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Missing Presidential Picture Sparks Discussion on Facebook


Texarkana, USA- In Texarkana, the United States Post Office and Court House on Stateline Avenue has had the portraits of Presidents and Vice Presidents over the exit doors from the main lobby for as long as most can remember. The most recent President to hang there was President Obama. His portrait came down during the transition of power and office to President Trump. As is the custom, the new President and Vice President both had official portraits taken and then distributed by the government. It has now been almost four months since the change in Washington. In Texarkana, at one of the most visited sites in the city, the unique federal courthouse still does not have the new President’s picture hanging in the traditional spot. A recent post to the Miller County Republican Facebook page noted the lack of the President’s picture and comments have been expanding ever since. Comments have been from things like “Good” to “Someone needs to get the pictures up.” The post has now been shared on the Texarkana Cheers and Jeers page. Needless to say, on that page comments have been a little more diverse. The bottom line is President Trump is not popular with a lot of people. It almost seems that if he said, “Milk is good for you,” someone would be standing nearby to say, “He’s trying to kill all the lactose intolerant people!” Just like any other President in our nation’s history, some people like him, and some people do not like him. Republicans were very vocal in their opposition to President Obama, it’s only fair that Democrats would now be vocal about their opposition to President Trump. However, all that opposition does not change one important fact. Trump is the President. Had Clinton won, then Clinton would be the President. It was the same when Bush won, when Clinton won, when Reagan won, when Carter won, and so on. The person elected by our system to be President is sworn in and becomes President. You may not like him or her and you can vocalize that – one of the perks of a free country – but regardless of how you may feel, that person is still President. All this though boils down to one important question. Why has the new President and Vice-President’s portraits not been hung up at the courthouse? Continue Reading →

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Death,-Frequent Visitor

Death. It’S A Word That Many People Fear, Some Wish For, And Other Simply Accept As The Final Stage Of This Life While Opening The Mysteries Of What Comes Next. No matter how you view death, the one thing that is certain is that it will eventually visit you. It seems as I get older I am reminded of all those “Old” people I used to hear saying things like, “Well, there are fewer of us than there used to be.” From the late 1980’s and even through today we hear it a lot about the “Greatest Generation”. The word is death is visiting more and more of them. I saw it in my grandparents, and I’ve seen it in my friend’s grandparents pass from that generation, but now the time has come where I’m seeing it more from people I know outside of family. As I said, I’m at that age where there are simply “fewer” of us than there used to be. The other day I picked up a book that many of my friends had signed back in 1997. As I read through the list, I realized over ninety percent of the signers were now dead. I am certainly seeing death as a frequent visitor in my small realm of friends. I guess it’s normal even natural, for people to start thinking about death when they reach this age. I had a harsh reminder recently when a dear friend of mine died. This marks the first year that I have not received multiple telephone calls from him during the annual tax season. My friend did income taxes for people and he always had computer questions, or wanted to be sure that I understood how to do taxes. His calls might be to ensure I got “us” the latest software, or to inform me that his computer would not print. I’d go off to his home, fix the issue and we’d spend a lot of time talking about the new tax laws. My friend died in December. The last time I talked with him was August. Now as I move into the second month of the tax season, I’m finding that the lack of telephone calls from him is depressing. It’s a reminder that he is not here anymore and that he won’t be calling. It’s also a reminder that all our days are numbered just like those tax forms were. So as I contemplate death, I have a firm Christian foundation in where I will go and spend eternity, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering. I find myself adding up the ages of my kids and thinking things like “Well, they will be one hundred in this year or that year”. I realize that as they reach those later years in life it will be long after I’m gone. As I said, I am confident where I will be in that time period, but it doesn’t stop me from wondering what will happen here. Continue Reading →

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