A few months ago, your paper was kind enough to print a Letter to the Editor from The Houston and Southeast Texas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association asking Congressman Poe to co-sponsor an important piece of Alzheimer’s Legislation, the Build Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (HR4256). Well, today I am happy to report that the congressman has recently decided to co-sponsor the BOLD Act and we would like to thank him for his support. The Alzheimer’s Association hopes that you can find a place in your paper for this thank you to Congressman Poe.
John Harris-via email
Capitalism made America the greatest country on Earth
Businesses advertise to promote/sell their products and that is effective and proper. What isn’t proper is their tying advertising to Memorial Day. That annual day is supposed to be when Americans of all colors and creeds reflect on all who we have lost on the battlefields while protecting the freedoms that all of us enjoy. The commercial advertising of Memorial Day sales events is shameful and offensive to many of the relatives and friends of those who have died in battle. One would hope that such commercial exploitation of Memorial Day would cease and not recur next year as it has in too many years past!
Robert L. Gabler - Kingwood
Where to find respect?
If every school shooter who kills students respected human life, then none of those tragedies would have occurred. How then does one acquire and maintain a respect for human life? Do schools teach students to respect human life? Maybe, but none of the courses I took ever dealt with the subject, and I have a Ph.D. Some may say that Sunday school teaches a respect for human life. I doubt it, for Sunday school teaches the Bible, and the Old Testament teaches a lack of respect for human life, for it has God ordering the killing of (1) “your very own brother, your son or daughter, the wife you love, or your closest friend” (Deuteronomy 13:6-11); (2) “men and women, children and infants” (1 Samuel 15:1-3); and (3) all homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13). Those passages hardly teach a respect for human life. Moreover, religious wars have claimed millions of human lives. Consider the notion of souls and an afterlife consisting of heaven/paradise and hell, which teach everlasting life. One’s earthly existence is insignificant in duration compared to an eternity. One might even view the ending of person X’s earthly existence as doing X a favor, for X then will get to paradise sooner instead of later. Texas’ death penalty displays/teaches a lack of respect for human life. So I repeat: How does one acquire and maintain a respect for human life?
Bill Bailey - Kingwood
Keeping them safe is our privilege
How time flies! It is hard to imagine that this is the 65th anniversary of the founding of your 100 Club! We are so appreciative of the founding members who had the foresight to see a need and step up to fill it. Our police officers and firefighters are better served today because of this idea that formed 65 years ago. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve as your new president. I want to thank outgoing President J.L. “Bubba” Butera for his leadership and service to the club and its members. To date your 100 Club has now assisted 182 families and provided $44 million towards our mission. We are continually looking for ways to keep our heroes safe, so that they, in return, can keep all of us safe and secure as we go about our lives. I am looking forward to the next two years as I serve as your president. Tragically, we experienced the loss of four heroes since our last newsletter. On Nov. 4, 2017, Texas DPS Trooper Tom Nipper was killed on duty when his patrol car was hit in Temple. On Nov. 23, 2017, Texas DPS Trooper Damon Allen was killed on duty when he was shot by a wanted suspect in Fairfield. On Dec. 13, 2017, Brazoria VFD Captain Dene Barber died while fighting a fire in Brazoria. On March 23, 2018, Ellinger VFD Firefighter Larry Marusik died from injuries sustained while fighting a large grass fire. These four families have already been provided support from The 100 Club. We have launched a new website for the club to keep you better informed, educate the public, and serve our members. Our directors have also stepped up to fill a need that exists. We will now be providing funding to replace any service animals who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. We had our 64th annual Heroes Awards Banquet this year on May 16. We honored a record number of 62 police officers and firefighters for their heroic acts this last year.
Don Woo, President The 100 Club
I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for the tickets, courtesy of the Tribune Club, to the Margarita Festival. The entertainment was great, drinks refreshing, and the food delicious. Hopefully, it will grow and the organizers will continue to bring new events to our area. The Hawaiian Food Truck was a favorite. It was funny when the owner, aka “The Quesadilla Thief” ate my food!
Joy Oliver - via email