Sep

11

Posted by : Press release | On : September 11, 2012

Congressman Jeb Hensarling issued the following statement today in recognition of the 11th anniversary of the al Qaeda terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.

“It’s hard to believe 11 years have already passed since our country was attacked and our world was changed forever on that grave September morning. On 9/11, an unthinkable act of evil struck our nerve but it never came close to breaking our spirit. Instead of letting terror bring us to our knees, our nation stood tall and responded and rebounded in a way that has reminded the world that no adversary is too strong or severe to be overcome and defeated by the United States of America.

“No matter how much time passes or how many years go by, we will never forget the lives we lost or the families who still mourn them and miss them dearly. We must also remember the timeless axiom that all which is necessary for evil to prevail is for the good to do nothing. After all, it was 11 years ago today that the war against terrorism was begun in the sky above Pennsylvania by brave patriots who chose to fight back. When our military was called to action to defend our liberty, the men and women in uniform followed in the footsteps of those passengers and generations of warriors before them as they fought – and continue to fight – to defend freedom, bring evil to justice, and protect the land we call home.

“On this solemn anniversary, I join the American people in prayer as we pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 Americans taken from us in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, as well as those who have given their lives since 9/11 in defense of our homeland and our cherished freedom. Their sacrifices continue to inspire a grateful nation every day as we continue the fight for a safer and freer world for our children and grandchildren.”

Mar

23

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 23, 2012

Dear Editor,

A young woman can testify to a committee of her many sexual escapades and demand the government to pay for her protection. Talk show hosts and comedians can use the foulest of language to describe both this young woman and women in general. Elected officials spout pure filth through open microphones, make obscene gestures during speeches, and laugh about

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Mar

16

Posted by : Press release | On : March 16, 2012

Dear Editor,
The new buzz word “redistricting” has been the blame or credit for many things these past few months. Every 10 years, after the census is taken, states and counties draw new political districts and precincts based on the population growth and shifts. This process must comply with rules, regulations, and the law to assure there is no disparity of numbers in these districts and precincts.
However, consolidation of election precincts and relocation

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Mar

16

Posted by : Press release | On : March 16, 2012

Dear Editor,
I am one of the AARP volunteers who help to prepare tax returns for senior citizens and others at the Community Center in Malakoff. This program has been operated in Malakoff for several years during the months before taxes are due in April. Many people have benefited from this service.
Now Malakoff is likely to lose this program because the Community Center

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Mar

15

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 15, 2012

Column by Michael V. Hannigan

I’ve been lucky enough in my career to break a few fairly big stories, and last December when I broke the story about the nativity scene controversy I knew I had a big one.

Hey, I didn’t know it was international coverage big, but I knew it was a story that was going to draw attention and have what we call a “long tail,” meaning it was going to be around a long time.

But I never expected Patrick Greene.

Greene is the San Antonio atheist who stepped into the debate in February, promising to sue the county if it put the nativity scene up on the Courthouse lawn next Christmas. The important part is that Greene has a history of filing

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Mar

08

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 8, 2012

Dear Editor,
This is in reference to the article in the Athens Daily Review of February 28, 2012 concerning the courthouse nativity scene.
We are not completely dumb here. I know that Mr. Green is not interested in Henderson County

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Mar

08

Posted by : Press release | On : March 8, 2012

Dear Editor,

There are seniors living alone and going hungry in our own neighborhoods.

Many elderly lack sufficient resources for nutritious daily meals. Illness, disability, and the frailties of old age also prevent many from shopping for food and preparing their own meals.

Texas ranks as one of the top five states at highest risk

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Feb

17

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 17, 2012

Dear Editor,
On Monday night, February 13th, we attended the Plummer Family Country Music Show at the Trinidad school. This was a benefit for the Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD). For a paltry price of $10 each, we enjoyed two hours of country music that was equal to most Branson shows. So what’s the beef?

The problem is that a large number of seats went begging for a lack of support by the very residents the TVFD works so hard to serve! It pains me to see that large communities like Key Ranch Estates, Beachwood and others located within

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Feb

09

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 9, 2012

Dear Editor,

My name is Patrick Greene. I live with my wife of 33 years Karen. We live in San Antonio. Mr. Richard Riehn wrote a letter to the editor on Dec. 20th last year, defending the Nativity scene and how Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers

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Jan

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : January 13, 2012

Dear Editor,

Oh, little town of Athens, Texas, how still we see thee lie. That is until those mean ole bullies from up North come to our town demanding that we dismantle our manger scene on the Courthouse Square. And then it’s up-in-arms! Some of us literally.

Every denomination and all the citizens banded together in such a show of solidarity. After all, the Christmas season is the celebration of Christ’s birth. Santa Claus, gift-giving, candies, and parties were just instituted to further the joy and love that the birth of the Christ child began. The manger scene had to remain. And, although some among us would say that they’ve “never been proud of our country until” a certain occasion, I have ALWAYS been proud

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