I think James Templer is either confused or terribly misguided ("The elephant that's no longer in the room," The Daily News, Feb. 20).

It's the Democratic Party that has turned its back on the American people by being so obsessed with hatred toward President Trump that they've gone to lying to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, falsely accusing him of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election and more recently, voting (without a single Republican vote) to impeach him.

And, Templer states that the Grand Old Party is giving in to a potential dictator. I ask him the question: Have you ever known of a dictator who gives all of his salary back to the people?

By the looks of the crowds of people who attend President Trump’s rallies, I think the American people recognize he's exactly who the United States needs to get us back as the world economic leader, as well as the overall leader of the free world.

So, Templer, get over it, and enjoy the next five years with Trump as your president.

Stanley Smith



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Claudia Burnam

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Charles Douglas

Mr. SMITH said it good, and he said it right! Just because Democrats did not win the 2016 elections they have invoked grievous hatredness toward President Trump, his family, and even his supporters. Using terms like RACISTS, Baskets of Irredeemable Deplorables, and so on. They have thrown everything they have out there in their efforts to bring Trump down, and all of what they have thrown out there have BOMMERANGED back in their faces! This President has kept his promises. Lost factories, jobs, prestige, and respect by foolish leaders of the past, this President has brought them back, by his no nonsense dealings, attitude, and love for America. We have jobs everywhere, for Hispanics, African-Americans, women, Whites, Asians, for everybody! We are enjoying presently the lowest unemployment rates for Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians in the history of this nation! The economy is BOOMING, our military, thanks to Trump is second to nobody! Trump got rid of the job killer called NAFTA, and replaced it with something that works, something which does not sell out the American taxpayers! Trump has helped Historical Black Universities in this country with suitable financing where they do not have to come beg for it every year, as they have in the past! He worked with poor minority neighborhoods with job training and work producing projects when nobody else would! He approved Jerusalem as the legitimate Capital of Israel when the last 5-8 Presidents refused to do so ...probably out of fear! Trump had NATO to take their hands out of America's pockets and to start paying their bills and measuring up to their obligations! All this Is why the LEFT wants to Impeach him because they cannot and HAVE NOT measured up to his accomplishments!

Lisa Gray

Mr. Douglas, I could not agree with you more! I just can't believe that there are folks out there that are so blind to all the good happening under President Trump. It just makes me think that dems are low energy, dependent people who want everything just given to them without the hard work necessary to be successful. What causes this mentality? I was born in the 60's, got a job as soon as I turned 16 and have worked for the last 50 yrs! I deserve to keep what I have worked for, not give it to those who have done absolutely NOTHING to better themselves. I am not a racist because I want people to work for what they get, I am a normal average tax payer! Let's use common sense people! Nothing is free, especially Freedom! We get what we pay for and the pandering to the lazy and unwilling to work is just flat out stupid! We have lost most of our manufacturing here in the US and what has happened? We are dependent on other countries to provide essential goods for us. Let's encourage President Trump to keep up the good work and bring our businesses home and put people back to work. Let's make working for a living great again!

Bailey Jones

Do you actually know any "dems"?

I was born in the 50s, and have worked at least one job continuously since I was 12. I've worked to be able to give back to the society that gave me access to great schools and endless opportunities for work, personal development and advancement. My political views are based on a desire to see that every American has access to the same educational and employment opportunities that I had, regardless of race, zip code, or financial circumstance. That's what a "dem" is.

Mike Zeller

I too was born in the 50s, ditto [thumbup]

Gary Miller

Born in the 30's. Got SS card at 12. Worked one or more jobs every day till retired in 80's. Raised 4 boys, 1 girl to be good citizens never needing government handouts.

Charles Douglas

I know some "DEMS." I know some very well too! Stop trying to play me Mr. JONES! You know who the DEMS are and You know who they were when you and I was growing up, except you got the good end of the STICK, and I got BEAT across the head with the other end. I CAN tell you stories my friend, and besides that, I know Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and Big Bird, Mayor of NYC! They all fit the bill, of taking other people's money and doing magnificent things with it! Hey I admire you for wanting to give back. I'm righting 4figure checks all the time supporting missionaries in South America, but that is my money I'm SOWING not someone else's! Again ..I admire you, but All "DEMS" are not practicing what you just preached!

Bailey Jones

Do all Republicans follow your good example, Charles? How many in the congress with an R next to their name leave as millionaires? Truth is, there is not much difference between R's and D's. The big difference in our society is between those who have opportunity and those who don't.

Some of the biggest "takers of someone else's money" are majority Republican states (Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas) who have such an "I deserve to keep what I worked for" mentality that they won't invest in the future of their children - so they grow up ignorant and unskilled, and end up on the dole, and the rest of us support them.

I honestly believe that, given the opportunity, most people of any stripe will apply themselves and make something out of their lives. And I believe that most people, without that opportunity, will not.

Opportunity isn't free, and it doesn't come cheap. It takes investment in education, and infrastructure, and economic development. I won't deprive someone of opportunity, then blame them when they don't overcome the obstacle I placed in their way. Equal opportunity for all. Power to the people.

Charles Douglas

Ahhh Mr. JONES, you say those things so beautiful, and eloquent, like you really believe them. That is one of the things I like about you. Need I remind you sir that I am a member of the American minorities of the DEEP SOUTH! I know all about Segregation, Integration, opportunities, lack of opportunities, and all that goes with them! I have not only read and studied about them, BUT LIVED through the worst of them. Many kids all over AMERICA will be deprived of opportunities because of a lack of quality education in the environments in which they live! Many of them will be minorities like me! Places like those are prominent in DEMOCRATIC controlled cities across this country. I watched the State Of The Union Address where a young African-American girl was awarded a scholarship to go to a better school than the one she was attending. That scholarship will afford her better opportunities, and a better life, and everybody applauded but the Democrats in Congress. They were thinking, " Student volchers, Scholarships, and Private schools are beating us again!!" Democrats care more about teacher's unions voting for them than they care about kids being allowed to attend better schools. Oh I know what I'm talking about my friend, and there is no doubt about that! I will quit talking now Before I really get loose and start telling what I really know about some things in this area concerning opportunity and education. I will say this though, there has to be a hunger in an individual to excel at anything, one must press forward and prepare to work hard, progressively advance toward his/her goals, and COMPETE, with the best! That comes from proper mentors on the outside, and self drive, and self discipline on the inside.

Bailey Jones

Charles, I appreciate that that one girl got a scholarship to go to a better school. That's what I want for everyone. And I'm willing to pay the taxes to make it happen. It makes no sense that a child that lives in Friendswood gets an "A" rated school, but a child who lives in Hitchcock gets a "D" rated school.

I want our generation to be the last one that faces the challenges you faced. And I see it happening in the quality of the young African American engineers I work with at NASA who, unlike in my day, can now access high quality education. And I saw it Tuesday night where students at TSU stood in line for hours and hours just to exercise their right to vote. But I still see too many kids (and parents) who don't see the point of education - because their is no path forward for them. Why excel in HS if you've got no chance of affording college? Why struggle to go to college if you can't get a good paying job after? Imagine if every kid in America knew that money wasn't going to be a reason for not getting into college (or other training) - that all they had to do was to apply themselves in K-12? And that after graduation there would be a good job waiting to take them as far as they had the initiative to go? In a generation there would be no more poverty in America. But like I said - opportunity isn't cheap.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey writes "Friendswood gets an 'A' rated school, but a child who lives in Hitchcock gets a 'D' rated school.

Compare the demographics of each school district.

How about donating to the Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation and make a difference?

Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation, Monica Cantrell Director, PO BOX 82, 7801 Neville Avenue, Hitchcock, Texas 77563

I contribute. Will you?

Bailey Jones

Carlos, there are 56 school districts in Texas as bad, or worse than Hitchcock. Your plan leaves 55 of them out in the cold. There are 904 districts that aren't as good as Friendswood. Your plan ignores 903 of them. Small ideas are not the answer. Think better.

But you're spot on about the demographics, and I'm glad that you agree that the quality of the education that our kids get shouldn't depend on race, zip code, or financial circumstance.

Emile Pope

Huge difference between D’Souza and R’s. And it’s time people stop saying that they are the same to excuse their voting for despicable individuals. R is trying to take away healthcare. D wants universal healthcare. R cares only about and caters to the wealthy. D cares about the working class. The difference is clear if you take the time to learn...

Emile Pope

Spell check typo. No D’Souza just D...

Carlos Ponce

Emile posts, "R is trying to take away healthcare." That's a lie.

"R cares only about and caters to the wealthy." Another lie. Looking at the average income of the middle income increasing $5000 and wages across the low income increasing as well as unemployment decreasing only an idiot would make that claim.

The difference is clear..... if you are not a pawn of the Democrat Party.

Carlos Ponce

Bottom line, Emile. Democrats promise, Republicans DELIVER - Promises made, promises kept!

Emile Pope

I also forgot to mention the blatant dishonesty and rampant hypocrisy of the R’s. Their belief that the “truth” is whatever works or the way they replace one lie with another without hesitation. The epitome of “1984”...

Carlos Ponce

So Emile is posting only Ds are permitted to lie.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, My political views are based on a desire to see that every American has access to the same educational and employment opportunities that I had, regardless of race, zip code, or financial circumstance." That's what Democrats promise but Republicans deliver. Dems claim they believe in equality but are based in identity politics. As written in "Animal Farm" - "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". That's the reality of the 2020 Democrat Party.

Gary Miller

Bailey> I was born in the 30's. I got my SS card at 11 years old ( before child labors laws were passed) I've had at least one or more jobs every day until I retired. I've never accepted any government handout. I was educated in public schools because my parents were forced to pay school taxes, which were more than a private school would have cost. More people would get a better and less expensive education if ISD schools were outlawed. ISD schools take so much from most working people they can't afford anything else. I know nothing is free, not education or health care. Earn it or do without it.

domenico nuckols

Same here

Charles Douglas

Amen..Ms. Gray! Even Jesus had a job ..they say he was a Carpenter! Not surprising to me because his earthly father also had a job. He was a Carpenter too, and no doubt he taught his son to be a productive citizen and a social PRODUCER, and not just a social CONSUMER. His real Father ...God Almighty, also loved to build, create, and repair things! Lolo. So I think if we are going to emulate Christ, we should work, and enjoy the fruit of our labor, and feel good about the sweat of our brow! I agree 100%.

Jarvis Buckley

Great article

Charles Douglas


Carlos Ponce

Bailey posts, "Truth is, there is not much difference between R's and D's."

Rs on average donate more of their time, talent and treasure than Ds.

The average D has more money than the average R.

Rs on average attend church, synagogue, mosque more than Ds.

Rs and Ds both believe we should care for the poor, the widowed, the orphans. Difference is Rs believe it is their duty as individuals to help. Ds want to leave their care up to the government.

Rs believe in the rule of law and originalist thinking from the Constitution. Ds believe rules are flexible and can "evolve" without authorization

Jim Forsythe

You are trying to say something that is not provable. Of the many times that I gave hours to groups, no one asked what party I belonged to.

No one has ever asked me what party I belonged to, when I give money.

Of the many project's that I have helped build, no one asked what party I belonged to.

No one in need, cares what party someone belongs to.

Carlos, what charities do you give to, that ask the givers, what party they belong to?

Carlos Ponce

"You are trying to say something that is not provable." Surveys prove my point.

"Republican States Give More to Charity than Democratic States"


"Republicans Give More Money to Charities than Democrats"


"Democrats and Independents both had many zero-to-very-light givers (less than $100 for the year), and modest numbers of heavier givers. Republicans, in comparison, had comparatively few skinflints, and numerous serious donors—31 percent sharing at least $1,000 with charity, versus 17 percent among Democrats, and 20 percent among Independents."


"Republican men are better tippers than Democrat women, according to a survey released Monday by CreditCards.com."


"Research Finds Conservatives Are More Happy, Generous, And Purposeful Than Liberals"


"Republicans give more than Democrats do to charity, and do so at all levels of income. "


I give money to individuals, my church, my diocese, HISD Educational Foundation, HHS Band. I give my time and talents to my church, Hitchcock High School Band, Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation, The Santa Fe Area Historical Foundation.

Jim Forsythe

Of all the places, people you gave money, how many asked your party? When you place money in the red kettle, do they ask your party?

When you give say $100, to a person that's house has been flooded, burn down or other event, do they ask what party you belong to, do they care what party you belong to? When you give food to a to person in need, do they ask your party. All I ever get is, thank you for giving to my family.

"Republican men are better tippers", can not be proved because like a lot of people, I tip well, but pay cash. One reason I pay cash, servers like it better.

Are you trying to say, men tip better than women? I tip well, but my wife tips as much as I do.

I never leave my name when I giving to any group, so it can not be traced. I would never give to anyone, group and such that ask what party I belong to.

Carlos Ponce

"Of all the places, people you gave money, how many asked your party?" At church they are pro-Life and there's only one party that is pro-Life. And the individuals to whom I offer monetary help know my stance.

Jim Forsythe

And that the reason sone people believe that there group give more, is they only give to structured places, that they tell what party they belong to..

United Way has never asked me what party I belonged to. No Church, I ever belonged to, asked me what party I belonged to. The people at the red kettles could care less what party I belonged to. Food pantries never ask me what party I belong to. People trying to raise money for a person or family in need has ever asked me what party I belong to.

No child or family of the child that I helped to go to camp, has ever asked me, what party I belong to. No family that I gave food to , because they were in need or a child would go hungry, has ever asked me what party I belonged.

"At church they are pro-Life and there's only one party that is pro-Life"

"Roughly equal shares of Catholic registered voters have identified with or leaned toward the Democratic and Republican parties in recent years (47% vs. 46%, respectively)"

Carlos Ponce

Whatever, Jim. The results of studies are there. As for Catholics there are two groups: Church going Catholics and those who seem to go only when there are poinsettias and Easter lilies. They also like the ashes on Ash Wednesday. You will find a few church goers who call themselves pro-choice but remember Fr. Robert Morey denied Communion to Joe Biden for a reason. "Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden," Morey said. "Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that.As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations. I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers."

Jim Forsythe

Since almost one half of the Catholics are Democrat's, it means that Catholics do not give anymore than any other group if going by your thinking that one group gives more than the other.. You can never prove it one way ot the other, because most giving is never reported. For the ones that there giving is reported, most do not give what party the belong to!

Jim Forsythe

The vast majority of money we give our churches goes to these things that church members directly benefit from. Very, very little goes to actually give food, shelter, clothing or medical care to poor people.

Conservatives and liberals are equally generous in their donation habits. This pattern holds at both the individual and state level, and contradicts the conventional wisdom that partisans differ in their generosity. While levels of giving are roughly equivalent, liberals are much more likely to donate to secular organizations, and conservatives are more likely to donate to religious causes, especially their own congregation.

Most "charity" conservatives give is in the form of tithes to their church. The vast majority of that money goes to salaries and building expenses -- for people and buildings that provide the giver with services. A tiny, miniscule fraction goes to the poor and needy.

Carlos Ponce

"Very, very little goes to actually give food, shelter, clothing or medical care to poor people."

Our church has special collections for the poor and homeless.

Carlos Ponce

"Since almost one half of the Catholics are Democrat's, it means that Catholics do not give anymore than any other group" How do you know it's half? I make a distinction between Church going Catholics and non-attending or rare occasion church attenders. Church going Catholics ( every Sunday) voted Trump in 2016. Among those who attend "a few times a year" there was an even split according to the National Catholic Register. Huffington Post reports Hillary with a slight edge (48% to Trump's 45%) but makes no distinction between Church going and those who attend rarely or not at all they call themselves Catholic - but really?.

Emile Pope

Republican states? More absolute garbage. It doesn’t mean that Republicans are generous just that they vote. Spare us your illogical arguments...

Carlos Ponce

Take time to examine the web sites provided, Emile.

Charles Douglas

[thumbup] I ...I. AAaa, I like that one Mr. PONCE!! Let me give you another thumb....[thumbup]

Bailey Jones

Carlos, in life, one has a choice of encouraging unity, or sowing division. My comment was striving to find common ground with Charles. Yours is attempting to magnify our differences. But at least this time you didn't accuse me of sacrificing babies to the devil, so maybe that's progress.

Carlos Ponce

"this time...."[smile]

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, I'll believe you when you stop acting as a mouthpiece for the DNC.

Dalton Logan

The main item to me is what party believes more in the right to life of the unborn, the rest can be up for discussion but not this.

Charles Douglas

Ahhhhh let me think nowwwwwwahhhhh!!!! What can we BLAME Trump for next?[sneaky]

Charles Douglas

I got it! Igot it!!! My grass is beginning to grow again. Lets blame that on him! Want to? [innocent]

Gary Miller

National charities report every year that Red states give more than blue states and the more red a state is the more is given per capita. Dems claim they give as much, if their taxes are counted.

Ted Gillis

Carlos, I attended catholic school almost my whole life. I also attended a catholic university.

Ones regular attendance on Sunday does not make any one any less a catholic than ones who do. I feel confident in my faith, and don’t feel the need to be seen in the pew to validate it to anyone.

Besides, as my older brother once said, “after attending catholic school, daily mass, and being an alter boy for several years gives us “banked hours””, in his view point!

Carlos Ponce

"Ones regular attendance on Sunday does not make any one any less a catholic than ones who do." That's contrary to scripture. First to keep Holy the Sabbath- Exodus 20:8. Catholic Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday - your choice.

"We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near, " Hebrews 10:25

As for your brother's saying that is not true. Remember, Adolf Hitler was an altar boy and Josef Stalin attended Seminary.

domenico nuckols

Trump is a criminal plain and simple

Carlos Ponce

He was accused and found NOT GUILTY.

Ted Gillis

Carlos, my brother would have been amused about your comment on Hitler and Stalin, as he was a big WWII history buff himself.

Quoting bible verses doesn’t cut it either.

Isn’t there one about God telling Abraham to kill his first born son, or something outlandish like that. I call a big BS on that. Being selective with the Bible is any easy cop out, but when something doesn’t sound right it’s easy to just blow it off as a parable.

And Gary, your comment about public school being a waste of tax dollars, is probably the most preposterous statement I’ve ever heard.

You haven’t pick up much in your many years on earth, except maybe a bunch of greed and bitterness. Carlos, maybe you quote some bible verse to him. He needs it.

Carlos Ponce

Choice: To believe Ted Gillis or the Bible? I choose THE BIBLE.

After these things, God tested Avraham. He said to him, "Avraham!" and he answered, "Here I am." He said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Yitz'chak; and go to the land of Moriyah. There you are to offer him as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will point out to you." Genesis 22:1-2

As for Abraham being told to sacrifice his first born I believe it happened. If you don't, that's you. Isaac was not killed.

But the angel of ADONAI called to him out of heaven: "Avraham? Avraham!"He answered, "Here I am." He said, "Don't lay your hand on the boy! Don't do anything to him! For now I know that you are a man who fears God, because you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me." Genesis 22:11-12

Remember God sent Jesus to us to die for our sins. Through his death we have the promise of Heaven.

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