Well, it’s come on another hot August week. Even politics in the GOP are already red hot. President Obama has climbed on the bus and is going directly to the people in hopes that with their help maybe he can break a stalemate. Members of Congress have been appointed to a “Super Committee” to come up with a shared sacrifice bill that will cut cost of government and bring in revenues. Our nation’s safety net programs are the primary targets in the debt debate, even though they are not responsible for our deficit crisis. Cutting benefits for average Americans in this economic crisis doesn’t address the fiscal failures of the past. President Obama admits Social Security is not a driver of the debt but yet he allowed it to be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations, raising the retirement age to 69 won’t help the deficit. Keeping taxes low and loopholes for the wealthiest won’t put our fiscal problems in order. We know these tax brakes don’t put people to work. President Obama, at some point, will have to quit giving away part of the country’s safety nets. We’re facing an unemployment crisis and a budget crisis, built after a decade of flawed borrow and spend policies followed by economic collapse. I’m afraid the country is in a hostage situation that I don’t see it reversing itself with the Super Committee in November. It’s an extreme problem. Jobs, jobs, instead of all this hogwash is what the congress should be working on. They’re on five weeks of vacation while many folks can’t afford any time off. For once I’m really uncertain about our future. Are the good times really behind us? What happened to all the old Statesmen that once ran the country? Today it’s everyone’s extreme agenda. No more best deal for America or so it seems.*****I’ve got to move on. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


I admit that I didn’t believe in the beginning that Rick Perry would make the big plunge. Things changed, the field of Republican candidates got so weak that there was no reason for Perry not to jump in. So weak in fact that Perry polled high, even before he announced. He has nothing to lose, it’s a win-win for him. He gets to keep his job as Texas governor while the citizens foot the bill. I still believe he is shooting high enough to get the VP post. He will bring a lot of money plus the country’s second largest state. If he follows the Sarah Palin pattern, the least he will end up is super rich. She has shown how it’s done. She’s the smartest business person out of the bunch. She’s worth a lot more today than if she would have been elected. Perry will have the speaking circuit to benefit him also, more so if he’s not the nominee. McCain, John Kerry and all the other nominees never made a dime after they became losers. Perry will depend on miracles and the Texas economy to propel him to the presidency. He says he was called to save the country. As for the jobs Perry is taking credit for, a lot of that will be exposed in coming weeks by the national media. It’s true Texas, as a whole, is seven points below the national unemployment numbers but 62 percent of Texas is below the national average by a bunch. Only the Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas areas have lower unemployment. Much of the rest of the state has 11 to 18 percent unemployment. These counties are not convinced that hard times don’t exist in Texas. They don’t buy that Perry is a miracle worker. Two wars and high oil prices have benefited Texas, Perry had nothing to do with it. Before it’s over, they will peel that onion back and reveal the real smell behind Texas jobs and Rick Perry.


We were sad to learn about the death of Merlin “Coach” Broussard, who passed away Aug. 13. He would have been 86 on Sept. 6. We had known this wonderful guy over many years. A former football player, he liked coaching youngsters and chose it as a career before hanging his hat at Allied Chemical, where he earned his keep for 36 years. He helped coach football at St. Mary High School back in the late 60’s and 70’s as a volunteer. He was a regular attendee at the Kroger Koffee Klub where he enjoyed many great hours with his friends. Our sincere condolences to his family. He was a prince of a guy. May he rest in peace.


We were sorry to hear about the death of Russell Bottley Sr., age 69, who passed away Aug. 10. Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. He died in Amarillo, Texas and was a resident of Matairie, Louisiana. He was a native of Orange. To Russell Bottley, Jr., Vince Bottley and their families, we express our condolences.

12 Years Ago-1999

A lot of local people are making plans to be at the Houston Astrodome Aug. 27 to 29, when the Astros host the Florida Marlins. Local star Bruce Aven and fellow Lamar baseball player Kevin Millar, both leading the Marlins in hitting, will be the Golden Triangle attraction. *****What the natives are up to. Johnny Montagne came home from the hospital but he’s grounded and on an IV. Darlene says too many friends snuck him food while in the hospital which prevented weight loss. Johnny celebrates a birthday this week. *****Also celebrating is coach Chuck Young, Henry Bland and pretty Ms. Carolyn Ward.*****Jim and Billie Rae Stelly will celebrate their 50th anniversary. Their daughters will host a party at the Brown Center to mark the Sept. 3 event of 50 years ago. *****Beverly Perry got a fishing lure stub in her britches. She was held prisoner until freed with wire cutters. *****Bridge City councilman Buddy Sheppard, one of Dupont’s brightest, ran out of gas on the way to work at “The Plant.”*****Judge Pete Runnels, mayor of Pinehurst, broke a foot. Folks are wondering “How?”*****Miles Hall Sr. is recovering after suffering a heart attack last week. *****Vivian Ann Traver, 64, passed away Aug. 14. *****Also on the same day Charlie Goynes died. *****Last week Will “Bill” Green, age 72, died. *****Louis Dugas has biopsy surgery. The report shows he has low grade Lymphoma. In a few days he will undergo other test at M.D. Anderson to decide treatment. (Editor’s note: Lou passed away a few years ago and we still think of him often. Folks still tell stories about the former State Representative, District Attorney and noted criminal lawyer.)*****Ames, Iowa holds straw poll that is a bonanza for the Chamber of Commerce. It’s a great gimmick that attracts thousands of people and the nation’s media. It really doesn’t mean much however. The straw poll results are Geo. W. Bush, 7,500; Forbes, 4,902; B. Dole, 3, 400. (Editor’s note: That looks like 16,000 votes, not many for all the fan fair. Geo. W. did go on to be elected U.S. President. He was one of the few ever to win the straw poll and make it all the way. I believe there have only been two. Bachman won the straw poll Saturday with less than 200 votes over Ron Paul.)*****Dr. David Olson announces the association of C. Scott Young, DDS, to the staff of his Professional Dental Center.*****Carl and Shirley Salsbury celebrate their 50th anniversary Aug. 21 with a celebration at the Bridge City Community Center.*****Debbie Scott turns 50 on Aug. 19.*****The last beach trip before school starts was enjoyed by Bridge City juniors Jacob Thibodeaux, Jarred Scales, Adam Myers and Arron Myers. They came back with a very large bull red they captured from the surf on the beach and then it was party time.

32 Years Ago-1979

Coach Buddy Gillis died Monday, Aug. 16, so did Elvis. The East Texas native had coached at Bridge City for Chief Wilson. He was well respected by his players and members of the coaching profession.*****Debbie and David Fusilier are the proud parents of their first born, David Wayne Jr. The baby weighed in at eight pounds, 12 ounces.*****Dolores Cantu, actress formerly of West Orange, returns home to visit family and friends. She will play Nita in the new NBC cartoon “Shamoo.” (Editor’s note: I don’t know what became of Dolores, former airline flight attendant turned actress. Her birthday is Aug. 24. If you know you might want to drop her a birthday wish. My best guess is that she’s in her late 50’s.)*****Jerry Strickland has a massive heart attack while attending the Astro/Braves game in the Astrodome. His friend F.D. Richard was hit in the nose by a foul ball and was waiting to be transferred to the hospital when Jerry suffered the attack. They were both taken to Herman Hospital.*****Jacob Worster is one year old this week.*****Dr. Jack Barnett MD, honored by First Baptist Church in Bridge City for 25 years of service to the community.*****Alvin Keown, a country boy from Orangefield, sells his Keown Supply for $6 million. Not bad for a boy raised in a shack.


Brenda Gage, Johnny Stimac, John Everett, Jordan New, Karen Day, Nancy Finchum, Shandi Conner, Dagma Hood, Danielle Heil, Henry Bland, Jane Busby, Carolyn Ward, Gene Hidalgo, Helen Gresham, Ian MacCammond, Pat Brown, Linda Tibbitts, Maggie Joubert, Nancy Weidner, Ryan Prejean, Ted Shensky, Terry Ford, Braydon Denison, Brett Heil, Brett Johansson, John Forsythe, Elmer Ernst, Steven Higgs, Kelsie Matlock, Melinda Ja’arah, Sam Fulderson, Sarah Byers, Dorothy Lee, Frances Delcambre, Jimmy Findlay, Marilyn Guerrerro, Davis Jones, Julianne Longlois, Helen McCardle, Olga Graham, Bill Clark, Kimberly Hubbard, Shirlyn Findlay, Alexandra Wild, Mike Johnson, Evelyn Hughes, Brian Sheppard, Connie Forse, Jason Delano, Corey May, Mae Rollins, Michele George, Pat Gunter, Ron Hopperton, John-David Walles, Ryan Moreau and Zach Jeter.


I’m glad to report that our friend Doug Harrington is doing fine after having a malignant growth removed from his throat at M.D. Anderson. In a few weeks he will start seven weeks of radiation. Meanwhile, he will recover at home. Our prayers are with him and all the other local folks who are battling cancer at home or in the hospital. *****Congratulations to Clint Hodgkinson, named Chief Deputy by Sheriff Keith Merritt. Clint has been with the sheriff’s office nine years and was captain of the patrol division since Jan. 2009. The Sheriff will name a captain and possibly elevate another officer, coming from within the department.*****Our friend Jim Keith, who moved away after Ike, has forwarded several e-mails that we were glad to receive. Jim is always informative. We invite whoever wishes to drop us a line to visit our web site at*****The new Bridge City Elementary will hold it’s ribbon cutting Thursday, 5 p.m. I’m told it’s a state-of-the-art school house. The new school replaces Hatton and Sims Elementary schools that were destroyed by Hurricane Ike. That now gives BCISD three new schools in the last few years and should take care of student growth for years to come. The schools were built under Drs. Rahm, Sam Lucia and Jamie Harrison. They built a school each.*****A few good folks we know celebrating birthdays. Our longtime friend Anabel Anderson, turns 90 on Aug. 23. The family will welcome well-wishers on Saturday, Aug. 27 at her home on Cherry St. What a sweetheart. She and Arthur raised a great family. Anabel still lives in the same house, across the street from the Catholic Church.***Also celebrating his 90th birthday is Tucker Clayton, former deputy sheriff and friend of many years, on Aug. 21. Tucker is a native of the Cove and has never left it. He remains a resident today. The “Tall Texan” will do to ride the range with.***Pretty Tammy Davis celebrates on the 20th. The former PNG cheerleader doesn’t age much. ***Longtime radio personality, Bill Clark, chalks up another one on Aug. 22. His friend Keble Free celebrates a day later, Aug. 23.***Our friend, who we haven’t heard from lately, Gene Hidalgo, gets a little older on Aug. 18. One of the nicest people I know, Carolyn Ward celebrates her special day on the 18th.***Everyone’s friend Nancy Finchum marks her special day Aug. 17.*****Nicole Gibbs, our editor and Dusty will mark their fourth anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 18. Best wishes, health and happiness.*****A years ago, Aug. 21, our editor Robert Hankin died of a heart attack. He was only 48 years old. *****This week, the Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s Restaurant. Next Wednesday, Aug. 24. the Bunch will dine at Novrozsky’s. It will be our friend Marlene Merritt’s birthday. Everyone is welcome to come see her get older. She does it with grace. *****In Big Springs the one lake water reservoir has dried up. In order to have a water supply they are building a $13 million sewer treatment plant that will furnish the residents fresh water. It’s supposed to be better than ground water, no salt content. One fellow said, “And we can drink the same beer twice.”*****Sandy Kaufman, Judge Pat’s court coordinator, recently returned from visiting her brother and two sisters in Missouri. Having lost both parents they are getting the home and belongings ready for a huge estate sale. Her brother grows tomatoes and she brought Karen Jo a bag of large, Beefeater maters. I understand she didn’t share.*****We hear Judge Pat is really cleaning up the civil docket. He has county clerk deputy’s Brady Roberson and Stacy Wells marching double time. Who said he was getting old.****President Bill Clinton will turn 68 Aug. 19. Where have the last 20 years gone? Kenny Rogers will be 73 on Aug. 21. I can’t believe it. Robert Redford, don’t tell me, he’ll be 74 on Aug. 18.*****On of my top 10 all time favorites Merle Haggard canceled a show at Billy Bob’s, in Fort Worth, Saturday. The 74-year-old entertainer became ill and headed to his home near Redding, Calf. I could listen to his story-songs all day. He wrote and recorded my story, “Someday We’ll Look Back.”*****Good medical news, a universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains. The vaccine may be within reach in the next five years, replacing annual shots for specific flu viruses. About 200,000 people are hospitalized each year, up to 49,000 die, making the flu one of the chief causes of preventable death in the United States.*****Former Orange County District Clerk Stella Peveto Winter has been in ill health since soon after she retired. She and husband Charles will be married 49 years come Aug. 30.*****Our friend, Skipper Free, was hospitalized for a few days. It seems she suffered a mild stroke. With Skipper it’s hard to tell when she’s normal or not. We wish “Skip” smooth sailing. *****Billionaire investor Warren Buffett wrote in the “New York Times, “He would immediately raise rates on households with taxable income of more than $1 million per year. He would also add an additional increase to those making over $10 million or more. My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly congress.” He also wrote, “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifices.” The Tea Party members in congress have opposed all efforts to raise revenues from the super rich, instead they prefer doing away with entitlements and not raise income to help pay for the deficit. Buffet also said, “With the low tax rate and loopholes, he pays less taxes then his secretary. If the Tea Party ever controls our government, it will be devastating to the poor, middle-class and especially the elderly.” From what I see, the Tea Party wants to return the country to the days before Social Security and Medicare. I heard one Tea Partier say, “Children should take care of their elders not the government.” If that’s not going backwards, I don’t know what is.


On Aug. 17, Robert DeNiro will be 68; Sean Penn, 51; Donnie Wahlberg, 42 and Belinda Carlisle, 53.***Robert Redford will be 74 on Aug. 18; Christian Slater, 42; Denis Leary, 54 and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 41.***Former President Bill Clinton will be 65 on Aug. 19; Lil Romeo, 23; John Stamos, 48; Matthew Perry, 42; Kyra Sedgwick, 46 and Clay Walker, 42.***Aug. 20, Demi Lovato will be 19; Kenny Rogers, 73; Al Roker, 57; Hayden Panettiere, 22.***Aug. 22, Tori Amos will be 48.***Kobe Bryant will be 33 on Aug. 23, Scott Cann, 35 and Rick Springfield, 62.


Wen Clarence Badeaux died his longtime wife Marie went to da local newspaper, da Daily World, to put a notice in da obituaries.
Joe Breaux, da newspaper man at da counter, offered Marie his condolences, den axe her wat she would like to say about Mr. Badeaux in da obituary.
Marie replied, “You can jus put Badeaux died.”
Joe, a little puzzled say, “Surely Ms. Marie, dere must be something more you want to say bout Mr. Badezux.”
“No, dats it,” Marie answer.
Joe say, “Ms. Marie, if it’s da cost dat you concerned bout, da first five words are free and don’t cost you no money, we must say someting more.”
Marie tink bout dat a few minutes and finally say, “Ok, you put Badeaux died, boat for sale.”


Roy says Ms. Pearl’s poetry last week inspired him to write a Down Life’s Highway column about the same period her great poem described. The times are not that extreme today but for some people life is just as hard. We have come a long way in ever aspect of our lives. We help the poor; we take care of our elderly. I worry about those safety nets someday being taken away. America is great because of our safeguards. Over our lifetime a strong middle class has been the backbone of our country. Once we lose the middle class, we become like a third world country, the have’s and the have not’s. I fear it’s staring us right in the face. *****You will be in for a treat when you tour the new Bridge City Elementary School. A lot of planning went into this beautiful school. A ribbon cutting will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. Everyone welcome.***** Thanks for your time. Our prayers go out to the many friends who are ill. Take care and God bless.