To the Editor: The Corsicana Daily Sun reported President Barack Obama’s second inauguration (Jan. 22 issue), where he called upon Americans as “one nation and one people” to unite together and embrace his liberal agenda.
I was somewhat amused to read that President Obama had not seen the bronze Martin Luther King Jr. bust, which has been displayed inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since 1986. The President should spend more time there, to work with Congress.
President Obama swore on two Bibles to execute the Constitution, but he considers both to be irrelevant. That Friday, Jan. 25, before the week was over, a D.C. Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled against the President for seating four of his nominees whom the Senate had blocked: three to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and one to the Consumer Financial Bureau. This is a violation of the Constitution separation of powers. The President cannot make “recess” appointments when the Senate is not in recess.
Obama’s inaugural address was more like a campaign speech. Yet, after four years, his words must be matched with action. He said, “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare and the size of our deficit.” In the past four years, spending has been out-of-control and America’s debt has skyrocketed. Four years and a $1.2 trillion stimulus bill, unemployment has grown from 7.3 percent to 7.8 percent. There is no bipartisan outreach in his speech, to get these accomplished in the second term.
Instead, it was wrong to link the homosexual civil rights movement to that of African-Americans. He mentioned the gay uprising at the Stonewall Inn of New York City’s Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, as a watershed mark, within the same sentence as the Selma Al Pettus Bridge clash on March 7-9, 1965. If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. heard that discrimination based upon the color of one’s skin was being compared to sexual sin, he would turn over in his grave.
Steven L. Jessup
To the Editor: My husband was recently in Navarro Regional Hospital...
We were both a little worried. No need.
He went in through the Emergency Room. Within 15 minutes of arrival, he was put in a treatment room. Less than an hour later, he had already had a CT scan, chest x-ray, central line IV and cath on board. He was admitted and moved to a room within three hours of arrival.
The ER staff was really great. Same goes for all the staff on second floor. He was in for six days, and the treatment he received never wavered. He was treated with respect dignity and compassion.
I just want to let you all know, they were awesome.
Thank you to all the staff, you are appreciated. Bless you all for our minds and his pain.
Proud of Scholten
To the Editor: Corsicana can be proud of her native daughter, Ashley Scholten, who is currently serving as President of the Student Government Association for Junior Colleges.
Her address on the capitol steps was well thought out and touches on many issues that affect our college students today.
She is to be congratulated for being our ambassador from Corsicana. It is not often that a local citizen can make a state-wide impact on issues and Ashley has certainly done that.
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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