Signs, Signs, let your Signs Shine!

What’s Your Sign?

  There are real people behind those signs! Do you get to know them before you vote? In today's electronic era, it is not that hard to study up on them and find out when they will be locally available.You can google, yahoo, bing, linked-in, facebook,twitter, etc.etc. 
   It is a pleasure for me to help you know that person behind the sign. Your responsibility as a concerned citizen is to take the time to know the candidates and then speak up for the ones you believe can be a dedicated voice you trust.
 They come in all sizes. They are on hats and shirts and pins. On the highways and byways, private property, personal property,and automobiles.
  They are about to be everywhere. Again!
  Some say that they are distracting, or that they are a nuisance, or even a driving hazard.
  Are they necessary? I say YES!
  And if you don't eventually have any signs in your yard, on your vehicles, or even worn on your shirts, hats, or luggage then I say 'You haven't become passionate about your leadership! And let me add, you have no right to complain!'
  You know how they say, “Can’t see the forest for the trees!” Well, very soon, we won’t be able see anything but the signs!
  Does the number of auto accidents go up during hotly contested races? That’s when there are multiple candidates in several races. Those signs are popping up again.
Do those signs influence you?
  Do you remember all the names of candidates you see covering every available green space or do you pull over and write them all down? Do you research these names on-line and then take the time to meet and hear them? 
  What effect do those signs have on you? Do they annoy, entertain, inform? You can leave a comment. 

A Good Sign

  I don’t know who they are, but they say that every yard sign is worth about 7 votes. Now that could be, give or take 3 or 4 for all I know. I don't much trust polls anymore. Those numbers can be manufactured into B.S.
  I never really understood when people wanted to be secretive about their voting preference. Just because we have a different opinion doesn’t mean I’m going to be mad at you. 
  I figure we probably still have more in common than we know. I am not afraid to ask people for their opinions or observations. I'm certainly not afraid to give mine!

  The point is that those property owners have made a political statement. They have measured a candidate on a personal level and found them worthy of a place on their property!
  I love seeing homes with several signs. Every once in a while I see a yard that has a half dozen or more signs and I feel good about those neighbors. I’d rather see several signs in a yard than just one. I know some of these people with multiple signs and I know that they are taking their vote seriously, researching and then weighing in on their position. I love that!


Rockwall Sheriff Harold Eavenson named 2nd V.P of National Sheriffs Assoc.

Rockwall County Sheriff
Harold Eavenson, became 2nd Vice President at the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in June.
   He will become the 76th President of NSA in June 2017, the 5th Sheriff from Texas to serve in this position, and the first in almost twenty years. There are approximately 3,088 Sheriffs in the United States, and almost all are elected to this position by the citizens they serve.

Sheriff Eavenson is Chairman of the Resolutions Committee and serves on the Executive Committee, the Immigration and Border Security Committee, and the Audit Committee for NSA. He has served as Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas (SAT) for the past five years and also served one year on the Board of Directors of the SAT.

   Eavenson has served as Sheriff of Rockwall County since January 2001, and has served in the following capacities since being elected: President of The Rockwall County Republican Men's Club in 2014 while being a member since 2001, four years on the Board of Directors of the YMCA, one year on the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), mentor at Rochelle Elementary for four years, and nine years on the Hawkes Scholarship Committee which is now coordinated by the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club.
   He was the recipient of the Ralph M. Hall Chairman's Award for his leadership, courage, vision and for exhibiting drive towards excellence, which sets an example for others to follow. This award was presented at the annual Reagan Day Dinner on March 21, 2015.
  For the past two years, he has assisted in coordinating a fundraiser golf tournament for Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), a privately funded 501 C (3) Nonprofit Organization which builds homes for young veterans who suffered multiple serious injuries including but not limited to multiple limb amputations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  HFOT has built over 190 specially designed homes in the United States for these young veterans. These two tournaments raised approximately $13,000.00 for HFOT. It will continue to be an annual fundraiser for HFOT and will be held each year at the Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club. He and his wife, Marcia, have lived in Rockwall since March 1988. They have two grown children, five grandchildren and two twin great granddaughters. They are members of the First Baptist Church in Rockwall. Marcia is a retired school teacher.

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Civic Duty and the letter.

Civic Duty, A Call From Above

by J.B. Blocker                                                                                                                                              
  Little David had a problem. There weren’t enough Valentines in the packet they had bought for his 4th grade class Valentines card exchange.  
  You remember, those shoe boxes we wrapped and covered in hearts with a slit on top to slide in those little cards. It’s a big deal. At that age, it’s not about love. It’s about friends and mutual recognition. Those little cards have vague little notes that make the giver and the receiver feel better. It’s amazing what a little note can do to make someone feel better. 
   There were a few more kids in his class than there were cards in the Valentines kit, and David didn’t want to leave anyone out.  

   Mom came to the rescue with a few extra ‘grown up’ cards.  Now, there’s another problem. “Who do I give the bigger ones to? Well, there are my friends. And Lana Rolf is nice. We almost have the same birthday and she’s always nice to everyone. That was easy.” 



Dad taught me well!
  As a teen, I gained possession of a 48 star American flag that was as big as a wall in my bedroom. I proudly put it up, saluted it and said the pledge every day for my dads sake. It stayed there until.....

   My father, Master Chief Charles Abraham Blocker was a 30 year Navy man and lay minister. He finished his career as the highest ranking enlisted man. At age 17 he lied about his age in order to join his older brother Uncle Jimmy in 1942 and made the Navy his career.
   I was always fascinated and proud of his chest of medals including the Navy Cross.  After those 30 years of traveling the Seven Seas, WWII, Korea, and many other assignments he came home straight from Vietnam. I was 15 and spent the entire day in the front yard in order to be the first to welcome him home.
  When he saw the flag covering my wall, he immediately stopped in his tracks. Without harsh words but rather with solemnity, he took it down with care. He carried this 12 foot flag reverently to the living room where we respectfully folded it. He then had mom find a clear wrapping for it and placed it on my dresser.
  Looking back, I am sure that the 48 star flag meant much more to him than I will ever know. He had defended and saluted that flag during his prime.
  I guess the fact that it was an out dated flag made me feel it was OK to make it a wall dressing. I was proud to own it and to look at it.
  The lesson stuck with me. 


Sgt. James Stratton, 94 years well lived!

A Cowboy for Life
by J.B. Blocker
James Carter Stratton was born May 22, 1920 to J.C. and Hattie Stratton in Clovis, New Mexico. He grew up near Tucumcari where his family raised cattle and grew wheat. 
After serving in WWII, he met Miss Lila Miller at an Army dance in Lusk, Wyoming. They began their lives together on Oct. 20, 1945 in Lance Creek where they raised cattle for 60 years.
He is survived by his wife Lila of 68 years, son Ted of Lafayette, Ga., daughter Nona of McKinney, grandsons Dale, Sam, and Logan, granddaughters Sarah, Regina, Jennifer, Amy, Cara and 10 great grandchildren.
James Stratton is my friend. The 94 year old cowboy lived a couple of blocks from me in McKinney. I first met him at a Veterans Day celebration where he came dressed in his full WWII uniform. He was a devoted American Patriot who was still holding hands with his Lila in his last days. He was a historian of the era of cowboys and the military. His legacy is carried on by his devoted children and all who saw the sparkle in his eyes that drew you in and captured your heart.
Over the past 6 years, I tried to drop by as often as possible for an afternoon taste of Glenlivet and to hear cowboying stories going back to the 1930's. 
  Since James has been an avid historian and collector of Cavalry memorabilia most of his life, his mind and his house are historical museums just waiting for me to tour.
  It has been an awesome honor and responsibility for me to be one of the last personal friends and confidants of a man who has traveled the world and made so many friends all along the way.          I have many of his stories bouncing around now like friendly ghost. God blessed us all with men like James Stratton.

Somewhere outside Clovis, New Mexico 1936. McGregor Cattle Company chuck wagon ready to feed.  “We would pick out the fattest calves and butcher them next to the supply wagon. Cowboys would ride in, cut off a favorite cut, and eat all the beef and beans you could hold.” Photo by James Stratton.