Nov. 16th, 2005

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County voters say no to same sex marriages
by Denise Schoppe
Staff writer

The Marlin Democrat
November 16, 2005

Twenty percent of registered Falls County voters turned out at the polls to cast their vote regarding a state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages in Texas in early voting and during the election held Tuesday, November 8.

Of the 9,462 registered voters in the county, 1,842 voted on the proposed amendment. A grand total of 1,592 voters, or 86 percent, voted in support of the amendment, while 14 percent voted against it.

The amendment passed state-wide with 76 percent of Texas voters who came to the polls in this election supporting the amendment, making Texas the 19th state to place a marriage definition into their state constitution.

On proposition one, the amendment creating the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund, Falls County residents voted against the amendment 1215 (69%) to 536 (31%).

On proposition three, the amendment clarifying that certain economic development programs do not constitute a debt, Falls County supported the amendment 859 (52%) to 792 (48%).

On proposition four, amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant’s release pending trial, Falls County supported the amendment 1492 (84%) to 278 (16%).

On proposition five, the amendment allowing the legislature to define rates of interest for commercial loans, Falls County voted against the amendment 1051 (62%) to 652 (38%).

On proposition six, the amendment to include one additional public member and a constitutional county court judge in the membership of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Falls County supported the amendment 916 (58%) to 662 (42%).

On proposition seven, the amendment authorizing line-of-credit advances under a reverse mortgage, Falls County voted against the amendment 845 (51%) to 807 (51%).

On proposition eight, the amendment providing for the clearing of land titles by relinquishing and releasing any state claim to sovereign ownership or title to interest in certain lands in Upshur County and Smith County, Falls County supported the amendment 955 (60%) to 643 (40%).

On proposition nine, the amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for six-year staggered terms for a board member of a regional mobility authority, Falls County voted against the amendment 1040 (62%) to 643 (38%).

Over 475 voters turned out for early voting, and over 1350 voted on election day.

State-wide, all amendments passed except proposition five and proposition nine.
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In search of the perfect greeting card

Nise's Notes
by Denise Schoppe

The Marlin Democrat
November 16, 2005

Last weekend, I went in search of a greeting card. I will be attending a wedding this coming weekend, and I was on a mission to find the perfect card for this couple to congratulate them.

I made my way to the cards in the store and there in front of me was a whole section of wedding cards. Ahhh... selection. The last time I went in search of a card, my selection has been very limited. I was excited to find choices.

After awhile I realized that I'm not sure what is more difficult: too few to choose from or too many.

As I read card after card, every one seemed to fit and yet every one seemed to miss the mark. After my tenth card, all the words began to run together.

I ended up taking out the cell phone and calling my date for the wedding to get his opinion on what kind of card we should give. Soon I was reading cards out loud over the phone trying to find one that fit. After awhile he made an excellent point:

This couple will be getting so many cards that they, too, will find the words running together after awhile. We opted to go as simple as possible, but I found that the simple card had captured everything all the other cards were saying. Only, instead of long prose of love and good wishes, it brought it all down to six lines.

As I paid for the card and left the store I was struck by the importance we place upon a small piece of folded paper. Something so simple can mean so much.

For my birthday, I received several cards. There were those that were humorous and there were those that almost made me cry from how touching their words were. There were those that landed in the middle of the two extremes.

No matter where the card landed in that spectrum, every one meant a lot. Every one touched me and made me smile.

When I go to purchase a card, I find myself at times grumbling over the cost. When you look at the card from simply a quality/material stand point, it is hard to justify in your mind the cost. If you look at it from a purely sentimental and emotional standpoint, there is no cost too high.

Many people choose to make their own cards, which adds to the level of value tenfold. I often like to straddle the line by finding a card with a blank space inside to put my own words.

This Christmas, as always, the post office will be swamped with cards and letters from loved ones sending wishes for the year. Sending so many cards can get expensive. Postage, the cards themselves, and then the time spent addressing the letters and possibly writing a personal note inside: they all add up quickly.

However, this simple piece of cardboard paper has unending levels of worth to the recipient. That fact alone makes the hours spent staring blankly at rows and rows of cardstock worth it.


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