Weatherford Democrat


June 29, 2014

NOW HEAR THIS: Trash or treasure?



Since I served in the Navy for the bulk of my most productive years, I often make reference to the people and places I saw during this lengthy journey.  This past week, as I watched my wife Helen “organize” her sewing room and its storage area, I was reminded of an old wing commander under whose leadership I served.  For the life of me, I cannot remember his name, but he was an unforgettable character.  A U.S. Navy captain who went on to be selected for admiral, he was a charismatic and capable leader.  One of his favorite pastimes was to drink beer with a bunch of junior officers at the officer’s club and pontificate to his captive audience.  During one of these “counseling sessions,” I will never forget how he described the task of management.  He explained that you break all the tasks or priorities you are facing into three groups.  Identify those that you have to do, right now.  Next sort out those that you need to do, but can wait until later.  Lastly, choose those that you would like to do, but know perfectly well that it will never happen.  The great leader is defined by his or her ability to determine which pile each task belongs.

In watching Helen clean and organize her sewing materials, I was even a bit shocked by the brutality with which she made some of the choices.  Perhaps it’s her German heritage.  They didn’t refer to the early Germanic tribes as barbarians for nothing.  Along with her “take no prisoners” approach to cleaning out the junk, she was extremely methodical in organizing and storing the survivors.  I’m just not that good.

When it comes to me cleaning out my shop, I’m far too timid.  Although there are many folks worse, I have latent and at times even overt pack-rat tendencies.  You can never tell when you’re going to desperately need some piece of an old lawnmower or some such contraption.  I come by it honestly, and I trained under the best---my Uncle Foy Thomas.  He was a consummate scavenger.  Living in one of the nicest homes on Mockingbird Lane in Weatherford gave him the opportunity to inconspicuously survey his neighbor’s trash to see if anything could be salvaged.  His wife wouldn’t let him keep all his acquired treasures, so he brought them down to the “pore farm.”  He’s been gone almost 20 years, but I’m still tripping over these jewels he liberated from his affluent neighbor’s trash.

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    I was complaining about President Obama making promises that he has not kept, such as taxes will not go up one dime or health care will go down about $2,500 per year for a family of four. He said he would cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. He said he would have an immigration plan in place. What he really meant was that if Congress would allow it, we would have open borders.

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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Concern for your pocketbooks

    Dear Editor: My message today is to Democrats out in Parker County and the middle class and moderate-income Republicans in towns and rural areas. 

    July 27, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Taking care of your tools

    For much of my life I’ve heard the saying, “Take care of your tools, and your tools will take care of you.”  In our modern “throw away world” this has become much less important than it used to be, but down on the “pore farm,” tools still enjoy a prominent position in my daily life.

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  • PASTOR POPHIN: The greatest joy of all: Jesus

    The first part of this week was a joyous one for me. I took 10 youth to Lake Mineral Wells State Park for three days of day camping. Camp Adventure was the name of the camp. We discovered the joy of the One who created us: Jesus. I am sitting at my desk on the day after the camp writing this article. I am overjoyed by the events of the week, and yet I am physically exhausted. The Lord moved powerfully among our youth.

    July 26, 2014

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Now is the time for all good men...

    When man’s greed, desire for riches, power and control of our nation become greater than their love of humanity and our country, by constantly fomenting discord and hate among the citizens, warmongering and constantly talking of wars against other nations - it is putting political ideology before the welfare of citizens and country. It is time for We the People to take a good look at these men involved - no matter their status in our nation, we call the United States of America and decide whether or not they deserve the privilege and sanctuary of our nation.

    July 25, 2014

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: Finding a church

    God commands His people to “keep holy the Sabbath Day.” The “Sabbath Day” was changed by the apostolic church to the first day, Sunday. The church refers to every Sunday as the Lord’s Day. Each Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, a professing Christian will seek to find a local church in which to invest in the kingdom and worship the King! 

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Paul Carter-color.jpg NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: What’s your current address?

    Shortly after we moved to Weatherford 19 years ago, the old post office (today’s Court Building) that was literally bursting at the seams was replaced by a new, larger facility – our present mail center that sometimes seems outgrown as we stand in line to buy stamps or mail a package.  

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Good company, better service

    We would like to thank Devin’s Handyman Service, Gary Boase, David Schramm and James Reed for the wonderful job they did repainting our front fence, front porch, back porch, patio and deck. Everything looks new and makes such a difference in our home.

    July 23, 2014

  • 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.

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