Let’s protect schools
Unlike this year’s U.S. Senate races, mainly being fought in Trump-friendly states, many of the most contested House electoral battles are for Republican-held seats in more Democratic-leaning places. That enhances the odds of Democrats winning control of the House and presents a dilemma for Republican incumbents: Do they strike some distance from President Trump or continue to march in lockstep with him in Congress? Don’t look for any mass Republican defections, even if the probe of any Trump ties to Russia escalates.
Gauging the paucity of comments received about the glaring absence of longtime McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lester Gibson from commissioners court meetings, and over many months, many constituents appear unconcerned. One reason might well be his handy, efficient assistant, Pat Chisolm-Miller, who has 22 years of knowledge about the precinct and inner workings of county government. She obviously has been able to oversee at least some of Gibson’s obligations and duties, even though she does not sit on the court as an elected policymaker.
Give Reyna the boot
Change gun laws
Vote Denny Lessman
Vote Scott Milder
FBI intrigue galore!
Russians & Republicans
Trump & environment
Salvation Army blues
Variety of opinions
Trib in review
In an editorial last week, the Trib editorial board argued against the Republican tax bill on the grounds it amounted to increased deficit-spending, contrary to long-established conservative principles, and was passed in haste, confusion and secrecy by lawmakers, some of whom obviously had not read the bill. Result: a groundswell of pushback, including from those unacquainted with the concept of newspaper editorials:
Christmas for parrots
Wasted county taxes
Many old enough to recall crusading evangelist Billy Graham in his prime and his nationally televised sermons before thousands in coliseums and auditoriums worldwide marveled at his animated, stunningly direct way of spreading the Gospel, back when saving souls was the primary business of evangelism. At his very best, he stressed a Christianity of optimism, patriotism and inclusiveness, including in the area of civil rights.
Evangelist Billy Graham, one of my few heroes, almost made it to 100! He died on Wednesday, just months shy of his centenary birthday. Unfortunately, I believe, the public will not remember him as he really was because of the prominence of his son Franklin, who recently spoke in Waco. Franklin is a leading spokesman for the new version of the so-called “Religious Right” that many of us view as less generous than the Graham we remember.
Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many “miracles around us today, including television and airplanes.” Graham was no theologian.
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
Keep us safe!