About: Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut, died on Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82. This man, along with his co-pilot Buzz Aldrin, is a real American hero. I, along with millions of people worldwide, watched the first moon landing. The quiet calmness of Armstrong’s voice, his spacecraft running out of fuel as he searched for a suitable landing area, was just amazing. This feat enabled the U.S. to win the race with Russia to put a man on the moon. The date was July 20, 1969. A little later, in his spacesuit, Neil climbed down from the landing craft, and as he stepped onto the surface of the moon he spoke those famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I think a statue should be commissioned depicting that event because it is still man’s greatest exploration ever in manned spaced flight. We should all salute these three great men who fearlessly flew into the unknown and came home heroes to the entire world. What do you think?
About: Fairness Fort Worth
I saw the article titled “Fairness Fort Worth” by Marty Sabata in the Aug. 26 Star-Telegram. I thought what is this, so I read the piece. I learned that Fairness Fort Worth is an “advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the community.” Perhaps you, like me, had no knowledge of this group. Attorney Jon Nelson has been elected president of the group. These people should not be mistreated or denied their civil rights, but I still condemn their way of life. What do you think?
The Associated Press article in the Star-Telegram of Aug. 27 says in the headline “Doctors tout benefit of circumcision.” At the end of the article, which was a discussion about why medical insurance should pay for circumcision, it says “the procedure costs between $200 and $600.” Wow! My four boys were all circumcised and the total cost was $40. The cost would and should be higher now, but I can understand why medical insurance companies do not pay for it. What do you think?
About: Border fences
Border fences remind me of that old song “Don’t fence me in.” Building border fences reminds me of the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall separating Berlin in two parts — east and west. Both walls require constant surveillance and that means costly manpower will be needed. I believe a modern fence with all the bells and whistles is much too costly for its limited benefits. Less costly methods should be developed by immigration officials. What do you think?
About: Church and state
This topic is very confrontational. I cannot fathom the many different interpretations that I read about. So few words to write big, thick books about! The forces of evil are working diligently to eliminate religious freedom of we the people, which is guaranteed in our great Constitution. We now have legal firms such as the Alliance for Freedom fighting the many unwarranted lawsuits filed by the ACLU all the way to the Supreme Court and winning more than 70 percent of the cases. My personal interpretation, though not a legal one, is that it very simply means that no government entity, whether local, state or federal shall establish a state religion for our citizens. What do you think?
About: Neil Armstrong
NOW HEAR THIS: Put a muffler on it
I suppose I live a somewhat pampered life down on the “pore farm” – far away from the noise, traffic and hustle and bustle of urban life. For me it is a wonderful thing and a blessing to savor.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks to all who help
Thanks to all the nice people who stop to help me with things I can’t do, as sometimes I need three hands because I always have a cane in one of them.
KELLY: What do you think?
This is a word we hear a lot these days in political discussion. I thought I would look up the definition of compromise in the Oxford.
TISCIONE: The love of God
John 3:16 is now the second most-frequently quoted verse of the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republican propaganda v. Democrat lies
Some folks prefer lies above all else. On Feb. 23, 2009, President Obama said, “I’m pledging today to cut the deficit that we inherited in half by the end of my first term.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Live by the Blue Belles creed
On Jan. 17, there was an article published in the Dallas Morning News that attacked one of the premier organizations in Parker County. The Weatherford Democrat published a similar article on Feb. 5, with a follow up article on Feb. 27.
NOW HEAR THIS: Celebrating our independence
Many of you reading today’s paper will not remember that today is the anniversary of one of boldest steps ever taken by the people of Texas – declaring our independence from Mexico under the centralist military dictatorial rule of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Special Roos make Weatherford proud
The Weatherford Special Roos, composed of special education students, and an equal number of students with no handicap problems, competed in the National Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Reno, Nev., this past week.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Barnwell, Johnson receive writers' support
I applaud Parker County Treasurer Jenny Barnwell for her efforts to increase the county’s revenue, as evidenced by her recent proposal to commissioners’ court.
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: Living words upon our hearts
As the primary elections approach, I feel like I’m awash in endless, irrational political rhetoric and have turned a deaf-ear to it all. In contrast, as I celebrated Presidents’ Day last week, the poetry of Emily Dickinson reminded me of the staying power of our nation’s most important words:
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