Family thanks those who cared about their loved one
On Sunday, Aug. 26, our family lost our beloved Ross Robertson. A devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle, his generosity and geniality will not be forgotten by those who knew him.
Our family was overwhelmed with the support and kindness from those that helped care for him in the final days and the fine staff of Weatherford institutions that ensured his funeral was a fitting memorial to an outstanding public servant.
We would like to warmly thank that staff and caregivers of Integra Hospice of Mineral Wells: Lora, Brenda and especially Jeannie — his morning sunshine. We are also indebted to caregivers Ramona and Cindy. The presence of all these fine women not only gave comfort to Ross, but also the family.
We are truly indebted to the Weatherford Fire Department for their moving and respectful contribution to Ross’ funeral. A volunteer fireman for 40 years, Ross dedicated his life to protecting Weatherford’s citizens. The fireman’s funeral, officiated by Chaplain Gene Smithwick, was a perfect send-off for our father. We were humbled by the sight of the city’s firetrucks along the route of the procession with the trucks’ crews standing at solemn attention. Ross would have been honored, and we thank Fire Chief Paul Rust and his amazing team. We also wish to thank the Weatherford Police Department for their professionalism and efficiency as the procession left Weatherford to Ross’ burial at Spring Creek Cemetery north of Weatherford.
As someone who worked tirelessly to make Weatherford a better place to live, Ross would have been both proud and humbled by the outpouring of generosity and kindness shown by this city and its citizens..
The Family of Ross L. Robertson Jr.
Extra zero needed in column
Jim Brown’s column (“Mitt’s taxes in perspective,” Aug. 26 Viewpoints) is in error. If he is financial guru, he needs to get a better calculator. Mitt’s income of $21 million with an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent shows he paid $2.91 million in taxes, not $290,000 as the article states. Sure glad Mr. Brown is not my CPA.
The blur of military life
I just dropped off one of my best friends in the Air Force at the airport a little bit ago. He’s on his way back home to California on leave.
Strange it seems, as it were, that it was more than likely the last time I’ll ever see the man. We said our goodbyes without a hint of emotion, and shook hands, then went on about our lives.
That is the nature of this wicked beast we’re a part of in the military. Saying goodbye becomes a way of life. Everyone is on the constant move double time, and there is no shoulder on this bleak road to pause and pull off onto for a short rest. You’re lucky if you get a peek at the scenery as you move swiftly along this highway. It’s always a blur, and you’re lucky to get a few blurry photographs along the way, so you can try and piece together the journey in your later years, so as not to feel at a total loss.
My trip along this road was shorter than many others, and a little longer than some. I was lucky, I think, because I made it to the exit ramp intact, and some aren’t so lucky.
Some make it there with horrible wounds. Some make it there in a flag draped coffin. I am grateful in many ways for the experience, but I am overwhelmingly happy that it has come to an end for me.
To those just now taking the on ramp I would say only to make sure you use caution, and try to snap as many pictures along the way as possible, and do your damnedest to make sure you aren’t one of those unlucky people that make their way back home in one of those wooden boxes.
Is it honorable? Yes.
But your family and friends never want your trip to end on that note.
I’ll see you all when I see you. Let the good times roll.
Family thanks those who cared about their loved one
NOW HEAR THIS: Put a muffler on it
I suppose I live a somewhat pampered life down on the “pore farm” – far away from the noise, traffic and hustle and bustle of urban life. For me it is a wonderful thing and a blessing to savor.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks to all who help
Thanks to all the nice people who stop to help me with things I can’t do, as sometimes I need three hands because I always have a cane in one of them.
KELLY: What do you think?
This is a word we hear a lot these days in political discussion. I thought I would look up the definition of compromise in the Oxford.
TISCIONE: The love of God
John 3:16 is now the second most-frequently quoted verse of the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republican propaganda v. Democrat lies
Some folks prefer lies above all else. On Feb. 23, 2009, President Obama said, “I’m pledging today to cut the deficit that we inherited in half by the end of my first term.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Live by the Blue Belles creed
On Jan. 17, there was an article published in the Dallas Morning News that attacked one of the premier organizations in Parker County. The Weatherford Democrat published a similar article on Feb. 5, with a follow up article on Feb. 27.
NOW HEAR THIS: Celebrating our independence
Many of you reading today’s paper will not remember that today is the anniversary of one of boldest steps ever taken by the people of Texas – declaring our independence from Mexico under the centralist military dictatorial rule of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Special Roos make Weatherford proud
The Weatherford Special Roos, composed of special education students, and an equal number of students with no handicap problems, competed in the National Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Reno, Nev., this past week.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Barnwell, Johnson receive writers' support
I applaud Parker County Treasurer Jenny Barnwell for her efforts to increase the county’s revenue, as evidenced by her recent proposal to commissioners’ court.
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: Living words upon our hearts
As the primary elections approach, I feel like I’m awash in endless, irrational political rhetoric and have turned a deaf-ear to it all. In contrast, as I celebrated Presidents’ Day last week, the poetry of Emily Dickinson reminded me of the staying power of our nation’s most important words:
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