The Rock Wall

Posted September 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

At the football game Friday evening, a gentleman, who does not want to be named, asked if I ever run retractions. I could have told him, “Not any more often than I have to,” but I didn’t. Guess I better run one – or at least a major correction. I said in the cutline under the photo of some folks feeding the Bulldog athletes that it hadn’t been done before in El Dorado Springs. Wrong. Turns out that some private individuals have been feeding the football team ever since Coach David Large was here. They have done it mostly on Thursday night and at their own expense. At least one team supporter and maybe others, have fed the team after away games.

I mentioned my error to Coach Welch and he said someone, maybe the same person or persons, will feed the team after away games this year so they don’t have to stop the bus for an hour on the way home.

I just learned that Mary Ann Speight, Opaa manager for the El Dorado Springs R-II School, used to feed the football players before games, through Opaa. That changed when coaches changed, I was told. She had made a standing offer to help out with “anything that involves the kids. ”

I didn’t know that was happening. Glad to learn that the team has that kind of loyal supporters.

– I’ve had some inquiries about the 90+ Club even to the point of mentioning names, but no nominations complete with date of birth and contact info.

-Thomas Jefferson was a remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped. At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other. At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. At 23, started his own law practice. At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America?” And retired from his law practice. At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress. At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence. At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom. At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry. At 40, served in Congress for two years. At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams. At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington. At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society. At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of the Republican Party. At 57, was elected the third president of the United States. At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size. At 61, was elected to a second term as President. At 65, retired to Monticello. At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine. At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president. At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. “

Here are some observations by Thomas Jefferson:

• When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

• The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

• It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

• I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

• My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

• No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

• The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

• The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

• To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. “