Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


January 7, 2014

Matters of disagreement


Issues abound in all of life’s walks, including politics, religion, business, education and industry. A generation ago, we could declare our stances to be conservative, moderate or liberal. Not so clear-cut anymore.

A running joke claims parents of a college-bound youngster carefully scrutinized several institutions’ rules, classifying them as being conservative, moderate or liberal. They found one where firearms on campus are strictly forbidden and another where guns are legal, but not encouraged. A third institution, requires students to own guns.

We’re also in crossed-sword configurations with the governmental invention at play on several fronts. Many say long-held personal freedoms are at risk.

New revelations suggest that the coming and going of just about everyone are included in government surveillance, including our use of phones, emails and the Internet.

Someone said that with our exploding population and multiple phones in every household, the National Security Agency may soon need to increase its budget. I mean, NSA folks can barely handle all the calls they’re listening in on now….

On the sports front, fans line up in great numbers defending — and opposing — Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Tony Romo.

Fans in his camp point out that soon after the crushing loss to Green Bay, he showed up hours later at Children’s Medical Center, ostensibly to bring cheer. His critics don’t buy this, however. They claim he was there to check in.

The Powerball lottery had its biggest pay-off to close out the year, with two winners claiming the $636 million prize. The announced odds of winning were one in 259 million.

Such numbers boggle. Imagine this: Allow a soft drink can, 2.25” in diameter, to represent one ticket. Then, imagine standing up all 259 million all of them touching. The line would stretch some 9,200 miles — the number needed to completely border the continental United States.

   OK. Which can are you gonna pick?.

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   Don Newbury is a speaker in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He may be reached by email at His website is Follow him on Twitter: @donnewbury. Want to “soundoff” on this column? Email:


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