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September 2, 2015

These cop shootings need to stop now

People have different opinions about law enforcement officers.
Some admire them. Some feel harassed. Some are frightened. Some have family histories of serving.
But no one wants them shot dead.
Sadly, that’s what’s happening in our country right now; law officers are brave to begin with – now that fortitude is being tested everywhere as their ranks get attacked.
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I wanna hold your hand

September 2, 2015
I wanna hold your hand

When my brain starts down a trail, I never know where it will end up. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes, not so much. Often, that mental journey contains some unexpected turns and forks in the road.
Kind of like this column. My journey of imagination after reading the closing verse of the book of Hosea, which I will share later. I traveled from there to an old Southern Gospel Song that my friend Gerre Joiner sang a couple of weeks ago at the First Baptist Church in Decatur: I Can’t Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand.
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President Adamses’ relative creates odd gold rush livelihood

September 2, 2015
President Adamses’ relative creates odd gold rush livelihood

Students of American history will remember that two sets of father and son presidents served this country.
There were John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams and the two George Bushes. A grandfather and grandson also served: William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.  The two Roosevelts were cousins. A relative of the two Adams presidents makes up the column this week.
Another John Adams was born in a suburb of Boston in 1812. Originally, in 1632, a Henry Adams emigrated from England to Boston, thus beginning the American Adams dynasty.
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Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

September 2, 2015
Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth.
Tarrant County 396th State District Court Judge George Gallagher gave Paxton until Sept. 30 to answer to the charges.
Paxton is accused of encouraging two individuals to buy stock in Severgy, a Collin County-based technology firm, and being compensated for his actions without being registered as an investment advisor in accordance with Security and Exchange Commission regulations. Also Paxton is accused of falsely giving prospective investors the impression that he was an investor in Severgy.… Read the rest

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Bring on the hurricanes!

September 2, 2015
Bring on the hurricanes!

The day we finalized our trip to Hawaii to celebrate 40 years of wedded bliss, a trio of hurricanes immediately made a beeline for the islands.
I don’t really buy into global warming ideology. The American coastlines were supposed to be under 10 feet of water years ago and polar bears should have migrated to Kansas by now.
Certainly, we aren’t helping the environment by spewing industrial funk into the air. However, I’m not so sure that my asthma inhaler was the cause of a rise in Tibetan temperatures, but the swapping out of a new propellent did make my albuterol rise in price from $5 to $30.… Read the rest

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Letter to the Editor

September 2, 2015

An answer to “Why is there a war on cops?”

Dear Editor:
Once again as a sad reminder of the country and society we live in, a stark reality of death hits home this time with the cold blooded execution style murder of a Harris County deputy sheriff in Houston this weekend just for the sake of killing a police officer.
As a retired military police officer, city police officer, first responder firefighter, and Tarrant County deputy (27 years) respectfully,  I took this senseless murder personally.
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Oh, don’t worry: Trump will go away…right?

August 26, 2015
Oh, don’t worry: Trump will go away…right?

I used to never give a flip about politics.
Even into my thirties, all I cared about was my family and baseball and running.
But a burgeoning movement on the airways enlightened me in the early 1990’s: talk radio.
Oh, I always voted, at least in presidential elections.
I was one of those guys who “threw his vote away” by choosing some odd third party fellow – John Anderson, Ralph Nader – to “make a statement” that no one heard.
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The fact that I am biased doesn’t make me wrong

August 26, 2015
The fact that I am biased doesn’t make me wrong

Yesterday, my mom heard me preach for the first time in years. I’m not sure how many years, but I know I was still a pastor, so it’s been at least seven. She’s always been one of my biggest fans (as big as 5’2” and 120 pounds can be).
Now 80 and suffering from macular degeneration, she really can’t see what I look like, but she still thinks I am one of the two best looking “young” men in the world (my brother is the other one).
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Young woman loved homesteading alone in Wyoming

August 26, 2015
Young woman loved homesteading alone in Wyoming

An Azle News reader, a 91-year-old lady, left a sack of books for me at the newspaper office. She explained that she purchased Cow Chips ‘N’ Cactus in the 1960s at a flea market in Rome, Italy (yes, Italy) for 300 lira (about 50 cents). Florence Blade Smith, author of the book – who had autographed it – wrote of her three years in Wyoming (1920-1922).
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Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

August 26, 2015
Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.
Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security, kill jobs and put even more stress on our national and state economies.” Porter was elected chair of the three-member commission that oversees the energy industry regulating state agency in June 2014.
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