Category: Viewpoints

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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Reflections from Red Oak

  Last week The Red Oak Ranch saw a “rootin’, tootin’” time!  The men were here cutting hay and The Colonel had taken “Ole Blue” out to look around and see how they were doing.  As he was sitting in the truck, the hay cutter disturbed a boar hog that started running towards where The Colonel was.  The boar must have weighed 300 or more pounds but was running fast.  The Colonel put “Ole Blue” in gear just as the boar popped out of the Hay Meadow close to the Sweet Gum Grove. Off they went on a mad race, “Ole Blue” and Boar Hog.  “Ole Blue” has a heavy cattle guard on the front and The Colonel was going to pop him with it if he caught up to it.  For some reason, The Colonel had taken his gun out of his holster and left it in the other truck.  He never lays his gun down but this time he did.  So, this was going to be a race of truck against hog and they were running neck and neck when The Colonel realized he had left his gun in the other truck.  So, now The Colonel was determined to pop the hog with his truck.  He noticed he had caught up to the boar and could have shot him just by leaning out the window.  The boar...

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Dear Editor – Please Open Your Hearts

  Please Open Your Hearts to Denham Springs, LA. Can you imagine Freestone County flooding where your homes and belongings are completely destroyed; no services. Living in cars, if you’re lucky; or a tent or shanty made out of cardboard. Red Cross comes with one box that has one bottle of water and cleaning supplies and then leaves. It’s been weeks and FEMA still hasn’t come. Every living quarters is contaminated. This is happening in Denham Springs, LA. Americans forgotten, living in unhealthy, sub-standard conditions; yet our government will spend on each refugee $67,000 to house and feed, etc. The people in Dunham Springs, LA need water and non-perishable food; building supplies; personal care items; baby diapers and items; first aid items such as face masks, and peroxide. Buckets with lids could be filled with these items. Please drop off at River of Life and specify these are for Denham Springs, LA or call Marguerite at 903-644-5174. Leave a message and I will pick up and deliver to the volunteer group, APIII-Texas Outreach. They are hoping to deliver every weekend. Thank you and God Bless America! Marguerite Jordan Fairfield,...

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