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Seeds of Sedition

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

The January 6 attack on American Democracy grew from seeds planted 40 years earlier.  In the 1980s conservative activists created incendiary rhetoric to attack our government.  Since the New Deal, conservatives had lost to a wave of progressive legislation.  The Federal Government improved the lives of seniors with Social Security and Medicare.  It improved the […]

Promote the General Welfare

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Taxes fund public services.  A vote is our voice for funding these services.  As a community, we decide on which services to fund or how they are funded.  We benefit from these services either directly or indirectly.  Direct benefits are pretty easy to understand.  If you have a child in a school, then you and […]

Voting Preserves Our Republic

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Voting is the life blood of a democracy.  Votes express the will of the many to direct the actions of the few.  Voting preserves our Republic. Restricting voting kills democracy. Americans have struggled over the last 232 years to expand voting.  In the beginning, woman couldn’t vote.  Slaves couldn’t vote.  Men without property couldn’t vote. […]

Uncle Sam Needs You

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

The World watched on January 6, 2021, as criminals swarmed the United States Capital.  The thugs wanted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.   Most of us looked on in horror. Congress had gathered in a solemn, constitutional ceremony to count the Electoral College votes.  Each state had certified the results.  Courts from every corner […]

Vaccines are Pro Life

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Since February, the United States of America has been making steady progress in the fight against Covid 19.  Public safety measures such as mask wearing and physical distancing slowed the spread of the virus.  We bought time for the development of several vaccines. The vaccines are highly safe and effective.  Government and private researchers worked […]

Abuse is Closer Than We Think

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Many of the old German folk tales deal with risks and threats. Children needed to learn that there are dangers in the world. What must of us don’t realize is that the dangers are closer to home than we want to admit.  Most of us prefer to believe threats come from strangers: “Stranger Danger.” The […]

Unreliable Energy

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Here we go again.  ERCOT, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, has warned us that the Texas power grid is about to fail.  That doesn’t sound very reliable to me. It must sound reliable to Greg Abbot and Dan Patrick. They failed to provide solutions in the last legislative session.  A few ERCOT Board members did […]

Turn Up the Heat

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

I love heat. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that summer is my favorite season. I’m always happy to see winter far behind us. Growing up summer always meant sun, water and travel.   Dad’s government job offered us many opportunities beyond a secure paycheck and good healthcare. His vacation was always a family vacation.  When we were […]

Trust Texas Women

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Life for Texas women is about to get much more stressful.  The Republican led Texas Legislature just passed, and Republican Gregg Abbot signed, a new law allowing vigilantes to harass women.   Conservatives simply don’t trust Texas women.   They want the government and busy bodies to invade the privacy of a doctor’s office.  They want power over […]

Expert Advice

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

My dad, Yves “Buster” Melancon served for twenty seven years in the United States Army.  He earned the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3.  He started his career as a mechanic and ended as an Automotive Superintendent. Some of my best memories are helping him work on cars.  In the 1970s he didn’t have a […]

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