Cruz – Big Winner or Big Loser? (UPDATE)

Most of the pundits I watched during the Iowa Caucus Post Game shows were describing Ted Cruz as the “big winner” of the Iowa Caucus. clichés such as he had the best “ground game”, he completed the “full Grassley,” “hard work” pays off,  and “retail politics” still works were repeated ad nauseam. They repeated it enough I was almost ready to believe it. Ted Cruz was my first choice before Dr. Ben Carson joined the race for President. After that he moved down to my second choice.

After hearing reports that his campaign was lying to Carson supporters in emails, on the phone, and in person during caucus meetings, telling them Ben Carson had suspended his campaign so they should vote for Ted Cruz, he is no longer my second choice. I don’t expect to need a second choice before our primary in Alabama on March 1st but if I did Ted Cruz would not be considered at all.

In case you are wondering, “What is he talking about?” here are a couple of articles reporting this instance of  “politics as usual” or “political dirty tricks” depending on your perspective.

UPDATE: Since I originally published this post on February 2nd much more information has been released about these unethical, at best, actions by the Cruz Campaign. His “apology” confirms he condones this activity by his team, even if he was not directly involved in disseminating the information. He has made his choice and that confirms mine as I originally shared below. Here are new articles from Breitbart.com and CNN that shows the complete timeline of events. If you are interested they help tell the “rest of the story.”

The Definitive Timeline: Cruz-Carson-CNN Controversy

Ted Cruz is wrong about CNN’s reporting

Carson: Cruz campaign sabotaged us with ‘dirty tricks’

BREAKING=> Carson Accuses Cruz Camp of Foul Play – Told Voters Carson Was Dropping Out

Here is the tweet Iowa Representative Steve King, a major Cruz supporter, sent at 7:19 and 7:20 PM. If you watched his victory speech last night he is the one just over Ted’s right shoulder on the stage behind him.

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Here are the tweets from CNN Reporter Chris Moody sent at 6:41 and 6:43 and 6:43, 37 minutes prior to the one Steve King sent above. He chose to ignore the second one sent at 6:43.

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This may not matter to you because “everybody” does it. Even if that is true that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. There is still a right and wrong for some people.

Gossip Game

Have you ever played the rumor/gossip game where you whisper a message and pass it down? At best that is what happened here. At worst it was just a campaign lying to help win a primary election.

No perfect candidate but some are better than others

With me, integrity still does matter. I know there is no perfect candidate and holding out for one is pointless. However, I do want to believe I can trust the person I vote for to follow through with what they say they will do in their campaign. I know that can be futile and somewhat naïve as well but that is my goal for the candidate who gets my vote.

Dr. Ben Carson is someone I do trust to do what he says he will do because he has a long history of doing just that.

What difference does it make? Ben Carson was not going to win anyway?

Some will probably say what difference does it make? Dr. Carson does not have a chance to win the Republican nomination and would not have one the Iowa Caucus. The votes Cruz poached from him could have increased his numbers giving him more delegates and caused Cruz to lose or Marco Rubio to come in second. It could be a totally different election picture today.

Dr. Carson knew the political odds were against him when he entered this race and it would only happen if it was God’s will. He was and is perfectly happy to live with the outcome if he is not the nominee but only after he has given his best effort to earn the nomination and return control of government to We The People. He will emerge either way with his integrity intact. This experience has made him more resolved than ever to continue.

I cannot express it any better than Dr. Carson did himself on his Facebook page.

“For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters at it. Even tonight, my opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains to announce that I had suspended my campaign – in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.

One of the reasons I got into this race was to stop these deceptive and destructive practices, and these reports have only further steeled my resolve to continue and fight for ‘We The People,’ and return control of the government back to them.”

If you know anything about Dr. Carson you know he has been told “It can’t be done” and “It’s never been done” and “It’s never been done that way” many times during his career and he has proven those statements wrong many times. As long as he is in the race he will have my support. I am tired of “politics as usual” too.

Disappointed in Ted Cruz

Before last night I thought Ted Cruz was the kind of candidate I could trust too. I now know better. I had been a Cruz fan. When he stood against Obamacare and called out Mitch McConnell for lying on the senate floor, I thought maybe this guy really is different. Now Ted Cruz is being called out for lying to Iowa Caucus supporters of Ben Carson. Instead of being an “outsider” as he would like people to believe, he is really no different than all the rest in this respect. Ted Cruz is now a full-fledged member of the establishment political class and part of the problem, not part of the solution. He can no longer legitimately be called an outsider. Any future primary wins he has will be covered with this cloud of doubt surrounding them. His campaign signs will now always have a “Mis” appended to them when I see them,MisTrusTed_2016-02-02_13-29-28

Big Winner? Not in my book

While he is busy celebrating and basking in the accolades of being the “big winner”, for me he has become the “big loser”.  For me, and I suspect many others who share my perspective, he was really the big loser. Once integrity and credibility is lost it is very difficult to re-establish. He has lost my respect and any credibility for being an outsider and any different than other politicians. Maybe I am the only one late to this realization. I still believe that you can predict future actions based on what has happened in the past. This is now part of his past.

According to exit polls he did well with evangelicals. I am sure has read the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:26,

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

And it appears he is going to try to find out by any means necessary.

Judge for yourself

You will be the judge if this matters to you at all or if you believe the apologies I am sure are forthcoming. I have made my judgement. The Cruz campaign knew exactly what they were doing. I am sure there will be some level of plausible deniability he and his campaign will claim saying I didn’t do itor “I didn’t know” orIt was just a mistake.” However his closest supporters and campaign team members did know. Steve King’s tweet was the match that lit the rumor fire. If he is not aware of what they are doing and doesn’t take responsibility for what they have done how is that any better than the current President or those wanting to be President from the other party? What kind of leader would he be?

Everyone has their own book. In my book Ted Cruz was the big loser in Iowa.

Until next time…

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Experience matters

The word experience is used a lot in presidential campaigns. One thing is true about the current 2016 presidential campaign.

The most common type of experience mentioned is political experience. “Experienced” politicians have brought us to where we are now in America. This statement is true however you assess the current state of our country. I think Ronald Reagan had it right in this quote,

“Professional politicians like to talk about experience in government. Nuts!

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What kind of experience are you looking for in our next President?

So…what kind of experience are you looking for in our next President? That is a relevant question and one I cannot answer for you. All I can do is describe the kind of experience I think is important for the next President to bring into office. If this perspective helps you either make or confirm your own decision, this will have been a worthwhile use of time for me.

Experience I would like our next President to bring into office

  • Experience assessing situations as they arise.
  • Experience in being a continuous learner.
  • Experience in analyzing the situation to determine best and worst case solution scenarios.
  • Experience in asking for wisdom from God to make the best decision.
  • Experience in actually making a critical decision.
  • Experience leading the team executing the plan by setting expectations for and providing the resources and authority to complete it.

This makes experience in facing and resolving many types of situations critical to their success while in office. Being able to solve problems as they arise and not just kick them down the road for the next administration (political experience) is a critical skill needed for any successful president.

Dr. Ben Carson’s experience is unique among presidential candidates and meets all of the criteria mentioned above and will lend itself well to making the decisions that will need to be made as President of the United States of America to move our country forward and keep America safe.

Experience tested and honed in thousands of life and death situations

As a world renowned brain surgeon, Dr. Carson has performed thousands of surgeries. Each of these cases has been unique to that individual and family. Life and death risks and decisions are a regular part of brain surgery.

  • Each case is unique with patient history, options available, and outcomes expected.
  • Continuous medical education is required to determine the best methods of treatment or surgery available.
  • Input from trusted peers and experts is encouraged and considered.
  • Analysis to determine the best case / worst case scenarios and expected outcomes of performing or not performing the surgery.
  • Explaining these options and possible outcomes to the patient and family in terms they can understand and trust. Character, integrity and competence are essential in building this trust. These parents are trusting Dr. Carson and his Gifted Hands with the life of their child.
  • Recommending the best course of action and setting expectations for possible outcomes.
  • Seeking guidance from God through prayer for wisdom to make the best decision to move forward with the surgery or not.
  • Making the decision in a timely manner as time is of the essence. The patient’s life often depends on it.
  • Only then, is the actual surgery performed and this entire process is potentially repeated again during the surgery as the situation warrants.
  • Reporting the results of the surgery to the family of the patient along with follow-up expectations and course of action.
This process has been repeated thousands of times. That is valuable experience.

America is the patient

This type of experience will be invaluable as the leader of the country in assessing and addressing any issues that arise.

  • Each situation will be different with historical data, options available, input from advisers and new tactics and solutions considered and discussed in evaluating each case.
  • Continuous education is required to be cognizant of new tactics or solutions that might be available and applicable in this situation.
  • Analyzing this information to determine the best case and worst case scenarios and possible outcomes of any actions being considered.
  • Asking God through his own prayers and America through their prayers for wisdom to make the best decision to move forward with the prescribed course of action.
  • Making the decision in a timely manner as time is of the essence. America’s future depends on it.
  • Leading the team executing the plan by setting expectations and providing the necessary resources to execute the plan.
  • Reporting the results of the actions taken to the American people along with follow-up expectations and course of action.

I have a dream!

My dream is each eligible voter would realize the importance of the decision facing America in 2016 – voting for the next president – and would follow a similar process in evaluating the candidates and making their own decision. If my dream came true I am confident many of you will come to the same conclusion I have, the experience Dr. Ben Carson would bring to the Presidency – making thousands of critical life and death decisions over his career – is unique among all candidates and would be invaluable in keeping America safe and moving forward.

Dr. Ben Carson Gifted Hands Documentary

Take a look at this video – Dr. Ben Carson Gifted Hands Documentary – and see what you think in light of Dr. Ben Carson’s experience and his candidacy for President and make your own decision. After the bombast, glitter, noise, exaggerated claims and mudslinging of the other candidates has faded, a wise, calm, experienced decision-maker is the type of person I would want leading our country. Dr. Ben Carson is that type of person.

What kind of experience are you looking for?

Every voter will make their own decision and I would never presume to tell anyone who they should vote for. The person the American people select as President is elected to serve and to lead and make critical decisions. My hope is you will make critical decision making experience one of your criteria. Do your own research and don’t depend on the “news” media to make your decision for you. They have their own agenda.

Experience I am not looking for…

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“I will confess I do not have experience in certain things like empowering special interest groups and growing the government and wasting taxpayer money and disarming our military and deserting our allies and lying to the people and submitting to the PC police.” Dr. Ben Carson

I have made my assessment and Ben Carson is my choice.

Voting is a privilege I do not take for granted and a solemn responsibility I do take seriously. It’s not brain surgery. I am no more a brain surgeon than Jethro from The Beverly Hillbillies. I hope all other non-brain surgeons out there, like me, take your responsibility seriously too.

Experience matters!

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13 Minutes

350px-boll_weevil_monument13 minutes is how long the Enterprise City Council lasted on 1/19/16, which is not that unusual in itself. I did think some of the things that happened during that short 13 minutes were worthy of sharing so that is what you are reading. You can see the entire meeting online here 1/19/16 City Council Meeting. It lasted a total of 13 minutes and 19 seconds according to the video and that included the opening prayer, pledge of allegiance, all items approved unanimously and the passing of the gavel of the President of the Council to Rhett Marques. You have to give them credit. That is an impressively efficient use of time to get all that done in 13 minutes. Continue reading 13 Minutes

Top 5 Posts from 2015 + All the Rest

Happy, Happy, HappyAs 2016 begins I wanted thank all who have stopped by and read, commented, and shared any of the words I have posted here on this blog in 2015 so here it is…

Thank You!

I do appreciate your time and input and hope to be able to post something that might interest you again in 2016. Looking back it is always good to see what interested most readers last year, what worked and what didn’t. Based on total number of views here are the top five most popular Peculiar Perspective posts of 2015. Continue reading Top 5 Posts from 2015 + All the Rest

With All Due Respect

With All Due Respect

Often in public discourse you will hear someone, more often than not a politician, say, “With all due respect” as a preface to statements that are often disrespectful.

What is your first thought when you hear “With all due respect”?

Mine is the subject of their comments is about to be disrespected. More specifically, my thoughts go back to Saturday Night Live in the late 1970’s, when it was still funny in my opinion. Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin did a Point/Counter Point segment during Weekend Update. Point_Counterpoint_L_Dan_Aykroyd_Jane_CurtinDan would often begin his reply to Jane with, “Jane, you ignorant slut” and Jane would often begin her response to Dan with, “Dan, you pompous ass.” I think this parody accurately reflects the meaning of this phrase more often than not in today’s contentious political climate. This was really pushing the envelope on TV back then.

Pay attention. You are likely to hear this phrase used often during the upcoming election year. Each one of us has to judge the intent of the speaker for ourselves.

Why So Serious?

Try this as you watch the presidential debates. You are watching the debates aren’t you? Substitute one of the phrases above when you hear “with all due respect.” It might just bring a smile to your face and make the experience more enjoyable. Political correctness has the effect of removing a sense of humor from too many discussions. I am not making light of serious issues that need to be discussed but if we can’t laugh at ourselves from time to time we are taking ourselves much too seriously.

Political Correctness has to go

I am proud to live in a country where we still can express our thoughts freely. However, too often political correctness is allowed to silence discussion of different opinions. If you don’t want to take my word for that, see what a liberal has to say about it in, The Silencing, by Kirsten Powers wheThe Silencing by Kirsten Powersre she says,

“The illiberal left knows that delegitimization works. It’s their strongest weapon in a country with unparalleled free speech protections. If you can’t suppress views you don’t like with repressive laws, then delegitimize the people expressing them…delegitimization through demonizing and intimidation remains the illiberal left’s most effective tactic.”

If we disagree, let’s discuss it. Often the best idea is only discovered when opposing ideas are discussed. Let’s not let political correctness kill our First Amendment right of freedom of expression and any chance we have to arrive at that best decision.

Dr. Ben Carson also recognizes this issue and addressed it well in his closing remarks from the Republican presidential debate on 11/10/2015 when he said,

“There is something special about this nation and we must embrace it and be proud of it and never give it way for the sake of political correctness.”

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To borrow from Jane Curtin’s Weekend Update closing remarks,

“Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.”

Until next time…

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Loud and Clear

350px-boll_weevil_monumentIn case you missed it…

At the end of my last blog post on this subject, You Can’t Please Everyone, I mentioned Take Back Enterprise had made a formal request to the city council and asked to meet with them. The city council and mayor have now responded to that request (I think) and their collective response speaks pretty much for itself. I did add a few thoughts and questions that occurred to me. Maybe they are some you have pondered as well. Continue reading Loud and Clear

Kanye, Ben, Me and You

Kanye West

You are about to read two words I never thought would ever appear in anything I ever wrote or signed my name to – Kanye West. I am not a Kanye West fan and don’t expect I ever will be. I don’t like the rap genre or the explicit language that requires the EXPLICIT Warning label. I will not buy anything with that warning. See Adult Language if you want to see my perspective on that.

There is nothing I know about Kanye West as of this writing that would make me a fan or buy anything he produces or creates or vote for him for President in 2020 if he really does run. If Kanye West is named as part of it, I normally change the channel. That has not changed. I have lived long enough to never say never but, so far, nothing resonates with me.

That recently changed (sort of)

Recently, I saw a news teaser about who Kanye West was “supporting” for President in 2016. I didn’t really care (see above if confused) but decided to let the show run because I did have a hunch of who it might be. As it turns out I don’t believe Kanye has endorsed Dr. Ben Carson for President but he has had some good things to say about him as in the comment below,

“As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy,” Kanye said in his interview with Vanity Fair. You can read more about this here

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Dr. Ben Carson

I have been an admirer of Dr. Ben Carson ever since I saw his Prayer Breakfast Speech from February 7, 2013. He spoke truth to power in a way not often seen in the politically correct world we live in today. That took courage and conviction. If you have not seen that speech it is worth your time to go to the link below and watch it. No EXPLICIT warning is necessary but a Common Sense warning might be appropriate. Watch it with your entire family.

Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama Present

After seeing this speech I was curious to know more about this man so I did a little research. I have read America The Beautiful, One Vote, Make Your Voice HeardOne Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, watched Gifted Hands, the 2009 movie about his life starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and am looking forward to his new book A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, due to release on October 6th.

Before it was cool

My research has only increased my admiration of Dr. Carson. I knew if he did decide to run for office I would support him. I just wasn’t sure if I would get that opportunity.  I knew it was a long shot but held out hope he would decide to run for office. If you have been paying attention at all you are aware he did make that decision and is doing very well. What he has done and said so far does resonate with me and I don’t expect that to change. However, the never say never reality also applies here because we are all human.

Me

I am a white, southern, conservative, just to the right of Rush Limbaugh, Christian who believes it is my civic duty as a citizen to be an informed participant in government by not neglecting my voting privilege. I am probably one of the few who can say they have voted for both Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush for Governor. I did learn after that Clinton vote and did not make that mistake again. He attended the same church we did in Little Rock and so I was giving him the benefit of the doubt before my eyes were opened to his true character. In my defense, I was much younger then and did not do my research before that vote – lesson learned.

It is not much of a stretch for someone such as myself to embrace the message of Dr. Ben Carson. He reminds me of the first President I was eligible to and did vote for, Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan always believed in the strength and ingenuity of the American people as does Dr. Carson. The success of his presidency was due, in large part, to the American people being involved by calling and writing their representatives to express their opinion and desires. This is how many of his initiatives were moved through Congress, bypassing the filter of the mainstream media. From what I have seen and read from Dr. Carson, he plans to do the same thing when he is elected President.

Mobiles the American People

Dr. Carson recently went to Harlem and spoke truth to those there as few have ever done but the most significant thing he said and I paraphrase here is

 

Have you heard that from any elected official or candidate lately? Refreshing, isn’t it.

Kanye, Ben & Me

Dr. Ben Carson has said repeatedly he plans to bring the American people together, not divide them as most politicians choose to do. Since he is not a career politician I believe he has a good chance to pull this off. I am writing today to show proof of concept for this goal. He has already done it at least once or you would not be reading this post. If his fans are curious enough to take a closer look, unfiltered by “news” media, at Dr. Ben Carson that could be a game changer in the upcoming election. I believe that closer look will result in many more who will admire Ben Carson and will choose to support him as I do.

You

All I am advocating here is for YOU to be an informed voter, learn about the candidates and vote for the one who best matches your beliefs and values. Don’t rely on news media to tell you who they want you to vote for. Do keep in mind there is no perfect candidate, even Dr. Ben Carson. Don’t let your quest for the mythical perfect candidate deter you from determining who the best candidate is and supporting that choice.

Specifically, I am advocating YOU take a close look at Dr. Ben Carson. You can get any of the books or the movie mentioned above or just Like his Facebook page as over 4 million already have. He normally answers questions sent in by anyone who has one to ask. YOU could even write and ask him your own questions. I look forward to this post every night myself and continue to learn more with each one. I don’t know of any other candidate doing this.

So, as I think I have made clear here I am not a Kanye West fan and expect he would not be a fan of mine if he even knew who I was. We are very different. We do have one thing in common though, a respect and admiration for Dr. Ben Carson. I gladly welcome Kanye to the team called We The People.

The People

The fact Dr. Carson has brought two such diverse individuals as me and Kanye West together on the same team gives me hope for the future of our great country. Just imagine what could happen if this scenario is repeated over and over again between now and November 8, 2016. We will be waking up to a new day in America with a positive, optimistic future ahead.

God Bless America!

Until next time…

Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on 9/27/2015

9-15-01

I still get mad every year when I am reminded of 9-11-01 and what the coward Muslim terrorists did to America. I pray for all those families directly affected by this act of cowardice. If you were alive at that time and live in America you were affected too, maybe not directly by having a family member or friend or someone you know killed or hurt, but you were affected.

Often Reminded – Will NEVER FORGET

I am reminded of this event every time I go through a security line at the airport, which, at that time in my life I was doing rather often. I was working as a consultant, living in Tallahassee and flying to St. Louis every week. I would normally fly up on Monday morning and home on Friday afternoon. I had flown to St. Louis on Monday, 9-10-01, as normal. On that Tuesday just before I walked out the door of my apartment they were reporting a plane had hit the first tower. I heard about the plane hitting the second tower, the Pentagon and Flight 93 later at work. My purpose here is not to recount these events that occurred on 9-11-01. Never Forget_911That has been done and, hopefully, will be done in the future so we, and those who follow us, will Never Forget. I do hope this will be taught truthfully and not through the revisionist filter most history is taught today but know that is probably an unrealistic hope in today’s world.

Meanwhile, back at home

Sharin, as normal, was taking care of things on the home front, which included our four kids AND working as a substitute teacher at the time. On Tuesday, 9-11-01 she was substituting in a first grade class at North Florida Christian School. Three of our children were there but Sarah was at Chiles High School which became an issue when a state of emergency was declared in Florida by Governor Jeb Bush after the attacks. Parents were coming to pick up their children but she could not leave to go get Sarah because of her responsibilities at NFCS. She did ultimately get them all home.

Flights

As you probably know, all air traffic was grounded that Tuesday and did not resume until Friday. I had decided I was going to go home and flying was how I planned to get there and was able to get a Saturday flight scheduled. My thinking was flying was probably the safest way to travel as the likelihood of another terrorist attack via airlines was very slim. I remember we did have to wait for our flight crew on Saturday because some flight crews were just not showing up, some due to the previous days of canceled flights and some because they did not want to fly again yet. I believe the airlines were giving them that option at the time, understandably. There was plenty of room on the planes as I remember too.

Routine and not so routine

 

I did get home that Saturday and gave my family great big hugs. Sarah, Amy, Rachel and Thomas were 14, 11, 7 and 5 respectively at the time. We probably went to Sonny’s for supper that night as that was one of our favorite places to eat and, on Saturday night, kids ate free, so that was our normal routine.

It was also our normal routine when getting the kids to bed to have them say their prayers and pray with them and that is where this story gets good for me. While putting Thomas to bed we talked about what had happened that week and if I was scared by it. I told him I was more angry than scared but everyone also had a right to be scared because what just happened four days earlier was unprecedented and scary. I probably used smaller words at the time but he was pretty fluent in the language for a 5 year old. He had started having conversations and coffee, as he called it, with his PawPaw when he was three. He would often surprise and amaze us with some of the “big” words he would use and use them correctly in conversation.

Anyway, he said he had been thinking a lot lately and a lot this week especially about asking Jesus into his heart to be his savior. He knew what sin was and that he had sinned and he needed a savior and he wanted to get this settled. This was not unexpected since he had been in church since he was an infant. We talked a little more and then he prayed and asked Jesus to come into and live in his heart. This was an exciting time for us and I know the angels in heaven were rejoicing too. I told him from that moment on he did not have to worry about where he would spend eternity. He would be spending it with his sisters, parents, grandparents and all others who have made this decision to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus offers. Our parents and grandparents are all there waiting for us now.

To God Be the Glory

Thomas was the last of our children to make this decision. He IS the youngest so that was really not unexpected either. Our primary goal as parents was to see our children come to know the Lord and then see them walking in the truth. This event fulfilled that first goal for us. That second goal is a daily work in progress for all of us. I am proud all our children are walking the walk usually much better than I do. I learn as much, probably more, from them as they do from me. We knew from that moment on, regardless of when any of us are called home to Heaven, we will all be reunited there one day and that is an amazing truth we all cherish. It was not an accomplishment we achieved but one He achieved and I still thank Him for that every day.

Thomas went forward that Sunday morning to make his profession of faith public. We met with Pastor Ray that afternoon and he was baptized that night. He did not want to wait but wanted to get it done and get it done that day.00400834297020110427134028999 (2)

9-11-01 – 9-15-01

So, when 9-11 comes around every year I do remember what happened on 9-11-01 and I get mad all over again and pray for all the families whose lives were changed forever that day; but then my thoughts turn to 9-15-01 when Thomas made a decision that would change his life forever and that makes me happy.

Until next time…

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“You Can’t Please Everyone”

Community Forum

Take Back Enterprise held a community forum on Monday night, 8/24/15, attended by over 100 folks where the vision and purpose of the organization was shared and questions were asked and answered. Since the meeting was pretty well covered by local news media from Dothan and Enterprise I had not planned on writing about it. Continue reading “You Can’t Please Everyone”

My Community Perspective – August 2015

I wrote about the first Take Back Enterprise community forum a couple of months ago in Wake Up Enterprise. I just received notification a couple of days ago about the follow-up to that meeting which is now scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Econo Lodge on Glover Avenue in Enterprise.

366 days from this date, 8/23/16, is Election Day in Enterprise.

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Add this to your calendar and get out and learn what Take Back Enterprise is all about. If you were at the first meeting come back and see the progress made in the last couple of months and bring a friend or two or three so they can learn too.

Meeting Format

If you were not at the first meeting there will be a presentation by Turner and Michael explaining exactly what Take Back Enterprise is and what it isn’t with updates since the first meeting. They will want to hear from you as well. YOUR questions and input are welcome. It will probably last about an hour, maybe an hour and a half.


UPDATE – August 2016 – Since the publication of this post Take Back Enterprise has now become Everyone’s Enterprise. Since this meeting is now in the past you can see the entire meeting at this link – Take Back Enterprise Community Forum – 8/24/2015


Letter to the Editor

I posted the letter to the editor below a couple of weeks ago in the Southeast Sun but could not share the actual links there. Links don’t work in the hard copy of a newspaper, so I wanted to share them here so you can click on the link and go take a look at some of the new information now available at the City of Enterprise web site.


More City Information Now Available Online

This letter is to commend and thank the Enterprise City Council, City Clerk, website administrator and technicians and any others who had a hand in the improvements and additional information now available at the city website. If you have not visited the website lately go to http://www.enterpriseal.gov and take a look. You can now see both the formal city council meeting as well as work session minutes as far back as 2008. The 2014 City Audit is also available.

In reading the work session minutes for 5/13/15 Councilman Rhett Marques had indicated his constituents had requested the city provide more information including these minutes on their web site and it appears that request has been granted. Anyone who has read any of my blog posts know this is one of the things I have long thought would be beneficial for all. This is one positive step in that direction. I believe the information has always been available at City Hall but being able to access this online makes it much more freely accessible to anyone who wants to see it. With the negligible cost of hardware needed to make this available online there is no reason not to make all public city information available here.

I encourage all to browse, download, read and learn and become a more informed citizen.


Providing information and making it easily available is a huge part of transparency in government so any improvement in this area is welcome.

Some City Web Site Navigation Tips

Once you click on http://www.enterpriseal.gov you will see the home page as shown below (Keep in mind web sites are always changing so this is how it looks as of this date.)

Warning: The video is set to automatically start playing and does so every time you go to the home page. You may want to watch it the first time you visit the site but, if you are like me, and find this annoying, you will just have to pause it manually for subsequent visits.

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If you click on the Departments tab you will see the page below.

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You can click on the City Clerk/Treasurer Department from the page above or from the City Leadership tab as shown below. Here is where you will find the 2014 City Audit you can download and review at your convenience.

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Clicking on the City Leadership tab and then City Council from the home page will take you to the page shown below where you can see the buttons for Council Minutes, Work Session Minutes and Ordinances.

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Check it out for yourself if you want to see what is now available. It is much improved, although that Auto Play Video being turned off would be another improvement in my opinion.

My Hope, Your Choice

I hope you will choose to get involved and learn more about what is going on in our community. It is a choice and it is up to you, no one else. Checking out this information online and getting out to the Community Forum and learning more are two steps you can take now to accept your individual responsibility to become a more informed and involved citizen. Attending City Council Meetings is another way to learn. A large number of informed and involved citizens can collectively hold leaders accountable, and, if needed, make changes. You really will not know if any changes need to be made unless you are informed. My hope is you will make a choice you will not regret.

After my original publishing of this post I saw this quote in my news feed and it fits here so here it is.

Citizens Quote

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 8/14/2015