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Tuesday

The Look...Lone Star Sheriffs


You Can Always Learn


Behind his desk, Sheriff Keith Gary of Grayson County, Texas leans toward me and says, “You can quote me on this, I was wrong!”
 



Let me introduce you to my friend Keith Gary.
  Keith was a 5’7” former drum major in college and after graduation, an insurance agent. Somehow by fate, accident, or an act of God he found himself sporting the badge of a U.S. Marshall assigned to East Texas.
  You can call Keith a conservative. He served under Nixon but resigned rather than serve under the Carter administration. With the election of Reagan, he was reappointed. When Clinton was elected, he resigned again and was again reappointed by Bush.
  Now, truth be told, he might have been replaced or not. It doesn’t matter because he didn’t wait around to find out.
  In 1996, he was urged to run for sheriff in a county that had never elected a Republican. He ran against a long seated incumbent and along with two other Republicans began a trend. In 2013, all 23 elected county officials will be GOP!
  To say he is beloved in his county is a statement that I have found can be said for many long-serving Texas Sheriffs. Keith is a gentle natured soul who displays courtesy and respect with the ease of a guardian angel.
  As a matter of fact, as I sit across from him in his office, or attend his Rotary luncheon, or wander around with him. I am ever fascinated by his frankness as we get to know each other. I think of a younger George Burns. I want to stick a short, fat cigar in his hands and take a picture, but he is not going for it.
The G-Man Look

Saturday

God can make a difference!

Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee.
Rachel Scott Remembered
What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:
"Since the dawn of creation, there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used... Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.
Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.
"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.
To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge... Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"
- Darrell Scott

Sunday

Texas Sheriffs call for Border Security Action

Sheriff’s from more than 20 Texas counties are asking Congress to take action quickly to better secure the border.
STATEMENT OF TEXAS SHERIFFS ON BORDER CRISIS:
The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas joins the Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition and the sheriffs of the State of North Carolina in announcing its support for,
and encouragement of, Congress to act promptly to secure the nearly 2,000 miles of the nation’s southern border and its ports of entry.
Congress can substantially improve public safety only by rationally updating and coordinating national policy in several key areas, including policy on physical
security—the construction of stretches of a wall or other physical barriers in strategic locations, drones and other technology, and manpower—on immigration, on law enforcement, and on economic and trade relations. In addition to securing the border, Congress’s goals should include preserving and strengthening international relations, the rule of law, and our long and rich friendship with Mexico and other nations.

Texas sheriffs recognize that the nation has several competing goals in the field of border security and that it has limited resources. A broad-based and long-term solution will be difficult and expensive. But outdated and uncoordinated public policies are creating an increasing threat to public safety at home and abroad. How many more hundreds of thousands of Americans must perish from drug overdoses before Congress is willing to stop bickering and work together with the President of the United States in a meaningful way to solve this crisis? Federal, state and local law enforcement on the border and across Texas acknowledge that the flow of illegal immigration into the United States is completely out of control. Yet, politicians blinded by partisanship, are
unwilling to concede that every level of law enforcement and the communities they live in along our southern border are overwhelmed by a tsunami of asylum seekers who make their dangerous journey knowing that untenable and outdated US immigration
policies won’t allow them to be turned away and returned to their countries of origin.
Criminals on both sides of the border are exploiting this humanitarian crisis and the lack of security on our border with Mexico. These same criminals are flooding our nation with narcotics and dangerous drugs, the likes of which has never been seen before. Texas sheriffs, therefore, add their voice to the growing expression of political will for Congress to act promptly to secure the southern border.

Respectfully,
Sheriff Gerald Yezak, Robertson County, President of the Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Tom Maddox, Sabine County, First-Vice President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Kelly Rowe, Lubbock County, Second-Vice President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of
Texas
Sheriff Buddy Mills, Gillespie County, Third-Vice President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Larry Smith, Smith County, Sergeant at Arms, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Gary Maddox, Lamb County, Immediate Past President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Jim Skinner, Collin County, Director; Legislative Committee Chair, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Pam Elliott, Edwards County, Director, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Ricky Jones, Franklin County, Director, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Jess Ramos, Lampasas County, Director, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Greg Capers, San Jacinto County, Director, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Larry Spence, Willacy County, Chaplain, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Harold Eavenson, Rockwall County, Immediate Past President, National Sheriffs’ Association;
Border Security Committee Co-Chair, National Sheriffs’ Association
Sheriff Chris Kirk, Brazos County, Former President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas; Government Affairs
Committee Chair, National Sheriffs’ Association
Sheriff Gary Painter, Midland County, Former President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas; President, Western States
Sheriffs’ Association
Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, Gregg County, Former President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Don Sowell, Grimes County, Former President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Dennis Wilson, Limestone County, Former President, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Sheriff Bill Waybourn, Tarrant County, Legislative Committee Vice-Chair, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas
Steve Westbrook, Executive Director, Sheriffs’ Assoc. of Texas

Thursday

Learning America




‘The Big Book’ RIP (1893-1993)
Recognizing one of this country’s greatest teachers.   By JB Blocker

The Millennials don’t know about this. Much of the GenX Generation don’t either. As an immigrant from the ‘60’s, the Sears and Roebuck catalogue was one of my best friends. It taught me America!

  The first true Sears catalogue was produced and distributed in 1893. Many others were to follow. It became an iconic life line of what people wanted and needed across America. It you had a mailing address, you could own anything in those pages.
  Clothing, toys, guns, farm tools, kitchen, living room, garage items, even houses and cars stirred the imagination of children from the city streets to farms, fields, and newly discovered parts of this growing country.

I remember in the early ‘70s listening to some old cowboys at the local pool hall in my panhandle farming community. They got in to a discussion about the new Christmas catalogue at the Montgomery Ward’s one day. The talk started over the price of things. But the discussion moved to how they had been making their wish list from those catalogues most of their lives. Those pictures of what the world looked like outside of their world gave them reasons to save their money.
  Studying catalogues allowed America to become aware of the cost of things and how much money they would need to save.
  A few seniors talked about the catalogues as a teaching tool. You could learn how to read while you were learning the value of all those items available from the pages of pictures, descriptions, and prices.
My Crash Course

Tuesday

Sheriff John Layton...NSA President 2018-19

NSA is lead by an Executive Committee and Board of Directors comprised of members of NSA who are currently holding the elected position of Office of Sheriff. The Executive Committee has supervision, control, and direction of the affairs of the Association and shall be Trustees of the Corporation.  The Board of Directors annually reviews the Association's progress and outlines the law enforcement policies that guide the Association's activities.

Sheriff John Layton

Marion County (IN) Sheriff's Office

John R. Layton was first elected Marion County Sheriff in November 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. As Sheriff, he has the responsibility of leading the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, which consists of about 1,000 employees; 703 sworn deputies and 300 civilians. The Marion County Sheriff is responsible for the three Marion County jails, which house an average daily population of 2,500 inmates. The Sheriff’s Office is divided into six Divisions; Jail, Criminal, Judicial Enforcement, Reserve, Administrative and Communications Divisions. The Sheriff is also responsible for the management of an annual budget of more than $100 million.