ALI REMEMBERED LOCALLY

At age 74 Muhammad Ali died June 4, 2016 in one of his many quotes he said, “Live every day as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.” He lived a fascinating life and is the only heavyweight champion to gain the title three times. His boxing record, 56 wins, 37 TKO’s, with only five loses. Out of all his fights, he proved his character the most in his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He never lost his zest for life, a real champion. Many stories will be printed and televised about his exploits. A local story appears in this week’s ‘Down Life’s Highway’ column by Roy Dunn. Ali touched many lives and Roy says he was fortunate to be one of them. Check it out on page 7. (Editor’s note: Roy left out a couple of things. One was that he signed H.D. Pate’s name to Ali’s food tab and the other was he imitated Sly “Rocky” Stallone by wearing a suit with no shirt. Boy will I be in trouble.)*****Kaz, in his column, recalls attending the Ali-Clevland “Cat” Williams fight in Houston. Check it out.*****I have a long way to go. I’d be proud if you come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.

THE MAN WHO WOULD HAVE HIS FINGER ON BUTTON

The chaos that follows Donald Trump is not likely to go away if God forbid he would ever become president of the United States. USA Today, in an exclusive analysis, found 3,500 lawsuits, which is unprecedented for a presidential nominee. Just since he announced his candidacy a year ago 70 new cases have been filed. The latest making the news was filed in California by a former student accusing Trump University of fraudulent behavior. Legal actions pending would follow him throughout his residency. The legal actions provide clues to his leadership style. No one in their right mind would vote for anyone running for city councilman, mayor, commissioner, sheriff, congressman or any other political position who has been forced into bankruptcy not one, two, or three, much less, like Trump, four times. The guy is not only the country’s worse lier; he’s a con artist, a shyster and a fraud. Last week Trump continued to launch personal attacks on just about anyone who dared defy or disagree with him. When reporters asked him tough but fair questions about donations to veterans groups, he used the news conference to attack journalists as dishonest and singled out an ABC news reporter as a “sleaze.” He then trained his fire on Federal Judge Gonzato Curiel, calling him “Spanish” and “Hispanic.” He called him a Mexican but he was actually born in Indiana. The judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit Trump is involved in. Trump was racist and disrespectful of the notion of judicial independence. A reporter asked whether this is “what it’s going to be like under President Trump? “Yes, it is,” Trump replied. Voters can’t say they didn’t have enough warning about this loony tune. Trump is putting pressure on the GOP by using appointments to the Supreme Court as reasons for the establishment to get behind him. The truth is and I said it in previous columns, “If Trump was the nominee, Republicans would lose the senate and they will.  The Donald has been playing in the minor league throughout the primary against minor league players.Thursday Hillary welcomed Donald to the major league. She ripped him a new one, using his own words.

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

10 Years Ago-2006

When Gina Mannino graduated from Bridge City High in 1984, she never thought that one day she would become the principle of her Alma Mater. With the retirement of principle Terry Stuebing, Gina becomes the first graduate of BCHS to head the school as principal. She had been principle at Sims Elementary. (Editor’s note: I just love Gina. She has since moved up the ladder in administration.)*****Donna Peterson, 70, has been practicing her major league pitching. Next week, on Wednesday, she will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Astro game, at Minute Maid Park. Ms. Peterson’s daughter, Major Donna Peterson, nominated her mother as a “Hometown Hero” which got her the honor to throw out the first pitch. Maj. Peterson outlined an impressive resume of her mother’s good deeds. *****Orange County gets 6.5 inches of rain Monday. Some homes in Bridge City got water inside, while many freshly repaired roofs from hurricane Rita have sprung leaks. The last two weeks have been almost constant rain. (Editor’s note: History repeats itself in 2016.)*****Longtime friend Eugene Pousson, 76, died June 14. A good man with a great family. *****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTON: Elizabeth Burgess, 75, died Saturday, June 10. She was a good Christian woman, very upbeat and positive and made everyone she met feel like a friend. She is survived y her husband of 53 years, John H. Burgess, son John Burgess II, grandchildren and great-grandchild. ****Eugene H. Pousson, 76, of Orange, died June 14. Services were held June 17.  He was a resident of Orange for 51 years and served in the military for seven years. He was a devoted father and husband, served as President of the Orange County Association for Retarded Citizens, was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, VFW and Chevron Retirees. He is survived by his wife Ruth, son, Ray, daughters Sheila and Freda, Anita and Angela and seven grandchildren. ****Freda Rose Dunn, 73, of Mauriceville, passed away Saturday, June 17. Services were held June 21. She worked at the Tax Accessor Collectors office and also had worked for the Orange Leader for 40 years.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William D. (Bill) Dunn, daughters Cathy, Becky, sons, William Jr., Dean and their families.*****Paula Kay Broussard Swiney, 47, of Orange, died Saturday, June 17. Service was held June 21. A native of Orange she was an administrative assistant at Gold Crest Electric. She is survived by her husband William “Perry” Swiney, Sr., parents David and Aliene Broussard, sons William and David, daughter Sabrina Hardy and grandchildren.*****Lanie Rose Braus Breaux, 70, died Thursday, June 16. Services were held June 19. She was a very kind and loving mother and grandmother and everyone who knew her loved her. She is survived by her loving children Judy Justice, Carla Trahan, Donald Breaux, Kenneth Breaux, Eric Breaux, Lana Welsh, Sandra Windham and Robert Breaux, siblings and 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.*****Alvin Ray Miller, 58, of Orange, died Wednesday, June 14. Services were held June 17. He was a truck driver for the State of Louisiana for 23 years, worked at Davison Sash & Door and was a volunteer fireman. He is survived by his wife Patsy, daughter Tammy LeBlanc, step-son Velton Hoffpauir, and their families. *****George Edward Gideon, 85, of Bridge City died Friday, June 16. Services were held Monday, June 19. He served in the navy for 20 years, was a shop foreman for C&B Trucking Service, a member of the VFW and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Marion, son Carl Gideon, grandchild Caitlin Gideon and brother Jesse Gidson.

40 Years Ago-1976

Chairman W.T. Oliver of the Bridge City-Orangefield Community Center fund drive reports that $20,000 has been collected of the $400,000 goal. He predicts the money will be raised and a victory banquet will be held August 12 at Wayside Inn. (Editor’s note: W.T. was the world’s greatest optimist.)*****Sam Naifeh of Orange was nominated at the Democratic convention in Fort Worth, to be a delegate to the National convention by the Fourth Senatorial District delegates. Orange County Democratic Chairman Pete Runnels and longtime Demo activist Bob Montagne came away from the convention with the feeling that Orange County hadn’t gotten its share and weren’t treated fairly by our neighbors. Montagne said, “That’s alright, there will be another day.” (Editor’s note: Bob meant that someone was due payback, he didn’t forget his friends or his enemies.)*****Bridge City policemen Bernis Bobbit and Steve Faircloth, under the direction of Police Chief Wilson Roberts, arrest KOGT manager Richard Corder for entering Bridge City without wearing a beard. The officers reported the hardest part was fitting him in the back seat while handcuffed. He paid his fine and was released. B.C. folks are growing beards in observance of the 1976 Bicentennial. *****Gayle Drake replaces Joe Williamson as Harmon Chevrolet’s new car salesman. Joe has moved to Dallas. *****Louisiana Hayride comes to Little Cypress-Mauriceville. Perry Lapointe, Karen Wiltz, Pam Folsom and Doug Childers, local talent will entertain.******Sis Keogh was excited to meet Sen. Ralph Yarborough at the Democratic convention. Bob Sanders, former Orange County Democratic chairman, visited the delegation.*****The Golden Triangle Savings and Loan of Bridge City holds groundbreaking ceremonies at its new building site at Roundbunch and Bland Street. Contractor is Bill McBride. Roy Ingram is manager and Sue Eldridge is secretary.

FEW HAPPENINGS

Jocelyn “Jo” Burns, 81, of Bridge City, passed away May 31. Service was held Friday, June 3. She was laid to rest at McInnis Cemetery in Anacoco, Louisiana. Jo was a teacher at Hatton in Bridge City for 30 years. Among her survivors is her brother Jerry McInnis. Please see obituary.*****We were saddened also to learn of the death of Ruth Marie White Dies, 92, who passed away June 3 in her home in Austin. She was the widow of the late Judge Martin Dies, Jr. She was the mother of Dianne Dies Schoch, Martin and David Dies. She was the daughter-in-law of United States Congressman Martin Dies. She had a long and colorful life. She was witness to many historical events.  May she rest in peace.***** Due to all the rain Gov. Abbott has declared 31 counties disaster areas.*****Our friend Pearl Harbor survived Cedric Stout fell and cracked his tailbone but still managed to get to the Lunch Bunch gathering with the help of his lovely wife Cherry. John Roy Frederick didn’t make it however. His ticker acted up and he had to have a heart procedure. Tommy Burton said that the rains had all come at the wrong time for his garden. It’s a flop, however he’s doing much better. Judge Claude Wimberly has probably made his last Lunch Bunch meeting which he helped start. Claude is getting along fairly well but doesn’t have the strength to go out. Keith Wallace brought his young son Lance to break bread with all the old politicians. He’s  starting him early. Judge Jimmy Scales say the new granddaughter they are expecting is going to be much like Donna. Photos show her shooting the bird. The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week and PK’s Grill next week.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays in the next few days: On June 8, longtime Stark Foundation CEO, a good guy, Walter Riedel celebrates. Also retired Bridge City High math teacher Tana Hightower, pretty Billie Wood, Carolyn Sexton, Shon Jones and Crystal Wells celebrate. They share birthdays with singer Nancy Sinatra, 76, Kim Kardashian’s husband, rapper Kanye West, 39 and former First Lady Barbara Bush, 91.*****June 9 finds Josette and  Van Choate’s lovely daughter Karli Choate celebrating. Also celebrating are Deane Moran, Debbie Vidrine and Jessica Hillard. Celebrities having birthdays on this day, actors Johnny Depp, 53, Michael J. Fox, 55 and Natalie Portman, 35.*****On June 10 Chris Riedel, Caroline Hennigan, Tyler Derouen and Chrisleigh Longlois all celebrate. This would also have been the birthday of our late friend Rayford “High Pockets” Jimerson. Birthday celebrants are joined by President Obama’s daughter, Sasha Obama, 15, England’s Prince Philip, 95 and Olympic figure skater Tara Lipenski, 35.*****June 11, one of our pretty judges, County Court at Law Judge Mandy White Rogers celebrates. She sure has been quiet, good way to dodge trouble. Also having a birthday on this day are Dorothy Breaux, Lacey Wallace and Jane Miner. Our longtime friend Gordon Baxter died on this day in 2005. Celebrities celebrating birthdays on this day are TV show host Dr. Oz, 56 and football player Joe Montana, 60.****On June 12, Jesse Walles, Candice Steele, Frances Ragsdale, Pam Williams, Brook Doss and Karen Kline all celebrate. They are joined by former president George H. Bush, Sr., 92, wrestler Mark Henry, 45 and actor Jim Nabors, 86.*****June 13 finds pretty Shawna Gauthier celebrating another birthday as does Tammy Droddy, Duane Anthony, Susan Fischer, Sidney White, Ryan Kelly and Desia Davis. Celebrities having birthdays on this day, the Olsen twins, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, 30, actors Tim Allen, 63 and Malcolm McDowell, 73.*****June 14 finds Carley Swenson, Betty Jean Lonadier, Ben Perry, Brandon Duhon and Brandy Aldridge celebrating. This is also the wedding anniversary of our longtime friends Peggy and David Claybar. They are joined by entrepreneur and presidential candidate Donald Trump, 70, singer Boy George, 55, and tennis player Steffi Graf, 47.*****Taylor Swift makes “Forbes” list of America’s richest, most successful, self-made women. At 26, she is the youngest, at No. 60, with a net worth of $250 million. The third youngest is Beyonce, at No. 56, worth $265 million. *****Speaking of wealthy, 17 more billionaires signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s pledge to give away the bulk of their wealth. That brings the total group to 154 members in 16 countries. These people make Donald Trump’s net worth look like pocket change. *****QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  Lindsey Graham is now urging other Republicans to un-endorse Trump. According to a statement by Graham, speaking about Trump’s attack on a Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel. “This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” Mr. Graham said. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it,” he added. “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred for Hillary. *****The Desormeaux brothers, trainer Keith and jockey Kent, are looking to win their second in a row, three-year-old race,  with their horse Exaggerator in the 1.5 mile Preakness Saturday, June 11. The Cajun brothers are from Maurice, LA and are cousins to the Bonnin twins of Orange.

CAJUN STOY OF THE WEEK

Joe Robicheau took his wife Clotile to da Fat Stock show in Houston, dey drive from Abbeville dem. Looking da stock over, dey go to da first pen. A sign, what is hanging dere, say, “Dis bull mated 50 times last year.” Clotile her playfully nudged Joe in da ribs and said, “He mated 50 times last year.”

Da couple dem walk over to da second pen, da sign said, “Dis bull mated 120 times last year.” Clotile give Joe a healthy jab and said, “Joe, dats more dan twice a week.” Wit a smile she said, “You could learn a lot from him.”

She was still joshing old Joe wen dey came up on da turd pen. A sign in capital letter said, “DIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST YEAR.” Wit excitement Clotile shouted, “Key-aw, dat’s once a day Joe, babe you could really learn something from dis one, yea.”

Joe him, he looked at Clotile, who was beaming from ear to ear, and said, “Big deal Clotile, go over dere and axe him if it was wit da same cow.”

C’EST TOUT

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton broke historic political ground Tuesday by becoming the first woman to clinch the nomination of a major party for the nation’s highest office. It’s been a long time coming. Research shows that she and other women have a more difficult political landscape than men when they run for office. While more than 100 men have been nominated for president over the past 240 years, Tuesday night in New Jersey, when the polls closed, she addressed the nation as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Clinton faces the same dilemma as other female candidates in trying to come across as decisive and impassionate without being accused of being shrill. Men doing a lot of yelling don’t get called out in the same way. Senator Barbara Boxer says in a radio ad test that contained the same content for a man and a woman, that in two versions, the decibel levels were identical. Listeners rated the woman’s voice as being significantly louder. Boxer said, “A man is assertive, where a woman is aggressive.” Trump faces challenges as well. Six in 10 said they are very uncomfortable about him serving as president. Nearly one in five said they were comfortable with a woman president. In Clinton’s case there is a perception that she can’t be trusted. Those are trumped up charges but it’s also being stroked by ongoing investigations into her use of private email. Both candidates are viewed unfavorably by record numbers but polls show being a woman she is more likely to lose votes as a result. Polls have found that female attorneys are twice as likely as male attorneys to be disbarred when accused of virtually identical infractions. Former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder says about the White House, “It’s the ultimate tree house with a “No-Girls-Allowed,” sign posted on it and would be absolutely wonderful to have Hillary break into the tree house and take the sign down.” For woman candidates, likeability is linked to electability. That’s why Trump is trashing her to drive up her unlikeability.  There is no doubt if Hillary is going to break the highest and hardest glass ceiling she will need overwhelming support from women, strong support from Sanders supporters and President Obama will have to clarify her great record as Secretary of State. She did some great things that have been over shadowed by the Benghazi debacle. She has an outstanding record as United State senator and is probably the most qualified person to ever be nominated for the office of president. The question is can a woman be elected? For the first time in our history, a mother can tell her young daughter, “You can be anything you want to be, even president of the United States. That is historical. *****Thanks for your time. Please shop our ‘Family of Advertisers.” Take care and God bless.