“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ’Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Vote. Like the poet said, paraphrasing of course, it couldn’t hurt and it could help. And folks, this is America, it’s what we expect of our citizens, especially those who might have criticisms against the way things get done. This is our best chance of letting those elected to those posts know we’re watching, and, we care.

Please, enough with the inconvenience of having to go two places to cast votes in both the state amendment and the local election. Time was when white men might have had to ride 30 miles on horseback to have the privilege and women and people of color didn’t even get the opportunity to vote at all.

So presuming, you’re not going to ride a horse 30 miles to go vote, what is there to do? Well, we’ve got a few things on today’s activity list.

Gordon Wood Hall of Champions

The eighth class of high school athletes who played under the legendary coach, Gordon Wood, will be inducted into his namesake hall of champions, at a banquet at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Brownwood.

This year’s class of five inductees, all former Brownwood High School athletes, includes Steven T. Cutbirth, James D. (Jim) Piper, Shae Southall, Kevin Taylor and James Roy (Squirt) Thompson.

The banquet and induction will wrap up a day full of activities that includes the first Gordon Wood Classic Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. at the Brownwood Country Club and sports celebrities participating include E.J. Holub, Dave Parks, Ken Hall, Coach Jimmie Keeling, Lawrence Elkins, Walter Abercrombie and Jerry Don Gleaton.

Letter carriers’ food drive

The Brownwood Chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual food drive today. All donations will be given to the St. John’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry. Donations of canned or boxed (no glass containers please) nonperishable food items should be left near mailboxes for pick up by letter carriers. Donations may also be dropped off at the post office, which will have collection boxes inside and out.

Artist demonstration

Western artist Doug Prine is the Brownwood Art Association’s demonstrator this month.

Prine’s art is primarily in oils and his works depict the life and times of people in the old west. His demonstration for working with oils will be at 1 p.m., today, at the BAA’s Art Center, 215 Fisk Ave. The demonstration is open to the public without charge.

Various and sundry

The May Junior Rodeo, for ages 19 and younger, concludes today at 7 p.m. at the May Rodeo Arena. Books open at 6 p.m. A support group meeting for parents of children with special needs meets at 10 a.m. at the Pecan Valley Coffee Co. For more information contact Allyson at 642-8611 or Pam at 647-8684. Howard Payne University’s Commencement is at 10 a.m. in the Brownwood Coliseum. Heartland Mall and the Girl Scouts are sponsoring a fashion show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show features fashions from local merchants and are modeled by members of the Heartland Mall Teen Board. There will also be makeovers, refreshments and door prizes but space is limited. A garage sale to benefit Relay for Life is being held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Early Church of Christ parking lot, with garage sale items, brisket, baked goods and lemonade.