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Answering: What’s wrong with the world?

July 1, 2015
Answering: What’s wrong with the world?

A lot of folks have been asking that question for the past few days. And a lot of folks have been lining up, booting up, and logging in to answer that question. Depending on whose Facebook post you read, either centuries of injustice have been rectified or the earth is about to stop spinning on its axis.
I have friends…dear, precious friends…with whom I could not disagree more on the hot issues of the day. And by that I mean more than the SCOTUS decision on same sex marriage. I’m also including the Confederate flag, gun control, and racial tensions.
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Names on public buildings often tell a great story

July 1, 2015
Names on public buildings often tell a great story

When we drive by a civic building or a school with a person’s name on it, do we ever wonder what that person did to receive the honor? While driving with a friend  to Dallas recently on I-30 we passed a school in Grand Prairie.
“I used to teach there,” my friend, Lupe Ortiz, said. She told me a little bit about Hector Perez Garcia, after whom the school was named. Later, I looked up more information.
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North Carolina having real-life Shark Week

July 1, 2015
North Carolina having real-life Shark Week

This summer is the 40th anniversary of Jaws. Man, did that movie have an impact on a slew of people back in 1975.
It’s a cheat to watch it on TV; like The Exorcist, some movies were made to be seen in the dark with a bunch of other screaming people.
For both movies, it was fun and thrilling to see it originally. In those days, you went back to theaters again to watch how other-first timers freaked out at what you had already seen.
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State officials react to decision on federal health care law

July 1, 2015
State officials react to decision on federal health care law

Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.
The high court, in ruling against the plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell, upheld the constitutionality of a federal tax credit that pays a portion of the cost of a policy.
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Placing odds on the first woman on the $10

June 24, 2015
Placing odds on the first woman on the $10

I like women. I married one and reproduced two more.
They are remarkable females – but probably aren’t the sort who will end up on the $10 bill in 2020.
A federal law says that living folks can not be put on U.S. currency. Likely, that edict will be dashed by 2020, so every American woman ever should be up for the honor.
It’s a tough call. In today’s pop culture society, if they take an Internet vote, whichever booty-shakin’ musician who happens to be hot in 2020 would get the nod.
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The quotable Dad

June 24, 2015
The quotable Dad

You sound just like your dad.”
“That looked just like Grandpa.”
Those comments from Mrs. Sweetie or from my favorite children always make me smile. I still have my dad around, as well as my step-dad of 44 years and my father-in-law of 31 years. God has truly blessed me with their ongoing influence and I am still learning from all of them.
Some of my habits and mannerisms are probably genetic, some picked up subconsciously by environmental repetition, and some deliberately chosen by observation and admiration. Now that my children are grownups, I wonder how they will look like me, if they will want to, and what they will want to imitate.… Read the rest

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DAR group honors Vietnam veterans on Flag Day

June 24, 2015
DAR group honors Vietnam veterans on Flag Day

When someone mentions the “Vietnam Memorial,” we all probably think of the one on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Local folks may not know that a local Vietnam Memorial exists in Fort Worth. I only recently learned about it.  Yes, there is a story.
A young 18-year-old soldier named James David “Shorty” Haas from Fort Worth was a paratrooper of Charlie Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry in August, 1967. Even though he and his buddies were fighting in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, they learned of protests at home about the war. Of course, the information was demoralizing to the young men fighting in the jungles, enduring hardship and life-threatening action.… Read the rest

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Final decisions made on bills passed by Legislature

June 24, 2015
Final decisions made on bills passed by Legislature

Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature.  He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done.
Of the 6,276 bills filed by the House and Senate during the Legislature’s 84th regular session that ended June 1, some 1,323 were passed by both bodies and therefore earned a trip to the governor’s office for final scrutiny. Of those bills, Abbott signed 1,202 into law, let 162 become law without his signature and vetoed 41.
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Confessions of a non-transracial white dude

June 17, 2015

I ain’t black.
You know, we thought we had most of this racial business figured out by the mid-1970’s.
But somewhere along the decades things appear to have regressed.
Now, while I’m not black – I’m old enough that African-American seems strange to say, to me and my black friends who are around my age – I’m a lot of other stuff. Everyone is. And, apparently, some folks are “transracial”; they choose what race they are.
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The five benefits of thankfulness

June 17, 2015
The five benefits of thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving!
I know what you’re thinking. The boy has lost his mind. Maybe the sudden change from all that cool, wet weather to upper 90’s has boiled his brain. It’s the middle of June, for crying out loud! Turkey, pumpkin pie, and football are five months away!
Well, my friends, when I say “Happy Thanksgiving,” I’m talking about choosing an attitude, not celebrating a day. This attitude that can result in a lifestyle. One of my friends greets people every day with, “Happy Tuesday,” (or whatever day it is). That greeting always lifts my spirits.
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