We all came from somewhere else

As terrorists took aim at France last week, the horror of watching planes fly into the World Trade Center Twin Towers was revisited.

Sept. 11, 2001, was a frightening day. But it was also a day that rallied many of us to a renewed patriotism. We gathered in parks, churches and civic buildings carrying American flags, sharing a sense of grief and outrage with our fellow countrymen.

The attacks in Paris reminded us how vulnerable we are and it reminded us that some religious zealots sacrifice themselves to harm the innocent.

It is understandable to want to do something to stop the events of Sept. 11, 2001, or Nov. 13, 2015, from happening again; however, denying refuge to all those escaping Syria goes against the foundation of this nation.

I visited New York City for the first time earlier this month. Of course, one of our stops was the Statue of Liberty. No landmark has every affected me as much as seeing Lady Liberty did.


Thanksgiving feast for pets different than people’s

Thanksgiving is when many people express gratitude for the blessings in life. For many of us, our pets are included in our thoughts of appreciation. Although you may consider Fido a part of the family, there are many reasons why he should not join you at the dinner table for the traditional holiday feast.


Terrorism in waiting: Modern day camouflage

In light of the recent Paris terrorist attack stemming from those posing as refugees, I strongly believe it is irresponsible to accept any Syrian refugees into Texas. 

Posing as refugees has become the camouflage of the modern day terrorist.

We have been at war with Islamic terrorists since our country was established in 1789. The first president to stand-up to the radicals from the Middle East and take the battle to the Islamic terrorists was Thomas Jefferson when he sent the US Marines into Tripoli to fight the Barbary Pirates. 

The world’s problem with the hate-filled Islamic terrorists has existed for thousands of years. The so-called Muslim religion, which is also a theocracy, was created on a foundation of hate by Mohammed. 

The destabilization of the Middle East by the U.S. and other western countries has greatly escalated the Islamic terrorist wars with all non-Muslims world wide.


Column from Jennifer Ross at the WP Chamber

Brick$ Buck$ are here!

Never before has the visibility of the “shop local” tag been greater than it has become in recent years. With small communities taking charge of highlighting the benefits of shopping locally and programs like Small Business Saturday designing special days when these benefits are heavily marketed, it is no wonder that the buzz is spreading!

Wills Point has been swimming with activity through our local businesses in the last few weeks. Brick$ Buck$ are here and are available now with local residents and customers getting into the spirit. Some lucky local customer is going to win $5000 just for visiting and shopping in our local businesses! There are seventeen Wills Point merchants who have made tickets available in their store and thirteen sponsors who helped to make this shop local program possible.


Grand Saline Library Holidays are here! Are you ready?

The end of the year is coming faster than most of us are ready for.  There are so many things to do before the Christmas holidays. 

We would like to remind everyone that we are closed on Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday.

 The first week of December will be a busy one for us.  We are hosting a painting party on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.  The party/class costs $35 and there are a limited numbers of spaces, so you need to contact the library to sign up for this event. 

On Saturday, Dec. 5, as part of the city-wide celebration, we will have Santa visiting the library from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  You can bring your camera and take pictures with Santa for free and we will also be serving refreshments.  


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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge’s Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration’s implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program. 

Against the wishes of Congress, the White House sent out a memorandum in November 2014 extending the reach of the policy include to more people.

Gov. Greg Abbott reacted to the Fifth Circuit ruling  on Nov. 10, saying: “The court’s decision is a vindication for the Rule of Law and the Constitution. The president’s job is to enforce the immigration laws, not rewrite them. President Obama should abandon his lawless executive amnesty program and start enforcing the law today.”

In affirming the lower court’s ruling, the Fifth Circuit sided with Texas and 25 other states that sued to prevent the implementation of DAPA on three grounds:


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Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her “case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas.” 

Under the sheriff’s current policy, an undocumented person who committed minor offenses is not held past their release date an extra 48 hours for federal immigration authorities. 

Abbott accused Valdez “of refusing to automatically detain all criminal immigrants pursuant to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) federal detainer program, which is designed to prevent dangerous criminals from being released into communities.”

The governor said actions the State of Texas could take to combat such policies are:

- Passing laws that prohibit any policy or action that promotes sanctuary to people in this state illegally.


Come be a mouse in the rat race at the VZC library

The Van Zandt County Library has an important off-site partner in The Library of Genealogy and Local History which is located in the Courthouse Annex, across from Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton.  

The Genealogy Society of Van Zandt County is one of the most active in the state of Texas and has had many award winning members and books compiled by members. 

At the VZC library, members of the group have a display in the foyer each month.   Currently displayed are books about various communities in the county.  

The phone number, 903-567-5012, will get you to a volunteer who can help you with family searches and other history questions as well as hours of operation.


Grand Saline Library

Medicare program coming to library, you can, too!

Mark your calendar! On Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. we will have a guest speaker at the library to talk about Medicare enrollment. 

This free workshop will help you make an informed decision when you enroll for Medicare.  Even if you are not old enough for Medicare yet this workshop will give you some things to think about and help you prepare for when you do reach that magical age. 

The workshop will be conducted in the Civic Center in the back of the library building. 

It’s the time of year when everyone starts planning their family and work holiday celebrations.  Don’t forget that the Civic Center is available for rental and is perfect setting for those events.  You can rent the Civic Center for a day for one hundred dollars plus a one hundred dollar deposit. 


State Capitol HIGHLIGHTS

Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office’s Certification Revenue Estimate.

The “CRE” is an update to the Biennial Revenue Estimate, a document that gives state lawmakers a good idea of how much revenue will be available for general-purpose spending in 2016-2017, the next two-year state budget period. 

The CRE, Hegar said, reflects “any new laws from the session that could affect state revenue, as well as the most current fiscal and economic data.” The 140-day legislative session concluded four and half months ago, on June 1.


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