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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Broken Clock

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.  She is also the House Republican Conference Chair, third highest-ranking House Republican in the House of Representatives.  Representative Cheney wants her fellow Republicans to stop lying about the 2020 Presidential election. On Monday, May 3, 2021, she wrote “The 2020 presidential election […]

End the Politics of Spite

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Have you ever heard the Medieval saying, “Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face”?  Spite is an uncommon word today.  It means to hurt or offend.  Often spite is an act of revenge.  One person feels offended and responds spitefully.  Revenge makes us feel vindicated or justified. Unfortunately, spiteful behavior is too often […]

Remodeling Our Home

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Not many things are more exciting, or frightening, than buying a new home.  With it comes both freedom and responsibility.  The owner has the freedom to change it at will but also must pay for the maintenance and repair. We’ve owned this particular house in Sherman for about twenty years.  When we moved into it, […]

Happy Easter

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Reading the Gospel of John on Easter provides a great insight into “Christian Leadership” and “Christian Citizenship.”  John expresses in clear, unequivocal language the call to service and self-sacrifice. The mystery of Easter starts in John 13.  Jesus is sitting down with his disciples for his “Last Supper.”  He surprises them by getting down on […]

Act of Terrorism in Grayson County

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Studying history shouldn’t take a profile in courage.  Too many people want history to be a safe space for ancestor worship. History is part of the humanities.  We study humans.  Humans can be beautiful.  They can be ugly.  We should try to replicate the beauty and avoid the ugly. We can’t do either if we […]

American Recovery Plan

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Joe Biden promised to “Build Back Better.”  The liberals in Congress just passed the American Recovery Plan.  They set the agenda because Democrats won elections for the House, Senate and the Presidency,. Liberals believe government programs can, and should, alleviate suffering.  Conservatives reject this approach.  They believe individuals should be left to struggle on their […]

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