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A good citizen

Dear Editor, Let me tell you about an outstanding lady of our community.... First off I know I have too many dogs; I did not ask for them, I did not want them, but somehow I got/inherited … more

What if corporations actually told the truth

You’re really lucky. I actually started this off as a serious diatribe on separation of church and state. But honestly, the best summation of that whole premise is the idea of what happens when … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Last evening, July 23, 2016, I attended the regular meeting of the Fort Stockton Independent School District. This was the first time I have attended a school board meeting.  I … more

Ag acts on drought, security challenges

As world leaders gather in Paris this week to negotiate a new global climate agreement, it is important to recognize the contributions of farmers, ranchers and foresters in the United States towards … more

Have we hit peak inequality?

When should we be alarmed about so much wealth in so few hands? When the richest 20 individuals alone own more wealth than the entire bottom half of the U.S. population? The Great Recession and … more

Memorable visit to Fort Stockton

Dear Editor, I’m writing to express how satisfying my New Year’s Eve was in Fort Stockton. I pulled into town for the night on my way home to Covington, LA, from Silver City, NM, where … more

Thinking Out Loud

Time for a normal presidential candidate According to one pundit, the current crop of leaders-of-the-free-world-to-be all look like they just bit a pickle except Rubio. And he’s looking a little … more

Sadness for those who grieve, but joy returns

Two people were buried this last week that I thought a lot of, and would like to have known better.  There is a certain amount of resignation to the death of those we love when it happens at older … more

An embarrassment of fluffiness is on its way

Have you ever had a person you just thought the world of, to the point where you couldn’t resist embarrassing or annoying them whenever possible?  It’s kind of like when you’re playing at … more

Give thanks for rural health

Thursday, Nov. 19, is National Rural Health Day. On the Thursday before Thanksgiving each year, rural Americans give thanks for our health and the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other providers who … more

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to take a minute and tell you that you and your staff are doing a great job. I really enjoyed the Feb 25 edition. In particular, I like the following articles: The one on Lance … more

Thinking out loud about Independence Day

Stood outside at 4 a.m. this morning, letting the cool desert wind ruffle my hair in the darkness, and thought big thoughts, while the small ones skittered around in the wind trying to keep their … more

Things I don’t think, for a change

There are a lot of things I don’t think should happen in this life. There aren’t many of them I can do a lot about, but if I can influence just one person to change their mind… well, it won’t … more

Private property rights take center stage

If you are a citizen who believes in constitutional rights to private property, be prepared for outrage. I've included, verbatim, an excerpt from the Texas Utilities Code, Section 121.001 on a … more

Thinking out loud

Being happy is a choice and a challenge I think of myself as a rationally positive person. Why am I slapping the “rationally” part in there? Because honestly, the whole positive thinking … more

Overhaul broken foster care system

How many children in foster care have to be abused and retraumatized before the state finally realizes it has a problem? On March 9 a group of dedicated employees from the Texas Department of … more

Thinking Out Loud

Thinking about polls, right or wrong I took a poll, and Clinton and Trump, the major parties’ front runners for president of these here United States, both have major issues. If you believe the … more

What the Pope’s visit means for Texas

After Pope Francis visited Mexico last week, his message should resonate across the border and throughout the great state of Texas. We have so much to learn from the Pope's guidance, particularly … more

Winning the fight for $15

Millions of low-paid Americans rang in 2016 with a raise as a handful of state minimum wage increases went into effect on the first day of January. Many of those raises are a barely noticeable 15 … more

It’s a dangerous world in here, people

I’m really getting tired of being told I’m doing everything wrong. And I do mean everything. And no, I’m not talking about my husband. I can tell he thinks I’m doing something wrong when he … more
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