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A: Great question, but the answer depends on which type of cruise you take — a “one-way,” sailing North-bound or South-bound between Vancouver and Anchorage; or an Inside Passage, sailing round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver. The average high temperature in Anchorage in May is 55 degrees, but your first/ last day on the water will be pretty cold. The temperature will warm up, naturally, if you are sailing South. The biggest problem with a one-way cruise is in May is that if you want to add on a land tour, many roads are still closed (including those to Denali National Park). You can avoid some of the early chill by taking an Inside Passage cruise, but average high temperatures in the ports-of-call such as Juneau and Ketchikan are still in the 50s and 60s. You’ll also have a chilly

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day when your ship is visiting glaciers, and most likely a drizzly day somewhere along the way. Some GOOD things about the early cruises: 1. You get to enjoy the tremendous spectacle of snow-covered mountains! One of my favorite things to do is rent a car in Skagway and drive the road to Carcross in Canada — the scenery is breathtaking and even in May seems quite “wintery.” 2. The floral display at Butchart Gardens in Victoria is stunning beyond words. If you decide to go for it, pack with “layers” in mind: lightweight sweaters and jackets that you can add on or take off as the temperature changes. With some thin gloves and a cap you’ll even enjoy the glacier viewing and city walking. Janet is a Garland resident who has been booking travel professionally since 2004. She can be reached at 972-231-0066

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Reflects on 2011 MLK Jr. March and Youth Extravaganza Diane Xavier EDITOR

With Black History Month that begins today, Gwen Daniels, MLK activities and Winter Ball chairperson of the Garland NAACP says the contributions that African Americans have made to society has been enormous. This year, the group will be recognizing Garland service employees during its Winter Ball which is held during Black History Month. “We will be celebrating the

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people who service us, such as the trash and recycling groups, people who provide us yard services and who take care of our streets, who without them, we all would be living in a creek,” Daniels said. She says she is particularly proud of the contributions made by a group who are the descendants of slaves. “A lot of our country is built on the back of numerous African-Americans,” Daniels said. Black talent and inventions have really helped

America become what it is today with poets such as Maya Angelou, actresses like Dorothy Dandridge and Esther Role; and inventors such as Lewis Templeton, inventor of the new type of harpoon, Granville T. Woods, who invented the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph and Frederick McKinley Jones, who was the inventor of the first practical refrigeration system for long haul thrush, Lewis H. Latimer, a pioneer Continued Page 7


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Personal Benefits Should Prevail Over Healthcare Reform Banter Royce West Texas Senate SPEC TO PHALCONSTAR NEWS

In recent days we’ve seen the U.S. House of Representatives follow through on some members’ campaign promises by passing a symbolic bill that would repeal the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. And while Texas has joined 20 other states in suing the federal government claiming the unconstitutionality of the healthcare reform bill passed by Congress last spring, polls now show that more and more Americans are starting to realize that the much-maligned healthcare law may not be so bad after all. Most would agree that it’s a good thing that children can no longer be denied health insurance due to pre-existing conditions. And so far, there’s been no report of seniors returning the $250 checks issued last summer to offset Medicare Part D “donut hole” prescription coverage costs. But in the midst of the partisan rancor, the Texas Department of Insur-

ance (TDI), in its recent report to the Legislature, concluded that the law’s provisions “should make it easier for many lowincome Texans to obtain private insurance.” However the help that could be available through the healthcare reform law is not limited to low-income Texans. Now, young adults up to age 26 can be added to their parents’ employer-based health plans and insurers can no longer impose lifetime or annual benefits caps on subscribers. Texas actually stands to benefit from healthcare reform more than most states. The report says that more than 6.4 million Texans (26.1%) were uninsured throughout 2009. The total for Dallas County for 2007 was even higher at 30.8 percent. The national average is 16.7 percent. Also, fewer Texas residents had private insurance coverage in 2009 (53.8%), than in 2007 (56.9%). And from 2001 - 2009, the number of working Texans with employer-based healthcare coverage dropped by 18 percent. In compiling its

report, TDI held statewide focus groups made up of average citizens, small business owners and their employees. Results of these and other studies show that only 34.2 percent of small businesses (2-49 workers) offer healthcare coverage, compared with 94.0 percent of businesses with 50 or more employees. Small business owners and their workers expressed frustration that “average, working, responsible, citizens could not afford insurance coverage.” So while Texas continually boasts of its attractive, business-friendly climate, healthcare coverage for many employees and even small business owners is sorely lacking. For millions of Texas workers at small and large companies alike who do not have healthcare coverage, cost was named the most prohibitive factor. Employers also cite the increasing costs of insurance coverage. Cost was identified again as the reason why lowerincome families are less likely to be insured. Healthcare law detractors don’t mention the fact that the feds now subsidize

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small business owners for up to 35 percent of their costs in providing coverage. And come 2014 (God forbid - a successful repeal), the government will help families with incomes from 133 percent to 400 percent of the poverty level with insurance costs through tax credits. Some state leaders who want no part of the new healthcare law would pass on Texas creating its own health insurance exchange that will allow its citizens to comparison shop for the best coverage options. But both advocates and experts say that such a move is not in state’s best interest. Wisely, a Texas House committee chair filed a bill that will establish an exchange. That idea has the support of the Texas Association of Business. Nearly everyone has felt the impact of high healthcare costs. I’d be curious to know just how many of Texas’ 6.4 million uninsured support partyline vows to repeal what some derisively call Obamacare.

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K AESNDOLYN S! E GW N I BA I stayed at home. Now face termination! Dear Gwendolyn: Recently I stayed at home due to snow. My husband is angry because we are having a blizzard and the streets are covered with ice. I explained to him that I am the mother of two small children. I often think about the many people who are killed in a car crash who drive across black ice. My husband wants me to go to work, but I think more about my children and my life. I am not a nurse or any type of position where I would be required to be there - like firemen, nursing home providers … I work at a fast food restaurant and it is important to be there at 4:00 a.m. for the breakfast crowd. My supervisor warned me if I stay at home again due to inclement weather, don’t bother to return. Gwendolyn, what do you think? Annette

Dear Annette: Girl, I am so proud of you and I hope people who feel as your husband will be reminded that there are some people who do not put their life in danger. Let me tell you this: Those who have positions where they must be at work regardless of the weather usually go in before the snow begins. This is uncomfortable, but safe. There is no better place to be but at home when weather prevents you from going to work. You know…to enjoy popcorn and other favorite foods in a warm house, not to mention playing games and watching your favorite movies. But that ideal situation is not always the case for those who must be on the job. I do commend you and the type of job you have comes by the dozen in any city or state. Think about it. You can always find a job --- flipping burgers.

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For as the body is one, and has many members. And all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: So also is Christ. 1Corin. 12:18

Compiled by Leslie England

Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King:

Garland Black Teachers Group Set to Raise Scholarship Money

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?”

The Garland Area Alliance of Black School Educators GAABSE will present its 9th Annual Scholarship Celebration on Sat., Feb. 19 at 7 pm. at the Hyatt Place

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.” “Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” “And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. We are presently moving down a dead-end road that can lead to national disaster. America has strayed to the far country of racism and militarism. The home that all too many Americans left was solidly structured idealistically; its pillars were solidly grounded in the insights of our Judeo-Christian heritage. All men are made in the image of God. All men are brothers. All men are created equal. Every man is an heir to a legacy of dignity and worth, Every man has rights that are neither conferred by, nor derived from the State- they are God-given. Out of one blood, God made all men to dwell upon the the face of the earth. What a marvelous foundation for any home! What a glorious and healthy place to inhabit. But America has strayed away, and this unnatural excursion has brought only confusion and bewilderment. It has left hearts aching with guilt and minds distorted with irrationality.” “Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony. But we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

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in the development of the electric light bulb, and Gerrett A. Morgan, who was known for his invention of the gas mask and the three way traffic signal. The list goes on. The 11th Annual Winter Ball, “Recognizing Our City of Garland Service Employees,” will be held on February 11th at the Doubletree Hotel in Richardson starting at 8pm. For ticket information, visit The event will include dancing, dinner, and the recognition awards presentation as well. “This is one of our

only upscale events that we host where people will be dressed in tuxedo’s, suits and gowns,” Daniels said. She says this is one of the main events where the Garland NAACP helps celebrate Black History Month.

“You hear a lot about people nationally who helped contribute to Black History Month,” she said. “However, right here in Garland, there are so many people that have made history here, such as Garland Mayor Ronald Jones, who is the first black Mayor in Garland. Mayor Jones has been a tremendous asset to the City by being there 24-7. He has taken the

role of Mayor to the next level.”

Daniels also said the MLK March and Youth Extravaganza held last month was a huge success. Sareatha Kirk, member of the MLK March Committee, said she was impressed with the turnout. “It was wonderful to see the hundreds of people that participated and showed up despite the weather,” Kirk said. “Just looking back in my lifetime, there have been immense changes and greater opportunities Continued Page 11

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A Look Back At True Matters of the Heart

The month of February has been called the “Heart Month” in more ways than one. First, The American Heart Association wants everyone during this month to be aware of heart disease. It is a time to learn about cardiovascular health, risk factors and warning signs of heart attacks and strokes ( This is a very serious and important topic since heart disease ranks as the number one killer disease among men and women in America today ( In addition, The American Heart Association uses this month, Black History Month, as a time to encourage African Americans in particular, to be aware of the risks factors associated with strokes, since the rate of occurrence for strokes is higher in this population than in others ( Thus, it designates February as “ American Heart Month”. Second, on a lighter side, many recognize this month as the “Sweetheart Month” in association with Valentine’s Day. It is a day to honor those we love or care about. It is also a day that usually involves expressions of love through giving tangible gifts of cards, flowers and candy or intangible expressions of love in words or phrases such as “I love you” or “Be Mine”. It is a holiday that all ages can enjoy and celebrate from the very young to the elderly. It is a fun time that usually offers feelings of both inner and outer joy to those who believe that someone loves and adores them. Whether our matters of the heart concerns the well being of our physical health which is of utmost importance or our lighthearted expressions of love in celebrating Valentine’s Day, God’s Divine Plan is concerned with the true matters of the heart. Scripture reminds us that we should keep God’s words in our hearts in all we do. “For I have stayed in God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside”. “I have not departed from his commands but have treasured his word in my heart” (Job 23:11-12). Finally, awareness of the heart should not only be observed once a year during “Heart Month” or celebrated only on Valentine’s Day. Although the health of our hearts is truly an important and serious matter that should not be taken lightly and Valentine’s Day offers an opportunity for expressions of love, God’s Divine Plan provides that our focus upon the heart should be daily. For our faith in Christ and keeping his words in our hearts is the True Matters of the Heart!

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The next item of focus is shoes. Many of us have no idea of the shoes we have because they are hidden in shoe boxes. To resolve this problem, simply take a picture of each pair of shoes and tape the picture to the outside of the box. This will allow you to see at a glance what shoes you have. The last step is to organize jewelry. For this you will need clear multisectional craft boxes. You can purchase craft boxes at your local craft store. However, 2-3 boxes will be good for getting started. Now separate bracelets, necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, etc. into separate sections of the craft box. Another option is to use a separate box for each category of jewelry (for instance all bracelets together or all earrings together, etc.). The clear box as well as the secContinued Next Page


February Calendar of Events

Feb. 11, 2011 (8:00p.m.): 11th Annual Winter Ball, Theme: “Recognizing Our City of Garland Service Employees”, Doubletree Hotel, R1981 Central Expressway @Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas. Febuary 12, 2011 (12:00Noon): Monthly meeting of the Garland NAACP Youth Council, Gale Fields Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road, Garland. February 22, 2011 (6:30p.m.): Annual training and planning session, NAACP Garland Branch, Garland Women’s Activity Bldg., 713 Austin Street @ Glenbrook Street, Garland, Texas (Downtown).

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tionals allows you to see exactly what pieces you have as well as keeping them sorted! Finally, when you’re done with your closet inventory

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Black History Month’s Winter Ball now for us than in the past. There was a time when we were not able to do things like this.” John Washington, Assistant Superintendent of the Garland Independent School District, showed his support at the Garland Youth Extravaganza held at the Patty Granville Arts Center in downtown Garland in January. “I am here as an observer because most of the time I work for the school district and whenever kids perform, I like to be a part of that and support the students,” Washington said. The Youth Extravaganza was filled with talented youth performers from church groups. Singing, dancing, and acting were all part of the event. Tyler Lynch performed with her singing group to help open the show. Her beautiful voice amazed the audience. “I use my singing to lead by exam-

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Garland Hosts Severe Weather Program Diane Xavier EDITOR

With the recent freezing temperatures in North Texas, you never know what Mother Nature will bring to its people. This past year proved no different with tornados striking the region in January of 2010 and October of 2010

as well. As part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth will answer these and many other questions at the Skywarn severe weather program on Saturday, February 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center

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in Garland. The event is free and open to the public. Residents will learn how to spot storms, hail storms, flooding and damaging winds that can turn deadly. Mollie Rivas, Interim Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Garland, said the program is put on by

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the National Weather Service each year for all of the counties covered by the Fort Worth weather office. “It is something that we look forward to every year and we are excited to keep it local as well,” Rivas said. The event is expected to attract nearly two hundred to four hundred people depending on weather the region has seen. “With bigger disasters, we see more people,” she said. “The program teaches citizens what to look for weather wise and how to spot different clouds and how thunderstorms forms.”

The program teaches citizens what to look for weather wise and how to spot different clouds and how thunderstorms forms.

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