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Earth Day, 2015

April 21, 2015

Wednesday will be the day formally declared as “Earth Day”, a time designated several years ago as one for the inhabitants of our world, from whatever nation, to contemplate our impact on the globe, environmentally as well as in other ways. Started in the mid 1970’s, at a time when rabid environmentalism and peace marches were the order of the day, Earth Day celebrations have settled down – almost into oblivion.

An unwelcome sign of spring

April 14, 2015

Our weather is moderating and spring is in the air. After weeks of temperatures and winds not conducive to outdoor activity, people are headed out again. The next sign of spring that will be seen around the County Attorney’s Office will be complaints concerning biting dogs.

This should be amusing

April 7, 2015

Well, one thing you can say for sure about Ted Cruz, is that he definitely knows how to stir up a news cycle.
For the one person left in the free world (maybe living under a rock, in a subterranean, undiscovered world somewhere), who doesn’t already know this, Ted Cruz, the junior United States Senator from Texas, has announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Talk about stirring things up.

The best springs come after the harshest winters

March 31, 2015

A couple of days ago as I rode my bike around my part of Sweetwater, I noticed lots of birds chirping and bugs buzzing, water in the Santa Fe lake, and blooming trees and flowers. Spring is definitely in the air. However, spring doesn’t always look like this in West Texas. There are springs where we start off very dead and dry, praying for no grass fires on a windy day. The difference between the two types of spring is the winter weather before.

Go play!

March 24, 2015

One of the sights of spring that many of us enjoy is watching children play organized sports. While it is doubtful that any of the ones we are watching will become professionals, and only slightly less doubtful that any will finance their college education with the skills being learned at the ancient ages of five and six. However, the idea that these children are learning to work as a team, acting together toward a common goal, and accepting that winning is not always the result of hard work is one that should warm the heart of any adult who is watching.

One thing doesn’t always have to lead to another

March 17, 2015

Does anybody remember the political advertisement during Barack Obama’s original campaign for the Presidency about the 3 A.M. phone call? For those of you who don’t remember, it went something like “It’s 3 A.M., there’s a national emergency and the phone is ringing in the White House; who do you want picking up that phone?” As I recall, there was then a pause at the end of the script (I think it was to give everybody time to shudder thinking how close Al Gore came to being the President during 9-11).

What’s the real problem?

March 10, 2015

While I’m not sure what would be the number one biggest trouble maker in politics at the local level, I would have to say, if you leave out dishonesty and criminal behavior, pot holes rank way up there. I know from personal experience that when you start a conversation about local conditions with a resident of the area, if the streets aren’t in pristine condition, the subject of bad roads and pot holes is going to come up.

Just whoa

March 3, 2015

I try very hard to keep my pet peeves and peccadillos out of this column; they are my problem, not yours. This one, however, is becoming an issue for our state as well as our nation.

Dogs and laborers keep off the grass

February 24, 2015

Not very long ago, I wrote an article (where among other things) I made fun of Michelle Obama and how she claimed that somebody asking her to reach up and get something off a shelf for them at a Target store made her a victim of some kind of discrimination. I also pointed out that since I’m a lot taller than she is, I know much more about how vertically challenged people take advantage of those of us with some height than she does.

Feast and fast

February 17, 2015

Most of the Christian community celebrates Ash Wednesday this week. In the modern church, it is a day whose significance is the beginning of Lent, the period of six weeks leading up to Easter, the day after the end of Mardi Gras. As with many, if not most, church dates, its history can give a glimpse into the history of our civilization.

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