Carl Parker's archive

One of the most memorable phrases gleaned from the satirical comic strip Pogo was, “We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.” Unfortunately, today it seems too many Americans have taken the saying too seriously. From clips on TV and statements of leadership, particularly from the Tea Party group, it seems some Americans view our national government as a foreign power that somehow has invaded us. Those who incessantly attack our national government do major damage to our system.

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As a boy, our house was not blessed with air conditioning. Most of our neighbors’ homes were the same. Our families were mostly refinery working-hand dads and stay-at-home moms. Most of us have long since become immune to the pungent odors produced by the various industries surrounding Port Arthur. Some, however, did not.

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In football, the term “H-back” is generally applied to a very athletic individual who is pretty much an all around utility player. He can occupy many positions and is usually considered one of the better players, not particularly at one position, but very useful at several.

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Oscar Mauzy, former state senator and Supreme Court justice, had a large sign hanging on the wall of his senate office. It read, “Forgive and remember.” Unfortunately, too many voters have not adopted the part about remembering. It is my belief too many voters do not necessarily forgive — they simply forget.

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It is always risky to make predictions. Even sports analysts, who are great prognosticators, are very reluctant to predict the winner of the Super Bowl or the World Series. Conventional wisdom says if you claim to be an expert in something and make a wrong prediction, it somehow diminishes your credibility. Nonetheless, here goes as far as our governor’s presidential ambitions.

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