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Last week at city council meeting I asked Adrin Fletcher if he would run for Mayor. He replied with a definite, "I'm not stupid !" Thanks, Adrin, for that uplifting, encouraging word. Now I know.

From now on when people ask me if I'm running again I can say, "I'm not stupid anymore."

Any one thinking about robbing the Chappell Hill Bank better think twice. There's a new sign in town.

Chappell Hill is a small town between Houston and Brenham on Hwy. 290.

Late last year, Edward Smith, the bank president decided to change the sign on the front door that prohibiting concealed weapons from his business. He reckoned a new policy was in order. If one is licensed to carry a handgun, come on in, and bring you weapon.

The new sign, now prominently displayed on the bank's front door says: "Lawful concealed carry permitted on these premises. Management recognizes the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as an inalienable right of all citizens. We therefore support and encourage the carrying of licensed concealed weapons." Smith said he made the policy change to send a warning to potential robbers, and also to express support to Americans right to bear arms.

"We had the sign in the window, the red circle with the pistol inside and a line through it," Smith said, "But we've been robbed twice in the last three years." He's hoping the new policy will make potential bank robbers think twice about robbing his bank, again. "There may be a little old lady who's mad at the government, and she'd love to use it on some bank robber," Smith added.

The sign has made Chappell Hill Bank and Smith somewhat of an internet sensation. A photo of the sign has made its way around the world, and smith has even been interviewed for the National rifle Association's radio program.

Smith said he got a "real nice e-mail" from an 88-year-old WWII veteran who said "it's about time somebody stood up in this country.

Expressions of support have far outnumbered criticism. Smith has received only one negative e-mail, from an anonymous sender. No name, no courage.

The policy change has also brought Chappell Hill Bank a handful of new customers and comments from people outside Washington County that they'd bank there if they lived here, said Smith. "I tell them that we're a fullservice bank and we're on the internet. They can bank online," he said.

Just when I'm trying to get Munday folks interested in recycling, another attention grabber comes along. One of our own, Ed Hunt, is circulating a petition to legalize alcohol in Munday. I'm not ready to take that subject on yet, I want to wait and see what everyone else says and does, then I'll write about it. Actually I don't know what I would add to what has already been said. But I will later on.

If this item goes to ballot it has all the potential of splitting Munday wide open. This type of thing does that to a town. There are two definite sides to the question and some will fight tooth and toenail for and others will do the same against the proposal.

I'm not saying Ed should not have done this, no way, that's his right to do so. I'm just asking everyone to keep their cool. So you are dead set against it, or full speed ahead for it, STAY CALM. No issue is worth people losing their temper and saying things they'll regret later. I realize there are Bubbas out there that don't care about anything or anybody. Let's all try to keep them in line.

My point, this issue is not worth losing teeth and toenails. If you've ever lost a toe nail you know what I mean, it hurts.

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Original Publication Date: February 17, 2011

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