Texas

Learn, Not Repeat, is the Goal

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

                A dedicated group of volunteers are trying to teach their neighbors the history of Grayson County Texas.   Grayson County has a chance to learn from its mistakes.  Melissa Thiel is leading the effort and has rallied local business owners and clergy.  They want the following statement on a marker in front of the Courthouse.  […]

Covid: Think Globally, Active Locally

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I started off my summer with hope.  Together—united as one nation–we had turned the corner on Covid 19.  The experts were right.  Masks and physical distancing saved lives and bought time for many of us to get vaccinated. In June, however, conservative politicians decided it was time to surrender.  […]

Can you do a little?

Friday, August 13th, 2021

First conservatives told us to sacrifice seniors.  Now, they want us to sacrifice teachers and school children.  Over 600,000 Americans have already died.  Conservatives call this Pro Life. In March of 2020, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick objected to Covid 19 mitigation efforts.  He said, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a […]

Never Too Late To Learn

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

I hate to repeat myself, but maybe now somebody is willing to listen.  I wrote the following on June 26, 2021.  I have only edited a little to update a few data points.  This discussion is life or death. The vaccines are highly safe and effective.  Government and private researchers worked diligently to develop 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. […]

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 […]

Original Intent to Suppress the Vote

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

People who scream about the “original intent” of the Constitution too often don’t know the “original intent”.  Or if they do understand the “original intent”, they want to use it to restrict their neighbors’ hard won freedoms. Voting rights clearly fall into the second category.  The Constitution originally intended voting restrictions.  States had the right […]

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 […]

Tell The Truth

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Now is a moment for strength, not weakness. Strength requires facing the truth. As the Good Book says, “Thou shall not bear false witness.”  On Jan. 6, domestic terrorists broke into the United States Capitol to stop the confirmation of the Electoral College vote. What we saw was disgusting. Not since the Civil War has […]

State of Denial

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

I thought that we lived in the state of Texas.  Looking at Republican politicians, we must live in the state of denial.  Joe Biden won 306 Electoral College votes and 81,283,495 individual votes.  Joe Biden easily won the Presidency.  There is no doubt.  Even Republicans in the states Biden won, say Biden won.  No lawsuit […]