My prayers are with you and your family Governor. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years back. It’s like a gut punch when you get the news. But through our faith in Christ, we were instantly blessed with courage to be there for my dad.
My husband just started 4th week of chemo today for bone marrow cancer, he’s 56 and amazing, I will say it does make you see things differently. My dads been cancer free 20 years now so I know how you feel. Lost my mom last August to it. :( Many more blessings to you and yours.:)
 June 2, 2015 at 1:47pm
The question should be- “Can weed be a gateway drug” rather than “Is weed a gateway drug”.
For me as a recovering heroin addict, yes, it was certainly a gateway drug. In 1990, there were 2 drugs available where I lived in school- weed and LSD. I was scared to even think of trying LSD- and wasn’t even sure about weed. Smoking weed didn’t seem to scary…BUT…then I got comfortable with it- wanted to try something new, go on a new journey. So I began to be more comfortable with LSD- and took it. Then years later- ecstasy didn’t seem so scary…but that wasn’t enough. Ecstasy put me into relationships with people that had coke- and then that wasn’t enough (and expensive). Weed was boring at this point- and it gave me panic attacks- but I wanted something chill. One line of Baltimore heroin was it- I had arrived. I finally found the drug that did it for me.
13 years after that first puff on a joint- after saying I’d never injest or smoke something that would get me high- I was a dope fiend with track marks. I was a college grad, working as a clean cut professional. But still a junky.
My story isn’t the norm. But most heroin addicts share similar stories. This debate isn’t black and white. On one hand weed isn’t this crazy boogy man- but it isn’t this perfect pretty picture with happy endings for all.
I work in recovery with several men who lost their families because they sat around smoking weed instead of being a dad & husband. Yes, there are consequences. Debate is good.
 June 1, 2015 at 5:23pm
Welcome to the modern world of moral-relativism. As a Christian, if you take away evil, then you take away sin; you take away sin, and then you take away the entire purpose for Christ’s death and resurrection.
 May 5, 2015 at 7:34pm
2 words: Bruised Ego.
May 4, 2015 at 11:08am
After a French leftist newspaper essentially did the same thing- except depicting Mohammad doing profane things, they were lauded as heroes with millions hash tagging “I am Charlie Hebdo”. The question is this- will those same people laud these Texans as heroes? Something makes me believe we will hear some of those same people cry “Islamaphobia”…simply because those involved don’t have French accents.
 April 28, 2015 at 12:17am
After decades of leftwing social engineering by the Democrats- the “Chickens are coming home to roost” to quote one of their own.
The city is full of heroin, gangs, and a corrupt government. As the city burns, the Mayor and her cronies sit high in their penthouses drinking champagne and caviar. Most of the city streets are paved with heroin and cocaine- nobody’s looting the dope man’s house though!
 April 28, 2015 at 12:07am
Exactly! We’ve become so afraid of saying what’s true for fear the thought police will beat us down with their “guilt clubs” that we just nod our heads in agreement with the rest of society. But we’re finally coming to a place where we don’t care- call us bigots, call us intolerant. I don’t have to tolerate insanity. If you have a ding-dong between your bellybutton and the area where your doo-doo exits- your a male. For the first 3rd of my life I thought I was Luke Skywalker- no, really, I really thought I was a Jedi. But biology and genealogy proved different.
Now I do think Bruce is a hero- for admitting he’s a conservative Republican and wrecking half the leftwing media’s talking points! Doh!
 April 26, 2015 at 5:02am
I lived in Baltimore city in the midst of it all. In every direction was a cornucopia of drugs. It was an open air drug market- heroin was king.
That was back in 2002. Since then I have watched businesses hurt by the fact people are simply afraid to come to the city for a night out. My parents used to visit their favorite restaurant every month or so- no more. With the “punch out game” , not to mention regular muggings in the so-called “safe” parts of the city on the rise- people have given up on Baltimore date nights.
I never understand why people who are angry at police take it out on their fellow community’s businesses. These are the very businesses that employ, create scholarship funds, an pay taxes that pay for their services.
And the very people who light the fire under these violent protests, inciting them to act out, are the ones who will complain and moan about “white flight” out of the city. But it’s not just white people, it’s people from all racial makeups who are sick and tired of living among people who ruin their communities.
It’s a shame these “community organizers” don’t get as fired up over the fact that heroin is a plague on their people, not to mention murder. But that would be too obvious (and wouldn’t fit their agenda).
The sad thing is- we pretty much all agree that this case needs an investigation. Guess what? It is being investigated. Again- that fact doesn’t fit their agenda: To incite, rage, destroy.
Glad the USA is winning the war on drugs there. They have lost that war everywhere else. What a sad joke.
Yours is a great post. I don't think the black population in Baltimore cares about the pubs and restaurants staying open, they can't afford to eat and drink there anyway. Those establishments are seen as a white domain and are therefore targets. The sad thing is that good folks will leave the city and it will become even more of a war zone with a collapsed tax base and a non white governing body. But we have seen that these people don't care because they get their free bennies anyway. I shudder to think what these 'communities' would do without the pouring in of welfare money, if we think this is bad.
Thanks for the refreshing commonsensical words.
 April 11, 2015 at 2:09pm
In all my 40+ years of life, I have never witnessed people who were honestly and truly seeking God’s will act like these wackos. They should have taken the other verse in Mathew, Matthew 5:39 when Jesus talks about turning the other cheek. Of course, they also ignored God’s call for respecting authority.
When people truly, and honestly, with open hearts, consume God’s word daily, and connect with Him through prayer- they should look more like Christ. These people looked more like the people Jesus had to drive demons out of!
If you, your family, or friends claim to be followers of Christ but are consumed with anger, violence, and an absence of love and compassion- and TRUTH- a giant red flag should go off. Somethings wrong- their hearts are not aligned with the Holy Spirit. They are more like the world. Sad.
There is recurrence of misinformed ideologues who don’t seem to understand the difference between free speech in the public square, and the right of privately owned companies to protect their customers’ experience.
 March 21, 2015 at 11:41am
Suddenly the left’s argument for US citizens right to own “military style weapons” and those pesky 5.56 “green tips” washes away.
 March 13, 2015 at 1:31pm
Remember kids, 2+2=5 …Don’t even think about asking questions.
 March 12, 2015 at 1:36pm
As an artist/photographer/videographer I found it incredibly refreshing to see another photographer honoring our military and country through her art. With so many so-called artists creating art/photography that demeans our country, troops, and values- I am given hope to know there are really artists out there who share my values.
In the end- I believe God blessed her for standing her ground. Not only did she get more business, but she was able to bless the USO through the extra work. A great example of what can happen when we don’t back down from what we know is right in our hearts.
 February 28, 2015 at 2:15pm
Amen- redemption is real. 11 years ago I was living out of a car, which I was using as an illegal, unlicensed taxi. We call that “hacking” in Baltimore. I was as heroin addict- college degree and all.
Today I run a business w/ my dad, own a home, and lead a recovery ministry at my church. God is able- we give him an inch, he gives us a mile!
 February 26, 2015 at 7:22pm
But remember, it’s the “religion of peace”…pigs in a blanket.
Comments like this remind me how ignorant some of you people are. Net Neutrality is absolutely a good thing. Being against Government regulations? That's reasonable. Being against Net Neutrality? That's just retarded.
And look at the number of people whou bought into comcast's "net nutrality"
February 19, 2015 at 5:25am
Rob Bell has turned the Bible into something close to those middle-school “ChooseYour Own Adventure” books.
Protestants did that in the 18th century when removed 7 books from the Bible and instituted Martin Luthers lawless salvation doctrine.
2 Peter 3:16
"If you want to enter life, keep the commandments"
 February 12, 2015 at 6:23pm
Gosh, I love Texas…this guy should be thanking God that it was 2 citizens who took him down physically rather than a .40 Glock 22…
 February 6, 2015 at 12:55pm
Great story! The sad thing is, this is not rare across most of America. This is who we are. But because much of the mainstream media is in bed with the far left, who require racial division to be the lead story to remain in power, our country has bought into a lie.
But the truth is, THIS is the norm. Across America in small towns, this goes on every day. That is, humans being humans, and treating each other like neighbors. Sometimes we need a story like this to remind people who were really are- and stop letting the MSM define us.