When America was Free
To the Editor:
I tell my grandchildren the story of when America was free,
about a time before them in the long lost land of liberty.
About a time before the government overruled our Christian faith,
before our churches were required to follow the dictates of the state.
In days gone by when prayers were said before sporting events,
and no American saw this as an offence.
I tell them about a time before our leader apologized for our land,
before being proud of our nation was a thing to be banned.
In the land that was once free we slowly lost our liberties one by one,
the progressive liberals weren’t satisfied until their work was done.
My grandchildren learned when accountability and work was honorable,
and dependence upon the efforts of others was deemed intolerable.
They hear about a time before class warfare was the message of our administration,
and we all stood together without the least hesitation.
When the burning of our flag was a desecration and to patriotism a breach,
before it was accepted as an expression of free speech.
They hear of a bygone era when we held our children as our future and wealth,
now they are told many innocents must die for the cause of “women’s health”.
They hear about the hopes of our wise founding fathers and our Constitution,
from SCOPE in our schools they now hear Socialism and Communism is the solution.
In our American home of the free we did as we pleased,
now our rights have been denied and our guns will be seized.
They are told that in days gone by that freedom rang from shore to shore,
Then we gave our freedoms away, lost for now and possibly evermore.
As I look into their bright and shinning eyes I fear for their future time,
in the Land of the Free cruel Socialism has been raised to the sublime.
My last hope is that our grandchildren, yours and mine,
by their efforts and love of country know liberty after our time.
Though too late for you and me,
I want our grandchildren to know that once upon a time America was free.
God Bless America
When America was Free
The light within
Last week the small town of West, Texas marked one year since the devastating chemical explosion leveled a large section of the town killing fifteen and injuring more than 200.
When 'breaking news' was fragile
The lesson, hammered by countless journalism teachers for century(s), was intended to be cattle-branded into minds of aspiring writers who would go forth to inform readers about what’s going on in the world. And it was emphasized that “getting it right” was preferable to “getting it first.”
As you have probably surmised, I am just about addicted to my TV, and especially to jock shows throughout the day. I usually start my day with a couple hours of “Imus in the Morning,” just to broaden my horizons in the areas of politics, investments, current events, show business, and a plethora of other topics
Technology versus common sense
The gadgets of the future will include an internet-assisted backyard grill, according to news accounts this past week.
Salute to 'Mr. Derrick Days'
I can’t help but think back to the “near-death experience” that Derrick Days had 14 years ago, and how one man’s determination brought it back.
I was 29-years-old when my father died of multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. He was 53 years of age. Only hours before his death, I spoke with him. Our eyes met during that final visit, the same eye contact we had shared from my birth.
It’s about time
Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations — you name it.
The Wonderlic Test
Did you hear the one about Texas A&M’s “Johnny Football” Manziel testing better than all the other quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine? No, this is not the start of an Aggie joke.
Work Out? Bite your tongue!
I've shared this before, but it bears repeating. I'm a lot like my late, dear Daddy … whose idea of “working out” was a good, brisk sit.
Amen, Daddy. Me too.
Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 12, 2014
Thanks for service
To the Editor: The Blooming Grove Elementary School would like to express appreciation to several individuals and businesses that for three years have provided a “free” vision exam and eyeglasses for many of our students.
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