The Fight for Free Speech
The violence, looting and mayhem that this nation has seen over the last several months has much of its roots in academia, where leftist faculty teach immature young people all manner of nonsense that contradicts commonsense and the principles of liberty. Chief among their lessons is a need to attack free speech in the form of prohibitions against so-called hate speech and microaggressions. Here are examples of microaggressions: “You are a credit to your race.” “Wow! How did you become so good in math?” “There is only one race, the human race.” “I’m not racist. I have several black friends.” “As a woman, I know what you go through as a racial minority.”
It is a tragic state of affairs when free speech and inquiry require protection at institutions of higher learning. Indeed, freedom in the marketplace of ideas has made the United States, as well as other Western nations, a leader in virtually every area of human endeavor. A monopoly of ideas is just as dangerous as a monopoly in political power or a monopoly in the production of goods and services.
We might ask what is the true test of a person’s commitment to free speech? The true test does not come when he permits people to say those things he deems acceptable. The true test comes when he permits people to say those things that he deems offensive. The identical principle applies to freedom of association; its true test comes when someone permits others to voluntarily associate in ways that he deems offensive.
While free speech has been under attack, we are beginning to see some pushback. More than 12,000 professors, free speech leaders and conservative-leaning organization leaders have signed “The Philadelphia Statement.”
The 845-word document says in part: “Similarly, colleges and universities are imposing speech regulations to make students ‘safe,’ not from physical harm, but from challenges to campus orthodoxy. These policies and regulations assume that we as citizens are unable to think for ourselves and to make independent judgments. Instead of teaching us to engage, they foster conformism (“groupthink”) and train us to respond to intellectual challenges with one or another form of censorship. A society that lacks comity and allows people to be shamed or intimidated into self-censorship of their ideas and considered judgments will not survive for long. As Americans, we desire a flourishing, open marketplace of ideas, knowing that it is the fairest and most effective way to separate falsehood from truth. Accordingly, dissenting and unpopular voices — be they of the left or the right — must be afforded the opportunity to be heard. They have often guided our society toward more just positions, which is why Frederick Douglass said freedom of speech is the ‘great moral renovator of society and government.'”
The recognition of the intellectual elite attacking free speech is not new. In a 1991 speech, Yale University President Benno Schmidt warned: “The most serious problems of freedom of expression in our society today exist on our campuses. The assumption seems to be that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and to liberate the mind.”
Tyrants everywhere, from the Nazis to the communists, started out supporting free speech rights. Why? Because speech is important for the realization of leftist goals of command and control. People must be propagandized, proselytized and convinced. Once leftists have gained power, as they have in most of our colleges and universities, free speech becomes a liability. It challenges their ideas and agenda and must be suppressed.
Attacks on free speech to accommodate multiculturalism and diversity are really attacks on Western values, which are superior to all others. The indispensable achievement of the West was the concept of individual rights, the idea that individuals have certain inalienable rights that are not granted by government. Governments exist to protect these inalienable rights. It took until the 17th century for that idea to arise and mostly through the works of English philosophers such as John Locke and David Hume. And now the 21st century campus leftists are trying to suppress these inalienable rights.
Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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COVID danger: thinking
A quarantine is like an incubator. Once America truly emerges from COVID, it’ll be interesting to see how many new businesses have been hatched. More interesting than counting the failures.
Yep, give people time to think – especially the creative ones — and they’ll get themselves into all sorts of trouble. Like my stepdaughter Rachel. She’s launched a nifty undertaking I shouldn’t name because it would be a plug. Suffice it to say she’s thoughtfully packaging stuff in all sorts of gift boxes that can be ordered online. (Before the end of this essay, I’ll provide a non-blatant clue to the name.)
Me, I’ve resurrected an old business idea that I used to call “bathtubs on the prairie.” I still like that name. It may eventually be a subtitle to our plan to devote a corner of the farm to adventurers who want to camp in the wild with minimal amenities. And take a bath under the stars.
No, it won’t be a nudist camp. We have too many grassburs and cacti for naked people to be wandering about. That said, I have often wondered if it might help to be without clothing during chigger season. Those itchy pests typically crawl up your body in search of the first place they can find where elastic has a hold on your flesh – like a sock top or waistband. If you go barefoot and wear no clothes, what’s a chigger to do?
Back to Bathtubs on the Prairie. I used to collect old claw-footed bathtubs in hopes of building a bunkhouse and creating a dude ranch.
My notion that old bathtubs would be bunkhouse-appropriate was based on a fieldtrip to the Waggoner Ranch taken by my fifth-grade class, if memory serves. Could have been fourth. They let us peek in a bunkhouse. I remember the tub. Actually, it looked abandoned. In retrospect, I’m guessing the ranch had modernized things and had installed showers for the dusty cowboys, but I can still see that old claw-footer. Wasn’t there a saddle on the rim? Maybe not. The tub gets more picturesque the more I tweak the memory.
Ultimately I abandoned my over-ambitious bunkhouse plan and gave away one tub, keeping the others for possible placement in the pasture, maybe for stargazers.
Speaking of tweaking, that’s what I’m doing to our prairie to make it user-friendly, meaning I’ve removed a half-ton of grassburs from the area designated for tents and charming teardrop trailers. I’ll attack the big thorny black locust tree next.
My online description of our primitive resort will enhance reality. I won’t mention grassburs.
“Your money back if the coyotes don’t howl.”
With any luck, nature lovers will make a beeline for our place. Voilá. That’s the promised clue to the alliterative name of Rachel’s new .com box business.
PAUSE FOR YOU TO FIGURE IT OUT.
Meanwhile, a simple toast to all of us who’ve had time to think about what lies ahead once we get to live again.
This week’s popular checkouts
By Post Public Library Staff
The exciting news this week at the library is more than 30 readers have accepted the Fall Reading Challenge that began on Sept. 22. We have had fun helping with book selections in the 10 selected categories.
Perhaps the most challenging and enlightening category has been “Book from the Young Adult Section.” Young adult fiction is written for readers ages 12 to 18 and incorporates the typical reading level and worldview of tweens and teens in this age group, including mythology and fantasy. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins is an example of popular young adult fiction. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is also a popular series. One of our favorites in this category has been The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman, falling into historical-fiction based on the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident in 1986. One mother told us she started reading in the Young Adult category to see what her children read.
The most popular books checked out last week in the library are:
South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles
The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
Deadlock by Catherine Coulter
An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
Half Moon Bay by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
Cajun Justice by James Patterson
Have you seen Me? by Kate White
Camino Winds by John Grisham
We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin
Coincidentally, all of these books fall into one or more categories on the Fall Reading Challenge. If you would like more information on the reading challenge, come in and visit us at the library.
We are open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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Rides in Garza County
When COVID-19 first began back in March and everyone was supposed to stay home, a few ladies my age decided to resort to the entertainment of our youth – we rode around. The three ladies were Margie Maestas, Julia Childs and me. We would get something to drink and hit the road. I don’t mean Highway 84; I mean roads in Garza County I had never been on before. Sometimes we got lost, but we found our way back. Two things that always accompanied us were the beauty of the countryside and reminiscing of old times.
One road I had never been on was the Gail Crossing. It starts in the southwest part of Garza County and ends on FM 1054 in Lynn County. This is a beautiful drive where you can see several different types of animals. We turned left on FM 1054 to head to Borden County then Fluvanna. Reminiscing about driving up and down the Fluvanna cap, we then went on to the south side of Lake Alan Henry. This road ends at Polar and the remains of the Polar school on FM 1142, which is the prettiest drive around. In this trip, we were in Garza, Lynn, Borden, Scurry and Kent counties.
Another thing our group has in common is that we are all history buffs. We had all just read the “Johnson-Sims Feud,” so off to Snyder we went to see some of the sights from the book. From Snyder, we headed north on Highway 208 to find the Johnson home. Although we never found the house, we did find another beautiful ride to Clairemont. From there, we headed to Spur, then Dickens and on to Crosbyton to visit a friend, Alexa Collier. This trip included five counties: Garza, Scurry, Kent, Dickens and Crosby.
Things started to open, including the library, and Julia went back to work. But another friend and history buff joined the group. Judy Bush entered with all her maps. This is about the time I started working on the country schools. We followed the maps and found most of the locations where these schools were. A road I had never been on before our rides is a dirt road that goes from the Ralls highway to the Crosbyton/Spur highway. On this road are all kinds of interesting sites including Duffy’s Peak. I had seen pictures of this all my life and now I know where it is. Cross Roads school was on this road where two county roads cross. Located by an abounded house is a grave with a tombstone from 1904.
Another trip was to find the first oil well drilled in Garza County. This is in the Justiceburg area on the Boren land. It took John Boren, Daniel Yarbro and David Graves’ help, but we found the foundation of this well. It was drilled in 1911 and only operated a few years.
We have made two trips to the OS Ranch where the picnic was held to form Garza County. This is another pretty ride and a historic place to look around and think of standing in the same place where the county began 113 years ago.
If you have never driven through North Ridge at Lake Alan Henry, you need to take the time to do this. It could be called the Lakeridge of Garza County. There are big, beautiful homes out there.
Margie, Judy and I still ride every chance we get, but we are equipped with maps, binoculars and at least “Wagon Wheels” and “Foot Prints” history books. These rides have shown me there are beautiful places in this area to thank God for. Take the time to smell the roses and look at places beyond Highway 84.
It is only a memorial, what makes it so Meaningful??
This memorial has thirty (30) names of Garza County Men who lived a life well served and gave the ultimate – their lives. Along with the memorial are memorial names on bricks of others, who served in various conflicts around the world.
My almost daily route to the Courthouse gives me an opportunity to recall their sacrifice and to express my gratitude for their service.
My suggestion to each of you as you go to Early Vote, pause and reflect in your own meaningful manner of the choice you are going to make.
Remember the names on the memorial and the names on the brick are Not Losers and Not Suckers.
Preston Poole, VFW member
Cow’s milk vs milk alternatives: What is the difference?
People choosing plant-based drinks in place of cows’ milk has surged over the past eight to 10 years. The popularity has fueled increases in sales, and there are many options to choose from in grocery stores. The biggest reason many people choose plant-based drinks is that they do not tolerate dairy.
Many people think they are just healthier options than cows’ milk. But there is confusion about what nutritional benefits plant–based drinks really offer and the differences among these choices. Soymilk, almond milk, cashew milk – which of these are nutritionally the best?
First, let us look at what cows’ milk offers nutritionally. It is naturally rich in protein, calcium, potassium and several B vitamins and is typically fortified, or added in, with Vitamins A and D. Cows’ milk does provide a superior nutritional profile when it comes to protein and calcium, in particular, in comparison to most plant-based drinks.
Let us compare plant–based alternatives to milk:
- These milks have about the same amount of protein as cows’ milk and, if fortified, have similar amounts of vitamins and minerals.
- Soy does contain all the essential amino acids, but it can be a common allergen.
- They can have added sugar and higher sodium, so check the labels. Go for the unflavored, organic soymilk for choices with the least additives.
- Soymilk is the most nutritionally balanced of the plant-based milks and is closest to cows’ milk.
- Soy is unique in that it contains a high concentration of isoflavones (plant estrogen) that is similar in function to human estrogen, but with much weaker effects.
- These milks have a lower protein content and poorer protein quality than cows’ milk or soymilk.
- Some are higher in total fat, but it is primarily healthy fat.
- Many are fortified with calcium and Vitamins A and D. Check labels.
- Almond milk is not recommended for those with nut allergy or sensitivities.
- These milks have a lower protein content and poorer protein quality than cows’ milk or soymilk; is also low in other macronutrients.
- A good alternative to almond milk if you do not like the almond flavor and want lower calories.
- Not recommended for those with nut allergies or sensitivities.
- Oat milk has slightly more protein than many almond milks, but less than soy or cows’ milk.
- It is higher in carbohydrates and calories and has a somewhat creamy taste.
- Calories come primarily from carbohydrates.
- Rice milk has a poor protein content and is low in nutrient content unless vitamins and calcium are added to it.
- Rice milk is the least likely to trigger allergies.
- Coconut milk has little or no protein.
- These milks are high in saturated fat, which can raise the risk of heart disease.
- All are fortified with Vitamin D, but few with calcium.
- Many people with tree nut allergies can drink coconut milk – but it is important to test for coconut allergy specifically.
Also consider fat content when choosing milk. It is recommended for children 2 and under to consume whole milk. Milk is important as adults age to support bone health and density provided by calcium and Vitamin D. For adults with high cholesterol and for those trying to reduce calories for weight loss, 2 percent or less is recommended. Keep in mind the nutrient content does not go down when the fat is decreased. Only the calories and fat decreases.
When hitting the grocery isle, educate yourself by reading the nutrition facts label to make the best dairy choice for you.
Source: University of Connecticut Extension
Bexar County felon caught fishing for trouble
Release by TPWD News
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement reports.
A Titus County game warden caught three men fishing on Lake Welsh without fishing licenses. One of the subjects gave a false name and date of birth, refusing to cooperate in providing his identity and even requested an ambulance because he was so upset. After the ambulance arrived, he refused transport and gave the EMT’s a different date of birth when he signed the refusal for transport. The man was arrested and transported to the Titus County Jail for failure to identify and no fishing license. At the jail, his real name and date of birth was located and found to have been previously issued a citation in 2009 by the same warden for no fishing license. Citations were issued to the man for no fishing license and for failure to identify, and he was released.
Fishing for Trouble
Several Bexar County game wardens were patrolling Calaveras Lake when they stopped an unregistered vessel. The operator said he was only test driving the boat, but later revealed he was fishing and had purchased a one-day fishing license. After a short investigation, it was discovered that he was wanted for felony warrants by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. The operator was arrested, transported, and booked into the Bexar County Jail.
Be One With the Tree
A Bexar County game warden was patrolling the property around Calaveras Lake where access is restricted when two subjects were caught trespassing on powerplant property. When the warden identified himself as law enforcement, the pair fled into the brush. One surrendered and came back to the roadway, so they were cited and released. The other could not be located because of the thickness of the brush. The warden called for backup and a second Bexar County game warden came to assist in the search for the other trespasser. The wardens searched the brush for about an hour and found the subject hiding behind a mesquite tree waiting for a vehicle to pick him up. The man was arrested for criminal trespass and evading arrest or detention and booked into the Bexar County Jail.
Creeping on Critters
Two game wardens were conducting night patrols in Kimble County where several reports of possible night road hunting had been occurring. The wardens had been sitting in their location for about 10 minutes when they heard the first of multiple gunshots and saw a group of people spotlighting. With the use of night vision goggles, the wardens located the individuals and made contact with them. The 11 individuals had permission to be on the property they were hunting on, but all were from out of state and did not possess a valid Texas hunting license. The individuals had shot several jack rabbits, raccoons and other non-game animals. The wardens issued 11 citations for hunting non-game animals without a valid Texas hunting license.
An Edwards County game warden and a Real County game warden had been investigating an individual for several weeks for hunting from a public roadway. One day, a landowner called in a suspicious vehicle driving very slowly so the Edwards County game warden responded to the call from several miles away. While in-route he received a second call saying the individuals were seen taking an axis deer from the public road. The individuals were apprehended and confessed. Multiple charges have been filed and cases are pending.
Two Travis County game wardens were patrolling Decker Lake when they encountered two different groups of men fishing with cast nets from boats and jet skis. Upon further investigation, the game wardens found both groups in possession of multiple game fish including bass and crappie. The wardens took possession of the fish and donated them to a family on the shore. Multiple citations and civil restitution are pending.
Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy
A Calhoun County game warden was patrolling Matagorda Bay in the early morning hours when he saw numerous commercial shrimp boats traveling into the bay. The warden observed them for a while when he saw the boats turn their navigation and deck lights off. With the use of night vision, the warden determined that the boats had dropped their nets in the water and begun shrimping. Two commercial shrimp boat captains were issued citations for shrimping at night and all resources were returned to Matagorda Bay.
Scout is one of the great dogs from Post Animal Refuge Center that will be at Old Mill Trade Days’ Dog Day on Oct. 10. There also will be some adoptable pups from other nearby rescue groups. Please come out and meet your new best friend!
By Elizabeth Tanner
Anything with “to-go” in the title is one of my favorite recipes. I’m not one to cook breakfast, especially on the weekdays, so anything that I can grab and run out of the house with are staple items in our house. These oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are like having a hearty bowl of oatmeal in a portable muffin form. Plus, they couldn’t be easier to make – simply stir together the ingredients and bake!
Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 23 minutes
Cool time: 20 minutes
Total time: 53 minutes
1 large egg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup maple of pancake syrup
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (do not use quick-cook or instant)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (regular-sized or chunks may be substituted)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray non-stick, 12-cup muffin pan with floured cooking spray or grease and flour; set aside. (Tip: On a time cruch? Use paper liners in muffin pan.)
- In a large bowl, add the first eight ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Add the oats, baking powder and stir to combine.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Using a large cookie scoop or 1/4-cup measure, evenly distribute the batter into the muffin pan cavities. Each cavity should be nearly full since muffins don’t rise much.
- Bake for about 23 minutes, or until tops are set both visually and when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 20 minutes before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely.
Keep muffins airtight at room