When you look at circumstances around the world, countrymen killing each other, women treated like slaves, the economy in shambles and the leaders at the top skimming most of the money, you realize how really fortunate we are to be Americans. We have our disagreements on the direction our country and state should take but our constitution guarantees us that right. We don’t have to take up arms. We have just come through a hard fought presidential campaign that sets out a clear mandate. I feel optimistic about the country making great gains in the coming years.

First and most importantly is dodging the so called fiscal cliff. The direction of the stock market is hinging very much on that cliff issue. Monday’s bullish action on Wall Street is what I expect if the cliff is avoided. Stocks soared, driven by encouraging signs that President Obama and the gridlocked Congress will compromise in time to avoid the economic fallout if automatic tax increase and spending cuts kick in on Jan. 1.

A recession is certain and jobless rates would go over nine percent. The major problems is if the Republican controlled congress, even against the wishes of their speaker, digs their heels in again about the super wealthy having to give up their Bush tax benefits and insist on no new taxes on the wealthy. We could easily go over the cliff. The President ran on the wealthy paying their fair share and he has a mandate so that could be the impasse. It could really be bad. However, the congress would be blamed. That’s why I’m optimistic. Each individual congressman’s future hangs in the balance. They run every two years. There comes a time when you cut your loses and millionaire friends loose.

Here at home we have weathered the worse, our county and all of our municipalities are on solid ground. Texas, because of our location, oil industry and work force, will continue to grow and prosper. My main concern in our state is the state of our education, with $500 million cuts last year and more cuts predicted. As prosperous as we are, we shouldn’t be at the bottom of the education chain. I wish the best for you and yours. Have a nice Thanksgiving. Now I’ve got to move on. Please come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.


Talk radio and FOX News were trying to sell an empty suit. Several Republican leaders are now saying about Mitt Romney, what we had been saying all along. When Romney refused to release more than two years of tax returns, breaking with standard practices, he either had something to hide or he believed he was above those rules. When he made the 47 percent remarks about that percentage of the population who believe they are entitled to health care, food, housing, etc. and added he was not concerned with that 47 percent, we said that Mitt had shown his true colors. A lot of people shrugged his comments off and voted for him anyway. Then came his “gifts” comment. Romney said, “Obama won with gifts to certain voters.” That verifies what Romney really represented in his bid for the presidency. When he called programs like Obamacare free health care in perpetuity, a $10,000 a year gift to every family. Ironically, that is the opposite of what he and his surrogates said on the campaign trail. They said Obamacare would cost each family $6,500 a year, and add a trillion dollars to the deficit in ten years. I even heard Con. Kevin Brady say that now we learn that Obamacare will cut the deficit by $88 billion. Romney, in his latest release also said “amnesty” for the children of illegal immigrants is a “gift.” That indicates. through his good fortune, his lack of understanding of what constitutes the real America he never had to live in. He doesn’t understand programs that are necessary for the function of our society. A clue to everyone about who Mitt is came from his rivals in the GOP primaries. Newt said, “Romney would say or do anything to be president.” I believe that the name Romney, listed with George Washington, Abe, Reagan and others as the 45 president was his goal, not governing. He was going to leave that up to Paul Ryan, Eric Canter, Karl Rove and others domestically. John Bolton, the Bush gang, and John McCain, an American hero, who is now a bitter old man, and others would call the shots on foreign policy. I believe we are better off looking down the road where in four years we can make a fresh start, with a slate of new choices in both camps. For now I believe both parties should work to advance the country. Their goal to defeat Obama is no more.


Small Business Saturday began in 2010, founded by American Express to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Throughout our family of advertisers there are many locally owned small businesses. Most of the owners and employees live and pay taxes in our community. They play an important part in the schools, etc. You will be surprised at all the great bargains you can find at our small business stores. Their lower overhead allows great prices not found in larger stores. The service is also more personal. They treat you like you’re appreciated. Small businesses are our backbone. Support them when you can. Don’t forget them this Saturday. We’re proud to be a small business, publishing a free community newspaper for 52 years. When you support small business, you support us. Please shop them.


We were saddened to learn of the death of our friend Charlotte Hamilton, 64, who passed away Nov. 13. Her death came after having had surgery. For the past dozen years Charlotte had been the music director and organ player at Calvary Christian Center. Pastor Danny Brack, who conducted her service, said it was one of the hardest funerals he had ever done because Charlotte was such a wonderful person and so full of life. May she rest in peace. Please see obituary.*****Condolences also to the family of Geraldene Bates, 74, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 18. Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home. A celebration of Gereldene’s life will be held Wednesday Nov. 21, 10 a.m. at Community Christian Church.


15 Years Ago-1997

A going away party was held in Commissioners Court for retiring Judge Claude Wimberly. Pauline Farris was appointed to fill his unexpired term. *****C. Delle Bates is moving to the beach. (Editor’s note: I don’t think he stayed very long.)*****Bill Ortego will become interim Bridge City School superintendent on Dec. 8. He will serve four to six months. Bill is no stranger to this area. He served as principal of SFA, in Port Arthur, in the early 1970’s.*****Little Cypress-Mauriceville has extended the contract for superintendent Lamar Hebert.*****Local insurance agent and businessman, Flecher Garner, 79, passed away. Garner had lived in the Port Arthur/Bridge City area for over 50 years. He was a partner in Parkside Place Subdivision along with Paul and Bobby Cormier, Roy Dunn and others who donated the property that the Community Center and other facilities sit on. Flecher is survived by wife Geraldine. (Editor’s note: Ms. Geraldine left Bridge City after Hurricane Ike destroyed her home on Strapper Dr.)*****We were sorry to learn about the death of Bronnis Faircloth, 64. Mrs. Lee Scott Faircloth was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Beaumont. She is survived by two daughters Jane Hewitt Dupree and Liz Bergman, three step children, Steve, Lee Scott Jr. and Pat Bostsck. (Editor’s note: Since her death, Lee Scott Jr., has also passed away.)*****Record Newspaper journalist Chris Farkas jumped from an airplane so he could write about it. He’ll do anything for a story. He called his feature “Paper Wings.” He said he never was so scared. I believe they had to push him out.*****Judge Flo Edgerly bagged an eight-point buck.*****Marialeice is wearing a new rock so not to be outdone, Shirley Roccaforte is wearing an empty jar of tartar sauce, with several carrots attached to it, around her neck.*****Bridge City Chamber appoints two new directors. Michael Cedars and Terri Gauthier. Mike is a PNG and Lamar grad, Terri is a 1978 Bridge City grad. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, David, for 19 years. They have two children.

40 YEARS AGO NOV. 21, 1972

The West Orange Chiefs, undefeated and state ranked going into the last game of the season, meet their Waterloo. The Bridge City Cardinals defeat the Chiefs 22-20 in West Orange, their only loss of the year. The Chiefs score first on Barney Duhon’s one-yard run. Butch Campbell kicked the extra point to make it 7-0. Lanston Fall scored from one yard out and also made the two-point conversion, 8-7 Cards. Randall Teate, on the reverse play, goes 61 yards for a TD. Campbell’s boot is good, 14-8 West Orange. After halftime Keith McCammond and David Mire move up the middle for Bridge City. Fall scored again. Jimmy LeCombe’s kick is good, 15-14 B.C. The Chiefs threatened again; Coach Chief Wilson’s defense held tough with leaders Fall, Mark Dunn, Charlie Hildebrandt, Tim Lawler, Kenny Brown and Roger Easterling. The Chiefs are forced to try a 26-yard field goal by Campbell; the kick fails. BC’s Bo Worrell intercepts a Ray Pousson pass and scores, 22-14 BC. Campbell adds six more for the Chiefs, 22-20 BC. The two-point conversion fails. Fall is the outstanding two-way player with seven tackles and three assists, 178 yards gained on 27 carries. Dunn led all Bridge City tackles for the year. Fall and Dunn, two district standouts return next season. West Orange will represent the east zone in District 3A playoffs. Bridge City had two district losses.*****The east zone all-star team player, Bubba McGallion, Silsbee; Most exciting runner, Barney Duhon, West Orange; coach of the year, Jim Crossland, LCM. The Bears, picked to finish last, were 7 – 3.*****Offensive players of the year, Wayne Courville, LCM; Bobby Jo Westbrook, Silsbee; Jerry Callier, WO; David Riddling, BC; Mike Fishbeck, LCM; Paul Bingham, WO; Kenny Johnson, WO; and Michael Landry, BC; Bubba McGallion, Silsbee; Lanston Fall BC; Barney Duhon, WO; Butch Campbell, WO.*****Defensive team: James Long, WO; Curtis Jenkins, Jasper: Kenny Brown, BC; Tommy Dunnigan, Silsbee; Larry Spears, WO; Mark Dunn, BC; Ronny Duhon, WO; Keith High, LCM; Lee Jay Perry, LCM; Clifton Rankin, WO; Keith McCammond, BC;  Bryan Carr, LCM; Bo Worrell, BC. ***Second team: West Orange, Roy Williams, Ray Pousson, Darrow Judge, David Taylor, Randle Teate, Steve Lovett, Arlister Scott.***LCM, Pat Johnson, Allen Harrison, Johnny Fleming, Gene Hennigan.***Bridge City: David Mire, Paul O’Rourke, Roger Easterling, Chuck Majors, Clint Belk, Tony Bramblett. (Editor’s note: The following year, West Orange returned the favor. Bridge City had shut out seven opponents and only had a tie when West Orange beat them.


Tabatha Force, Hazel Spurgeon, Jason LeLeux, Mary Tate, Adam Schisler, David Heyduck, Bart Williams, H.D. Pate, Burford Rector, Marie McKinley, Butch Campbell, Dorothy Mathis, Cecil Broom, Larry Bridges, Misty Moody, Barbara Trahan, Belinda Thibodeaux, Bobby Tarter, Jackie Roberts, Brenda Spangle, Carolyn Hagen, John-Charles Newcomer, Christina Tallant, Haylie Belcher, J.O. McCune, Ann Caples, Ernest Swanson, Rodney Petty, Scott Mackey, Steven James, Cindy McLaughlin, Dae Leigh Sandlin, Thomas Hutchison, Jeff Hollis, Candace Todora, Jessica Stark, Justin McCarthy, James Crocker, Kim Hubbard, Debbie Hughes, Joel Gilbert, Rebecca McLemore, Sherry Hickman, Serena Simonton, Vivienne Mathews, Amber Permar, Christie Smith, Sherry Hommel, Kelly Stanley, Michael Chapman, Lana McCracken, Holly McKinley, Christi Nelson, Mason Grizzaffi, Shelly Hollier, Taryn Hubbard, Katie Deal, Wanda Ferguson, Wanda Monogue, Colby Daville, Juantia Schilcher, Dana Bryant, Emily Fischer, D.J. ”Ace” Amodeo, Eric Andrus, Jessica Harkness, John Kimbrough, Mark Bourgeois, Melissa Fisher, James ”Red” Powell, Nick Miller, Bobby Adams, Sharon Gregory, Tena Kenney, Abby Floyd, Betty Simonton, Cindy Huckabay, Don North, Mildred Frank and Georgietta Daves.


Last Thursday, the folks at St. Mary’s Catholic Church put on their big gumbo dinner. The brew was Larry David’s award winning gumbo. Dr. Rod Fisette was one of Larry’s helpers. Taking part in the dinner were too many Cajuns, Italians and mix breeds to mention. The ladies prepared special jellies and other goodies. The annual event was a big success. As to me, someone felt sorry for me and made some available for take out.*****Our buddy and former Record employee, Chris Farkas, traveling from Jacksonville to Austin, stopped by. He took in some Catholic gumbo, which he said he misses, he also admitted he misses all Cajun cooking. He’s been in Florida 12 years. He planned his vacation so he could attend the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix being held in Austin on a new $400 million track. Austin was hosting the first U.S. Grand Prix since 2007. Chris planed to attend all three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.*****Saturday Earl Thomas, of the Seattle Seahawks, held a winter coat give away. The food, music and 300 coats given to youths in need were made possible by the Earl Thomas Faith Family and Friends Foundation. Earl is a great, compassionate, young man who believes in giving back to the community that raised him. Last year, Earl gave away turkeys to everyone in need of one. Earl graduated from West Orange-Stark in 2007, went to the University of Texas and was the number one draft pick by Seattle.*****Someone told me that Warren Landry, Orange Carpet boss,  is a brand new granddad. Congrats, I don’t know the particulars except the kid was born n Dallas.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day. On Nov. 21, Joel Steirman turns 69. This year his wife, Kathleen, who usually gives him party, bought him a vacation trip to Belize.***On Nov. 22, the day JFK was killed in Dallas, finds several folks marking birthdays. Our longtime friend attorney H.D. Pate and Lamar’s Butch Campbell. A few years separate them. Also celebrating that day is Penny’s son Jason Leleux and her baby sister Mary Tate.*** Other Nov. 22 babies are our friend, legal secretary Jackie Roberts, who for years made Grover Halliburton look good and also Cecil Broom Bobby Tarter and Buford Rector.***On Nov. 23, Ernest Swanson, who like me must be as old as dirt, marks another birthday. I’ve lost track of him since the store was sold but wherever he is I wish him a great day.***Pretty Kim Hubbard celebrates on Nov. 24, also Debbie Hughes, who holds that Hughes operation together, also longtime friend Howard Morse, former owner of Big Red Pantry and Bridge City Bank board member, turns 89. Happy birthday and best wishes. Lana McCracken, Serena Simonton and Joel Gilbert also celebrate on Nov. 24.****D.J. “Ace” Amodeo celebrates a great big one on Nov. 26. Also celebrating on this day is a young man and great guy Eric Andrus. Joining them is Taryn Hubbard, Dana Bryant and district attorney John Kimbrough, jack of all trades, former football ref, and now a football caller man for Stelly. John also predicts college football game outcomes. By the way, his latest pridiction was a probable UCLA win over highly favored USC. He was right. I was waiting for a biggie, like Baylor over Kansas St. Happy birthday John.***Our friend, Russell Dillow, owner of the local Sears store, who has a great sale going, will turn a year older on Nov. 26.***Celebrating Nov. 27 is Sharon Gregory, former beauty queen, longtime television broadcaster, now in Florida and the daughter of June and the late Fred Gregory.***Betty Simonton, Cindy Huckabay, Bobby Adams and Shirley Kogas also celebrate on this day.***A very big happy birthday to all the above.*****Extra special thoughts to our friend Bobby Taylor, who for over a year has fought cancer at M.D. Anderson. Now treatments at M.D. have ceased.  Bobby threw away most medicine, changed his diet, began exercising and today is doing much better on his own. That’s something to be thankful for. In fact, on this thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, he celebrates his 78 birthday. He has the blessing of his life in his beautiful wife Barbara and on Nov. 24 they will celebrate their 53rd anniversary. Congrats. Now there’s a beautiful Thanksgiving story. The guy refused to die and he’s good to go for another few years.*****It will be a nice thanksgiving at the Dunn house. Amber is home for a few days from Cleveland, Ohio. Home cooking and Gulf Coast seafood is always a treat when she gets back to Texas.*****Debora Harmon drove down from Colorado to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with mom and dad, Betty and Corky, and the family. When in town, Debora always makes it a point to visit friends. She keeps up with our little part of the country on line at TheRecordLive.com.*****Also in town to attend the big Bendy reunion held Saturday was Bobby Hoosier, a 1976 BC grad, who has made his home in California these past years. He was accompanied by his wife and two children. Bobby is the son of Frances and “Tonker’ Hoosier. Many other folks have some of their offspring coming home to be with family. Let us know about some of your folks who were home for the holiday.*****Congrats to WO-S on their 57-0 win over Cleveland. The Mustang defense has gained a full step in quickness and peaking at just the right time. WO-S, 11-0, meets West Columbia, 8-3, in Channelview on Friday at 6 p.m. with a good offensive showing, the Mustangs should move on. The “Stangs” defense is 3-A’s best.*****Congrats also to the Orange Community Christian Lions on their first playoff win in just their second year of football. Coach Larry Spears’ Lions defeated S.A. Castle Hills, to advance in the playoffs. The C.C. Lions take on Brazospoort Christian at Lake Jackson, Nov. 24, in the next round.*****Congratulations  to Coach Stump’s Bridge City Cardinals and to Coach Jeff Mathews and his Vidor Pirates on their good seasons. We thank all the seniors for the memories and are now looking forward to the next season.*****We ran into Steve Worster, a great guy, who has a lot of pride in his community. Steve is so down to earth that it’s hard to believe he was an All American high school player, who gave Bridge City two trips to the state championships. Steve also was an All American at the University of Texas, winning a national championship. Steve reflecting on Coach Darrel Royal’s death, said he was just a down to earth country boy from Oklahoma. He said, “I was just an 18 year old away from home for the first time in Austin, a big change for a small time boy. Coach Royal was like a father to us in every way. He really cared.” Steve said they were student players, different from today. I agree, some freshmen going to college to play football now have agents.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will not gather this week and will be at Novrozsky’s  next week. Everyone always welcome, it‘s a great time for fellowship.*****Matt Bryant’s Atlanta Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-19. Bridge City’s Bryant kicked three field goals for the win. A 51 yarder, a 28 yarder and a 48 yarder. Matt made 11 points in the win.*****Wade Phillips, Texan defense held on for a 43-37 win over Jacksonville in overtime.*****The Dallas Cowboys, in a game that wasn’t broadcasted locally, beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime


Toby Babineaux, him, came running into Tee-Boy’s Bar and Grill and he say to his buddy, Joe Comeaux, “Joe, Joe, somebody done jus stole you pickup truck from da parking lot.”

“Da hell you say, Joe replied. “Toby did you see who did it you?”

Toby, he scratch his head and say, “Joe, I jus couldn’t tell for sure, but I got da license number me.”


The Orangefield school board is making a fresh start. Sitting in those hot seats now are Jesse Fremont, Dr. Ron Risinger, Bo Henley and Brad Frye. After some ups and downs and controversy in the recent past, the citizens of the school district hope they have drawn four aces. It looks to me there might be a Jack-of-Diamonds in that bunch. The foursome were sworn in Monday night. Congrats and good luck.*****The Farmers Market at Big Lots is shutting down Wednesday evening for the season. If you want some fresh grapefruit and oranges call John Heard at 409-988-5231 for directions.*****A true American story, Procter and Gamble turns 175 years old. Globally P&G’s products are used by 4.5 billion consumers. The company employs 126,000, in 75 countries, and P&G brands are sold in 105 more countries. Among their blockbuster brands are Tide and Pampers. My memory goes back a long way to when we quit using grandma’s homemade lye soap and got to buy store-bought soap. It was a large white bar of P&G soap. So I’ve traveled much of that 175 years with P&G.*****During the next few weeks you will be hearing some good news about David Self Ford. Great folks to do business with.*****Well, I stopped by Muddy Water Marina and Ike picked out two dozen large crabs for me. I’m going to highly season some boiling water and drop them in, then sit down and enjoy. Ike always keeps fresh, live crabs. Gotta go now. Have a nice holiday. Take care and God bless.