While I was doing intensive research on the military in Fort Worth for my book Arsenal of Defense, I faithfully attended meetings of a local B-36 Peacemaker Association. A few years ago some members of the group- – retired aircraft workers from General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) and from Carswell, Air Force Base (now the Naval Air Station Fort Worth) – donated nearly 50,000 work hours and restored a B-36 airplane.… Read the rest
Polls continued to show Republican candidates ahead in top-of-ballot races as Texas moved closer to the Oct. 31 early voting deadline before Election Day, Nov. 4.
Political campaigns continued to work feverishly across Texas, knocking on doors, holding rallies, robocalling, planting signs, flooding mailboxes and barraging email accounts.
Gubernatorial candidates state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott, with their multi-million dollar advertising budgets, redoubled their appeals to television viewers. Abbott, ahead in the fundraising competition to fuel their respective campaigns in the closing days, and Davis were to report their campaign cash on hand totals to the Texas Ethics Commission on Oct.… Read the rest
Sometimes an event occurs that can rattle the foundations of small towns.
That’s what has happened with the eight-year sentence given to Travis Reed, a captain in the Briar Fire Department.
Originally arrested two years ago, Reed was convicted of indecency with a child on Oct. 17. He becomes eligible for parole in four years.
But the Briar Fire Department isn’t the only organization dazed by the verdict.… Read the rest
I thought that the only book written by a woman about a mid-19th century crossing along the Santa Fe Trail was Susan Magoffin’s in 1846-47, which I read years ago. A friend recently gave me a book called Land of Enchantment Memoirs of Marian Russell along the Santa Fe Trail.
Although first published in 1954, and reprinted in 1981, I had never seen it. I love stories written by real people who experienced adventures in the West first hand.… Read the rest
Sometimes you meet someone who really lived life.
That was David Brown, who died of pancreatic cancer and was buried Oct. 20.
His life, in only 67 years, was a template for everyone: Do good.
The first of many ways he contributed to the world came in the Army where he was a paratrooper.
David joined as a lieutenant after he graduated from TCU.
From there, he became a member of the Weatherford Fire Department, rising to the rank of captain and serving decades.… Read the rest
With early voting in Texas only days away, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 18 let stand a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order, thereby allowing Texas’ 2011 voter identification law to remain in force for the time being.
Civil rights plaintiffs in Veasey et al. v. Perry et al. sought to have portions of the law declared unenforceable on constitutional grounds. In a Corpus Christi federal courtroom, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos struck down the law and ordered the state to return to election law practices in place before the Legislature passed the law in 2011.… Read the rest
I’m not really a car guy.
When my fellow high schoolers were drooling over their first cars and getting them “souped up,” I was watching old scary movies and learning shorthand. (Today, I can remember only one thing in shorthand – and I advanced to regional in the UIL competition in 1973 – my first name.)
I just never got the car bug. I never drove fast; President Jimmy Carter’s lowering of the speed limit meant nothing to me since I was already driving only 55 miles per hour everywhere.… Read the rest
Famous journalist, writer, war correspondent, world traveler Ernest Hemingway, I think, was a western man. During the early 1930s he spent his winters in Florida, but he traveled to Wyoming and Idaho in the summers. He hunted deer, elk and grizzly bears. He even met with actor Gary Cooper in Idaho and hunted with him.
As a youngster Hemingway learned the love of the outdoors by hunting, fishing and camping with his physician father in the woods and lakes of Northern Michigan.… Read the rest
I woke up this morning under the patchwork “crazy” quilt that my Granny Lewis made for me when I was 10 years old. When I think of Granny, I think of quilts, Fritos and bean dip, crocheted afghans, playing croquet in the front yard, and “camping out” in a hammock stretched between two trees. Those two trees still stand in my dad’s yard.… Read the rest
An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14.
In the case, Marc Veasey et al. v. Rick Perry et al., Ramos ruled the law was enacted with a discriminatory purpose and an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans. Ramos said the law places an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that is, in effect, a poll tax.… Read the rest