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Praise and prayers for fire fighters
At approximately 9 pm. on July 5, a fire broke out on our pasture property on Hayes Road. My husband and I started fighting the fire and the grandchildren who were visiting called 911. Some neighbors came over to help.
We have always had a deep respect and admiration for firefighters both paid and volunteer. They risk their lives every time they go on a call be it large or small. They came and worked diligently until the last spark died down and then double checked everything near our home.
Our thoughts and prayers have gone out to all of the firefighters who have fought and are still fighting the dreadful forest fires all over the country. May God watch over you and your families as you go about your work so faithfully. You are truly the epitome of a hero!
Gregg and Shirley Sublett
Respect for the flag
As a Vietnam veteran I have been asked why I wrote a letter opposing placing the American flag 24/7 at Woodland Park Cemetery and any other cemetery. Some got out right nasty about it.
There are two reasons:
The first reason is it upset me to no end to see a faded or torn American flag displayed. Many of the locations that fly the flag on poles in this city will tell you I have asked them to either remove
or replace the damage flag in front of their building. Despite the best efforts of the cemetery employees, with flags flying 24/7 there are going to be greater chances that ragged, faded flags will be on graves sights.
The second reason, right or wrong, I believe that with the flags displayed 24/7 many individuals, although not meaning any disrespect, simply start taking the flag for granted, whereas if the flag is displayed just 50 days or so a year there will be a greater emphasis on it.
If you want change, stop voting for incumbents
Achieving meaningful change in Washington, D.C., requires many more thinking citizens to vote in the primaries. In gerrymandered states like Texas (typical of the other states) the November general election results are largely determined by the results in the primaries months earlier. This is especially true of congresspersons.
Usually only the reddest of Republicans and the bluest of Democrats vote in the primaries. Independents rarely vote in them. This practice causes devastating, unintended consequences. Independents contribute nothing where/when it’s easiest to bring about meaningful change.
The primary election season for the current election cycle is more than half over. The results so far: almost all (90-plus percent) of congressional incumbents have won their primary elections and are almost certain to win re-election to Congress in November.
If you really want change in Washington forget your party affiliation, if any. Everyone should vote in the primary of the incumbent’s party and vote for someone other than the incumbent. First defeat the incumbent (it’s harder to do than you think). Then come November vote for the best candidate available.
If you really want change in Washington vote in the primary like a determined independent who really wants change!