We asked, you answered….Several weeks ago we ran a story about a grandmother who was raising three grandchildren and caring for a Down Syndrome adult daughter alone. It was a heartfelt letter from the grandmother who said she had nothing but the three sweet little children and that people shouldn’t despair because she and others like her could get through it. At the end of the story, we put a tag line that you could donate at our office with gifts or money.
It amazes me that when you are so busy with your own Christmas plans that you would take the time and money to help this family, but help you did. We received an outpouring of gifts and several gift cards which made us realize how lucky we are to live with such nice and generous people.
Thank you readers.
Iowa, smiowa…..Just how important is this “caucus” in Iowa supposed to be? We’ve heard about nothing else (well, except maybe the fact that Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t get along even when it is in the only interest of this country that they do) for the past two months, and we still have at least another month to go.
I don’t care how Iowa votes. Most people that have won the Iowa caucus have not gone on and won the presidency.
My mother and father who spent their golden years in a silver bullet (an Airstream trailer) used to trailer with a lot of winter Texans in the Rio Grande valley, most of whom seemed to be from Iowa. My father, who was not politically correct AT ALL, came home early one year. When I asked him about it, he claimed if he had to spend one more winter with “those dumb Iowa farmers,” he was going to throw himself under his own tractor.
Now I know some Iowans and they don’t seem particularly dumb to me but then Daddy’s words about a myriad of things ring in my head occasionally and particularly about Iowa, I just wonder “Who cares?” except other Iowans.
Hypocrisy and stupidity, a lethal combination……I laugh every time I hear the famous joke about the last words of many Texan men: “Now watch this…”
I don’t laugh when I hear the latest gaffe from our Gov. Good Hair who thought it was so easy to run Texas, when everyone else knows the gobernor (intentional misprint) of Texas doesn’t really run the state, that he woke up one morning and decided to run for President, thus embarrassing us all over the world, not just Texas and the United States.
The gobernor (intentional misprint) uttered the “oops” heard round the world when he was delineating the departments he would cut as president. He’s also called the recently dead North Korean president Kim Jong 2 instead of Kim Jong IL (pronounced “ill”).
Gobernor (you get the picture) Perry has made the Texas governor powerful in only one way. He has turned the appointment of various state boards and committees into a cash cow that feed him campaign coffers and thus have kept him in office far longer than it should. The Gober is a perfect example of the Peter Principal. He was promoted far past his abilities when George Bush (the famous First Gober) was elected President (what were we thinking then? Oh yeah, we weren’t thinking!) In the course of writing this column I realize how much we have in common with my Daddy’s Iowa farmers.
Then to compound the misery of having a spectacularly stupid governor, we find out recently that Gober Perry has resigned so he can draw his state retirement early. Well, he’s only resigned on paper. It’s sort of like getting your social security while continuing to work.
This is being done by a governor who has gone all over the U.S. trumpeting federal officials for being overpaid and calling for sweeping changes to Social Security. Perry has famously called social security a “Ponzi scheme.”
Perry, who hasn’t worked for Texas for the past year as he’s been busy running for President and embarrassing us, is now drawing his governor’s salary of $150,000 a year plus another $7,000 per month in retirement. That means we the Texas taxpayers are paying him $200,000 to run around and not run Texas (remember he wasn’t around to certify the election which gave officials extra time to file for office after the constitutional amendment election) and bad mouth government.
I’d say government has been pretty good to Rick Perry. He’s never had another job in his life except a government job and he’s a millionaire. We all know how he got there.
I shouldn’t call Gober Perry dumb. After all, he is the one who thought of a way to get paid $200,000 a year and not work and live in government housing costing taxpayers $10,000 a month while the governor’s mansion is being rebuilt after someone (?) burned it. Rumors that videotape captured images of Anita are untrue.
Meanwhile, on the local front….Since Sugar Creek has been restored to State Rep. District 26, ex-Fort Bend Republican Party head and Fort Bend Tea Party Founder (he says) Rick Miller is running for state representative, much like I predicted back when he was still party chair.
One thing I was probably wrong about was the money. I said back then that retiring State Rep. Charlie Howard would give him his left-over campaign money.
That I doubt.
Charlie can pay his Republican dues with that money for years. He can donate, be a kingmaker, and buy a table at the Republican ball every year. He has almost a half million dollars in his campaign coffers. I know of only one condition where Charlie will give it up.
Afterthought:……It’s going to be a tough Christmas this year for us because of the sudden death of my daughter Sherry Carter. But like the grandmother in the story, we’ll get through it.
Merry Christmas, y’all