Weatherford Democrat


August 23, 2012

COLUMN: What do you think...

— ...about schools

The Aug. 12 Parade article by Barry Yeoman says “40 percent of America’s public schools are in bad to poor condition.” The 21st Century School Fund “calculates that it will take $271 billion to bring all of these buildings up to a decent standard.” The article says that the average U.S. public school is more than 40 years old. Last year, I went by the wood house that I lived in as a young boy and it looked like new. It’s only 110 years old. Perhaps we citizens should be asking why our school buildings are not being properly maintained and updated as needed. Our school tax money must not be allocated properly. What do you think?

...about romance

Mental Floss magazine says “Alaska rules when it comes to romance.” Must be those long nights! What do you think?

...about IQ tests

Mental Floss asks “Why is the NFL so completely obsessed with IQ tests?” I took the Wonderlic IQ test when I applied to get in the World War II Aviation Cadet pilot training program. Perhaps they want to see if the players are smart enough to go for the big money or dumb enough to get beat up playing pro football. What do you think?

...about Voter ID

In my home state of Pennsylvania, the voter ID law was upheld as reported in the Aug. 16 Star-Telegram. Judge Robert E. Simpson said the plaintiffs did not establish that “disenfranchisement was immediate or inevitable.” At last a judge with common sense! The voter ID laws need to be passed everywhere. We need more judges like Judge Simpson. What do you think?

...about Fort Hood killings

Maj. Nidal Hasan is again playing with our legal system. The Muslim major disobeyed the trial judge’s order to remove his beard as per the Army grooming regulation. Hasan has asked for a “formal exemption to Army grooming rules based on his Muslim faith.” He is obviously guilty and should have been executed years ago. What do you think?

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    Not much is known about this Joseph’s life. The one thing I know for sure is that he was a very brave man.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo


    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.”

    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

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