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By Carl Parker
For the Record 

New Adventure


Last updated 8/15/2023 at 1:54pm

After you pass your 80th year, things that were routine become an adventure. My most recent mental exercise and physical adventure was renewing my driver’s license. Thanks to our legislature this process has been made into somewhat of a challenge. You need to take your old license, insurance card, a valid passport or birth certificate. You can get an appointment, but you can’t rely on being processed at that time.

The ladies processing the paperwork were nice, but only half the stations were manned. There were 20-25 folks waiting for service, confirming my belief that Texas taxpayers would be better served if Governor Abbott would spend some of the eight billion, he sent to the border on license workers.

The Legislature has spent millions on more requirements claiming it needed to stop voting under someone else’s name (Our attorney general located about 40 such cases out of millions of voters)

Another adventure can be a visit to a state representative or senator. The days of dropping by and visiting our state capital are over. Now you need an appointment to see them. Also, you must be searched for weapons, have a permit or be a lobbyist to easily access our capital. I recommend a taxi because it is almost impossible to park nearby. If you are only a loyal, voting Texan driving through to the capitol grounds you are prohibited.

Figuring out how to access a government program to help with medical problems opens many more chances for “adventure.” Hopefully, thinking of these things as an adventure could help your attitude and ease the frustration.


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