After one of the hardest fought political seasons in my lifetime, the end came with two eloquent speeches by both the winner and loser. President-elect Obama said, “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.” For a nation struggling with domestic and international issues, which include two wars and a crippled economic crisis, the need for a leader who hears all voices is crucial. I believe in Sen. John McCain’s concession speech he spoke the words that we should all abide by. Unfortunately we still have our Sean Hannitys and Rush Limbaughs preaching fear and drawing a “Far Right” audience. That’s how their gimmick works and is what has made and continues to make them multi-millionaires. McCain’s parting message was delivered with dignity and class. He spoke words that deserve repeating and should be abided by. He said, “I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together. To find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited. Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans.” I had predicted that Orange County voters would give Obama just 30 out of 100 votes. The Texas average was 46 percent but our county gave him only 26 percent, a quarter of the vote. Twenty points under state average. That’s not a big surprise, most Texans don’t share the same background with blacks that native Louisiana and east Texans do. They came from more segregated areas. Some just couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a black person. One example: a man and his wife decided on the way to the polls who they would vote for. Obama was their choice because the country needed change. She voted for Obama, she’s a native of Maine. He said when it got down to it, he just couldn’t vote for a black man. He’s from Center. We also received an e-mail from a lady who said, “I voted for McCain. Let me correct that, I voted against Obama. After reading ‘Down Life’s Highway’ I’m now ashamed, I had voted against Obama for the wrong reasons.” It will take time. Obama’s leadership can go a long way in curing some of those deeply imbedded feelings. Obama’s victory is one of those events that reveal how far the nation has traveled. When Barack was born in 1961, in some southern states, African-Americans risked death merely registering to vote. His election is a moving vindication of the ideals on which this nation was founded. Obama’s first years may well be dominated by a recession, two wars and a swiftly arming Iran. Some conservatives will take joy from his inevitable struggles. It will be easy for them to blame him every emerging challenge. Ultimately, we need our president to succeed, not to fail, for our own satisfaction. Remember two things, President Obama is not inheriting a bed of roses, in fact, our country has never been more mistreated than the country Obama is asked to turn around. Secondly, remember the words of a great statesman, John McCain. *****I’m done with that but I wanted history to record just one Cajun’s view. I’ve gotta move on, come along; it won’t do you no harm.

We were saddened to learn about the death of our longtime friend Colleen Gray, age 82, who passed away Nov. 9. She was the daughter of Judge Martin Ardoin, who lived to be 100 years old. Her mother, brother Doug and sister Margaret also preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Lloyd, a great guy who she had been married to nearly 60 years and to daughter Kathy and son Larry and their families, several grandchildren and many friends. A good lady who will be missed. (Please see obit.)*****Our condolences to the family of Missy Jones, LC-M educator, who died Nov. 10. Jones was injured in a bus accident several months ago in Mexico while on a school trip. (Please see obit.)*****Our sympathy goes out also to Von Broussard on the death of her brother James Mills.

30 Years Ago-1978
Doug Harrington is developing his property behind his Texas Avenue pharmacy; it will be called “Professional Park.” H.D. Pate’s law office and a new building, just completed, is occupied by Rusty Nick’s Real estate and Larry Webb, CPA. (Editor’s note: the Nick’s / Webb building later became the “Creaux’s Nest” now in need of much repair caused by Hurricane Ike. Some progress is being made and our personnel could be returning around Jan. 1. Since our departure, Don Pate’s new apartment building has taken shape and should be finished when we return. Neighbor Cox can’t spy on us anymore, nor will we be able to see the “Neighborhood Garden” but it will be like going home.)*****Bridge City boxers captured third place in Beaumont’s AAU Boxing Tournament, promoted by ex-boxer Bubba Busceme. Outstanding boxer award went to James Pipps, 125 pounds. Clary Chesson, 60 pounds, E.T. Laughlin, 65 pounds, Cory Sherman, 75 pounds and Shawn O’Dell, 80 pounds all fought in the junior division. James Reedes, 120 pounds, Dale Bendy, 112 pounds and Robert Tankersley, 125 pounds, represented the Bridge City Boxing Club. *****A former Orangeite, Ken Blanchard, a Gillett representative, is considered the best bowler in Tennessee. He has the highest average among male bowlers in the last two seasons. *****Bob Shinn’s Ramada Inn in Orange was named one of the “Top 10” of Ramada’s 650 inns. *****Bill Clements is the first Republican to be elected governor of Texas in over 100 years. He beat John Hill. *****Incumbent governor Dolph Briscoe was defeated by Hill in the Democratic primaries. Clements out spent Hill $12 million to $7 million. Orange and Jefferson counties favored Hill. Gov. Briscoe’s family supported Republican Clements. *****Gregory Cline Still, 13 years old, was killed in a dirt bike accident. *****Alva Griffith will be 78 on Nov. 17. What a guy, what a gentleman this former law enforcement officer is. *****Barry Wiseman opens the Gulf   Discount store on IH-10*****Allen Dunn and Carey Green both reach 21 on Nov. 20.

Our friend Cal Broussard continues to beat the odds. Sunday he ate for the first time in 68 days. He had chicken broth. He continues to improve and is looking forward to being transferred to a rehab in Mid-County for a few weeks. Meanwhile, son Dale is getting his destroyed house on Cow Bayou redone. Cal’s son Randy and Betty Lou remain at his side.*****Congrats to Art and Evelyn Hughes, who celebrate 50 years on Nov. 15. Art, for many years was in law enforcement serving with the Orange police, sheriff’s office and was the first investigator for the D.A.’s office. Ms. Evelyn, for years, worked for Carl Thibodeaux at West Orange Pharmacy. A great couple we wish many more healthy years together.*****On a sad note Nancy and Mac MacWorther are moving away. For years Nancy has published her great recipes in our papers. These longtime friends are salt-of-the-earth. This week will be her last publication. We wish them God’s speed. *****A daylily has been developed and will be named for our late friend Tony Houseman. The lily will bloom in April. Tony and Giesla owned several thousand lilies. *****We congratulate coach Dan Ray Hooks and his West Orange Mustangs on another perfect season. We wish them the best in the 3-A playoffs. The “Stangs” will meet Coldspring at Deer Park Saturday at 6 p.m. Everyone in Orange County will be pulling for WO-S to go all the way. Our county could use some good happenings and bringing home a state championship would be just great.*****Speaking of football, Bridge City coach Chris Stump and his Cardinals had a great finish on “Senior Night,” with a big win over Hamshire-Fannett. The Cards were 500 for the season. The win is good momentum for the off-season program. A lot of talented youngsters will be replacing the departing seniors. Attending school and playing sports at Bridge City is not always easy to do under the community’s present circumstances. Many students live away.*****Congrats to Bridge City runner Tim Cude who has qualified for class 3-A state cross country meet. He ran the Region III meet in 16 minutes, 40.9 seconds in the 5-K race.*****Texas A&M football just hasn’t been the same since Orangeite coach R.B. Slocum was replaced. The Aggies got beat 66-28 by Oklahoma. On 29 rushes, A&M gained only 46 yards.*****The 42nd Country Music Awards will be Wednesday, 7 p.m. on ABC. It’s always the best award show.*****Judge Janice Menard’s Justice of the Peace office, in Bridge City, destroyed by Hurricane Ike, will reopen Wednesday. She has relocated at the Orange County Airport.*****Belated happy birthday to Ann Lieby who celebrated Nov. 3. Also to one of our favorite ladies, Sharon Dunn, who marked another one on Nov. 5.*****Happy birthday to Susie Riedel, Nov. 14, Maggie Brown, Nov. 15, Patsy Brister, Nov. 17, Trina Stringer, Nov. 19 and our buddy Allen Dunn who celebrates on Nov. 20.*****In 2001 China held $61 billion in U.S. debt. We now owe them $541 billion. We owed Russia $10 billion then, now we owe $75 billion. We owe Japan $586 billion, United Kingdom, $307 billion, Opec Nations, $180 billion, the Caribbean Banking Centers, $147 billion and many more millions to smaller groups. The Bush Administration plans to borrow another $550 billion and another $360 billion in the first quarter of 2009. Our national debt has doubled under Bush / Cheney.*****The state Republican Party went all out and spent many bucks to protect the re-election of their state representatives in order to avoid redistricting in 2010. The Demo’s went into election behind 79-71, a gain of three seats puts the House at 76-74. If the final seat, still out as I write, brakes to the Democrats, it would be dead even between the two parties at 75-75. One thing for sure, that would mean speaker Tom Craddick’s domination over Texas would be over. Redistricting is the most pressing issue for country areas, who are now controlled by the big cities. Our state senator from the Woodlands doesn’t even have an office in our area. Most folks don’t even know who he is. *****Someone must have given Judge Pat a trip or maybe he won the Jewish lotto enabling he and Ms. Rosalie to visit Israel. He relates with people careful spending their money or just no spending at all. Taking his place on the 128th District bench is Orange County’s second most frugal judge, Don Burgess. He sat in for Judge Dennis Powell last week while Judge Dennis visited Dubai. Judge Don and wife, Bobbie, lost everything to Ike. Don says he doesn’t even have a suit left. The salt water caught the bottom four inches of his specially made outfits. He and 98 percent of Bridge City citizens lost their rags.*****Gas prices will hold in the $2 range for several months while Opec drops production and oil companies slow down refining. Look for six months after the new administration takes over then gas at the pump should stabilize at nearly $3. We won’t see $4 gas again. I believe that deal has been cut. Let’s see if I’m right come June or July.*****Bridge City lost around 3,000 cars to Hurricane Ike. Some were lost in Orange and West Orange. We urge you to shop with the car dealers in this paper. In fact, Gary Marks, at Cecil Atkinson Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, is giving an extra $1,000 off on any new vehicle, ‘08 and ‘09 models to any reader of our Record Newspaper. Just tell them we sent you. That’s all it takes.*****For other good savings check out all of our ads. You can’t beat the prices of our family of advertisers for air conditioners, carpet, etc..*****Free to all advertisers affected by Hurricane Ike – we are offering, at no charge, to place your advertisement on our popular Web site, therecordlive.com. Just call us, e-mail or tell one of our account executives. We are doing our part to help our merchants.

Della Buxton, Jean Levingston, Jeff Bland, Judy Hunt, Lora Hanks, Michael Fisette, Michelle Brown, Ryan Pickering, Allison Ball, Bree Hanks, Edee Risher, Gerald DeLeon, Jeanelle Cochran, Jeanne Blacksher, Kathy Reeves, Larry Gunter, Liz Briggs, Matthew Ethredge, Norma Rampmaier, Phillip Kimbrow, Sharon Sims, Shelby Newton, Carol Ware, Charmaine Faircloth, Clara Edwards, Crystal Jones, Danielle Graffagnino, Karla Holden, Kimberly Ray, Mary Cassidy, Michele Fontenot, Sidney LeBlanc, Cecilia Broussard, Daniel Chesson, Darla Murphy, Donald Miller, Katie Hoffpauir, Kristina Schisler, Lauren Fruge, Lauren Peet, Mary Dixon, Pat Gifford, Susie Riedel, Vicci Milligan, Anna Cappandona, Casey Smith, Dana Perkins, Fred Fuselier, Hattie Arnold, Judie Wilson, Julian Oceguera, Julie Smith, Lindsey Franklin, Nikki Courtney, Shane Preston, Travis Sheppard, Wade Barron, Wally Sieck, Carol Izer, Chris Ford, Cora Betzen, Elton Myers, Madison Miller, Marie Richard, Mary Loyd, Pete Gresham, Rebecca Collins, Thad Angelle, Bryson McFarland, Chris Byers, Dwayne Duncan, Dyanna Sandlin, Laurie Kosh, Nancy Aycock, Patsy Brister, Reba Eddins, Barbara Briggs, Barbara Musser, Chuck Kirby, Katy Taylor, Kenneth Haas, Lyndsie Neie, Melanie Claybar, Mickey Smith, Sam Thomas, Tim Bayliss.

Joe and Clotile Boudreaux have been married 70 years dem. Boudreaux him, invited his friends Alcid Comeaux and his wife, Bernice, to come have supper and share dare special occasion. Clotile, her, would fix da meal.
Sure nuff, dey came and during da meal Boudreaux say to his wife, “Honey, you hair sho do look nice.”
A little while later he say, “Honey, you sho got a pretty dress on.
When dey finish eating Boudreaux say, “Boy, honey, dat was a good meal, yeah.”
She said, “Tank you.”
Wen da ladies went to wash da plates Comeaux say to his friend, “Joe, it’s amazing how even after all dos years you still call you wife Honey.”
Boudreaux say, “Well, Alcid, it’s like dis, me, I forgot her name about 10 years ago.”

The “Big Hoss” from Homeland Security was in town this week. He had a lot of bodyguards with him, some even stationed on top of the courthouse. FEMA bosses work for him and he promised, in the time he has left in office, he will do all he can for Ike victims. Cut out the red tape. Better judgment from some of the FEMA adjusters, hired off the street, would help. Far too many people who need and deserve help have been denied and it goes back to the adjuster. Any one who had three feet of water in their dwelling has suffered damage and shouldn’t be denied because some clown says so. When you are denied, you get zero, not even evacuation expenses. Mr. Secretary, if you want to help, cut out some of the bull corn and declare folks damaged if they got salt water in their homes, period. *****We’ve had great response to last week’s historical issue and we have another great paper this week. Read us cover to cover. Take your time; you have all week. Till next time, take care and God bless.