Weatherford Democrat


July 6, 2012

COLUMN: A potpourri of thoughts

— Weatherford’s meanest man is back with us! Yep, Larry Hagman’s back as J.R. Ewing and he is even meaner and more devious than ever. You have to love his acting as J.R. Ewing. After only a few programs he has you guessing as to what his next devious schemes against family, friends and business associates will be. Don’t miss Weatherford's famous actor as J.R. in the Dallas program.

I’m sure many of you watched the news programs about Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her six decades on the throne of Great Britain. Americans, especially women, seem to be enthralled by the British royalty. I remember attending a royal baptism in the Abbey in 1945, Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth, was 19 at that time. The entire Royal Family was present and it was a special event in my life.

A favorite topic today is the price of a gallon of gasoline. Thankfully, the price is getting lower. I have a few figures taken from the ED Wallace column of July 1. As of Jan. 1, American oil reserves were at 334.6 million barrels, and as of June 1, we had 384.6 million barrels — a 22-year high record. In addition to that, gasoline consumption dropped 0.6 percent. As you can easily see there is really no good reason for the high price of fuel. Are we citizens that easily taken in? Think about it!

I want to congratulate all the Weatherford class of 2012 graduates for a job well done. I wish them all success in their future studies. It is my understanding that these graduates were awarded over $4 million in scholarships. I am proud to say that my grandson Dusty received a four-year Emerald scholarship to the University of North Texas. The family is very proud of his accomplishment.

Immigration is still a problem item for both the state and federal governments. Nothing seems to be done about the various problems caused by lack of enforcement of immigration laws now on the books by the federal government. It is the duty of the federal government to secure the U.S. borders. The federals did not do their job so the southern border states, for their own security and financial problems, took it upon themselves to catch illegal aliens.

Hispanics scream racial profiling because of the possibility of an American-born Hispanic being asked for his identity. I’m sure this could happen but this racial profiling claim is only a smoke screen to protect the catching of those in the country illegally. I ask you, have the lawyers stretched the First Amendment to the point that American citizens cannot protect themselves from anyone or anything?

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    Senator Harry Reid said, “We just can’t let people ignore the law.”

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  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg 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.

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  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg 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.

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  • 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.

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  • larry jones cropped:color 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.

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    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.

    April 13, 2014

  • John Paul Carter-color.jpg 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.”

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  • tiscione, lou.jpg 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.

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  • larry jones cropped:color 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.

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