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July Issue

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The above words are the first of the 1,337 words of the Declaration of Independence signed by 56 men who laid their life, property and honor on the line.
Compare that with the 400,000 words in a health care bill which is estimated to cost $2.24 million per word over a period of ten years signed by men and women who had so much “confidence” in the bill they exempted themselves. We’ve come a long way. Is it the right way?

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson

With jobs getting harder too find and the possibility they will be harder to find in the future, maybe it is time to think of creating your own job as a way to make a living. Summer is a good time for kids to think in terms of becoming an entrepreneur. But how? Many of the jobs their parents did are no longer practical.
Anyone under the age of 18 who will share their idea on how to make honest money being your own boss, will receive $5 from Our News. You have to actually do it yourself, not just think about it. Call 713-433-1098 for details.

Long before anybody thought of Fuqua, Orem, or Hiram Clarke, Gustaf and Hilda Anderson zipped up and down a dirt trail, later called Anderson Road..
When he went to Houston (12 miles to the court house maybe only 11 to the city limits) Anderson traveled in a mule-drawn wagon so he could bring a month’s supply of groceries back home. It was a two day trip.
Imagine a flat, treeless prairie with no drainage and normally wet. The only house between Almeda and Holmes Road was the Taylor homestead. No light poles, or telephone poles along Almeda Road which was dirt or mud. The reason the trip took so long was because every so often mud would clog up the wheels on the wagon so badly, Anderson had to stop and shovel the mud out from between the spokes, then travel a little further. Think about that next time you have to stop at a red light.
Gustaf and his wife Hilda left Iowa and came to Almeda on a train in 1895. He had seen brochures of oranges growing in January in a tiny town in Texas. Gus relished the idea of farming year round in the sunny south. What a shock when they stepped off the train into two feet of snow at the Almeda depot. February 15th a record of 22 inches fell in 24 hours in Harris County. It turned out those oranges had been tied to a hedge.
The Andersons took it all in stride. Gus was on the school board in 1914 when a two story building which was built at the present site of Almeda Elementary east of Almeda Road. The Andersons lived a mile west of Almeda Road. To make it a little easier to travel, Anderson would hitch up his mule to a slip and pile the dirt up in the middle of the road so water would drain on either side. This he did time and time again. Soon everyone called it Anderson (’s) road. Excerpt from Back Yonder in Almeda.

Bobby and his wife Margaret Keyworth were eating fresh tomatoes in April from a plant that produced 106 tomatoes. Bobby planted Martian Giant tomato seed the first week of November in pots. Three or four times last winter he had to bring them in the house when a freeze was forecast. In February, they were blooming when he planted them in the garden.
As a kid growing up in Almeda, Bobby never came near the garden. He was too busy trying to reach his goal of becoming a pro baseball player. He did bat against Nolan Ryan in a regional game but that was in Little League. Pro ball was not in his future but gardening was. Bobby got interested in gardening, “When I got hungry,” he jokes.
He really got hungry for some good tasting insecticide-free food. Bobby’s vegetables are organically grown: castings from two pounds of red wriggler worms for fertilizer and a garlic mixture to combat insects. He loves to experiment. Bobby plants tomatoes in January, February, May whenever. Who knows, next year he might surpass his own record of 106.

King Street Patriots takes its name from the original group of patriots who demonstrated in the streets of Boston in 1770 in response to confiscatory British policies enacted against the colonists. King Street was known as the hub of historic and patriotic acts of community activism.
It is in the same spirit that King Street Patriots has launched its efforts to battle the most brazen attempt by liberals in the last fifty years to further an agenda which Patriots considers diametrically opposed to the welfare of all Americans. King Street Patriots is committed to Freedom, Capitalism, American Exceptionalism, Constitutional Governance and Civic Duty. If you would like to learn more about King Street Patriots or their True the Vote initiative, please visit their website at or If you would like more information, please contact them at
Listen to their meetings live online by going to their website and see if this is an organization you might want to join. They don’t just sit around and talk about what is wrong with the country but they actually do something.

Conversations with God by Neale D. Walsch.
Walsch using “the voice of God” answers questions supposedly asked by kids, but his "answers" go against the Bible, the word of God.
A girl asks the question "I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?" His reply is, "Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong." Guess Walsch never read Romans 1:29, 3:23, I Cor. 6:18 and 10:8, Galatians 5:19-21, Eph. 5:3, Col. 3:5-6, I Thess. 4:3 or Psalms 51:4 which makes it clear that any sin is against God.
Another child asks about God's forgiveness of sin. Walsch’s reply “I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong.”
Too bad Walsch wasn’t there when Jesus hung on the cross and prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Walsch could have explained to Jesus that the ones who hammered nails in his hands didn’t do anything wrong.
Walsch might be criticized for misuse of his titles, but then perhaps he thinks he is God. Pity the poor kid who is searching for God and truth if they pick up one of Walsch’s books. These books are being sold to schoolchildren through The Scholastic Book Club.

Whatever party you prefer try to find out how the candidate feels about the Tenth Amendment. Recently a federal judge ruled against the people of Houston, who voted to ban the red light cameras. According to the Tenth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution, that judge was way out of line. The Tenth is as follows: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Blue Lake Field, Brazoria County, TX: In 1948 the “King Of The Wildcatters” (Glen Mccarthy) seemingly couldn’t drill a dry hole as he was reportedly worth $200 million—a tidy sum by Pierce Junction and Blue Ridge standards. Since daddy knew the production supt., my cousin Jim and I “hired out” as roustabouts. Of particular interest was a gas well with the highest recorded pressure in the Gulf Coast; nonetheless, a serious leak had evolved in a wellhead flow control valve. While helping erect a scaffold around the “tree” for workover operation, I was offered the job of derrickman (nobody else wanted it) at a pay increase of 90 cents an hour. This would, of course, buy a lot of good Gulf gasoline for the family Hudson, along with new overalls and extra underwear from J. C. Penny’s. Upon consulting with daddy, he pointed out that connecting flow lines and separators to tank batteries was a whole lot safer than a trip to the moon via blowout.
During the daily course of events, manual labor produced hefty appetites especially around noontime; so everybody would retreat to the shade of a large pecan tree and chow down on sack lunches. Thinking back, I can still visualize the scenario of catching a harmless “spreadnadder” snake and dropping it into cousin Jim’s lunch sack after his offhand remark about being hungry enough to “eat a snake”. Originally from Idaho, he seldom saw any snakes but still considered each one to be poisonous; so when reaching in for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, he knew right away something was amiss. Consequently, his lunch sack ended up dangling in the breeze from a tree top branch while curious squirrels watched him hop around in an uneasy inspection of his BVD’s. As lawyers are prone to say, “the evidence was clearly beyond any shadow of doubt.”
Epilog: Glen McCarthy went on to build the Shamrock Hotel, which boasted of having 1000 bathrooms. Sad to say, cousin Jim never got close to using one.
By John Breckenridge

FBC Commissioner Morrison, Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on July 14th at Arcola City Hall located at 13222 SH 6, Arcola from 6:30P.M. til 8P.M.

The Fresno Water Board meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 pm at the Mustang Community Center.

The 1971 graduates of Dulles will hold their 40th reunion on August 6th in Richmond. Contact Cheryl Stover at 979-357-2296 or 979-203-7740 for more information.

While every family is different and have different thoughts, certain things are the same for everyone.
The funeral director will need the following information which is required by the state: the complete and correct name of deceased, maiden name, sex, date of death and birth, age, place of birth, Social security #, race, veteran, formal education, marital status, surviving spouse, occupation, usual occupation, home address, father’s name, mother’s maiden name, and place of death. This information can be provided at the first arrangement conference with the family. This is also the time to bring the clothes you want the deceased to wear. Long sleeves, modest collars and loose fitting clothing can be adjusted easily. A good sized picture helps the funeral staff provide a better appearance of the deceased. Results are usually better if done as soon as possible after death.
Other things that the family has to decide is what, if any, music, someone to conduct the funeral, a casket, times for visitation (which is usually the night before the service) and the location of the service or if the family desires to have graveside service only or a memorial service later.
During the arrangement meeting, the law requires a funeral home to provide a price list of all their services and merchandise. You do not have to buy your casket or urn from the funeral home. You can order it from a casket manufactory or you can even make your own if it meets certain specifications. One guy made himself a very nice coffin and used it as a book shelf before he died.
Funerals are like anything else, you get what you pay for. The only trouble is most people are operating strictly on emotions and don’t think very clearly. Planning ahead is a good idea. Most of the information in this article was provided by Mary Appling director of Unity Funeral Chapel Inc.

I am writing concerning the article “The World’s Largest Army.” It is true that some would love to see us Americans unarmed. And it would be foolish if the government handed it to “them” on a silver platter. I use to write to a hunter in Australia. He told me their government did just that—disarmed them. After that, he said, their crime rate increased dramatically! You really think that the criminal minded people turned in their guns? Of course not! He told me that he kept his rifle. He owned a large ranch and needed it to protect his livestock. My precious dad took me hunting when I was six years old and at 58 years I’m still hunting without any impediment! Thank God! I had a .303 British Enfield Mark III rifle with a high-dollar Bushinell scope but it was stolen. If anyone tries to sell it to Our News readers please contact detective Smith at the Fort Bend sheriff’s office. The serial # is 74673. For your own protection keep the serial numbers on your guns.
Grady S. Hernandez Jr. (In the 60’s he bought one or two shotgun shells from Senior’s store in Arcola when he didn’t have enough money to buy a whole box.)

Sienna Branch Library
An introductory program for Spanish-speaking adults on the free practice GED tests is available in the library’s Learning Express Library online resource. The program will take place on Friday, July 8, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. For info on this and other events call 281-238-2900.

When I see a rainbow high in the sky above, It reminds me of God’s love, covenant, and promises.
© Emmaline Wiley Genesis 9:8-17