To the Editor: Hundreds of protestors disrupted the Texas Senate legislative proceedings as the special session closed at midnight June 25. Their yelling and chanting delayed the Texas Senate vote on SB 5, which passed just before the midnight deadline, but did not have time to be signed, so the measure automatically failed despite a 19-10 vote in favor.
This well-financed and well-executed chaos in the Texas Senate Chamber of the Texas Capitol was characteristic of the angry Occupy Wisconsin capitol group in 2011. They were un-elected, yet they succeeded in intimidating our elected state legislators whom represent us, and interrupted the legislative process without setting foot on the floor of the debate. President Barack Obama sent out a Twitter message, supporting the unruly mob, urging them on.
This anarchy should concern every Texan and every American. What is at stake is the democratic constitutional process of passing legislation, being derailed by a minority of voters. In this month’s UT-Austin/Texas Tribune statewide survey, 62 percent of respondents supported the prohibition of abortions after 20 weeks.
As we celebrate the Founding Fathers’ vision for self-government with the July 4 holiday, will we have established order by rule of law, or be governed by those who scream the loudest and obtain the most media attention? Call your state representative and state senator’s offices, to thank them for supporting legislation that will make healthcare safer for women and end late-term abortions.
We have chosen our elected leaders to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, where every human life is valuable.
Steven L. Jessup
To the Editor: I do not understand. A few years ago, Allied Waste picked up all the garbage I placed on the curb on Monday and Friday. There was really no limit. The truck would drive down my street one time and one guy would get one side of the street, and the other guy would get the other side. They picked up the bags, or dumped the cans, and went.
Now, I see a truck drive down one side of the street to “auto dump” a container of a limited size, and then turn around and rive down the other side of the street to get the rest of them.
Then, another truck drives down to get the recyclables - same thing.
On Mondays only. In my mind, that is four times the road wear for half the service.
And what’s with the “random drivers?” As I write this, it is Wednesday. This guy is driving the truck around for what?
“Special pickup?” Why is that required?
I guess these roll containers … just don’t hold enough for a week. Need to get two of them - twice the fun.
Maybe five times the road wear? Just call me stupid.
To the Editor: We would like to thank each one who made the “Praising God Together” 5th annual musical for the Gloria La’Shawn Gee Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Navarro College Foundation a success.
Thank you for your donations, support and prayers.
A special thank you for your participation to St. Luke United Methodist Church in Corsicana, John Nador pastor; Olive Grove Baptist Church, Blooming Grove, Curtis Johnson pastor; Bethel A.M.E. Church, Corsicana, Willie L. Greene Sr. pastor; musician Ezra Carroll, keyboardist for Bethel A.M.E. Church; musician Danny Phillips, saxophonist for Bethel A.M.E. Church; Milton and Michael Phillips, Mexia; Faith and Jayson Williams of Freedom Fellowship Church, Corsicana, Jessie Williams pastor; Independent Missionary Baptist Church, Dallas, Michael Gee pastor; and the Corsicana Daily Sun.
Gold bless you.
Buford, Gloria J., Evett and Fleta Gee
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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