September 17, 2009 Issue


Gordy mourns loss

Dear Editor:

It was with regret that I read in your last week’s edition of the death of William Wright Abbot III (Bill).

He was one of the premier teachers in Louisville Academy when I was a student there.

Bill Abbot was one of my history instructors. Professor Abbot was the featured speaker at Louisville’s and Jefferson County’s observance of America’s Bicentennial in 1976, held at the courthouse with a catered noon meal by the late Ralph Kennedy and his wife Freances at Old Town Plantation.

Professor Abbot’s speech in the courtroom in 1976 was not only timely but informative.

A native of Louisville, Bill Abbot kept in touch with his hometown through the years from William and Mary College and the University of Virginia where he taught.

Professor Abbot was one of the many graduates of Louisville Academy who went on to distinguish themselves across America and to Jefferson County proud.

We will miss you, Bill!


Bob L. Gordy



D’Antignac defends letter praying for President Obama

Dear Editor:

(In response to a letter from a Ms. Rabun claiming his previous letter compared Obama too closesly with God). If you had taken the time to read the prayer, you would have come away thinking, that’s not a half bad prayer.

With all the hate and discontent that’s going on these days, with some people showing up to meetings with guns strapped to their waist, and shoulders a prayer is what the President and his family needs. But I guess that was wishful thinking on my part, and I apologize for giving you, and others that think like you, that much credit.

How you came away thinking, and these are the words you wrote: “Clyde, you have stepped over the line when you compare the president to God. In no way can you even begin to compare the two and I’m highly irritated that you would even try. ‘Only God can sustain such energy, knowledge and person.’ You spoke incorrectly, God can do so much more. Obama is a mere mortal man, not the Anointed One that so many have put on a pedestal for worship. Rest assured whatever Obama can do pales in comparison to what God can do.”

That I would compare the President to God, is beyond me. It’s a short prayer, and I have reprinted it just for you. Try reading the part that’s italicized before the prayer, you, and maybe others that think like you, just might learn something.

Folks, if you have not noticed....No president has ever worked this hard for our country. Many wonder, does he ever sleep? Only God can sustain such energy, knowledge and person. Will you please join in this prayer...


We pray for optimum health, mental clarity and political prosperity for Pres. Barack Obama. We pray that what he lacks in political experience you make up for with supernatural wisdom and power. We also pray that when his enemies come upon him they will stumble and fall; and that your love will fill his heart to the end that Your will be done through him. We pray mightily for his protection. As we plead the blood of your son, Jesus, over him and his family, we reverently ask you to dispatch legions of angels to protect them from all hurt, harm, danger as he serves as the president of the United States of America. We thank you and praise you for answering our sincere prayers, In Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Now, wasn’t that a simple prayer. Nothing hidden, just a simple prayer for the President and his family. If you still see something, let me just say this: Take the log out of your eye before you try to take it out of my eye.

Maybe, just maybe, your intent was to get in what we call out here in Texas, a two-for the price of one. What I mean by that is this. Your intent was really to get the town hall meeting dates in, but you couldn’t resist mentioning the prayer you probably didn’t read completely, or your hate for the President is so, that you just didn’t get it, as a simple prayer.

Ms. Rabun, here’s what I will do, not just for you, but for all of those who interpreted a hidden meaning in the prayer as you did, and possibily have the same feelings about the president of these United States.

I will pray for you all.

Clyde D’Antignac


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