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The political season has become a free for all and sadly I am not surprised. 

The stakes are very high.  At least two Supreme Court justices will be appointed and who and what the justices stand for will set the stage for many things in this country.  A more Christian based judge will continue to defend our basic principles reflected across the globe. 

America has been the bastion of hope for many who view our country as a chance for better.  We are seen as a refuge, a caring big brother who has the other guy’s back.  We have proven this to be the case for many years. 

It was America who helped to rebuild Europe following WWII.  It was America who helped to rebuild Japan and we did so with the stellar aid of General Douglas MacArthur.  We did so with pride and commitment. 

The radical left have been…

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WHILE KOUNTZE SLEPT

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Sir Winston Churchill wrote a stellar book entitled While England Slept which is a scathing commentary in and of itself about Great Britain and their reluctance to confront the ever growing German situation.  Sir Winston as usual nailed it.  I hope I can nail my commentary as well.  Stating the truth if done so correctly will result in eyes opened and hearts changed.  May this discourse evoke such a response.

The city election was held on May 6th, 2017 and all who voted out of 600 eligible voters was less than 130.  Shocking, sad, a disgrace.  Yes.  It is an insult to those courageous men and women who shed their blood on the battlefield to ensure democracy would rule the day.  Voting is a sacred rite of passage which has often been ignored and in the case of the all important election – scorned.

While Rome burned Nero went to a…

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Sir Winston Churchill wrote a stellar book entitled While England Slept which is a scathing commentary in and of itself about Great Britain and their reluctance to confront the ever growing German situation.  Sir Winston as usual nailed it.  I hope I can nail my commentary as well.  Stating the truth if done so correctly will result in eyes opened and hearts changed.  May this discourse evoke such a response.

The city election was held on May 6th, 2017 and of 600 eligible voters less than 130 voted.  Shocking, sad, a disgrace.  Yes.  It is an insult to those courageous men and women who shed their blood on the battlefield to ensure democracy would rule the day.  Voting is a sacred rite of passage which has often been ignored and in the case of the all important election – scorned.

While Rome burned Nero went to a fish fry.

While Rome burned its citizens headed to the garage sale.

While Rome burned its citizens went to the ball game.

While Rome burned its citizens rolled over on the couch and grabbed for the remote.  They certainly did not bother to vote.

While Rome burned its citizens headed to the mall.

While Rome burned the majority of citizens looked the other way, ignored the smoke.

While Rome burned…the few who did care were left to consider and ask is there any place that does care?

While Rome burned the city held their own idea of an election.  Nepotism reigned.  Unauthorized folks squatted at the voting location.

While Rome burned soft, lead pencils were used to vote on the ballot.

While Rome burned pens were not offered to use on the ballot.

While Rome burned the citizens drove past city hall – headed to anywhere but the voting booth.

While Rome burned…victims of the out of control city management wanted to know if their abuse will begin again.

While Rome burned…democracy took another beating.

While Rome burned…the American flag flew at a home whose occupants did not vote.

While Rome burned life goes on as usual for the ostrich.

All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.

The problem with that saying is perhaps the word good should not be included?  Good requires a steely resolve and a moral compass which does not rely on the latest fashions or ideas to direct it.  It is not lazy nor is it passive.  It does not stick its hand up in the air to see which way the wind blows.  It does not care about deep pockets or lack of them.  It cares for the truth, for right and nothing can deter good.

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STOP THE ABUSE – VOTE

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On May 6, 2017 the citizens of Kountze, TX have the option to vote for a new city council member or they can vote to reaffirm the status quo.  

The choice is pretty clear cut especially if one has been privy to the downward spiral our community has been headed for years.  The mayor and city council members have allowed their employees to dictate the pace, never questioning whether or not the employees are behaving in a professional and correct manner.  The city attorney has not been contacted because he would charge the city.  What?  At least that is what I have been told.

The behavior of dour elected officials is not that unusual for a small town.  Sadly, others have followed suit – ducking their responsibilities while allocating such to employees who should be led – NOT the other way around.

Any town who could vote to affirm abuse, terrorist activities should not be proud of themselves.  It is easy to do the wrong thing because doing the right thing requires a valid desire to achieve better.  It requires a commitment to a moral compass which does not lead one down the wrong path.  It requires one to stand up for those who often do not have a voice and whose future is intertwined with those who refer to themselves as aldermen, keepers of the flame. 

We have a former member of the school board,  Jack Darden,  who has been a stellar member of the community, active in church and worked for the same company for close to four decades.  He has been abused by the city and a video of his recollection of that abuse is available for those to view who wish to know the truth.  He wants to right the wrongs and create a safer, better living environment.  He is a candidate for our city council.  He would make an excellent choice.

Those who chose to support the current city council members should consider despite close ties to the community – when Jack was threatened by the city and publically thrown out of a city council meeting – despite being on the agenda – none of the members did anything.  By their silence they approved his abuse.  By their lack of effort to correct an ongoing situation they have become complicit to those who bully and create havoc in the school yard.  

Anyone who could approve of abuse is either not thinking, does not care or worse.  I like to consider they are not thinking as I have misinformed “neighbors” who apparently do not have a clue that their next door neighbor has not had water service for close to a year due to the illegal high jinks of the city  That neighbor is on social security, Medicaid and is alone.  That neighbor lives in a family home purchased in 1938.  The home is at its current location since 1955.  That neighbor is third generation Hardin County.  Every decade since 1910 has positive DNA from that family. 

If one chooses to vote to keep things just the way they are – one needs to join the class of voters from 1968 who chose a lessor over a caring, hard working citizen whose years of service in the courthouse have yet to be equaled.  If one chooses to ignore the ongoing harassment by the city than they truly have written their own history and the hand writing is on the wall. 

If you want Kountze to improve, to grow, to become better – make the best choice on May 6, 2017. 

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SOLO AMONG MANY

Being a solo has as many pit falls as say not being solo or so I have been told.  When I hear this I want to put my hands over my ears.  It is usually spoken by someone who is not alone and not facing a world as a solo.

Despite the fact there are more solos than ever we are still viewed as a cast away, something nobody wants.  The garage sale item which did not sell or the kid who was never chosen for the team at school.

It is also true women are more often painted with an unfair brush than men.  Women who are solos are the ones excluded from  the party, the lunch date, the vacation.  Men are viewed differently and it seems to be more accepted if they are alone.

I found this situation to be prevalent in the big city of Houston.  I lived in an apartment complex which was loaded with solos.  Many were transients, a few were family units.  The party atmosphere was as common as the hope of prince charming riding up on his horse or motor cycle and rescuing the poor gal from her life of being a solo.  Of those who did I would like to know how many found their prince truly charming or just a way out of a dreary life?

Single groups in churches offer options- although the ratio of men versus women never equal.  I have been a member of several single groups in Houston and never really met the one, at least not to my knowledge.   I had hoped I would have recognized him had I done so?  The membership tended to ebb until a new crop of hopefuls arrived.  This was before online dating so eHarmony and POF not a consideration at that time.

Perhaps the expectations were too Walt Disneyish?  Probably? However the need to belong, to share, to be cherished is often a keen desire which is as much a part of our DNA as say our DNA.

True, there are folks who are happy to be on their own and prefer their own company but for the most part God made us to be sociable people.  If that desire is not met it often creates problems which were unforeseen through the rose colored glasses so many of us possessed.

Society as a whole tends to write us off.  I have been back in my hometown for over a dozen years and of those years I can count on one hand the number of times I have been invited to lunch following church.  Families scatter, race from one pew to the line at the buffet.  They do not invite the solo and that is also a fact.  They would rather spend their lunch with their families, their circle of friends.  One lady stated she would invite me the next time she went to a local eatery.  Low and behold I happen to stop off one Sunday and who should be at the restaurant?? She shrugged her shoulders and informed me I could go to the restaurant any time.  Yes right.  However, I don’t want to go alone and although I do sup alone it is not always by choice.

And this goes for families who view the solo as an after thought.  One friend has felt the sting of rejection by unthinking kin more than once.  Social events are planned and the solo is not included.  A week-end at the beach or a social event and meal to follow did not result in an invitation.  The relatives had no explanation except they did not invite her and most likely don’t plan to do so.  It is just a fact and a sorry one at that.  The solo can either get use to it or harbor hopes that life, even at this late offering will toss a tid bit to her.  It could happen?  It does happen.  Miracles are out there everyday.

Miracles are there everyday!!

 

 

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