November 4, 2010 Issue


Clements asks all to remember the day Democrats took over

Dear Editor:

Remember the day Jan. 3, 2007? The day the democrats took over was not Jan. 22, 2009 it was actually Jan. 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, the start of the 110th Congress.

The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are/have been listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:



Jan. 3, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time the DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77. The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent. The Unemployment rate was 4.6 percent George Bush’s Economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job creation! Remember the day. Jan. 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? Banking and financial services!

Thank Congress for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6 percent unemployment to this crisis by dumping 5-6 trillion dollars of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiasco’s! (Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Freddie and Fannie starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the U. S. Economy but no one listened) And who took the third highest pay-off from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Obama. And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? Obama and the Democrat Congress. So when someone tries to blame Bush... Remember Jan. 3, 2007....The day the Democrats took over!” Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving. Set the record straight on Bush!

So, as you listen to all the commercials and media from the Democrats who are now distancing themselves from their voting record and their party, remember how they didn’t listen to you when you said you didn’t want all the bailouts, you didn’t want the health care bill, you didn’t want cap and trade, you didn’t want them to continue spending money we don’t have.

Obama, with the help of his fellow idiots in D. C. went about the problem completely backwards. His first concern should have been jobs but he had to take care of his supporters (Unions, banks, etc.) and pass the most unpopular piece of legislation in history (ObamaCare behind closed doors/democrats only).

The above is the prime reason I wavered from my policy of voting nonpartisan but I viewed our current situation as critical and voted for only Republicans or Independents because Obama and Democrats have taken us where we have never been before and we must now use any method available to erase the atrocity we had dumped on us by a force led by the biggest liar in political history. Hopefully by the time this is printed we will have made a positive step towards undoing some of the most asinine legislation in history. Hopefully as I predicted last year, in this space, Obama/Democrats will have accomplished something that the Repubs could not have accomplished on their own. They have forced the American people to rise up and say we are not stupid and we are not going to take it anymore. Republicans will have retaken the House and made large inroads towards taking back the Senate. Yes indeed, Jan. 3, 2011 will make four straight years of Democrats have had the steering wheel. I hope you all enjoyed this week’s election as much as I did. Hold on tight. The 2012 Presidential election should be something.

Robert L. Clements

McGraw-Guy thanks community for outpouring of support

Dear Editor:

I want to personally thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support our family received during Papa Jack’s illness and his departure home. I was really amazed at the number of calls and visits during his hospital stay. When Papa Jack passed, I was blown away by the amount of visitors, food and flowers that were sent. I want to say a special thank you to everyone for being so good to our family.

When I was younger, I was a little jealous that everybody called him “Papa Jack,” but after Saturday night and his amazing service Sunday, I see he was just as important to all of you. I am amazed at the number of lives he has touched. Papa Jack was a very caring and compassionate man. He was everyone’s friend and welcomed everybody into his home and his family. I strive to be that kind of person. We willingly shared our Papa Jack with the community as he willing shared his love and compassion for everybody.

He was everything you could ever ask for in a grandpa. He loved everybody and especially his children. Anytime I ever needed him, all I had to do was ask. He was always willing to do anything for anybody. Papa Jack taught his family all of these traits. I hope these qualities continue to shine through our family and are passed down to our kids.

Our family will never be the same without Papa Jack and our lives are forever changed. He lives in each of our hearts. We will keep his attitude about loving each other and making everyone feel welcomed – something that will always keep his legacy going.

Thank you again to everyone for everything you all have done. I hope when I go home to be with Jesus, people can honestly say these things about me.


Brooke McGraw-Guy

Stewart proud of Barrow too

Dear Editor:

Last week, I inadvertently left out Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Barrow in my Letter to the Editor. Pure oversight on my part. Therefore, I wanted to offer my apologies to Deputy Barrow and say “We’re proud of you too!” Deputy Barrow is a great asset to Glascock Co. law enforcement and we are lucky to have him on the force. Thanks for all you do for the people of Glascock County.


Linda D. Stewart

Hockenbury responds to criticism

Dear Editor:

In response to the letter Linda Stewart wrote concerning my objections to ATVs on streets and highways.

Stewart said that people in Alaska ride snowmobiles. Sure they do. They also license these vehicles and pay taxes on such. I don’t know if Stewart realizes it but it snows in Alaska and these vehicles are sometimes relied upon for legal transportation.

Stewart said that people in Montana ride horses. People in Arizona, Wyoming, Texas and other western states ride horses. They are sometimes called cowboys. Horses are used in their work. The horse owners pay a personal property tax on the horses. As for segways in New York, I don’t know but I would think that they have to pay a tax on these vehicles.

And by the way, the snowmobile and segway riders wear helmets.

In my former letter I did not “pop off at the mouth” about my neighbors. My next door neighbor has a golf cart that their grandchildren drive up and down our street. It is a quiet neighborhood. I don’t think my neighbors would allow these children to drive the golf cart on Hwy. 171 (Calhoun Street) or downtown Gibson. Besides golf carts are not what I am concerned about.

Stewart seems to think just because Glascock County is a small, easy-going, laid back community ATVs should be allowed on streets and highways even though they are illegal. Since we don’t have a theater, pool hall, skating rink, or juke joint (juke joint, that’s amusing) ATVs are supposed to take the place of these entertainment ventures. Smoking pot is illegal but could be considered a form of entertainment. I can hear it being explained now. “Sheriff, we don’t have a juke joint to go to for entertainment so we decided to kick back in our country environment and get high. We know it is illegal but so is a lot of things against the law.”

Granted the penalty for smoking pot is greater than illegally operating an ATV on the streets and highways but not any more illegal. Pot smokers are everywhere so there are probably just as many pot smokers in the county as ATV riders. I am not here to defend these users of illegal drugs. It is illegal and they should be busted. All I am saying is anyone that breaks the law should be busted.

I will admit that Sheriff Couch has improved the county to some extent but much needs to be done. Whether or not some law breakers are allowed to slide just to save a vote is of no consequence.

Someone is going to get hurt or perhaps killed on one of these ATVs, Stewart admits that it has happened but yet she thinks it is OK to ride these vehicles at top speed without safety equipment such as goggles and a helmet.

All in all I got quite a kick out of reading Stewart’s letter. Those that I have spoken to about her letter found it without grounds and quite amusing. Research next time.

Have a great day everyone,

Gene Hockenbury


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