Thank you for Distinguished Alumni honor
What an honor to be selected as a Distinguished Alumni of Weatherford High School! I want to thank everyone who helped make that selection.
I have always been proud to be a graduate of the 1958 Class of WHS. Weatherford has always had high standards and excellent administrators and teachers. It is truly a drawing card for many newcomers to Weatherford.
I grew up in the best of times ... safety for us was not such an issue as it is today. We could ride bikes or walk to friends’ homes and be gone for hours and our parents did not have to worry. Parents kept in touch with one another. If you stepped out of line, you knew your parents would find out one way or another. Christian teachers not only taught us, but loved and cared for us (hugs were essential!) and guided us to ‘higher, better things’ with good family values and work ethics.
Our Class of 1958 is still very close. We keep in touch. We meet monthly at Antonio’s for lunch (the last Saturday of every month — anyone is welcome to join us). We have shared good things, births, illnesses and deaths, together as a family. We set up a scholarship fund to give back to the community in appreciation for what we have received. At first were able to give a $500 scholarship. For each of the past two years we have been able to give three $1,000 scholarships to WHS graduates. You can see why I am very proud to have graduated from WHS. I will always do my best to represent the school well.
Homecoming was a great weekend. The weather was beautiful. I have never seen so many out to view the Homecoming parade. And the luncheon at Chandor Gardens was just perfect. The game was great on Friday night; then ending with the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame presentations on Saturday morning! As our school song says: “There’s a school down in Texas they call the Blue and the White. It’s a school with standards high; it’s a school that stands for right. With a faculty that guides us to higher, better things ... to the students that are loyal ... to Weatherford High we sing.”
Barbara Moore Owens,
Not besmirching veterans — proud to be an American
I want Mr. Williams (“Democrats overlook good of military, views of others,” Viewpoints Nov. 1) to know that I would never ‘besmirch’ our extraordinary military. My husband served in the Army and went to college on an ROTC scholarship. I am so grateful he came out alive and whole. The hardships you endured can never be repaid.
The list was of the 47 percent Mr. Romney said he didn’t care about — they paid no income tax and shouldn’t.
I am not ashamed of my education and becoming a professional woman. I worked at three part-time jobs to pay for my graduate degree. America gave me that opportunity, which is not available to many women in the world. In fact, the young woman who was shot in the in head trying to go to school should give us an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to be an American and the incredible opportunities available for all of us.
Mr. Williams, thank you for your service to our country! Your service has made a difference in all our lives. You deserve the best.
Frankenstorm Sandy is what we eat
Frankenstorm Sandy is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future.
Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use, and our meat consumption.
Yes, meat consumption.
A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat cosumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.
Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals and to refrigerate their carcasses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.
We have the power of reducing the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch “meats,” hotdogs, veggie burgers, soy and nut-based dairy products (including cheese and ice cream), and an ample selection of traditional vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes, and transition tips are available at www.livevegan.org.
Thank you for Distinguished Alumni honor
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