August 2, 2012 Issue


Service is the purpose

This week citizens from around our communities stepped forward and asked to be considered for a variety of offices.

Most candidates had competition. Many people feel that in races like those, there could be only one winner.



But we have a different way of looking at it.

Whenever two or more people face each other for a position, any position, we believe this competition gives us a choice. It shows voters people are interested in our community, how it’s run and how things can be improved.

As we’ve said in this space before, it must be difficult to step forward and say, “Take a look at me and what I stand for. I want your vote.”

We are grateful so many of our neighbors, friends and family have participated in this election as candidates.

It means so much to us. It means we have people who care about not only themselves and their own concerns; but, they care about our community as a whole. They care about the people they love, the people they know and the people they don’t know at all.

As we print this edition, we very shortly will know who has won what offices and what positions will require a run-off.

We are grateful to each and every candidate, win, lose or draw. The effort to run for office takes thought and commitment. It takes dedication to your community and its citizens.

If you have won your office, we congratulate you.

If you face a run-off, we wish you luck.

If your chance, this time, has ended, we say, your community still needs you.

This may not have been your time for the particular office you sought; but, please do not let this setback dampen your desire to serve. There are many, many places where your time and energy can do great things for our community.

There are boards that serve the public that need board members.

There are churches, charities and other agencies that need, sometimes desperately need, volunteers.

Being an opponent in an election ensures that the candidate who wins does not take his election for granted, that he knows his voters expect great things and he knows there are others willing to challenge him if he fails.

We need people who will step forward and say, “Pick me! Pick me! I can do it!”

So, thank you, everyone.

Prisoner advises youth on leading better lives

This is for the youth and parents:

Kids stay in school and away from drugs.

Listen to parents and not the streets.

Parents keep kids active in sports.

Kids don’t be influenced by TV because TV has its way of misleading kids.

Stay focused in books and on your education.

Be patient with parents and obey parents.

Always be loyal to parents.

Share things with parents because they’ll be there for you before so-called friends.

Whenever you think about having sex have safe sex.

Be able to handle the responsibilities.

Make wise decisions in life.

Don’t pick up the wrong habits.

Respect your elders.

Don’t be grown too fast.

Walk away from foolishness and trouble.

Don’t be a hater.

Don’t get in others’ business.

Boys, always be a gentleman.

Girls, always be a lady and have respect for yourself, then others will have respect for you.

Be persistent. Don’t lay down, but stay down.

Kentrell Nicall Thomas
Phillips State Prison

D’Antignac describes Norquist’s plan and pledge

Grover Norquist. Now there’s a name that no one in America should forget. Those on the left call him some dirty names, those in the center would like to drown him in the Potomac River, and most of those on the right call him master. For those of you that don’t know Grover, below are some facts from the website, Wikipedia.

First and foremost, he is an American lobbyist, conservative activist, and founder and president of American Tax Reform. He is known as the promoter of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which was signed by (95 percent of all Republican Congressmen) and all but one of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

He is also a Harvard graduate, where he obtained both a B.A. and an M.B.A. He also attended the Leadership Institute, an organization that teaches conservative Americans how to influence public policy through activism and leadership. He is convinced to this day, that nobody learns anything about politics after the age of 21.

Those of you that watch something other than Fox News on Sunday, should have seen Grover on 60 Minutes during a Nov. 20, 2011 episode.

Steve Kroft claims that “Norquist has been responsible, more than anyone else, for rewriting the dogma of the Republican Party.” As of late 2011, 238 out of 242 House Republicans and 41 out of 47 Senate Republicans had signed ATR’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Whoa, somebody call the police.)

In November 2011, Senate Majority leaader Harry Reid (D-NV) blamed Norquist’s influence for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s lack of progress, claiming that Congressional Republicans “are being led like puppets by Grover Norquist. They’re giving speeches that we should compromise on our deficit, but never do they compromise on Grover Norquist. He is their leader.”

Since Norquist’s pledge binds signatories to opposing deficit reduction agreements that include any element of increased tax revenue, some Republican deficit hawks now retired from office have stated that Norquist has become an obstacle to deficit reduction. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has been particularly critical, describing Norquist’s position as “no taxes, under any situation, even if your country goes to hell.”

Some of you are asking yourselves, how did this one man get to be so powerful. As a nonprofit organization, Americans for Tax Reform is not required to disclose the identity of its contributors.

Norquist has said that ATR is financed by direct mail and other grassroots fundraising efforts. According to CBS News, “A significant portion appears to come from wealthy individuals, foundations and corporate interests.”

What’s important is that once you win an election to the House or the Senate, you’re asked to sign his pledge. If you renege on that pledge, ATR will spend lots of that money to defeat you in your bid for re-election. Here is a quote from Grover about former President George H. W. Bush: “The reason why Republicans today take the pledge and keep it is they have the example of George Bush winning the primary because he made that commitment, winning the general election because he made that commitment, and then losing the presidency because he broke that commitment to the American people.”

“So he’s a very big part of the success of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”

Didn’t have to read between those lines, did ya. (LOL) My personal opinion is this: He doesn’t care if this country maintains it’s level of greatness, or if it falls flat on its face. It’s his way or the highway. And that ladies and gentlemen, is the short of Grover Norquist.

Clyde D’Antignac
Future Wadley Resident


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