Weatherford Democrat

Top News

September 8, 2013

NOW HEAR THIS: Built with American pride, ingenuity

By LARRY M. JONES

On Monday this past week, we “celebrated” Labor Day, a federal holiday set aside to recognize the achievements and contributions of American workers. It was originally conceived as a show of strength by labor unions, although today the unions have lost a bit of their clout and we tend to recognize only the individual “working man.”

Each year on the first Monday of September we mumble lip service about the workers who built the nation, but it seems to me more of an excuse for a day off from work. It marks the end of summer, the start of the school year, and an opportunity for merchants to put on great sale events. It’s ironic that 24 percent of the U.S. workforce is employed in retail sales. These workers can enjoy the holiday by going to work.

Over the past decade and more, I have frequently railed about the plight of the American worker. The health of our nation and its economy can be gauged by various indices. Not unlike our doctor who checks our blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs on each visit, we can determine our nation’s economic health by its vital signs. Probably, the most important of these would be employment statistics.  We need jobs, jobs, jobs! A family bread-winner with a good job who can care for his family, contribute to his/her community, and bolster the economy is the keystone of national economic health.

Despite the criticality of full employment, our political and bureaucratic leaders have pursued government policy in recent decades that has crippled large segments of our economy. America’s industrial might that allowed victory in World War II and an unprecedented economic surge throughout the next two decades has slowly been emasculated. As the result of overzealous labor unions driving up labor costs, over regulation of U. S. industry safety and environmental standards by OSHA and the EPA, and the takeover of American corporations by multinational conglomerates, America’s industrial might has been driven overseas.

Text Only
Top News
  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Biz Index 1.jpg Let's get physical

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • EXTENSION NEWS: Take a mind vacation

    For many of us, every day has some sort of stress associated with it. Whether it is something at home or at work, it seems like there are a million things stressing us out and making us feel overwhelmed.

    April 20, 2014

  • VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans’ needs the target of recent discussions

    Ministers responsible for Veterans Affairs and officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States completed a series of meetings April 8-11 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., discussing the latest research, best practices and various areas of collaboration to address the growing needs of veterans.

    April 20, 2014

  • MILLSAP MATTERS: Reunion time approaches

    MILLSAP – For many people this is the time of year that reunions are held. In that light, Millsap alumni will be enjoying their annual school reunion on Saturday, April 26.

    April 20, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: The fox and the hound, plus Max

    Almost without exception, most farms are protected to some degree by guard animals. Dogs and cats are most commonly used to defend against intruders and nuisance pests around the farmstead. In recent years with the proliferation of coyotes, many folks are using guard donkeys or llamas to protect their livestock.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Laws can’t be ignored

    Senator Harry Reid said, “We just can’t let people ignore the law.”

    April 20, 2014

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420 one USAF riders IMG_7940.jpg Riding high

    Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results