Weatherford Democrat

April 4, 2014

KELLY: What do you think?


Weatherford Democrat

— By WILLIAM J. KELLY



A drug sting dozen

On March 21, this paper published an article about a six-month drug trafficking investigation involving 12 people. On the front page was a photo of the 12 people involved. The use of drugs had made them a sorry-looking bunch. The look in their eyes was particularly disturbing.

It truly enlightens everyone as to what the use of drugs does to the mind and body. Just imagine how many people we will see who looks like these 12 if drugs are legalized in this state and country as many politicians and political types desire.

I think this photo should be greatly enlarged and placed in every school classroom from seventh through 12th grade for students to see every day. A sign above should say “USE DRUGS AND LOOK LIKE THIS.” What do you think?



Newspaper

Awhile back I wrote an article with many reasons why everyone should read a newspaper. Friends say to me, “I just get the news I’m interested in on the Internet electronic copy of the paper.”

That’s all well and good, but there is nothing like sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee or tea, your favorite music in the background, actually holding a newspaper in your hand, turning the pages and your eye catching small interesting articles which you read and learn, or relearn, facts.

An example is “Quanah, Cynthia Ann Parker exhibit open.” I think that’s about the girl captured by the Indians. I read the article, and among other things I learned is that I had forgotten that her son, Quanah Parker, grew up to be the last Comanche Indian chief, and that Cynthia Ann Parker lived with the Comanche Indians for 24 years. I thought, hey, it might be fun to visit that exhibit, I think I will go see it.

Or a glance at the arrests and you may see what happened to an old school classmate. You might see a Q&A article about Arnold Palmer, the great golfer. Being an amateur golfer, it perks your interest immediately, and you recall in your mind the sight of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player walking up to the 18th green to the sound of great applause. Three of the greatest golfers and gentlemen to play the game, a sight that the game of golf will never see again.

You read the article and learn a new fact about the new modern clubs and the old wooden shaft clubs. Arnold played the same nine holes with both the wooden shaft clubs and the modern ones, and the only difference in the score was two strokes; the modern clubs won. I could go on and on, but I think you see my point. What do you think?



Pickles

In the comic strip “Pickles,” Grand Pa used the expression “Holy Cannoli.” In my younger days, that was a common expression used by almost everyone. I had forgotten about the expression until I saw it in “Pickles.” I never really knew anything about its meaning, so I looked it up. Cannoli is an Italian pastry. Italian-American men when surprised, disgusted or amazed by something would say “Holy Cannoli” in place of a bad word.

Now you have learned something you really needed to know. What do you think?



For the ladies

• Queen Victoria was married in 1840 to Albert. The queen selected an all-white wedding dress. The women liked the white wedding gown and eventually white was the preferred color choice by women all over the world.

• The world’s most expensive wedding cake cost $52.7 million dollars. It was decorated with 4,000 diamonds. Would you take an inside cut or an outside cut? Ma’am, I’ll take a large outside cut!

• Two thousand couples get engaged every year in Disneyland.

• Women looking for a husband should not expect a date with a currently married optometrist. Just 4 percent of optometrists get a divorce.

• Thirty-seven percent of women are surprised by a marriage proposal. I would have to say that that 37 percent were negative thinkers, or at best, not the optimistic type.

Ladies, what do you think?

(Source: Mental Floss)



Whooping crane

In trying to save the whooping crane from extinction, scientists have learned that the sexual preference of the newly-hatched whooping crane was the first person he or she saw when the eyes opened. If a male hatchling saw a male, that would be its preference. Perhaps the idea of having the husband in the hospital delivery room is not such a good idea after all. What do you think?



Elephants

In 2013, 35,000 African elephants were killed for their ivory tusks. This happened because the demand for ivory in the world is so high, poachers will not obey the laws concerning the number of elephants to be killed.



Russia

It appears that Putin is misjudging the world as Hitler did when he began taking over real estate that did not belong to him. The first step is easy because the world has wanted to believe that the lies being told are the truth. The Russian people had their chance for freedom, but voted against it by voting for people like Putin to govern them.

The USA cannot get involved in any more land wars; the European nations need to finally learn that they must take care of their own continent. Anyway, most of them don’t like us unless they are about to lose their sovereignty. It’s about time they learn who their real friend is and act accordingly. As an ex-Air Force officer, I am firmly against troop involvement in this Crimean affair. What do you think?



William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.