Argyle, Texas, had: one store,
one post office, one service station,
one school, two churches, no police,
but – we had horny toads.
We grew: tomatoes, potatoes,
okra, peas, corn, watermelons,
cantaloupes, black-eyed peas,
and – we grew horny toads.
We played: skip rope, red rover,
Polyanna, pigs in a blanket,
with jacks, checkers,
and – we played with horny toads.
We had: feed sack dresses, short hair
cut page boy, shoes lined with cardboard,
knee-high socks, bleached sack sheets,
and – we had horny toads.
We saw: blue skies, clean air and
clean water, tall oak trees, lilacs,
and – we saw horny toads.
There were: windmills, outdoor toilets,
Sears and Roebuck catalogs,
log cabins, ponds, wood stoves,
and – there were horny toads.
We enjoyed: ham, beef, fried chicken,
beans and cornbread, sugar cookies,
fried squirrels and rabbits,
and – we enjoyed those horny toads.
Our friends were: little baby pigs and
small calves, baby chicks and
baby turkeys, mules, bluebirds and doves,
and – our friends the horny toads.
We loved: God, our mom and dad,
our grandmas and grandpas,
our sisters and brothers,
our teachers, friends and cousins,
and – we loved them horny toads.
When I grow up: I wanna be
a housewife, worship God,
have lots of friends, marry Lee,
and – grow horny toads.
But where is: the clean air and
water, grandma’s sugar cookies,
feed sack dresses, lilacs, red ants,
and – where are those horny toads?
Gloria West, Weatherford
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:
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: JP4 candidates Johnson, Suchocki backed
I would like to express my support for re-election of Judge Lynn Marie Johnson as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Candidates receive write-in support
Readers write in their support for candidates in the March 4 primary elections.
NOW HEAR THIS: Water worries, woes and waste
Growing up as a product of the “1950’s Drought of Record,” I suppose I may have become overly sensitive to the issue of water availability and times of drought. Perhaps I am suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder incurred from lack of rainfall, resultant crop failures and hard times. This was the time that defined the “pore farm.”
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: No-smoking ban should include all workplaces
I am writing as a concerned citizen and a volunteer of the American Heart Association. I am voicing my support for a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that would cover ALL employees in any worksite in Weatherford.
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