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The Albany News
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The Albany News
Oldest journalistic venture west of the Brazos
Publisher Donnie A. Lucas
Melinda L. Lucas
from Your Mother
Your mother tried to teach you some
valuable lessons. Moms have a unique
ability to impart essential wisdom. Unfor-
tunately, most of us were too young to re-
ally appreciate their value. Mother's Day is
a great time to review the following advice
you got when you were a kid.
You can be whatever you want to be.
You have no limitations. The whole world
is open to you. Your future is ahead of you.
You can accomplish whatever you set your
mind to. It's OK to dream.
Be nice to your friends and they
will be nice to you. People respond to the
way you treat them. If you are mean and
selfish, no one will want to play with you.
Share your toys and don't be a bully. Be
considerate of the feelings of others.
Do your homework and you will get
good grades. Success takes work. If you
don't put in the effort, you won't reap the
rewards. Those who work hard will suc-
Clean your room now. Get things
done today and you won't have to worry
about them. If you let things pile up, it will
be difficult to catch up.
You can play once your chores are
done. Get your work done before you take
a break. Then you can relax and have a
Stay in school. If you don't get an edu-
cation, your opportunities will be limited.
Don't drop out of school. The more you
learn, the more you benefit.
Sticks and stones will break your
bones, but names will never hurt you.
It doesn't matter what other people say.
Don't allow others to upset you. There will
always be mean people. Don't pay atten-
tion to them.
Don't waste your time. Time goes
by very fast. Don't wait to pursue your
Be thankful for what you have.
There are many who are not as fortunate
as you. Be grateful for your home and fam-
ily. It doesn't matter what someone else
Don't complain. Whining is annoying.
If you have something to say, say it. if you
complain all the time, no one will want to
listen to you.
Bryan Golden, syndicated columnist
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Mothers are the map you follow through life
Mother's Path of Life - author unknown
The young mother set her foot on the path
of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. And
the guide said: "Yes, and the way is hard.
And you will be old before you reach the
end of it. But the end will be better than the
But the young mother
was happy and she would
not believe that anything
could be better than these
years. So she played with
her children, gathered
flowers for them along the
way and bathed them in
Bobbie Cauble cjear streams. The sun
shone on them and the young mother said,
"Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."
Then the night came, and the storm,
and the path was dark, and the children
shook with fear and cold, and the mother
drew them close and covered them with her
mantle. The children said, "Mother, we are
not afraid, for you are near and no harm can
And the morning came and there was a
hill ahead. The children climbed and grew
weary and the mother was weary. But at
all times she said to the children, "A little
patience and we are there." So the children
climbed and they reached the top. They said,
"Mother, we could not have done it without
And the mother, when she lay down at
night looked up at the stars and said, "This is
a better day than the
last, for my children
have learned forti-
tude in the face of
hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage.
Today I have given them strength."
The next day came strange clouds which
darkened the earth, clouds of war, hate and
evil. The children groped and stumbled and
the mother said, "Look up. Lift your eyes to
the light." And the children looked and saw
above the clouds an everlasting glory and it
guided them beyond the darkness. And that
night the Mother said, "This is the best day of
all, for I have shown my children God."
And the days went on, and the weeks, and
the months, and the years. The mother grew
old and she was little and bent. But her chil-
dren were tall and strong and walked with
courage. And when the way was rough, they
lifted her, for she was as light as a feather.
You, me & everyday life
SET THE CRUISE
Vfcn COME WOK.
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At last they came to a hill, and beyond they
could see a shining road with golden gates
flung open. And Mother said, "I have reached
the end of my journey. Now I know the end is
better than the beginning. My children can
walk alone and their children after them."
And the children said, "You will always
walk with us Mother,
even when you have
gone through the
gates." And they
stood and watched her as she went on alone
and the gates closed after her. And they said,
"We cannot see her but she is with us still. A
Mother like ours is more than a memory. She
is a living presence."
Your mother is always with you. She's the
whisper of the leaves as you walk down the
street. She's the smell of bleach in your fresh-
ly laundered socks. She's the cool hand on
your brow when you're not well. Your mother
lives inside your laughter and she's crystal-
lized in every tear drop. She's the place you
came from, your first home. She's the map
you follow with every step you take. She's
your first love and your first heartbreak.
There is nothing on earth that can separate
you - Not time, not space - not even death.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
284 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510-4304
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
U.S. Rep Randy Neugebauer
1026 Longwortn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
State Sen. Craig Estes
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
State Rep. Jim Keffer
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 7$768
Debt of gratitude owed to American teachers
During the month of May, there is a special
time known as Teacher Appreciation Week.
During these days, we recognize the work of
the individuals who have chosen to influence
the future path of our society by educating our
children. This year, Teacher Appreciation Week
starts on May 4 and ends on May 10. This week
is a very important reminder of the tireless work
our teachers do to help our children develop as
they move through the early
phases of their lives.
By shaping the minds of
our students and serving as
mentors, teachers are tasked
with rearing the next genera-
tion of scientists, writers, art-
ists and leaders. Teachers not
only work in the classroom,
Randy Neugebauer but they spend a significant
' 3 amount of their own tune
working to prepare lesson plans and develop
new and innovative ways to teach our children.
Teachers will always go the extra mile to help
students achieve; and I believe this is what
makes their commitment to their profession so
important. Teaching is truly a noble profession.
The history behind Teacher Appreciation
Week is not well documented and details are
sparse. According to the National Education
Association (NEA), it is believed that around
the mid 1940s, an Arkansas teacher by the name
of Mattye Whyte Woodridge began correspond-
ing with political and education leaders about
the need for a national day to honor teachers.
Woodridge eventually wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt,
who in 1953, persuaded the 81st Congress to
proclaim a National Teacher Day.
The NEA, along
with its Kansas and
Indiana state affiliates
and the Dodge City,
Kansas chapter, lob-
bied Congress to create a national day celebrating
teachers. Due to their tireless efforts, Congress
declared March 7,1980, as National Teacher
Day. Unfortunately, it was for that year only, and
Congress never Mowed with another.
The NEA and its affiliates continued to ob-
serve National Teacher Day on the first Tuesday
in March until 1985, when the National Parent
Tfeachers Association (PTA) established the first
full week in May as Teacher Appreciation Week.
The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to
make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher
This is a proud tradition we should continue.
We live in a global economy; it is imperative that
our children are prepared to compete in this
world market. Innovation and hard work have
always made America the greatest country on
Invested in our Future
Earth. Every individual who has sat in an Ameri-
can classroom has undoubtedly had his or her
interest sparked and mind shaped by a teacher.
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who foster
and brighten our future. The enormous trust
placed upon teachers can easily go unrecognized,
which is why Teacher Appreciation Week is so
important to remember.
I, along with all
Americans, am thank-
fill for the incredible
work done by teachers
across this nation. Whether teaching in elementa-
ry, middle or high school, these dedicated profes-
sionals work to ensure that the next generation
moves forward; ready to take on all the opportu-
nities and challenges life has to offer.
We all have teachers we remember who have
made a difference in our lives. I was saddened
this week to learn of the passing of Ed Jarman,
my high school chemistry teacher. After serving
his country as a paratrooper in World War II, Ed
began a long and fruitful career in teaching that
spanned many decades. Thank you, Ed.
Editors'Note: Randy Neugebauer represents the 19th District of
Ifexas, which stretches across 27 counties and includes the citiee of
Abilene, Big Spring, and Lubbock. He serves on the Financial Services ...
Committee, where he is the Deputy Ranking Member, and the Agricul-
ture Committee, where he is this Ranking Member on the Subcommit-
tee for Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. In addition, Neugebauer «
serves on the Science and Hschnology Committee. „
Fancy gift beats anything seen 'in all my put-together'
They were words my old mamma used spar-
ingly - when she encountered situations meriting
expressions of profound disbelief.
Once they rolled from her tongue repeatedly
when she experienced a pair of "firsts." She licked
away at her first soft-serve ice cream cone while
watching (and hearing) her first electronic bug
"This beats anything
I've seen in all my 'put-to-
gether'," she exclaimed in
utter amazement. What a
deal - soft ice cream stream-
ing from a machine, and bugs
done in electronically without
a fly swatter. Age 10,1 was
likewise wide-eyed at such
Dr. Don Newbury wonder8
Now, six decades later, I am blessed by a long-
time friend who sent a gift that calls to mind my
departed mamma's expression.
It's as fine a gift as I've ever received - the
kind the IRS would like to tax.
I shan't reveal her name since doing so might
tempt burglars. They'd likely "burgle" her home if
they knew she kept valuable gifts lying around.
The gift is a ballpoint pen. Made in Germany,
it came with a 160-page manual written in five
languages. (I don't look for it to break.)
fve shown it to a few friends who are well-
versed in writing instruments. There has been
much "oooohing and aaaaahing."
They've never seen finer pens in "all their 'put-
[ could have used it professionally when sign-
ing contracts, agreements, letters and diplomas.
But if Td had it then, what if folks had seen
me using itt\
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Donors might have thought, "If he can afford
a pen like that, the university doesn't need my
gift." And trustees might have theorized that I was
making too much money, or wondered if the pen
had been purchased with institutional funds.
In retirement, there is time to contemplate
this magnificent pen, even to salivate (and then to
clean up the salivation). I will forthwith write let-
ters by hand and look
for reasons to brandish
my new pen, sort of like
men who keep their
shirt sleeves pulled up
a bit so folks can better see their Rolexes.
It will never leave my person and likely will be
chained to the bib pocket of my overalls.
In the past, I have used "freebie" pens - the
kind priced by the dozen that don't even cost one
figure. Since Fm now the owner of a three-figured
pen, be advised that my pen is NOT for lending.
Hocking, maybe, but not lending.
One fleeting thought concerning possible use
has perished. It called for the addition of an as-
terisk after my signature, indicating the acronym
"Signed With A Montblanc."
Then it occurred to me that most folks (includ-
ing me until now) dont know a Montblanc from a
hay baler. Such a foolish practice would plop me
into the muddled puddle of Rolex owners who are
forever preoccupied with sleeve-shortening.
It will be a helpful tool for my wife, though.
Each day it is hers to determine if I still have
reasonable wits about me.
When I arise, usually about the crack of 8:30,
she will ask, "Do you have your pen?"
Ill either whip it out of my pqjama pocket, or
retrieve it from under my pillow. Then, 111 start
the grocery list, now on monogrammed stationery
instead of the Big Chief tablet.
Do you suppose U. S. presidents have such fine
pens? I doubt it, since they seem intent on giving
The Idle American
Reminds me of the yardman picking up litter
on the White House lawn during the Johnson
Administration. A puff of wind blew a piece of
paper into the oval
He was told to re-
trieve it. "I tried, but
LBtTs already signed
it," the man lamented.
Back to my friend. She sent the gift with
a note, explaining that another commitment
makes it impossible for her to attend commence-
ment exercises at Howard Payne University, my
alma mater. It was where my 40-year career in
higher education concluded and where I served
a dozen years in the presidency. (I am scheduled
to >eceive an honorary doctorate there on May
Her "other commitment" is her grandson's high
school graduation ceremonies. She has her priori-
When HPU President Lanny Hall drops the
doctoral hood over my head, IT1 be misty-eyed,
groping for words to lighten the moment. Aha! Til
tell him that the degree is not being conferred in
HI explain that we are lucky that my friend
couldnt come. Otherwise, I likely wouldn't have
Then, 111 inform him that I'm re-writing my
will. The addendum will be signed with my new
pen - the one I am leaving to Howard Payne. But
NOT until the will is probated.
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