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Yea Don Henley, lead singer of the Eagles, should be applauded for giving back to the community where he was raised. Henley, a Cass County native, personally guaranteed 15 percent of the $4 million needed to restore the Cass County Courthouse. But some in the county have resisted the effort to restore the 1861 classic-revival courthouse -� one of the oldest functioning courthouses in Texas -� because a proper restoration likely will eliminate a wing added to the building in 1980. County commissioners approved submitting an application to the Texas Historical Commission that would require saving the wing, while preservationists say that application likely won’t be approved by the THC. The commissioners need to re-submit a proper application, write the 1980 wing off and take advantage of Henley’s incredible generosity to help restore their jewel of a courthouse. Nay U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and his chairmanship of a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on the U.S. Constitution symbolize all that is wrong about the current debate over gay marriage. The subcommittee is exploring whether to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage, and it’s clear what side Cornyn and most of his party are on. On March 3, Cornyn told the subcommittee that activist judges have made gay marriage an issue, and Congress must act by amending the Constitution to ensure the survival of traditional marriage in America. Hold on. So an influential representative of the political party that typically stands for less government and more states’ rights wants to change the Constitution to govern people’s private lives in all 50 states? This whole exercise is exactly what Cornyn insists it is not -� an election-year ploy.

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