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4:49 PM, Jul. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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Come to the tourney

From July 17-21 Branch will have its Youth Baseball & Softball Tournament at the Branch Recreational Park on Highway 10, just west of Branch. As of this writing, the bridge just east of Branch is closed, so follow the detour signs. Food and drinks are available, with no carry-ins allowed.

For several years I have been a volunteer umpire for this youth tourney, as I will be again this year. For anyone who agrees or disagrees with my writings, come to Branch; I'd love to see you there and maybe even talk to you. Most of my games will be on Diamond 2, right next to Highway 10.

See you at Branch for some excellent youth baseball and softball.

Jerome Bolle


Speaking of the truth

Article II Section 4 of the Constitution sets the reasons for Impeachment: "Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Now to address John Goswitz's argument that President Obama should be impeached because of the Benghazi attack, I counter that during the Bush administration there were 13 attacks on our embassies worldwide, with 96 killed and 64 wounded, as best I can figure.

I simply searched and added up the number killed and wounded. This does not include attacks on our embassy in Iraq. I am neither a Democrat nor Republican, I am an American. Try something new Mr. Goswitz. Fair is fair; I am sure you were not writing comments about impeaching President Bush for those attacks.

Just me?

Ed Hansen


A right to know

It's easy to label someone a liar, as Joe Wilson did in his letter to the HTR on July 9. I would much prefer stating the lie and then give proof exposing it. Mr. Goswitz wrote on July 6 that Obama has avoided any explanation about the murder of four U.S. citizens in Benghazi and has not ordered any arrests. These are factual truths. There are many unanswered questions that the families of those murdered in Libya have a right to know. Every U.S. citizen has this right and should be protected by their government. When it fails to do so, we the people have a right to know why.

Vern Troullier


Fantastic fireworks

This past Fourth of July, we had family in town to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. We had a family picnic on the Fourth, and finished off the evening at the fantastic fireworks display presented by Festival foods. Thank you, thank you, and we will continue to shop at your store whenever possible. Our guests for the week came from as far as Texas and Oklahoma. Many of them commented that it was the best fireworks display they've ever seen.

I must concur. On Friday morning I listened to a call-in show on a local radio station, and I couldn't believe my ears. People were actually complaining about the fireworks. One man said he was at a private party and their fireworks display was much better than Festival's. I must question how this individual was able to be in two places at once? Thanks again Festival, it was fantastic!

Just my humble opinion.

Les Graebel


Off the music

... and another thing!

Motorcyclists like loud mufflers and I must admit I kinda like the grumble, grumble of a Harley Davidson. I'll stop what I'm doing to listen to one as it goes by and I give the thumbs up when one stops next to me at a red light. What I don't like is the blaring music coming from a bike as the rider tries to hear the music over his loud pipes. Guys, (only the male riders do this; the girls don't ) you can't have it both ways. Either listen to the pipes or listen to the music. As for me, I prefer the pipes!

... that's ridiculous, stop it already!

Roy Geigel


Just a smokescreen

The frenzied publicity by the Democrats to pass the Senate Comprehensive Immigration Bill is reminiscent of the March 21, 2010 flagrancy to pass Obamacare. The first priority, and sine qua non, of any immigration law is to close the borders. The Senate bill to secure the borders, to add fencing, and to install surveillance is a Democratic smokescreen. Once again, the Democrats have made this a political issue because their only concern is to procure, in 10 years, 11 million Democratic voters. Do not trust this government to honor any commitments in this bill!

John Goswitz


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