Opinion

Many things come to my mailbox, desk and computer every day concerning “religion,” a word I don’t really like very much. Because I have written in this realm for many years, I suppose my name is on a lot of mailing lists, and some still rely on the U.S. Postal Services to deliver their goodies to my door. Some are interesting while others are dumb. Much of it goes to File No. 13 after I have scanned through each piece, but some of it garners a second read and goes to one of the incoming boxes on my desk.

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Like many Beaumont residents, we at The Examiner hailed the appointment of Dr. Timothy Chargois — and the unanimous BISD board vote that approved it – as a hopeful sign that perhaps a new day was on the horizon for the troubled district.

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I’ve been struck lately by how quickly each presidential campaign attacks the other for the slightest misstatement. A most recent attack on President Obama grew out of his remark that none of us got to be successful on our own.

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My husband, Ted, and I attended the funeral of his sister in law, Aquila Freeman, in Houston on the same day as all newscasts were telling of the horrible murders in Aurora, Colo. Ted’s oldest daughter lives in Aurora and is a movie buff, so of course we called to see if she might have attended the Batman movie the night before. She did not, but she did tell us of chilling scenes taking place just a short distance from her home.

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Listening to pundits and some Republican advocates, I keep hearing the opinion that big money authorized by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision will not really make a difference in politics. When I hear this, I am reminded of a common saying I’ve heard for many years: “Money talks and BS walks.”

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That’s the amount of a phony invoice submitted by electrical contractor Calvin Walker to the Beaumont Independent School District. Walker admitted as part of his plea deal he “altered” that $382,975.32 invoice. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney, the invoice actually turned out to be a quote and was not a purchase order, thus the items the invoice slated for purchase were never actually bought by Walker – and Walker’s check payable to that wholesaler in the amount of $382,975.32 was never presented to the wholesaler or negotiated.

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There’s an old, old, adage taken from Shakespeare that goes, “A rose by any other name smells as sweet.” No doubt a tax by any other name is still a tax. Conservative columnist Cal Thomas, a chief apologist for the Republican Party, finally uttered something I agree with. Thomas, in a recent piece commenting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, said that any time you take money from the people and give it to the government, it’s a tax.

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The agony and the ecstasy spawned by the current redistricting dustup on the Beaumont City Council is an unfortunate turn of events that didn’t have to happen – but it did.

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The story of a Groves family who turned to friends and strangers to help their diabetic son live a better life has taken an unexpected turn. The saga began when Ryan and Tara McLeod heard about service dogs who could detect if their young son Racer, who has Type 1 Diabetes, has blood sugar that’s too high or too low.

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There was once a farmer who decided he would save money, so instead of buying the full sack of seed corn, he bought only two-thirds of the amount he had purchased the year before. After sowing the seeds on his field, he eventually harvested the crop. To his great surprise, the crop had only yielded two-thirds of the bounty of the season before.

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