This past Saturday, Oct. 16, Holy Comforter Lutheran Church and School hosted The Kingwood Oktoberfest (TKO) on our campus, with almost 1400 attendees from the Lake Houston community. Every attendee I spoke with enjoyed themselves in a fun, family-friendly and safe environment. With these thoughts in mind, I would like to say thank you to the Lake Houston community, our sponsors, vendors and volunteers for making our event a huge success. Our TKO team will be meeting in the near future to discuss how to improve our event for next fall to be held on Oct. 15, 2022. Again, thank you to everyone who attended and Prost Y’all!
Chairperson, Oktoberfest team
Holy Comforter Lutheran
Church and School
I had an aunt that was very dedicated to her faith. She and my uncle’s life were centered around the church and their faith. I suspect that she read the Bible most every day and prayed on a regular basis. There are probably millions of Aunt Margaret’s and Uncle Earl’s in the U.S. who are devoted to their faith. For the life of me I do not understand why someone would continuously ridicule religion and disparage those who have faith in God. Just look at the listings in the Tribune, both paper and E edition, of places of worship as well as the articles by Reverend Jim Flagg. That tells me the Tribune believes there are a reasonable number of people of faith that read the Tribune. What was President Obama’s catch phrase? Hope and Change. The words hope and pray could be interchanged: I hope / pray I win the lottery. You still may not “win the lottery” but why mock people’s faith? Then there’s the quote from Bill Bailey, “same stupid belief in the power of prayer.” In effect he is calling those that pray stupid. Based on that statement, President Obama’s Hope and Change must be “stupid” as well. Yet he was elected president twice. Sound familiar, “cling to their guns and religion,” deplorables, Neanderthals. And Don Lemon (CNN) called those who refuse to take the vaccine stupid. Remember: “What you say about others, says a lot about you.”
P.S. You notice we did not get a critique of President Biden or his policies, just a doubling down on prayer. Once again, “Look Over There, Not Over Here.”
Charlton Robertson, Kingwood
Eula McKown’s 10-13-2021 letter notes a verb’s misuse in a sentence (call it A) having this structure: “X and Y drove to Z to bring a truck load of donations to the beleaguered city.” Ms. McKown noted that the verb “bring” should have been “take,” for as she said, “If you drive somewhere, you take items with you. If you come to a place, you bring items with you.” However, efficient writing (expressing a thought with the fewest words possible) would have avoided the verb problem by producing this sentence (B): “X and Y drove to Z with a truckload of donations for the beleaguered city.” Sentence B has 15 words; sentence A has 17 words. “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away.” — Antoine de Saint Exupery
Bill Bailey, Kingwood
ABOUT THAT COLUMN
Re the Houston Chronicle article by Lisa Falkenburg entitled “American needs Biden’s big budget bill,” published Oct. 16: In the article’s own words: “These are just a sampling of the bill’s essential elements......” shows the deliberate deception by omitting the many poisonous elements tucked into these massive bills. If, repeat IF you have read the entire bills, you know what they are. Why doesn’t that paper commit such space to publishing an accurate synopsis of each element in those bills so the voters and even the members of Congress can then make a very informed decision?
Robert L. Gabler, Kingwood