Many of us are starting this week with a light heart. Most employees will have Thursday and Friday as holidays to celebrate Thanksgiving. Somehow, this holiday that we were taught was a special time to express our gratitude for the blessings of life has become the extended shopping weekend for Christmas, something which is neither appropriate nor complimentary of the day. We owe more than we can ever pay to those who were involved in the celebration of the first Thanksgiving â€“ the least we can do is make the time to remember them.
So letâ€™s see, less than two weeks after the Republicans had a resounding win in the mid-term elections, taking over control of the Senate and increasing their numbers in the house, by decreasing the number of Democrats, it seems there are several lessons to be taken from this. In fact, it looks like both sides (left and right) are in complete, utter, total, agreement that the blowout win for the Republicans means that there are some lessons to be learned and a clear, unequivocal message was sent by the electorate.
Tuesday will be a holiday for many of us. Courthouses, banks and federal buildings, to name a few, will be closed. Stores will run sales, with ads linking Christmas shopping and Veteransâ€™ Day, hoping to lure in shoppers for an early start to the season. How many, though, will take the time to remember that the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was set aside as a time to remember and honor those who have defended our right to exist as a nation?
This is an open letter that I sent to the person who currently holds the office of Mayor in Houston TX, along with the booklet form United States Constitution I mention in the letter.
One of the things I enjoy about dealing with young people is being exposed to their dreams and aspirations. Their ideas of what life will be are a great cure for the sourness that can come from exposure to reality. At some point in their lives, however, reality will come crashing in. The test of their characters will come from their abilities to handle disappointments, rather than letting disappointments handle them!
On October 30, 1938; Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater performers did a dramatization over the radio of H.G. Wells â€śWar of the Worlds.â€ť Back in those days, radio was the main form of entertainment and communication. The radio play was performed as a real life news story of an alien attack by Martians starting in New Jersey. Panic ensued when the residents in the towns around where the story was supposedly taking place turned on the radio AFTER the disclaimer that said this was all just a radio play. There were plenty of nervous citizens that thought that this was an actual alien attack.
In many circles, the election which is only about a month away is simply an opening act for the 2016 Presidential campaigns. National media may not believe it, but there is more to our community, state and nation than a President!
We have local offices which will be determined in this election, as well as important state ones. For those who do not know, the last day to register to vote is October 6. Early voting will begin October 20, and Election Day will be November 4. Nolan County has locally contested races for County Judge, District Clerk, and one County Commissioner.
College football and fall seem to go together. Despite some of the changes that are going on now, many of us consider Friday for High School, Saturday for college, and Sunday for the pros. As the weather cools and the season warms, bowls and playoffs (especially for the lower divisions) loom in dreams and discussions. For alumni of some schools, there is an undercurrent of sorrow in the fall traditions.
I let my mind get away from me the other day as I was sitting on the red light on Broadway and Pine facing east. I thought, â€śI can see way up the hill by the Pizza Hut. How many yards of asphalt did it take to pave this street in front of me? How many yards of base? Where was it hauled from and who all hauled it? Who tried to keep their sanity as they sat on a roller packer going back and forth, forth and back for hours? How long had it been since it was just gravel, since it was just dirt? Why did the first Comanches ride through here, where were they going and for what?
Even though my children may not believe it (frequent references to my age and stodginess convince me they donâ€™t), as a thinking person who pays attention to the world around me along with current events, Iâ€™m very much a product of the modern world. The point Iâ€™m getting at here is that even though many of us donâ€™t think of it this way, as times change, so do we. Except, I think our basic personalities mold to the world around us no matter how large the cultural changes.