Special Roos need support
There are a group of students in the Weatherford Independent School District called The Weatherford Special Roos. The Special Roos are composed of students in the Special Education Program that, because of both physical and mental handicaps, are unable to compete in the regular sports programs of the WISD. They get no monetary support from the school system, and practice on their own time after school. Parents have to furnish transportation to and from practice and sports events. There are students in the Special Education system that would like to participate and cannot because both parents work, and because of the cost of transportation cannot attend practice after school.
The Weatherford Special Roos is the Weatherford Delegation of the Special Olympics Texas and compete in regional competition. Last year, they competed in the State Olympics at Austin, and will attend again this year. The bowling team has been invited to the National Special Olympics in Reno, Nev. These kids have done the people of their city and school system proud. They are winners and deserve our support. It is going to cost approximately $15,000 for these students and their coaches and chaperones to attend the Texas Special Olympics and the National Olympics. If anyone cares to make a donation to help these kids, please send a check made out to “Weatherford Special Roos” and mail to: Weatherford special Roos c/o Regina Harris, 105 Pawnee Trail, Weatherford, TX 76087. For more information, call 817-598-8068.
My grandson is a Weatherford Special Roo, and is in high school this year. He is a big, strapping kid, has Down Syndrome and mentally is somewhere between 3 and 5 years of age. But, he knows one thing for sure, and that is he is a “Kangaroo.” He received a Kangaroo cap for his birthday and takes it off only when he goes to bed. He is on the bowling team, and I attended their practice last week in Fort Worth, as there is no alley in Weatherford. It is unbelievable how excited these kids can get, even if they knock down only one pin. These kids have varying disabilities, some appear normal, and some are barely mobile, but all have one thing in common, and that is the desire to compete. Please help, they need and will appreciate it.
Special Roos need support
NOW HEAR THIS: The fox and the hound, plus Max
Almost without exception, most farms are protected to some degree by guard animals. Dogs and cats are most commonly used to defend against intruders and nuisance pests around the farmstead. In recent years with the proliferation of coyotes, many folks are using guard donkeys or llamas to protect their livestock.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Laws can’t be ignored
Senator Harry Reid said, “We just can’t let people ignore the law.”
KELLY: What do you think?
Not much is known about this Joseph’s life. The one thing I know for sure is that he was a very brave man.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
- More Viewpoints Headlines
- NOW HEAR THIS: The fox and the hound, plus Max