Eclectic commentary from a progressive voice in the reddest part of the red state

Monday, May 23, 2016

Love one another as Christ loved us

On Saturday, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo celebrated the marriage of two women, long-time domestic partners. The ceremony was the traditional wedding liturgy from our Book of Common Prayer. It looked to anyone like any other marriage liturgy in the Episcopal Church.


Until the couple was to be “presented.” Normally, the presenters would be family members, maybe close friends. Not on Saturday. On Saturday, the entire Vestry, essentially the board of directors for our parish, presented the couple. On Saturday, the Vestry, the reflection of and representation of our church family and Christian community, presented these women on our behalf.

On Saturday, in that one moment, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church showed everything our parish is about.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Boycotting MIssissippi

The recent actions in Mississippi and North Carolina have raised a difficult question for me. While I generally don't like boycotts because they don't hurt the policymakers as much as the rank and file, what action is appropriate when an issue is so important as to require action?

In this case, a boycott is appropriate, as is notifying people who will be affected by it. So, this is what I wrote to Phil Bryant, the governor of Mississippi, using his Web contact page:

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bread and circuses

Louisiana’s big media are devoting about as much time and space to the fate of Louisiana State University’s head football coach, Les Miles, as they have to the recent gubernatorial election. Reports on the and New Orleans Advocate websites seem as sharply divided about whether Miles will stay or go or be forced to go as are the commenters after the Tigers’ game today against Texas A&M.

Here is some perspective from someone who when to LSU in the early- to mid-1960s.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lightweight Journalism

A couple of weeks ago, a website specializing in covering government, feted the upheaval at Amarillo’s City Hall. The so-called reporter didn’t do any original reporting. He used all secondary sources, including the local propaganda sheet also known as the Amarillo Globe-News.

Of course, in doing so, he perpetuated the local propaganda favoring the Wallace Bajjali-inspire downtown plan, but he also overlooked the entire back story, a legitimate shift in power and direction at Amarillo City Hall. I wrote him the following email:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge

I don’t normally post shaky video, but when I do, it’s of content that I can’t resist. And when it comes to trains, I can’t resist. So, after finally catching up a bit on my computer stuff, here is what we caught from an overlook outside Silverton, Colo., in August. I should note that I first rode this train in 1957 when it was still part of the Denver & Rio Grande. I’ve also ridden it in 1977, 1987 and 1990, so it has become a bit of a pilgrimage.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Spread the word

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Signatures on the Advance Amarillo petition - as of June 30


Tonya Milam United States

John mcbryde United States

Gina Woodward United States

Austin B. Jones United States

David Ellis United States

Kristen Barrick United States

Bill Chudej United States