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Thursday, July 5,2012
Ennis Daily News
bring help for
The discussion about a new airport for
the city of Ennis has been long, undoubt-
edly, and concerning to some.
Why, when so much good could be done
elsewhere in town with such funding,
should Ennis want to spend more than $25
million to construct a new airport facility?
First, public finance doesn’t allow for
pulling in huge grants and using the funds
for purposes other than those outlined by
the government. That reality is confusing
to some, but simply put it means going out
for an airport grant limits the use of the
money to airport work.
Second, the argument
for the airport is one that
points to the city’s unde-
niable preponderance of
industrial business de-
velopment and asserts
more can be done. While
parties around town
work to build on the re-
tail growth that can
come alongside a recovering economy, cre-
ating more opportunities in industry is a
good idea. Opportunity all around is hard
to balk at.
The current airport near Lake Clark has
a host of disadvantages, most notably a
limited airstrip length that limits the kinds
and size of planes that can make use of the
facility. An upgrade would both increase
safety and convenience for the jet set and
hobbyist alike, and that’s a significant ben-
efit to the effort.
We would have a hard time supporting
the work if it put undue stress on taxpay-
ers’ already tight pocketbooks. While some
city funds will be required, the planning
has already been structured to keep costs
in line with currently available city funds,
meaning new burdens are not expected.
We’ll see in time whether costs are ade-
quately estimated at this point, but are sure
the original goal of a zero net taxpayer bur-
den is intended to remain.
More money from the state approved last
week means keeping that burden at zero is
that much more likely. We’re happy to have
the support from above for a project that
can mean good things for Ennis if all goes
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Our best Mend at Houston
Understanding the unspoken
needs of children — this is one of
the most difficult insights for educa-
Finding ways to transition stu-
dents from home to
school each day Dealing
with the unknown is-
sues of a mood swing, or
the defeat of an aca-
demic goal such as a
skill or concept diffi-
culty All of this affects a
child’s daily academic
ways to ease the un-
known for students, I
started reading articles
on therapy dogs. After
much research, I purchased a Multi-
Generation Australian Labradoodle.
If you have not met Houston — yes,
he is named after our elementary
school - here’s an introduction. Our
students sometimes call him Mr.
I have seen Houston visit with
students entering the building each
morning. Some are upset over un-
known issues and — after spending
time talking and giving hugs to
Houston — their day is brightened
and ready for academic learning.
Throughout the day Houston is
ready to provide assistance with his
positive temperament and intuitive
nature. He has also had an impact on
our staff, always ready to provide a
listening ear and positive attitude.
As stated on the Tamaruke Aus-
tralian website, this is a very unique
“What is a Tamaruke Australian
Labradoodle? An Australian
Labradoodle IS NOT a Labrador
Poodle Cross. It is a breed in its own
right, purpose-bred over many gen-
erations. A Tamaruke
has a consistent non-
shedding coat, with in-
strength, and an easy-
going temperament ...
Of all the Poodle in-
fused breeds, the Aus-
tralian Labradoodle is
the ONLY breed to have
developed to ‘Multi Gen-
“We breed only from
fully health tested dogs.
Hip and elbow evaluations are con-
ducted and evaluated by a specialist
radiologist; we conduct DNA pro-
files for PRCD, PRA and DNA Typ-
ing on ALL breeding dogs prior to
breeding with them. We consult with
a Genetic Specialist before we con-
“Many of our puppies/dogs are
currently trained as Therapy dogs
and also successfully competing at
Obedience and Agility Our
dogs/puppies have become well rec-
ognized throughout the world for
their temperament and their intu-
Tamaruke has a Guardian Pro-
gram, which is a great (and inex-
pensive) way to have one of these
puppies join a family
According to the website, “Our
extensive Guardian Program en-
sures all of our Breeding dogs re-
ceive the love and devotion of their
own family for their entire lives and
are not housed in kennels for their
short breeding career.”
“Our puppies are bred from par-
ents who have undergone the high-
est standards of Genetic Testing and
History possible. We manage an ex-
tensive Guardian Program where
ALL of our Breeding dogs are placed
with select Families and not kept in
a kennel environment — our Breed-
ing Dogs are desexed after a short
breeding term and remain with
their Guardian Family for their en-
Tamaruke has brought its gor-
geous Labradoodles to the United
States in the small town of Lillian,
Texas. A great place to visit is
tamarukeusa.com for a play day
with puppies, which are also in the
If you have not met Houston, I en-
courage you to stop by our campus!
As part of his continued training,
adding new social interaction with
people, places and experiences is
critical. He is already a step ahead
of his therapy training, since he is
very comfortable with wheelchairs
and other handicap support equip-
ment on campus. One of his favorite
times is greeting and escorting stu-
dents in their wheelchairs, along
with joining in a student’s reading
group. I can truly say Houston has
changed the lives of many children.
It is very rewarding to see his posi-
tive impact on our students.
Linda Southard is the principal of
Sam Houston Elementary School.
Jesus and the Fourth of July
Another Fourth of July has come
and gone. At this time a year, various
views are presented as to proper and
improper ways of celebrating this
national holiday When it comes to
don’t always agree with
one another as to the
proper role it should
play in the life of a fol-
lower of Jesus Who ex-
plicitly denied any
earthly kingdom alle-
giance (John 18:36).
Some take Jesus’ denial
of an earthly kingdom
to mean that Christians
should not pledge alle-
giance to any earthly
government as well.
Others go to the opposite extreme
and claim that America is a “Christ-
As is often the case, the truth is
somewhere in the middle.
The earliest Christian documents
are Paul’s letters to churches and in-
dividuals that make up part of the
New Testament. It is interesting to
see that for the Apostle Paul, it was
not a problem to live as a supportive
citizen of the Roman Empire, so
long as it did not require going
against the teachings of Jesus or the
leading of the Spirit. In Romans 13:5-
7, he wrote:
Therefore, it is necessary to sub-
mit to the authorities, not only be-
cause of possible punishment but
also as a matter of conscience. This
is also why you pay taxes, for the au-
thorities are God’s servants, who
give their full time to governing.
Give to everyone what you owe: If
you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue,
then revenue; if respect, then re-
spect; if honor, then honor.
In I Timothy 2:1-4, he further
I urge, then, first of all, that peti-
tions, prayers, intercession and
thanksgiving be made for every-
one—for kings and all those in au-
thority that we may live
peaceful and quiet lives
in all godliness and ho-
liness. This is good, and
pleases God our Savior,
who wants all people to
be saved and to come to
a knowledge of the
along the same line is
found in Titus 3:1-2:
Remind the people to
be subject to rulers and
authorities, to be obedi-
ent, to be ready to do whatever is
good, to slander no one, to be peace-
able and considerate, and always to
be gentle toward everyone.
The Apostle Peter likewise did not
see a problem being an upstanding
citizen and follower of Jesus. Thus,
he wrote in I Peter 2:13-17:
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s
sake to every human authority:
whether to the emperor, as the
supreme authority or to governors,
who are sent by him to punish those
who do wrong and to commend
those who do right. For it is God’s
will that by doing good you should si-
lence the ignorant talk of the foolish.
Live as free people, but do not use
your freedom as a cover-up for evil;
live as God’s servants. Show proper
respect to everyone, love your fellow
believers, fear God, honor the em-
What makes these passages even
more interesting is that both Peter
and Paul were executed by the very
Empire they encouraged people to
live at peace with not long after writ-
ing these words!
However, the New Testament also
makes it clear that while every na-
tion is ultimately under God’s au-
thority and should be respected by
its citizens as such, this does not
mean that the nation is always
Godly The very Empire which Peter
and Paul encouraged Christians to
live peaceably in was pictured by the
Apostle John in Revelation 13 as a
harlot, animated by a fearsome
dragon and drunk with the blood of
the faithful. That’s quite a contrast!
Jesus, who lived in Palestine
among the poorest and mortified the
established powers of his day, told us
to love our enemies, to touch the un-
touchables, to exhibit immense
mercy, and to live life to the fullest.
He never told us to be a cocky, pride-
ful, prejudicial by criticizing and
blaming others, waving flags while
never bothering to get engaged in
the real work of citizenship and
community-building. July 4 should
be a lovely day of memory, history,
recalling exalted ideals, and finding
providential the connections be-
tween what America was designed
to be and what the Church might
dream of achieving.
Happy Fourth of July!
As we enjoy this national holiday,
let us be thankful for the men and
women who have given us such a
great country, but let us not put them
on the same level as Christ. Let us
never confuse the American dream
with the Christian hope. Let us re-
solve to put Jesus first at this time of
the year as well as throughout the
rest of the year!
The Rev. Bob Uzzel is pastor of
Wayman Chapel AME Church in
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