Prying government eyes
To the Editor: The U.S. Justice Department covert seizure of Associated Press phone records in April/May 2012 is correctly described as an “affront to the free press clause of the First Amendment” in the editorial published on May 18, 2013 in the Corsicana Daily Sun. As stated, a free independent press is critical to keeping government honest and transparent.
This latest revealed collision of news organizations and the Obama Administration over the disclosure of national security information, shows the aggressive policy of the U.S. Justice Department to rein in leaks, according to the New York Times. The purpose is to make an example of government officials who talk to reporters.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined. Along with Holder’s refusal to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests and his repeating of “I don’t know” before Congress — this policy is outrageous in a democracy that values freedom of the press.
For example, in June 2009, FBI agents tracked the telephone calls and e-mails of Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen to a government advisor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. Rosen had reported that U.S. intelligence officials were warning that North Korea was likely to respond to United National sanctions with more nuclear tests. Attorney General Holder personally signed off on the search warrant, naming Rosen a “possible co-conspirator” in violation of the Espionage Act for obtaining leaked classified information from Kim. In previous administrations, the focus has been upon the government leader, not the journalist. Yet in this instance, the focus was on depicting James Rosen as a criminal, for having received information from someone inside the government.
No wonder that there is little negative press about the Obama Administration, which embarrasses the President. National security is always the excuse of administrations trying to hide things people ought to know.
Steven L. Jessup
To the Editor: A few weeks ago, the CHS Calicos Dance Team, under the leadership of new director, Amy Tidwell, presented a wonderful and entertaining evening of dance during their annual Spring Show. Over the past 20-plus years, Kara Guinn and her team presented a show which delighted the audience and inspired younger girls all over the CISD to pursue the art of dance in the hope they too would someday join the Calicos team.
Yes, the Spring Show, which has always been an event greatly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed by those of us who love both the team and the art of dance, was presented again this year — for the first time under the very talented and able direction of Mrs. Amy Tidwell, a former Calico Captain and member of the Kilgore Rangerettes. This year’s show, “Emotion in Motion,” did not disappoint! There was an air of new energy and excitement! A class act! (Particularly moving was the dance and video presentation regarding teenagers and the terrible price of drunk driving). Congratulations to all the young ladies for the many awards you brought home from contest, and for your wonderful performances at the Spring Show this year!
Special thanks to Mrs. Tidwell for her dedication, her talent, and her devotion to the girls and their success! And thanks to the CISD school board, Dr. Frost, Principal O’Neil, and Tracy Abel for their support of this organization which provides such a positive and influential milieu for the girls and young ladies of our school district.
Billie Ann Mitchell
Thankful for care
To the Editor: I have been in Texas for a while, and all you hear is bad things about Texas ... how Corsicana is not a good place to live or get medical care.
Well, I’d like to set all of them straight.
I was at Navarro Regional Hospital for six days, and got the best care ever. And, yes, I’ve been in other hospitals, but this one was the best.
I would like to thank all the people on the second floor.
Thank you to Dr. Rogers, the nurses, X-ray department, lab, and the people in the cafeteria, and the cleaning people, for taking good care of me.
I hope people will start being thankful for having a good hospital in Corsicana.
Prying government eyes
The mug shot
That’s right — I have a new mug shot to go at the top of my weekly rants. I thought I had better update it to show my more sensitive side. Besides, I was a bit weary of my “friends” telling me the old one looked like something from a police lineup.
Some stories I’ve heard
Sometimes, stories come to me second- or third-hand, but they stick with me and I just need to share them.
‘Yeah, but ...’
“I’ve got good news, and bad news.”
It’s a time-honored phrase that boiled down to it’s simplest terms is really explained best in only two words — “Yeah, but ...”
Let’s hear it for butterflies
Let’s face it. When national leaders agree to attend summit meetings, we don’t expect many tangible and/or desirable results.
If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times — I hate computers! I don’t want anything to do with cell phones with their myriads of applications. I don’t want anything to do with “blogging,” “tweeting,” “friending,” and “liking.”
Often, you start off your Monday with some semblance of an idea what the day and week will hold. Although working in a newsroom will teach you one thing: you don’t have control over anything.
There is nothing gradual about spring in Texas.
It’s Round-Up Time in Texas
For the longest time, “round-up time in Texas” meant “headin’ up and movin’ out” cattle. Cowboys atop horses undertook the massive undertaking.
Our new neighbor
Our house sits almost in the bottom center of a horseshoe of new homes which all back up on a man-made lagoon. Ours is one of the few homes that does not have an extended screened-in lanai but we are perfectly satisfied with the standard one
Smoker no more
So, I quit smoking.
Of course, just admitting that I once smoked is almost sinful in this day and age, akin to admitting I used to sell heroin to orphans, but it’s different now than it was when I started.
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