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March 21, 2014

KELLY: What do you think?

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• In the 1850s, Levi (Loeb) Straus went to gold-rich California and took some canvas cloth with him. He saw that the miners needed a sturdy pair of work pants. He had some made from his canvas cloth and they were an immediate success. Cowboys also loved them. His ad ran as follows: “All over the west they wear Levi Straus and Co’s copper riveted overalls.” Today they are pretty much the same design. What do you think?

Walking on water

Capt. Charles W. Oldrieve left Pittsburgh, Pa., on Jan. 1, 1907, and walked on water with his wife beside him in a rowboat. He walked the 1,600 miles to New Orleans in 40 days, arriving on Feb. 10, 1907, and won a bet of $5,000.

Lent

In this Lenten season, it is a good thing to remember that we Christians live to die and die to live.

The Tea Party

The Tea Party members do not have the seeking of power on their agenda. It does want to become a leader in conservatism and preserving the American Constitution. One of its major efforts, as I understand it, is to find and back candidates who are conservative and will govern as the constitution requires; the original constitution of 1787, not some “living constitution” as liberals and some Republicans refer to it.

People and governments today are no different than they were in 1887. The writers of the Constitution foresaw what is happening today in the United States and the world, and wrote it in such a way as to prevent politicians from passing illegal laws. They also provided a way to amend the constitution if the states thought it to be necessary. We really need candidates who, when they become congressman or senators, will abide by the Constitution and vote only for laws that do the same. We all face the loss of our liberties if this is not done. To help keep our liberties is a good agenda. What do you think?

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  • PASTOR POPHIN: The joy of unity in church

    Do you enjoy going to church? I mean, do you really enjoy going to church? No matter how you answer, there are some common reasons — or perhaps we would call them conditions — that would cause all of us to truly enjoy going to church. 

    July 20, 2014

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Don't judge a book...

    Dear Editor: Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when state representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.

    July 20, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: The blessing of memories

    Many years ago, shortly after I retired from the navy, I was sitting around shooting the breeze with my brother David, when he remarked that he regretted never serving in the military and experiencing the things I had seen. Like most of our farmer ancestors, he spent his entire life within five miles of where he grew up. Not unlike our parents, he could also count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he had even been out of the state of Texas and probably have digits to spare.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

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

    Immigration: Wow! Where are all these illegal boys and girls coming from, and why? The “why” is a big question! I’m sure 5-year-olds are not coming for a better life and income. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: Signs and seals

    God gave the church signs and seals. These are called sacraments or holy ordinances. They are both holy and commanded. There are two sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ. They are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These sacraments are often referred to as “secondary doctrine.” They are secondary not because they are unimportant. They are secondary because they are not necessary for salvation. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Response to 'Blame game'

    Dear Editor: It’s not drug cartels telling Central Americans their children won’t be turned away at the border, it is the actions of this administration with its refusal to secure the border and its unilateral rewriting of immigration law. As has been shown, this president and his administration have for some time lied about the security of the border and immigration enforcement.

    July 17, 2014

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Sick and tired

    Do you remember hearing Hillary Clinton screaming, “I am sick and tired of people who say if you debate or disagree with this administration somehow you are not patriotic. We should stand up and say, we are Americans and we have a right to disagree with any administration.” Nancy Pelosi said that the swamp needed to be drained and I agree, but I see she and Senator Reid are still splashing around in the slime.

    July 15, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Paradise Lost

    During this past Fourth of July weekend, I did what I frequently do. I sat in my workshop enjoying a cool breeze, doing absolutely nothing except for trying to stay awake. As I looked to the south toward my shiny aluminum flagpole with Old Glory fluttering in that breeze, I did not feel the great patriotic sense of pride I normally have on this anniversary of the birth of our nation. Instead, I came very close to going out to the pole and lowering our national standard to half-mast to mourn the passing of our once great nation.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Our officials care

    I take serious exception to Mr. Jay Cloward’s letter, “Big city, no care” (7/8/14) in which he states that it almost looks like the city wants to become a for-profit company and Weatherford has “become a city too big to care.”

    July 13, 2014

  • PASTOR POPHIN: Joy in external conflict

    Do you get the sense that Christians today face increasing opposition from our government concerning our faith and practice? Such issues include: 1) Prayer in school and at other public gatherings are being banned and looked down on; 2) the removal of the 10 Commandments from courthouses throughout our country; and 3) the challenges to the words “one nation under God” appearing in our Pledge of Allegiance. Therefore, we are seeing increased conflict between churches and our government.

    July 13, 2014

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