Image: Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack.
Part 3 of 3.
The Golden Hammer asked the question, “For What Are You Thankful?” We received responses from about three dozen community leaders out of about fifty to whom we asked the question. We’ll publish the responses in the order we received them in three parts – at 12:01 a.m., at 8 a.m. (while you’re watching the Thanksgiving Day parades), and at 4 p.m. (as you’re sitting around the hearth enjoying your tryptophan).
James Noack, Precinct 3 County Commissioner
“I’m thankful for all the blessings in my life, my family and my friends.”
Kelli Cook, Montgomery County Coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, conservative Republican activist
“I am thankful I live in a Republican country where we get to elect our representatives that must govern within an existing constitution and set of laws opposed to tribalism or mob rule.”
Kathleen Hamilton, District Judge, 359th District Court
“For what am I thankful? Too many things to begin listing! I am thankful for my life, my faith, my family, my friends and co-workers. I am thankful that I live in America with freedoms of which others only dream. I am thankful for those like my father, who raced to the Army recruiting station in 1944 when he turned 18 to serve in WW II, and protect those freedoms. I am thankful for my health and that of my family. I am thankful for so many memories of my parents and my husband’s parents, who have all left us. I am the oldest of seven children, so I am thankful to my parents, especially, for taking such good care of us, for the sharing—yummy meals all seated at the dinner table, the laughter over the antics of seven active children, the tears when we were sad. Every day, my list grows longer.”
Kristin Bays, attorney, candidate for 284th District Court
“I’m thankful that my list-of-things-for-which-I’m- thankful would sound like the longest Oscar speech imaginable – so you should all be thankful that I’m condensing my list. I’m thankful for my children and my husband, all of whom keep me on my toes and love me unconditionally (it’s mutual). I’m thankful that I live in a place that is beautiful, in a country that is free, in a land of opportunity. And last but not least, I’m thankful that the Rockets signed Chris Paul, that James Harden never ceases to amaze (MVP), and that the Astros won the World Series!”
Matthew Beasley, candidate for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack’s Chief of Staff
“I am thankful for my family, friends and freedom.”
Jo Ann Linzer, candidate for 284th District Court, Acting Grimes County District Attorney
“I will be celebrating Thanksgiving at my parents’ ranch with my siblings and their families and my family this year. As I am every year, I am thankful for parents who taught us to love each other and to love God. I am grateful that my family is strong and that we make the effort to be together to celebrate and give thanks for all we have been blessed with each year. We are all healthy and our homes were safe from Hurricane Harvey. I am thankful to be part of a community that gave so much when faced with the tragedies that came with Harvey. It is good to be Texas Strong. I am also hopeful that friends who were, and still are, affected by Harvey will be able to make some happy memories this Thanksgiving.
“I am thankful to live in a country where we can freely worship. Those who serve in the military to protect our country and our freedom deserve much thanks. My family is praying for the safe return of our friends’ kids who are now serving overseas in the military. I am thankful to those in law enforcement who work so hard to keep us safe. Friends in law enforcement spend hours away from their homes and families to serve us and it is humbling that they sacrifice so much. I am thankful that I get to help victims of crime as my job and I am thankful to all other Texas prosecutors who do that same job. I am thankful to live in a country that allows me to worship as a Christian. I am blessed to be part of a church that has such a giving spirit.
Finally, I am thankful for my mom’s cooking using the recipes that have been handed down from both sides of the family. Our meal every year is delicious. I hope that my neighbors in Montgomery County have much to be thankful for this year and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.”
Brian Dawson, candidate for Precinct 2 County Commissioner, businessman, longtime Republican activist
“For what am I thankful? I have been blessed beyond measure and have so much for which to be thankful. Above all else, I am thankful for a loving and supportive wife, parents who raised my brother, sister and I with an unwavering faith in God, a brother who, along with so many, has dedicated his life in service to our country, and for living in a nation where we are free to worship, vote, speak, and disagree as we feel compelled.
“I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!”
Brandon Creighton, State Senator (R-Conroe), realtor, attorney
“For this 2017 Thanksgiving, I’m very thankful for God’s many blessings, and for my family being happy, safe, and healthy. I am certainly thankful for my church, my community, and this incredible state we live in called Texas that offers so much hope and opportunity to the rest of the nation and the world with Gods grace.
“The Scripture tells us in 2nd Corinthians 2:11 that you will be enriched in every way , so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through this your generosity will result in Thanksgiving to God .
“As we all get together to share in thanksgiving, I’m reminded how blessed we are to live in southeast Texas where so many in our community showed compassion and generosity through the most difficult of times this year. I am so thankful my kids were able to see that and learn from seeing firsthand that outpouring of support and kindness. I am so thankful for this nation and to be able to live in this very special part of Texas . God Bless you and have a happy Thanksgiving.”
Reagan William Reed, Republican Precinct Chairman, Empower Texans Correspondent, conservative political activist
“Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
“I’m thankful for my family, every one of them. I’m thankful for those who sacrificed to give me the opportunities that have given me a great life and led me here. I’m thankful for my husband whose love and support are unfaltering. My children who make me want to set the example and be a better person. My parents, my father, mother, and step-dad for believing in me and giving me the foundation to find my strength and courage. I’m thankful for the energy to get up every day, to work, to play, and to live.
“I am thankful for health. Most of us overlook it’s daily. As I have been reminded recently, it is fragile and fleeting.”
Bill O’Sullivan, retired insurance executive, Texas Patriots Tea Party PAC Treasurer, Montgomery County’s Sage, conservative Republican political activist, and Lynn O’Sullivan, retired banker, conservative Republican political activist, Animal Shelter volunteer, animal rights activist
Eric Yollick, Publisher, The Golden Hammer, attorney
“Thank you, God, Texas, United States of America, my family, my 562,000 closest friends all of whom live in Montgomery County, and every other sentient being on Earth. Thanks to my wife for putting up with me.
“Thanks to all of the readers of The Golden Hammer. Thanks to the more than 600 Montgomery County government employees who have helped as sources to this newspaper (over 400 of whom have asked for confidentiality). Thanks to the many others who have provided information to this newspaper.
“Thanks to Craig Doyal, Charlie Riley, Marc Davenport, the Davenport Ring, Mike Meador, James Noack, Jim Clark, the SJRA, and so many others for giving me interesting facts and issues about which to write. For me, it’s not personal and I wish all of you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and much happiness, good health, and prosperity during the coming year. My goal and efforts to reduce County government spending by $100 million, to increase law enforcement funding by $40 million, and to clean up the corrupt practices of the Montgomery County government led to the establishment of The Golden Hammer and are the first steps in a process which I hope our community can utilize to bring to other taxing jurisdictions. It’s a long-term process. So far, it’s been a blast!”