Category: Viewpoints

Dear Editor – Memorial Benefit for Officers

  Dear Editor, When I heard about the ambush in Dallas, I wanted to do something. I come from a family of Law Enforcement Officers. I had an uncle who was an MP in the Air Force, an uncle who was a Sgt. with the DPD for over 11 years, my dad was the Sheriff of Navarro County, I graduated from the Police Academy and worked for the CPD and now my son has graduated the Police Academy and is currently employed with the NCSO and is on their Honor Guard. I guess you could say we are a Blue family. We definitely back the blue. When I found out that one of the five officers that was killed was one of our own, who I went to school with, worked with at CISD & whose kids went to school together, I knew I had to do something. So after talking with several people this benefit was born. Then with the tragic loss of Officer Darren Murray, we decided to make it a benefit for both families. The outpouring has been overwhelming. Everyone has come together to help make this a great benefit. We have received donations from New York, San Antonio, Round Rock, the DFW area as well as from merchants here in Navarro County. We will have a BBQ dinner, silent/live auction and Faster Horses Band will...

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It Seems to Me: Stop Stealing

  Many of you remember days when you did not lock your house or your car. For most of us that time has long since passed. It seems that the new morality is that if you don’t get caught then you are not guilty and there is nothing wrong with what you did. However, I must remind you that thievery is not a new issue. The Ten Commandments contain a prohibition against stealing. Many Old Testament passages speak about dealing with thieves and thievery. Psalms 50:16-18 gives an interesting description of the wicked, “to the wicked God says, “What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth?” For you hate discipline, and you cast My words behind you. “When you see a thief, you are pleased with him.” (NASU) One aspect of wickedness is happily associating with thieves. John 12:6 identifies Judas Iscariot as a thief long before he sold Jesus to the religious leaders.  First Corinthians 6:10 declares that thieves will not inherit the kingdom of God. Satan is a liar and a murderer but he is also a thief. Ephesians 4:28 adds a new and novel twist to the prohibition against stealing. As part of the instructions to Christians concerning putting off the old man and putting on the new man verse 28 declares, “He who steals must steal...

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Dear Editor: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump This Week

Dear Editor, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump This Week The media had a feeding frenzy yesterday when Trump publicly asked the Russians to “find” Hillary Clinton’s erased emails.  Pundits from the left accused him of asking the Russians to commit espionage against America.  That’s laughable.  The Russians and certainly the Chinese communists already possess the deleted 30,000 emails from Clinton’s unprotected server. If an unemployed Romanian taxi driver with an outdated laptop could hack into her files, which he did, does anyone seriously think that enemy governments with IT geniuses and super computers have not already done so?  The security breach happened when Ms. Clinton assumed that she was above the law and her own State Department regulations and used her at-home computer for secret communications about America’s business.  The actual espionage that has already happened is Clinton’s baggage. Mr. Trump has also come under fire for saying that Mr. Putin is a stronger leader than Mr. Obama whose legacy Hillary promises to continue.  Saying unpleasant things like that does not make them untrue; it just makes them unfortunate.  Putin is a strong leader, albeit a Mafia-type criminal one. Mr. Obama has still never had the moral courage to say aloud the name of our main enemy – Islamic terrorism. Coincidentally, Islamic terrorism is also a key enemy of the Russians as well.  Mr. Putin has a vision of...

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch

We were talking about how much the cows like summer rather than winter.  Talking as if we knew for sure, mind you!  The Colonel says, sure you can tell they like summer better…unless there is a drought.  They like summer better because they like having plenty of water to drink and lots of grass to eat.  He said they eat their fill, take a big long drink, lie down, and chew their cud.  Nothing to do but just laze around enjoying the good ole summer time.  In the winter time, he went on, they eat what we feed them and when the bale is all gone there is not enough grass to satisfy them and they have to wait until the next feeding day.  Sometimes if the temperature is cold enough they can’t even get a drink unless we go to knock a hole in the ice…that hasn’t happened for a while!  Then there is there is the wind that blows the cold temperature around them, a cold rain or snow to make it more miserable, and on and on. This conversation went on to discuss which we like to work in better…summer or winter.  I said I liked the summer time better because I don’t like to be cold and my hands and feet always get so cold during feeding season.  Of course The Colonel said he liked...

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It Seems to Me – Dealing With Anger

Anger is a problem for many of us.  We often embarrass ourselves because of anger. Anger causes us to say things we may not mean and certainly should not have verbalized even if we did mean them. Anger is the catalyst for many crimes causing many people to do things they never would have done except for anger. Ephesians 4 instructs new Christians to put off the old man and put on the new man. Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us to put off anger, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” (NASU) Verse 26 indicates that not all anger is wrong and that it is possible to be angry and not sin. Deuteronomy 9:8 speaks of God getting angry at His people. Many other Old Testament passages speak of that as well. Multiple passages in the New Testament tell us about Jesus being angry at religious leaders deriving exorbitant profits in conjunction with Temple sacrifices. Mark 3:5 tells us that Jesus got angry at religious leaders who were trying to trap Him and misusing the Sabbath in the process.  Certainly God is not guilty of sin in His anger. Shall I remind you that you and I must be very careful in this area? You and I are not totally holy and...

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