The most important thing for all of us to do is vote. Early voting is now in progress, which is the easy way to vote. In and out in five minutes or less. You can vote at any of the four locations. Promise yourself you will vote and keep your promise.*****Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston, the Dodgers and Red Sox opened game one of the 114thWorld Series. The teams have only met once in the World Series despite all of their success through the years, back to 1916, when the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins in five games for the club’s fourth championship. The Robins were led by a young outfielder named Casey Stengel. In game two, Babe Ruth threw 14 innings, 13 scoreless. That started a record streak of 29 2/3 scoreless innings in the 1916 World Series for the Bambino. That record stood for 43 years, until 1961, when it was broken by Whitey Ford. The Red Sox didn’t play at Fennway in the World Series, both 1915 and 1916, because it seated only 35,000, they played at the Boston Braves field which held 40,000. Today, it’s America’s oldest park and still the smallest even after expansion. Sit back and enjoy the great series. It’s as American as apple pie. My guess is Boston in six games, but theDodgers have given me a lot of enjoyment over the years. *****Come along. I promise it won’t do you no harm.



What you would think we should fear the most is the United States going to war. Even though that is likely, for the simple reason that Trump can’t get re-elected without the country being at war. No president has ever been defeated during war time. We would likely lose some young military lives but that’s not my biggest fear at the moment, health care is. Many more lives would be lost and the poor and elderly would suffer. Health Care is due to be cut across the board. The reason is a $1.5 trillion tax cut which benefits 83.9 percent of the nation’s wealthiest, at the same time would give citizens $4,000 a year more on their pay checks. This is called trickle down economics. It doesn’t work and never will. The aftermath of the big money giveaway is that the country is now facing a deficit, the largest in years and next year the figures will go well over a trillion dollars. Now Republicans are screaming about having to make cuts on a deficit they created. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said entitlements will have to be cut, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, plus another attempt at repealing ObamaCare. Now President Trump has asked his cabinet to cut 5% of their budgets across the board to address the deficit. Also at issue is a Federal lawsuit filed in Texas by Republican attorney general, representing 20 states. It seeks to repeal Obama’s health care in its entirety. It would end all aspects, including pre-existing conditions that would lead to the death of many poor and elderly. It would also do away with insurers being prevented from charging older Americans far more than younger ones. They would go back to the policy of the older you are, the more you pay for insurance. Also, to please the insurance lobby, allowing adult children to stay on parents insurance until age 26 would end. If the lawsuit is successful, all of it goes not just parts. Many citizens protected today under the Affordable Care Act will be left to die. A few months ago we gave away over a trillion dollars to the wealthy and taking away health care is how they plan to pay for a small part of that deficit. They preach fear of gun confiscation, abortion, immigrants, etc. so they can keep robbing us. Meanwhile, we keep voting against our own self interest while the benefits go to the super wealthy. They get their huge tax cuts and the citizens get stiffed on our basic need, health care and Social Security, the life blood of so many elderly. Believe me, if they have their way, we will resemble a third world country. Health care and lack of security for our citizens is my biggest fear. You’d best take the blinders off before it is too late. What we need is better health care at a lower cost.


We were sorry to learn about the death of Louvonia Hryhorchuk, 85, who passed away October 21. She worked in the Orange County tax office for 40 years, the last 20 years as Tax Assessor Collector. She was a nice lady but she ran a tight ship and no doubt who was the boss. She ran in five county races. Roy served as her campaign manager in her first race against Juanita Jordan. He has some interesting stories about that first race against the Bob Montagne forces. Louvenia was a remarkable Christian lady. Please see obituary for her life’s story and time of service. May she rest in peace.



10 Years Ago-2008

Thank heaven for the many church groups, first responders and the volunteers, they are Good Samaritans. Without their help many cases would be a lost cause. One group we ran into Saturday was the Lamar University Student Faculty Staff and Alumni volunteers. On this one team was professor Dr. Jason Lamberst, team leader Brian Roberson,crew members Adriana Sanchez, a real cutie with a great personality helping clean out a home despite having been a victim of Ike herself in the Houston area. Other members were Joshua Pullin, Amanda Savage, Kevin Zheng, Lasiandra Sullivan and Keisha Guiany. Other crews were spread out over the Triangle. Lamar University, we thank you.***** all over 50-year-old establishments, Crumpler Machine, Bridge City Cleaners and Hopper Lumber Co., were all or partly destroyed by Ike but these old Bridge City established businesses have confidence in the future of the business economy. The Crumplers, Ms. Ann Segura and Lee Angelle all have been mainstays and are moving forward despite the hardships. Other establishments are doing the same, betting on the people of Bridge City and Orangefield. *****A beautiful sight over the weekend wasFEMA trailers starting to roll in. It’s almost impossible to restore a home in reasonable time when one is displaced, make the drive to work on the home only when time permits. If you live on the grounds it’s easier to piddle, clean up, tear out and replace items. FEMA has been slow and in many cases indifferent. Many people who deserve help haven’t received a nickel; others have unjustly been denied help even though their situation is obvious. Red tape has bogged the recovery in Orange County down. Many phone calls, e-mails, faxes and visiting FEMA tents have been frustrating to the much in need citizens. Rep. Kevin Brady visited the area Saturday and got a personal eye full of damages and injustices. Time will tell if he’s been able to reach the right ears and if someone out there is listening or really cares. ***** Four years ago, when Geo. W. and Cheney were re-elected, we said in this column that before they left office they would drive the country to near depression. Over the last year alone, more than 1,400,000 workers have lost their jobs and are unemployed and now all the major corporations are having mass layoffs. The economy is the worst since the Great Depression, 401ks and retirement funds are in the sink and the elderly will suffer. The homeless and hopeless numbers have risen throughout the country. ***** Warren Buffet is one of Obama’s economic advisers on how to turn the economy around. You can’t do much better than that. Obama is smart enough to surround himself with experts. Good people to go along with foreign expert Joe Biden. ***** Texas barely skimmed by Oklahoma State. They face the biggest test of all Saturday against Texas Tech in Lubbock. They won’t have the record setting 98,000 crowd. Our Orange County boys, Dion Beasley and Earl Thomas, will be really busy for the Longhorn defense. The Texas secondary will be tested with one of the country’s best passing teams.


40 Years Ago-1978

A 400-year-old oak tree in West Lake, Calif., provided the setting for the wedding of actress Anna Dolores Cantu and Fred Primo. Miss Cantu is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Perez of West Orange. She is a 1968 grad of West Orange High School. Cantu, a stewardess with Eastern Airlines, has retired to devote full time to acting. She appears in several television commercials, television shows and movies. (Editor’s note: I wonder what became of her and did the marriage last and are her parents still living? If anyone knows, please let us know by e-mail,  HYPERLINK “”, or write P.O. Box 1008, Bridge City, 77611.*****Mama Maybelle Carter died last week at age 69. The Carter family became famous under her direction. Her daughter is June Carter Cash. *****State Rep. Wayne Peveto speaks at the Bridge City Rotary Club noon meeting. He clarifies questions about the amendments on the Nov. 7 ballot.***** Toni Passmore Anderson and Lisa Davis Myers, two Bridge City residents attending Lamar, will take part in the musical comedy production “Kiss Me Kate.” Toni is a senior voice major who has starred in several Lamar productions; Lisa is a senior music major. *****Darryl Alan Wright, a BCHS student, is the winner in the National Principal’s Scholarship contest. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wright. Runner up was Roberta Kennedy.***** St. Mary Junior High cheerleaders are Christie Richard, Shannon Sloan, Grace Trahan, Jodie Savoi, Lori Bourliea and Jame Bourliea. Coaches of the St. Mary Hornets areKermitt Richard, Arthur Boudreaux, Bill McNamara and Mike Mazzola.*****Rhonda Strange crowned Cavoilcade queen.



We were glad to visit with Sandy Kaufman, a longtime courthouse fixture. For over 30 years she was Judge Pat Clark’s trusted ‘Girl Friday.’ She retired one day before he did. She’s still a fan of his and says he was a great judge. I, by the way, agree. Sandy and her neighbors in Victory Gardens are having a big community garage sale involving several different homes. The sale will be Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thousands of items and everything at  great prices.*****Hopefully Hurricane Willa, off the Pacific, entering Mexico, doesn’t dump any more rain over an already drenched Texas and stays far away from us. The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Robert’s this week and next week the Bunch returns to Novrozsky’s. A special gathering on Nov. 7, will again be at Robert’s. Last week, the two beautiful ladies, County Treasurer Christy Koureyand Judge Joy Simonton reappeared after being away a few weeks. Everyone is always welcome, just show up. *****Happy Anniversary to Susie and Walter Riedel who celebrate on Oct. 28. *****Special folks we know celebrating birthdays this week. On Oct. 24, Debbie Fusilier, who is like a family member celebrates. She came to work for our newspaper at age 14 and stayed over 30 years. We attended her graduation and also her marriage to David. We shared in the birth of their three children. A special Happy Birthday Deb. *****Celebrating also this day is Mary Stanton. We haven’t heard from her since Don passed away. We think of her often. Mary, Joe and I send our best wishes for a great day. *****Oct. 26: On this day, in 1893, Clay Dunn was born in Rising Star, Texas. He was an early Orange County pioneer business man. He died Feb. 19, 1959. *****Oct. 27: Some beautiful ladies were born on this day. Betty Harmon was a Hollywood type beauty when I first met her 60 years ago. She’s still a lovely lady. *****Speaking of beauty, I’m always fascinated by the good looks of Josette Choate. I admire her so much because she is so sweet. Her good looks run deep in her Italian family. Her Mom, sister and her entire clan are all lovely people. Poor Van, he’s like the duckling in that bunch. Also on this day, Oct. 27, I remember another real beauty, the latePearl Burgess. That lady was really someone special. ****Oct. 28: Three good guys, not beautiful, celebrate today. Judge Don Burgess celebrates today. What a sight in his early days with his big red beard and the biggest cowboy hot he could find. He met and married Bobbie, Joe Grossman’s daughter. She cleaned him up and Joe showed him the ropes on how to be “Jewish.”***Celebrating also is our longtime friend and sports columnist Joe Kazmar. A New Yorker, former McNeese pitcher and grad. He’s been writing sports for over 40 years. His column appears in this paper weekly. ***The third guy celebrating today is Ron Sigler, an LSU grad who is very wise. A former city councilman, commissioner, drainage district manager, Jack-of-all trades and a knowledgeable tea leaf reader. *****That’s all I have space for. Please see the complete list and Happy Birthday to all. *****I’m looking forward to reading John Grisham’s new release, “The Reckoning.” The scene is set in the small town of Clanton, MS. in 1946. A WWII hero shot his friend, the Methodist preacher, with three shotgun blasts. The question is why? *****Don’t let Trump sweep it under the rug. The only way to determine the truth of what happened to Khashoggi is a genuine international investigation, led by a United Nations-appointed panel. Congress should launch its own investigation, including of whether theTrump Administration is conspiring with Saudi officials to cover up the murder. Trump and Jared Kushner are joined at the hip with the Saudis.



A few folks we know celebrating birthdays in the coming week. Oct. 24: Jerry Wiegreffi, Tammy Scales, and Dale Morris all celebrate. Also joining them are rapper Drake, 31, actor Kevin Kline, who turns 70. *****Oct. 25: Celebrating today are Lauren Walter, Mary Chamblee, Roy Lee Helm, Rachel Sanders and Conner Ziller. Celebs joining them are singer Katy Perry, 33, actors Samantha Bee, 48, Craig Robinson, 48 and Nancy Catwright, 60.*****Oct. 26: Rochelle Briggs, Phylli8s Yeats, Toni Dyer and Hunter Smith. Joining them are former First Lady Hillary Clinton who is 70 today, Country singer Keith Urban, 50, actor Seth MacFarlane,44.*****Oct. 27: Celebrating today are Dan Sanders, David Dupuis and Betty Trantham. Also Kelly Osbourne, 33, reality star Marla Maples, 54 and actor John Cleese,78.*****Oct. 28: Having birthdays today are Loia Wilkerson, Derrick Cole, Chris Stone, Ronnie Moerbe, Cori Woodard and Heather Dubose. Celebrating on this day also are entrepreneur Bill Gates, 62, country singer Brad Paisley, 45, actress Julia Roberts, 50 and reality star Caitlyn Jenner, who will be 68 on this day. *****Oct. 29: Vicki Cormier, Emma Scott are joined by actress Winona Ryder, 46, singers Randy Jackson, 56 and Kechi Okwuchi, 28.*****Oct. 30: Celebrating today are rock Whittle, Jessica Bradberry, Kevin Sorrels and Laura Moreau. Celebrities joining them are Donald’s little girl, Ivanka Trump, 36, actors Mia Long, 47, Ashley Graham, 30 and Henry Winkler, 72.



Sostan Thibeaux is back to his old drinking habits after being dry for a few months because of his health, and promising his wife Agnes dat he wouldn’t drink no more. He stopped off at Tee-Boy’s Bar and Grill and drank beer way into da night. Wen da bar closed, Sostan stood up to leave and fell flat on his face. He crawled outside for fresh air tinking dat maybe dat would help him up. He tried to stand and fell again so he crawled the tree blocks to his house and crawled up da stairs. Wen he reached his bed he stood up and fell face down on da bed.

Sostan him, woke up wit his wife standing over him hollowing at him. “Wats wrong, Babe?” he axe.

You lieing coonass you, Agnes say, you started drinking again and come home drunk as a skunk.”

“How you no dat, hanh?” Sostan axe.

“I know me,” Agnes said, “Tee-Boy called me and said you left you wheelchair dere.”




The Houston Chronicle, a Hearst newspaper, founded in 1901, is the most conservative newspaper in Texas. Over many decades 75% of their political endorsements have been for Republicans. Sunday, they endorsed Democratic U.S. senatorial candidate, Congressman Beto O’Rourke. The headline read that his bipartisan policy can serve as check on a president who is a danger to the republic. They went on to say, “The West Texas congressman’s command of issues that matter to this state, his unaffected eloquence and eagerness to reach out to all Texans make him one of the most impressive candidates this editorial board has encountered in years.”

In the editorial pollster Nate Sliver quoted, “A Beto victory would be good for Texas, not only because of his skills, both personal and political, but also because of the manifest inadequacies of the man he would replace.” The Chronicle had endorsed Ted Cruz in 2014 said today he has exhibited little interest in addressing the need of his fellow Texans. He has kept his eyes on a higher prize. He has been running for president since he took office. In 2013 he was responsible for a government shutdown that accomplished nothing but cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Cruz’s first vote as a senator was a “Nay” authorizing $60 billion for relief agencies working Hurricane Sandy victims. His colleagues reminded him of that vote when he wanted help for Harvey. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn was effective, Cruz was not. His repellent personality hamstrings his ability to do his job.O’Rourke has partnered with Sen. Cornyn on a border crossing bill. Political scientist Jay Aiyor has compared Beto O’Rourke to Lloyd Bentsen, Ann Richards and Mark White, reformed minded Democrats. The election of O’Rourke would give Texans a senator from each party. He will be a U.S. senator who knows the issues, who takes firm positions but reaches out to those who disagree to make government work for Texas and the nation. The Chronicle reported Monday that the Cruz campaign plans to go on a two week blitz of negative, smear campaign commercials to stop the O’Rourke’s surge. Monday evening in Houston, Cruz was joined by President Trump for a political rally.Trump has often called Cruz “Lying Ted” and Cruz called Trump a pathological liar, utterly amoral, narcissist, bully and serial philanderer. Now Ted has called on him to help buoy his campaign. The Toyota Center on Monday heard the usual Trump rally speech, enough hot air and personal attack by him and Cruz to blow the roof off the arena.Seventy-six minutes of Trump talking about himself. We don’t have any tax cuts coming and there ain’t no Middle Easterners’ in the caravan that is 1,000 miles away.   It would be refreshing to have another U.S. senator like Beto O’Rouke that Texas and his colleges respect and who will be effective.*****That’s all for me. I’ve voted. Trump said to pretend he was on the ballot. I took him at his word and that’s what I did. Take care and God bless.