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Tracy A Stephens (Tracy's Thoughts)
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Here are my Thoughts on the State of the Union...

As the Nation, and the World, await President Obama's seventh "State of the Union" Address I just wanted to take a few moments to share my own thoughts on how it is.

And quite frankly it is pretty messed up and it is mostly divided upon the issues that affect each of our lives. There is no easy answer.
There is no quick fix. However if "WE the PEOPLE" don't do something about it, our Nation will fall into further disrepair.

This problem is not new and has long plagued our Nation, even before Obama ever took office. No matter what words fall from his mouth during this speech it will surely be filled with the usual political rhetoric that all politicians use. A promise for a better tomorrow. A promise that has been made over and over to "WE the PEOPLE" and yet no one has fully delivered on those promises. Sure we've seen some improvements from when this Nation was first formed.

Yesterday, January 19th, has been filled with remembrance and the honoring of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I have read many post and articles about this. One of the things that have stood out is from the Reader's Comments on some of these articles that show just exactly how divided our Nation still is on the issue of Race.

Isn't it sad that more than 50 years after Dr. King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech that we are still so far away from that dream ever being fully reached? What is equally sad is that we have elected leaders and others, from both sides that further perpetuate that hate! To add to that, those same elected officials seem to no longer care to follow the will and the wishes for "WE the PEOPLE", the very ones that put them into office.

All we ever hear, whether it be from the Democrats or the Republicans, is how each side is for the betterment for everyone. One of the problems with this is, that each side has such a difference in beliefs that neither side will ever be able to accomplish what they promise that would be of great benefit for ALL.

I feel that both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have outlived their purpose and usefulness. It is time that "WE the PEOPLE" stand together and let them know that we are tired of the current state of the Union. A Union that is on the brink of destruction and further divide if we continue on the path we're on right now.

As I said at the start of this, There is no easy answer. There is no quick fix. However if "WE the PEOPLE" don't do something about it, our Nation will fall into further disrepair. But we MUST do something and we must do it NOW!

May God bless the United States of America!
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Feel good story of the day...

Had a customer came in today that was a double amputee, arms, he was looking for a way to create a bracket to hold a video camera that would mount to his bracket that he uses to help hold his crossbow.

After talking a bit with him he went to his vehicle and brought that bracket in and then we began to go over some ideas. It was simple, but we came up with a few pieces of hardware and accessories to accomplish what he was wanting.

He thanked me for my help and I told him that it gave me a chance to think and be creative. I really enjoyed that little challenge!

He also told me that he works with disabled children too and finds ways to allow them to shoot crossbows and firearms. Very interesting person and I was glad I had a chance to meet him.
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Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Waking Times “The State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies; and…
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I'm just watching the Allstate Sugar Bowl for the Mayhem commercials! ;) 
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To ALL that are here, it is my most sincere wish that 2015 will bring you much happiness. Happy New Year and God bless!
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Hundreds of people have pledged to wear blue today in support of local law enforcement. The Step Out in Blue campaign was started by an organization called Wives Behind the Badge.
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Depending upon your point of view there just might be a few flaws with what a pastor and political activist said here...
Approximately 40 people gathered in the Russell H. Williams Memorial Chapel Thursday to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the proclamation. 
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I'm thinking about a New Year's ReVolution... 
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You know if it comes down to a choice between another Clinton or a Bush in 2016 for the occupancy of the White House it will be the American Voter that will be on the losing side.
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This Lady is awesome and tells it like it is! 
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There is something that is very,very wrong with the world we live in today. Seems as if we just can't, or won't, learn from our past mistakes and keep doing certain things over and over and over...
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What is it that drives me to continue to uphold an Oath that I swore to over 30 years ago even though I have a certificate on my wall that reads "Honorable Discharge"?

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
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I am a USAF Veteran, former Law Enforcement Officer, proud Patriotic American and a very concerned Citizen. I believe in God and the Constitution of the United States. God bless the USA and all those who serve and defend her!
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I am the youngest of 5 children, two brothers and two sisters. I was born in Enterprise, AL on August 28, 1963, the very day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington D.C. I've spent most of my life growing up in various parts of Alabama but have lived in Cantonment, FL (near Pensacola), Cedartown, GA, Walled Lake MI (near Detroit), and Sandusky OH also. From 1st to 12th grade I changed schools around 13 times! We moved around a lot due to my Father's jobs, he was a Southern Baptist Preacher and a Radio Announcer.

My parents were divorced in 1976, both of my Grandfathers died that same year too. From 1976 to 1979 we went from a 7 member family, Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, to just my Mom and myself as both my brothers and both my sisters left the house in what I call "under other than pleasant conditions". I lost my Mother to pancreatic cancer in 2000, just a few short days prior to my oldest son's first birthday.

In 1982 I graduated from Arab High School in Arab, AL and while in school I worked at Pizza Hut there. After graduation I went into the US Air Force and served for 6 years (1982-1988). I had my Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX and also attended Security Police Technical School there. My first and only Duty Station was at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD where I was assigned to the 44th Missile Security Squadron. About a year after being Honorably Discharged I went to work with the Dothan Airport Police Department in Dothan, AL where I worked for 6 1/2 years (1989-1995). While working with DAPD I also became a certified Basic Emergency Medical Technician and I also had a Part-Time job, for a short period of time, as a Bank Courier. Prior to going to work at the Dothan Airport I worked, for a few months, as a Security Guard at the Sony plant in Dothan, AL. After 12 1/2 years of Security/Law Enforcement work I decided to make a change. I worked about four years for Wal-Mart, first in Sylacauga, AL, then Prattville, AL, then Oxford, AL and finally Valley, AL. After leaving Wal-Mart I worked a short time with Sears Termite And Pest Control in Opelika, AL, and then about two years with Sherwin-Williams in Valley, AL. It was a small store and it was located in a "bad part of town", they had been talking about closing the store ever since I first started and I found out not long after I left they finally did. I am now working at a "BIG BOX" home improvement retail store, been here since 2002. I'm married to a great wife and we have two wonderful sons and currently live near DeArmanville, AL in Calhoun County.

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  • Arab High School
    1979 - 1982
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