Free To Speak by Rodney Simmons http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/ en-us Calling All White Men http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/67907 Check this video out that was produced by MTV. It details a few things that they think white men can do a little better in the coming year. Very interested in hearing your thoughts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxrsbjlRHrM Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:58:35 -0600 Pray For Our Nation http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/66472 You may or may not believe in prayer but I do and I think prayers are needed for our country in a great way. There is so much hate and violence occurring every day and in the past few years our country has went backwards in regards to racial relations. I mostly blame this on the mainstream media because anytime there is a shooting they cannot get the story out fast enough and they make sure to exploit the race of the shooter or the victim. Our politicians are also to blame because they quickly... Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:41:07 -0500 Legal Marijuana = Tax Dollars http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/65502 We Need. Those two words seem to be the beginning of every sentence that comes from our elected official's mouths, on all levels. I am sure you have heard our county commissioners utter the words, "We need a new school", "We need a new jail" and the funds to pay for these items will undoubtedly come from increased taxes. Governor Haslem has been pushing to raise the "gas tax" because we need to build and maintain our roads. Some Presidential candidates are promising to raise taxes on the top... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:32:26 -0500 Wheel Tax http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/65295 Early voting is now over but I know that there are many people that have yet to vote. With election day approaching on March 1st, I wanted to touch on one issue that is on the ballot, whether or not to approve the wheel tax. The wheel tax is being proposed as a way to fund the construction of a new jail and a new Cascade school. Many claim that this is the fairest tax because it would affect those that rent and that they do not pay any property tax but they do pay the property tax indirectly... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:59:29 -0600 Get Out and Vote! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/65216 The election year is in full swing and if you are like me you are already tired of the debates, tired of the childish insults candidates throw at each other and most of all tired of our politicians! Regardless, we as a nation must elect our next President this year and at the moment there are several choices. If you are having a difficult time deciding which candidate is right for you, then you may want to visit this website http://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz, and take their quiz to get a... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:41:52 -0600 No White House Tours for You! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/52086 The Obama administration recently announced that they were going to suspend tours of the White House stating that the sequester was to blame. In an article published on politico.com it is stated that the White House sent the following email to members of Congress... "Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 04:35:45 -0500 Gun Control http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/50942 With the recent shootings that have been happening gun control is once again a hot topic of media outlets and politicians. Many will argue that banning assault rifles will reduce or eliminate the problems of these mass killings, but will it? According to several articles I found one of the first recorded school shootings in the United States happened on July 26, 1764, in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The school master and 10 children were killed. Obviously there were no assault rifles involved... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:40:57 -0600 Black Friday http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/50290 It's that time of year again, Black Friday,the day that retailers have great deals on everything you think you need. Many people rush out to spend their money to get everything they want. People get up in the middle of the night, leaving their families behind during Thanksgiving, they stand in lines for hours, regardless of the weather, sometimes becoming violent just to save a few dollars. How many of you participate in Black Friday sales? Out of those that do participate, how many support... Fri, 09 Nov 2012 21:20:22 -0600 A Wheel Tax - For or Against? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/49452 The discussion of a wheel tax has been a hot topic for the past few days and I have heard support and opposition of such a tax. I know our teachers have a hard job and the average salary for Bedford County teachers is below that of surrounding counties. Also anyone who takes a drive in any direction will quickly agree that we have many miles of roads that are in dire need of repair. I'm just not sure if a wheel tax is the best answer. Seems we are bombarded with taxes as it is and the ones... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:46:37 -0500 Illegal Immigrants http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/48753 Everyone knows that our country has issues with illegal immigration. Many of the immigrants came here looking for jobs that paid well above what they could make in their own country. A few years ago unemployment was lower and there were more jobs to go around. Today however, unemployment is higher than it has been in several years and millions of people are out of work, so a stronger focus has taken place on those that are here illegally taking those precious jobs. Many people will be quick to... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:13:10 -0500 How the times have changed.... http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/47883 What do you see when you look at this picture? At first glance it looks like a few guys at a bar having a good time. You may think that this picture could have been taken on a weekend outing, a bachelor or birthday party maybe, who knows right? A few of you might know the guys in this picture and you may have even been there. What I find interesting about this picture however is where I found it and it may surprise you too. It wasn't in a shoebox of old photographs or in a family photo album,... Thu, 24 May 2012 18:55:53 -0500 Is this mic off? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/47009 Many of you may have heard the latest news story about President Obama meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussing missile defense and at one point during the meeting Obama asked if the mics were off and after he was told that they were ,he told President Medvedev "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," If you have not seen or read about this you can here http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/mitt-romney-hits-obama-mic-slip-article-1.1051302... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:37:38 -0500 Cancer Affects Any Age http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/46126 Most everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Either you have had it or someone in your family, a friend, a coworker etc. I think it is safe to say that everyone knows someone that has been affected by this horrible disease. "You have cancer" are three of the worst words to hear from your doctor I would say, but what if you heard those words once and beat the disease only to hear those words again for a different type of cancer? What if on top of that your father passed... Wed, 01 Feb 2012 18:33:39 -0600 Tighten Your Belts..... http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/45351 I'm sure you have heard the expression "tighten your belt" which is used during times of financial or economic crises. It simply means to cut down on your spending. This entails making sacrifices and giving up certain things in order to deal with the financial problem. The expression is believed to have originated during the Depression, when people had to literally tighten their belts due to losing weight, which was the result of having much less money to spend. Whether or not this accurate,... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:33:19 -0600 Lung Cancer http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/44359 Raising awareness of cancer, the causes and the treatments are one way to help battle this horrible disease. The more educated people are the better chance they have at surviving if they are diagnosed with cancer. November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. There are two major types of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell. According to the American Cancer Society, small cell lung cancer accounts for 10%-15% of all lung cancers while non-small cell lung cancer accounts for 85%-90% of all... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:52:15 -0500 We the People http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/43971 The Obama administration has started a program called We the People, which is a way for citizens to petition the administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it's sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response. The White House website states that if a petition receives 25,000 signatures in the first 30 days then it will be reviewed and a response will be... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:31:43 -0500 Breast Cancer http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/43788 October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women. According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is a little less than 1 in 8 (12%). Some of the most recent studies for breast cancer in the United States for 2011 estimate that * About 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. * About 57,650 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS)... Sat, 01 Oct 2011 07:08:51 -0500 Federal Workers Pay http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/43659 We all know that federal workers have some great benefits and are typically paid more than similar private sector jobs. What you might not know is that some federal workers continue getting paid even after their death. Because of mistakes made by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, taxpayer money has been used to payout over $600 million to dead federal workers over the past five years. You can read more about this waste of money here... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:51:32 -0500 Need a Job??? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/43124 Many people are out of work and are in desperate need of a job. Are you one of these people? Have you been beating down doors looking your hardest for a job? It is difficult to find a job in this economy, yet our government tells us that things are improving? Well there are some U.S. companies that are hiring. Such as, Coca Cola, they have invested $3 Billion in new facilities in the last three years alone, and just announced that they plan to invest another $4 Billion by 2014. Also three new... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:21:23 -0500 No Social Security Checks??? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/simmons/entry/42469 I am sure all of you know that our "leaders" are in Washington trying to come to a budget agreement. In my opinion neither side seems to be concerned with anything except improving their chances of re-election. I am really not sure as to the best solution, but it seems to me that neither side really understands what the American people want. I think most people want the government to stop spending recklessly and find things, programs and or people that the government could operate without. The... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:33:08 -0500