Opinion

Imagine for a moment that parties engaged to be married were discussing their future. One party issued an ultimatum to the other: During our marriage, you will be required to do exactly as I say, without discussion or compromise. Given such a requirement for marriage, few couples would ever tie the knot. Unfortunately, this appears to be the attitude at the congressional level of our government, especially of members of the Tea Party.

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Now that the party primaries are mostly behind us with only a few July 31 runoffs standing between voters and the November elections, there is ample cause for concern for a political landscape that has been radically altered by the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. The ruling that corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals would have confounded the Founding Fathers, even in a time before such massive wealth was concentrated in so few hands.

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If you have a television set, you could not have missed the almost nonstop commercials attacking Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton. What happened to Tuffy is an example of intolerance and legislative bullying.

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Memorial Day Weekend is here again. For many, the holiday has become a three-day excursion of sun, fun, barbecue and beer that unofficially closes the curtain on the school year and ushers in what promises to be another hot and humid Southeast Texas summer. But don’t forget what makes Memorial Day the symbol of freedom that it is – the men and women who have died for this country, who served and continue to serve these United States.

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Who in their right mind would really want to elect a convicted criminal who falsely claimed to have a college education, lied about his parents, and made up a resume which included hundreds of false claims such as excelling in sports and being an American hero? Even worse, if you could vote for such a person knowing the these bad traits, would you still consider voting for him when you learned he was in prison for threatening his fellow citizens?

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My friend and neighbor on Bolivar, Rusty Cluck, pulls some mighty big words out of his hat from time to time. I confess up front that I got this one and the idea for this column when reading something he wrote recently. He told a woman to “enjoy her schadenfreude,” and I wanted to be certain I understood what it meant. The woman writer has an overly offensive attitude and she is at her worst when writing.

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The selection of Dr. Timothy Chargois as the new superintendent of the Beaumont Independent School District was greeted with a sigh of relief by beleaguered citizens who hoped the unanimous vote on the usually divided Board of Trustees signaled a new day at BISD. That might ultimately prove to be the case, but as Ringo Starr once sang, “It don’t come easy.”

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Standing up to Joe ‘Quarterback,’ the bully
 

Dr. E. Jean Pierre-Pipkin was an educator in Beaumont for 45 years. Now 76 years old, the petite woman is retired but her memory is sharp as a tack, and she has not forgotten the brutal actions visited upon her in 2005 at age 70 by Jefferson County Constable for Precinct 6 Joe “Quarterback” Stevenson, who currently wants voters to elect him sheriff.

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When Dr. Timothy Chargois was named the new superintendent of the Beaumont Independent School District, there was a sigh of relief heard both inside and outside the district.

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Hypocrisy continues to prevail in Texas, particularly in the area of health. Governor Perry and others continue to promote the idea of everybody being responsible by their own health care by way of insurance. Republicans also go bonkers by attacking every organization that has ever favored allowing legal abortions – protecting the unborn, they call it. Unfortunately, at the same time, the already born do not fare so well. A recent study has demonstrated that Texas leads the nation in children’s deaths due to abuse.

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