Community commended for showing support
I would like to thank the citizens of Weatherford and the surrounding area for showing patriotism and support for our fallen hero, PO3 Clayton R. Beauchamp. I would also like to thank the Patriot Guard and law enforcement, along with all others who participated in helping make the service respectful and safe.
When I heard that Westboro Baptist Church, the group that is known for protesting funerals of fallen soldiers, would be attempting to protest in Weatherford, I knew that the only right thing to do would be to join in forming a human wall to prevent the protestors from disturbing the service. When I arrived, I was amazed at how many others were there to do just the same. I am proud to say that I live in an area where so many people understand the meaning of dignity and respect. Luckily, Westboro Baptist did not show up, and the funeral site was flooded with American Flags and caring community members.
As a candidate for state representative in this district, I’ve met many great people in the area, but those I met protecting the service are at the top of the list. I believe more candidates and politicians should take a stand for what they believe in. We need elected officials who will publicly stand up for what is right, and that is something that too many refuse to do. If Westboro Baptist Church or any other group threatens the sanctity and honor of our military funerals, I assure you I will be there to help prevent them from doing so.
Rest in peace, Clayton. We all thank you for your service and your sacrifice; it won’t be forgotten.
Candidate for District 61 State House of Representatives
Why don't leaders listen to citizens?
Sitting here in my dark room on this terrible excuse for an Air Force base, I’m slowly feeling the wretched depths of desolation creeping into my heart and all I can seem to think is, “What happened? Where did we all go wrong?”
The United States Congress has an approval rating so low now it’s almost hard to believe anyone out there, including the standing members of the Congress itself actually approve of their performance as of late.
People are obviously upset and starting to realize just how royally screwed we all are. The Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party protesters are blatantly obvious signs that the unrest we all feel is starting to reach the boiling point. So I’m thus led to my next big question: If so many people are obviously upset, many of which are actually taking to the streets, why then is it that the men and women up on Capitol Hill don’t seem to be listening to the outcry? Isn’t it their job to do so?
Schools, churches thanked for helping Senior Circle
On behalf of the Weatherford Regional Medical Center Senior Circle, I would like to thank the schools and churches listed below for doing a special community project for our Senior Circle members. The children colored and wrote a special message on the birthday cards to the Senior Circle members that were then mailed to them. These cards bring a special smile to our members.
A special thank you to each teacher that works with me to make sure the cards are ready and each child does their best. Without the teachers involvement, this project would not be possible.
Elementary schools: Austin, Crockett, Curtis, Ikard, Juan Seguin, Wright.
Victory Baptist Academy
Churches: Lake Shore Baptist, North Side Baptist, Victory Baptist.
These talented children have been making birthday cards since 2008 and I'm amazed each year with the wonderful job they do. If other schools, churches, Girl Scouts or other organizations would like to become involved this year, please call Deb Williford, Senior Circle adviser, at 817-599-1672.
Senior Circle volunteer/ambassador
Community commended for showing support
NOTES FROM THE JOURNEY: Survivors are heroes, too
Recently, we attended the production of two one-act plays at Weatherford College, both under the excellent direction of Nancy McVean. The first, entitled simply “New York,” was set in a Manhattan psychiatrist’s office shortly after 9-11 as 10 different patients who had either been present at the Twin Towers or had lost loved ones in the disaster came seeking solace. Each survivor struggled with their own grief and internal conflict as the doctor listened and tried to help.
TISIONE: We worship the triune God
Many Christians recently celebrated the feast of Pentecost, which is sometimes called Whitsunday. Pentecost as you may know was celebrated in the Old Testament. The Bible refers to it as the Feast of Weeks. It was ordained by God to be one of the three mandatory celebrations in Israel along with Passover and the Feast of Booths.
Honor Flight Fort Worth – the trip of a lifetime
WOW! What an experience! I have done many things, been to many places, but I must say that the Honor Flight ranks right up there with the best of those occasions.
Letters to the Editor – May 23, 2013
America is being destroyed by voter fraud and the buying of votes by the followers of Karl Marx.
CNHI EDITORIAL: Seizure of AP phone records an insult to independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
NOW HEAR THIS: ‘What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate’
This famous quote addressing communication failure is a classic line from the 1967 movie “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. Strother Martin, who played the role of the warden in a southern prison, would use this phrase every time he gave Luke a good whack with his baton. The concept resonated so well with moviegoers that it was voted No. 11 of the 100 all-time favorite movie quotes according to the American Film Institute.
Letters to the Editor – May 19, 2013
Do you remember the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” sign that the personnel on the USS Abraham Lincoln displayed to greet President Bush when he went out to greet them?
Guest opinion: Campaign with honor
All politics is local and personal! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful summer, filled with relationship building experiences and times of relaxation. As you do all the things that re-charge us for the next round at work and involvement in community and political activities, let’s reflect on the 2013 local elections for a moment.
TISCIONE: Woe for calling evil good
You don’t often see “woe” used in an article. It’s a word that has fallen out of usage in our day. But it’s a word that ought to be understood and taken seriously.
Letters to the Editor – May 17, 2013
As mercury pollution threatens our waterways and carbon pollution-fueled climate change worsens extreme weather, we need someone in Washington who knows how to get things done.
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