Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1

December 1, 2012

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is P-R-O-B-L-E-M

RESPECT shouldn’t just be the title of an old Aretha Franklin song. It should be a word that every American should keep in their hearts and minds.

It hurts my heart to see how little respect people have for what God has given us in this country.

I’m not talking about a lack of respect for those who serve to protect our country or homes or property. I’m talking about the simple, everyday things that people do to demonstrate a lack of caring for our country.

Example: At a local store the other day, I watched a woman open a candy bar and drop the wrapper on the floor, even though one step would have allowed her to drop it in a convenient trash can. Same store (and I’m not complaining about the store itself), but the parking lot is littered with such items as discarded sacks and drink containers from fast food places, dirty diapers and a myriad of other items of trash. Then there are the shopping carts – but I won’t get into that can of worms today.

Have you ever watched someone throw a cup or a beer can from a car window – a lit cigarette? I find it hard to understand why people just do not seem to care.

Not too many years ago, my wife and I had a chance to visit Austria.

The first thing I noticed about it was how clean the citizens of Innsbruck kept their city. Why can’t Americans step up and do the same thing?

Folks, it’s not just a matter of respect, but also PRIDE. We have a great community here in Granbury. We tout tourism as a major industry, but let’s face it, we need to respect and be proud of what we have and take care of it. Make it a beautiful place to visit, not a trash dump next to a lake.

Donald C. Grissom

Granbury

 

Important questions remain post-election

Some thoughts of an Obama voter about our country after the election:

For democracy to work, that is, for a group of people to govern themselves by joint decision, each person must feel listened to as an equal and each must be able to treat the others with the same regard. This amounts to being able to put oneself in the place of any other and to expect that each of the others will do the same. Then, of course, we must talk – and listen.

This process can become so important for some members of the group that it becomes a way of life. It becomes part of one’s very identity. Some call this the American Dream, something the group comes to love and cherish and be committed to. For some, only God has more authority and calls for more devotion.

We should notice that our economy works by a different set of principles. Our economy is about the belief in individual preferences and choices, about the belief in mutual benefit by contract and the confidence that things will work out OK for most of the group, which things mostly do.

As we can see, this is a very different view of things and results in a very different identity. Seeing our world as a market and ourselves as consumers gives us yet another understanding of who we are and what moves us.

In unsettled times, the process of democracy, that is, of mutual trust and joint decision-making, is at risk. Unsettled times can happen when our economy has been manipulated and begins to fail, that is, when people lose their jobs and can’t take care of their families, when people begin to move around looking for work, when people become threatened that they will lose their security or status and when our institutions, such as marriage, family, church, banks begin to fail us. In unsettled times, we are like kites without strings. Our mutual trust begins to fail and our hope of belonging to something good, that is, of being treated equally, fairly and with dignity, begins to slip away. We begin to think only of our small group – or only of ourselves. We want to find somebody to blame in order to feel better. We put people in negative categories – stereotypes. This destructive process can end up in our politics, in our democracy. Once started, it’s hard to stop.

As we can see, important questions still remain. What is best for America? What kind of America do we want? What do we still have in common that’s good, even though it may not be to our personal material or social benefit?

Jim Stringer

DCBE

 

Amazed at support for Tolar Rattlers

Our daughter and her family moved to Tolar this past summer, so naturally, we became fans of the Tolar Rattlers. We have been amazed at ALL the support that the community and fans have shown their young people.

The support was not only for the players, but also the coaches, the cheerleaders, the band, the parents and the grandparents!

The players exhibited good sportsmanship and a humble attitude. The Rattler football team definitely earned its “SWAG.”

Good luck to the Tolar school for the rest of the school year.

Jack & Cindi Wall

Evant

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