Category: Viewpoints

Dear Editor: In Support of Candidate

Dear Editor, I see rumblings in my old home town of Fairfield about Cooper Daniel running for commissioner precinct 3 as a write-in. I moved away from Fairfield years ago and several years back I had a young man show up looking for a job. As operations manager of my company and at the time overseeing a multimillion dollar project and facing deadlines. I hired him. In a short two months he had gained enough knowledge and earned my trust so I put him over the night crew we had put on to make deadlines. He fulfilled his duties and we got the job done. I feel if Cooper Daniel is elected commissioner he will do the same for the citizens he will serve. I feel this way because the employee I hired and the one running for commissioner are one and the same. Thank You David Montgomery Wimberly,...

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Cow Farts Can Now Be Regulated in California

In this Aug. 1, 2005, file photo, a pair of Holstein dairy cows are seen in San Joaquin County near Thornton, Calif.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File) California Gov. Jerry Brown kept up his assault on climate change Monday, pushing through a law meant to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from dairy farms and landfills. “You know, when Noah wanted to build his ark, most of the people laughed at him?” Brown said, per the Sacramento Bee, adding that that ark saved Earth’s species. “We’ve got to build our ark, too, by stopping … dangerous pollutants.” Brown’s approval of Senate Bill 1383 goes after short-lived climate pollutants, which include methane, black carbon, and HFC gases, per the AP. Although these gases don’t linger in the atmosphere, they still make people sick and hasten global warming due to their heat-trapping ability, per Reuters. “We’re protecting people’s lungs and their health,” Brown said, per Courthouse News. One of the main methane culprits: manure. Per the bill, dairy farmers have to cut methane emissions to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. Under a cap-and-trade plan, farmers will receive aid from the $50 million or so raised via polluter fees, which they can then put toward machinery that uses methane to create energy they can in turn sell to electric companies. The state’s Air Resources Board can also now regulate bovine flatulence, as long as there...

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TEA Party Tea Leaves

The Freestone County TEA Party Meeting opened with a passionate prayer by Henry Horton and the pledges to the American and Texas flags. There was a large and lively crowd. We went right into the introduction of candidates for Commissioner Precinct 1; Andy Bonner and Gerald Manning, followed by candidates for Commissioner Precinct 3; Michael Daniels and Cooper Daniel.  Each candidate had five minutes to speak. An energetic question and answer session finished the meeting which closed in prayer by Henry Horton.  The Freestone County TEA Party is a grassroots, conservative, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating citizens and assisting them to become more informed, involved and active in the political process. We believe in Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Free Markets. We support the Constitution of The United States and The Texas Constitution. We do not endorse or support candidates. We are non-profit and operate on donations only. The FCTP will host Senator Bob Hall at our Monday, October 17 meeting speaking on The Texas Power Grid.  Please mark your calendar! God Bless...

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Growing Good Corn

James Bender, in his book How to Talk Well, relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked. “Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.” He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves. So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each...

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It Seems to Me: His Church

This week, I sat in a man’s office with whom I am acquainted but I do not know him well. I have no idea what church he goes to if at all, but there was a well-used Bible lying on his desk. In the midst of our conversation, I mentioned that church attendance is a good thing. His facial expression caused me to pay close attention to his reply, “I think it is much more important to have a relationship with God.” I am in whole-hearted agreement with him. However, his body language revealed to me that something else lurked beneath the surface, so I said, “But church attendance is a good and beneficial thing.”  He affirmed my statement but I am still of the opinion that some past experience bothers him to some degree. In any case, this conversation caused me to spend some time thinking about the erosion of the importance of church in the minds of many believers. Youth sports leagues no longer have any qualms about scheduling events on Wednesday evenings or Sundays. Our local school scheduled the most recent parent teacher conferences on Wednesday evening. Stores, both locally and across the nation are open not only on Sunday but all day on Sunday because people will shop then. This list could go on but that is not the issue. The reason for all of...

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