle on the ground, unable to fly. A lady from the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, along with a game warden, came and captured the bird and has begun treatment. The beautiful mature male eagle had a badly infected eye, which made it next to impossible to hunt and capture prey. Its keen eyesight is paramount to its hunting ability. They plan to release the bird to the wild upon rehabilitation, probably in the vicinity of Lake Ray Roberts.

Text Only
Viewpoints
  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg HAMILTON: Government as innovator? You bet!

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Showing respect

    My sister Robbie Benton’s funeral was Friday afternoon at White’s Funeral Home. The gravesite was outside of Mineral Wells. The respect shown by the good folks of Parker County and the surrounding area was overwhelming.

    April 17, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Going on a wild goose chase

    In recent years I’ve written quite a bit about the introduction and negative consequences of non-native or invasive species. Fire ants, killer bees, English sparrows, Asian carp, feral hogs and others too numerous to list have forever changed our local ecosystem.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: TV offers

    Have you seen those TV offers where they give a price for one product and then offer a second like items for-free? All you have to do is pay a separate shipping and handling charge for the “free” items.

    April 13, 2014

  • John Paul Carter-color.jpg NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: What’s in a name?

    Names are important. When my son, Rush, (who’s named after my father) and his wife, Vanessa, were expecting their third daughter, I gave up on having a male namesake and suggested, in jest, they call her “Johnnie Pauline.”

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: The Christian and the government

    The church in the Old Testament lived under a theocracy. That is, both the church and state were one. God anointed kings. Civil laws and religious laws were one and the same.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Getting in the chicken business

    Anyone who is my age or older has heard the famous quote, “A chicken in every pot.” It is normally attributed to Herbert Hoover during his 1928 presidential bid.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIEWPOINT: Obsessed with sports

    I remember reading a synopsis of the five reasons for the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon in which he listed the Romans’ obsession with sports at the coliseum as a cause of the fall of the empire.

    April 6, 2014

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    On March 21, this paper published an article about a six-month drug trafficking investigation involving 12 people. On the front page was a photo of the 12 people involved. The use of drugs had made them a sorry-looking bunch. The look in their eyes was particularly disturbing.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg Time to fix government

    In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video