About: Andy Williams
The wonderful singer and entertainer Andy Williams died last week at the age of 84. One of the disadvantages of living too long — I’m 92 years young — is that most of your old friends have passed on. That fact also applies to the entertainers of my younger years — Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Elvis, Helen O’Connell, Rosemary Clooney and many other great singers have all gone to their reward. I last saw Andy Williams in 2010 at his Moon River theater in Branson, Mo. The singer, songwriter and pianist Petula Clark was his guest performer. Andy was in great voice and did 80 percent of the show. Of course, he sang his signature song “Moon River” and it was as great as ever. The greatest tribute to Andy Williams and the other performers mentioned above is that the TV media still shows their reruns; their skills unsurpassed. What do you think?
About: The Middle Class
The media insists on playing up the so-called middle class earnings and tax problems. I find it difficult to feel sorry for a class of people earning $50,000 to $200,000 a year who have mismanaged their finances so as to be now broke and homeless, and are now back living with their hard-working, money-saving parents. These parents probably never bought a super expensive home or went on very expensive vacations. They put their money into savings and retirement funds. They are now bailing out their children. Class distinction is a European way of describing people’s status in life. In our country, you do not belong to a certain class, an individual can belong to any status in life that he desires and is willing to work hard to get. I do not think we should divide people into poor, middle class or rich categories. What do you think?
About: The Family
I read in The Daily Reader about the difference in what the writer’s husband considers a family and in what she considered one. Her husband thought it was the nuclear family consisting of a husband, wife and children. She disagreed and said a family was the husband, wife, children, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. The husband was shocked when she invited her family for Sunday dinner. I agree with the writer. What do you think?
About: Election News
News people, both written and broadcasters, have taken over the November election. All that we read in the metro papers, hear on radio and TV or see on the computers is not either candidates’ words but a few excerpts and the author’s opinion. On television news, we see a picture of either candidate talking, as if in a silent movie, and the news anchor talking over him and, of course, ending with his opinion. How can we citizens decide who to vote for when the media does not let us hear exactly what each candidates’ program is about? What do you think?
Christians and Jews who know and practice their religion could not possibly vote for any candidate who favors abortion, gay marriage, interfering with complete religious freedom and also wants the elimination of programs to help reform those people who think they have gay tendencies. Practicing Christians and Jews would have a difficult moral decision to make before voting for a candidate who favors those objectives. What do you think?
About: Andy Williams
KELLY: What do you think, Christmas 2013 version
Christians begin to celebrate the Christmas season with Advent. The word Advent is translated from the old Latin word Adventus, which means the “coming.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is Jesus really God?
Have you ever met a man who is the center of attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious, indefinable characteristic sets him apart from all other men. Well, that’s the way it was two thousand years ago with Jesus the Christ. But it wasn’t merely Jesus’ personality that captivated those who heard him. Those who witnessed his words and life tell us that something about Jesus of Nazareth was different from all other men.
Deal or no deal?
So Congress might pass a budget. Or it may not. Deja vu all over again, Chicken Little. The sky is falling — or it may not.
The rise of liberal self-delusion
The civil war ripping through the Republican Party is familiar by now. But a similar battle inside the Democratic Party is just starting to emerge. Orthodox liberals are trying to mimic the tea party and impose political correctness on moderate apostates.
NOW HEAR THIS: Taking a trip on the Arctic Express
I’m not sure about your place, but the weather last weekend was a real bone chiller down on the “pore farm.” Although I have no statistics on the matter, I felt that this little arctic blast was a bit premature for this time of year in North Texas, arriving at least a month or so early. January and February are a lot more likely to have such brutal cold.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The spirit of Christmas?
What is the real spirit of Christmas? Watching and listening to my TV, I really think it is gone.
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: A necktie for Roy – a Christmas story
When we walked into Roy Parnell’s real estate office on the square in Glen Rose almost 40 years ago, we were looking for a little piece of land on the Brazos River. What we found was something far more valuable than the beautiful property he sold us – a priceless friendship with a truly generous man.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Smoke, er, speak for yourself
Banning public smoking isn’t taking away our freedom, it’s simply taking away the risk of killing others around you.
KELLY: What do you think XVlll
The last time Thanksgiving Day and Hanukkah came at the same time was in 1888. This time it was on Nov. 28, 2013. Get this! The next time this will occur will be 79,043 years from now.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Smoking ban removes a freedom of choice
Some of my friends say there is a town that still allows freedom of choice. Wisdom from others say, “If you see it in the Democrat, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth – is there a still a town that allows freedom of choice?
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