Neal Barton's POV

Proud to have you as neighbors


POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 6:16pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 3:26pm

While reading this morning, I came across the story on The Blaze, and it's good news.

After what we've seen the past few years out of Washington, D.C., with an effort trying to get more Americans to depend upon the federal government, something wonderful happened.

But first, the bad news.

This past weekend twisters tore up the Midwest and obliterated a city in Illinois. Right after the incident, relief trucks rolled into town and those driving the trucks were stunned at what they saw. On a big white billboard the sentence "Please, no more donations."

Did you hear that? "Please, no more donations." What a refreshing thing.

Don't get me wrong, there are some things we really rely on the federal government for, like the Army and to build and maintain roads.

As far as I am concerned, that's about all i need.

I don't want your phone .

I do believe the government should help those who really need it with a reasonable amount of unemployment benefits, that's fine.

But, these folks are taking their fate in their own hands.

That is one thing I love about this part of the country, East Texas.

You are hearty people here and that's why I love you. 

I use this story for an example all the time to others about where we live. During Hurricane Ike, we were out and about here at KETK following the storm damage. There were reports trees and limbs were down along Highway 21 between Alto and Nacogdoches. There were the obligatory statements by officials to stay in, don't drive and be careful and it could take days to get roads clear.

But, some of our hearty neighbors said, "bull." They went to the garages, threw their chainsaws in the back of their pickup beds and started driving. One of the most wonderful pieces of video we showed you was East Texas men and their oily, heavy-duty chainsaws going at it and shortly after the damage was done, t was fixed.

Our neighbors didn't wait. They sucked it up and got it done. What a breath of fresh air that was, and to me still is.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can e-mail me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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-JP , I think you and neal are both on the slow side and I know neither of you are on the side of truth and Christianity.

Way back in 2009, a reader asked us to check out a chain email declaring, "TAX PAYER MONEY IS BEING REDISTRIBUTED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS FOR FREE CELL PHONES."
The email called the phones "Obama phones," suggesting the program was an Obama administration creation. We rate his statement Pants on Fire!

Who is stupid now jp?

Q: Has the Obama administration started a program to use "taxpayer money" to give free cell phones to welfare recipients?
A: No. Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.

Phone?? What phone are you talking about Neal? Is it the one that the GOP made up and started a bogus e-mail about in Florida?

This is really too stupid a comment to deserve a response. But just in case you really don't know. He's speaking of the "Obamaphones". Surely you've heard of these. Another dumb program started under Bush that Obama saw fit to expand.

Actually started under Reagan:

Just another example of misinformed Republicans misrepresenting misinformation put out by the GOP smear machine.

I think you should look in the mirror when you say the word stupid. the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to manage the contribution of revenue to and distribution of funding from the Universal Service Fund. USAC is an independent corporation whose purpose is to impartially distribute funds from the USF in a manner that will best meet the goals of universal service set by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. (Private companies not government).

The USAC receives contributions from all companies providing interstate and international telephone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service. Contributors send payments based on projected quarterly earnings. This revenue is deposited into a central fund, from which the USAC distributes money to the four central services at the core of the USF: High Cost, Low Income, Schools and Libraries, and Rural Health Care. (NO TAX DOLLARS USED AND NO OBAMA PHONE).

People never want government until they need it. Take the EPA, for example. Repubs love to hate the EPA, but prior to the formation of the EPA and the Clean Air and Water Acts, the the Cuyahoga river would actually CATCH FIRE due to the industrial pollution.

How about the FDA? Don't you like having properly labeled food that's relatively free from toxic chemicals?

What about the CDC? Don't you want people trained to respond to outbreaks (and bioterrorism)?

I know I do.

EPA, Richard Nixon's claim to fame, the very same EPA that republicans created?

Correct, which is why it's so funny that the Repubs hate it so much. I think a lot of Repubs don't realize that it was put in place by a Repub (and through an executive order, at that) and just hate on it by rote.

I remember the smog across LA that was so bad you couldn't see the skyline, much like China today. I remember acid rain. I don't want to go back to those days. People are so spoiled by the benefits of regulation that they don't understand the consequences of unfettered capitalism.

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