Weatherford Democrat


September 27, 2013

KELLY: What do you think, part XIII


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 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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    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.

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  • 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.”

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIEWPOINT: Obsessed with sports

    I remember reading a synopsis of the five reasons for the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon in which he listed the Romans’ obsession with sports at the coliseum as a cause of the fall of the empire.

    April 6, 2014

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    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.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg Time to fix government

    In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Review of ‘Noah’

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible.

    April 3, 2014

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: While going, disciple!

    The purpose that God has given to His people is to be holy. He has likewise given His people a mission. The mission of God’s people, the church of Jesus Christ, is as clear as His revealed purpose.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

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