Author: Kay Boothe

Is the Wave of the Future a Tsunami for Our Community?

By Kay Boothe Editor Hospitals closing, businesses barely staying afloat, higher taxes for fewer services … all of this has got to be coming from somewhere. It’s called the Internet. Not an orderly highway that it was sold as 30 years ago, but an all-consuming Maverick of a tidal wave that wipes out everything in it’s path, except those who are willing to take the risk and ride it out. Everything is on the Internet now. Grocery shopping, car shopping, correspondence, clothes, shoes, movies … you name it and you can buy it, rent it, or see it online. You can survive now; quiet comfortably, without ever leaving your home. You can even work remotely! How fancy is that? Life is great! Right? Yes, the Little River hospital, in Crockett closed and many area businesses are struggling but that happened just because of the economy right? Yes, but probably not for the reasons that you are thinking. When you do the bulk of your shopping online, your community loses the bulk of its tax base. Not just sales tax, but floor plan taxes for businesses. It translates into the loss of local jobs; it’s hard to keep employees on the payroll when there are no customer’s coming through the door. And, there is no telling how many times local advertising salespeople have heard “I put all my advertising into...

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1 Corinthians 15 – “A Very Strong Defense”  The Apostle Paul is strongly defending two ideas in this chapter: Immortality (life after death) and the resurrection from the dead of Jesus the Nazareen (He was reared in Nazareth in Galilee. This was an area where uneducated Jews lived during the first century! It was disliked greatly by the educated Jews of Judea and Jerusalem.)  Paul argues that if there is no resurrection of the dead then Christ was not raised and we will not be raised (those of us who have believed/trusted in Him.) However, Paul says here in verse 5, with reference to the Lord Jesus Christ, “that He appeared to Cephas, then to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain (alive) until now (the time when Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthian Church. If you have never ask Jesus to be your Savior, there is no better time to do it than right now. Just say, “Jesus, I believe you are God’s Son and died as a sacrifice for my sins. Come into my heart today and make me one of your sheep.  Amen.”  We should remember that the ruling religious sect of the Jews was the Sadducees, in the first century, and they denied immortality. (Acts...

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THE WEEKENDER by Clyde Black: Have Some Fun, Doc

“Have Some Fun Doc” I confess to being ignorant of the whole social media thing.  I haven’t called Dr. Frank Smith to verify but I hear through the social media that he is announcing his retirement.  I wish it were not so.  He has cared for me since I moved here and has provided lifesaving advice for the Strong Woman.  He was the first to discover and diagnose a life threatening illness she faces.  Only God knows how many of us he has saved over the years.  Dr. Smith, I don’t think a simple thank you is enough.  It’s all I have though.  You are a good man and have demonstrated your faith to your work without fail over the years.  I am going to miss you and I hope that in your retirement you can find the time to share a lunch, some time or perhaps a bourbon with me.  Thanks again for your service to all of us.  Have some fun, Doc.  I certainly am not intelligent enough to speak for Doc. Smith but I’ll bet it breaks his heart to see all the health care issues facing Americans today. Locally, we’ve lost our hospital and nationally the feds have screwed themselves all up regarding insurance and national health care.  When did republicans ever support big government, as in national health care?  I have always believed that...

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Texas Legislature – A Messy Deal!

Our “citizen” legislature has lost direction, again! Governor Abbott called a special session of the bodies for this week and demands the members follow his directives, or else. Backed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Abbott wants a number of bills passed that suit his fancy. The most talked about discussion is on the so called “bathroom bill”. Simple solution is to let folks enter the bathroom they are dressed for — men to the male bathroom and the folks dressed female to their bathroom. No fuss, no mess, no problem. Seems to me the idiots claiming to be “conservatives” have become radicals with an agenda that knows no end. Another “want” from the special session calls for an end to any city or other municipality having any control over tree cutting or tree removal on private property. Again, question is why? A developer should not be set free to bulldoze trees anywhere and everywhere on private property. What about trees that have been growing for hundreds of years and are a part of Texas history? Do we condemn those trees to an arrogant homeowner or developer who is out for the almighty dollar? This is just my opinion — but unless we maintain the right of our elected officials in our cities to enforce regulations we have lost a major battle. President Trump continues to blow smoke about promoting...

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