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September 27, 2013

KELLY: What do you think, part XIII

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

Dog shoots owner

A dog evidently knocked over a loaded shotgun that had been set to lean against something. The result was the owner being shot by the ensuing blast from his own gun when it was dislodged from its resting place by his dog.

Not being a hunter, I know little about shotguns, but I have heard of many men being shot by their own gun when it fell to the ground and discharged. My friend’s uncle was hunting and placed his shotgun against a barbed wire fence while he climbed through it. While doing so he dislodged the shotgun and when it hit the ground it discharged and shot off his left arm. He was 17 years old at the time.

In the past few weeks a young high school student football player was killed by an accidental shotgun discharge. The state may already do this, but if not, I think a pamphlet reminding the applicant of the proper ways to safely handle their gun should be issued with their hunting license. What do you think?

Three million-mile car

The Aug. 23rd Parade magazine edition reported that a Mr. Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800 would probably have traveled 3 million miles sometime in September. I remember when most new car buyers traded their car in for a new one when their car had 40,000 miles on the speedometer. My dad traded his 1935 Chevy in for a 1936 model for just $50 more than a new set of tires would have cost him.

Irv made the Guinness Book of World Records in 1998 when his Volvo had 1.6 million miles on it. Irv said to follow the little book in the glove box with your car’s maintenance schedule instructions. For more on this, visit 3millionreasons.com/irv. That little book of instructions is like the Bible, some of us read it and some of us do not. We should all read the manual to learn how to take care of our car. What do you think?

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    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.

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    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.  

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  • 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.

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