I just returned from a short trip to West Texas to visit my mother and two elderly aunts. That’s right this old man’s mother and aunts are still spitting grit in Midland and Odessa, “Longlivers”.
I really can’t’ tell where West Texas begins, but I can usually know I’m there, when I must hold one side of the steering wheel way down to offset the force of a thirty mile per hour West Texas breeze. Midland hasn’t changed too much except apparently every resident has decided they must own a six thousand pound SUV or pickup to ferry their darlings to and from soccer or dance practice. And I also noticed that almost all these monster drivers never drive at or below the posted speed limit. Speed limit and stop signs must be considered suggestions in Midland and compliance is voluntary.
After a short stay in Midland, my mother and I took off to visit my aunt in Odessa. Odessa hasn’t changed much since I graduated from Odessa High, except apparently Odessa has decided to see just how many 7-11’s, liquor stores and Mexican restraints they can squeeze onto one city block. Years ago it was rumored that Odessa’s mascot and city flag was a tattered Wal-Mart bag hung in a mesquite bush. The only thing that has changed is there are now more bags and fewer mesquite bushes.
Upon our return to Midland I happened upon a copy of the local Midland paper. I couldn’t help but notice that although there were revolutions in the Middle East, floods, earthquakes, and the start of a national election in this country, there was not one national or international news story on the front page. I was beginning to wonder if West Texas knew we won the Korean War, lost the one in Viet Nam, and finally got Bin Laden. I would have expected that at least they would have reported that their favorite son’s endless war to liberate Iraq is finally coming to an end. They could have mentioned that it only cost $800 billion, four thousand-five hundred American lives, and only thirty thousand men and women seriously wounded. And if they did run that story they should also report that his replacement had just helped liberate three other Middle East countries in less than a year, at a combined cost of two billion dollars, with no American deaths or wounded. They might even run a small note that since their guy had run the DOW industrial average down to seven thousand, that the failed economic policies of President Obama had only raised it back to twelve thousand. I know that’s not good enough but he still has five years to go.
I guess they could report one local rumor that President Obama’s youngest daughter will be coming to Midland soon to conduct a class in fundamental finance and foreign affairs at Midland College. Attendance by Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld will be mandatory. But what the heck, all’s well in West Texas; crude oil is back up to nearly a hundred dollars a barrel.
On my way back home I knew exactly when I had left West Texas behind me and was close to home when I picked up Abilene NPR on my car radio. You know National Public Radio; it’s a station people listen to when they want to learn something while driving.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Good company, better service
We would like to thank Devin’s Handyman Service, Gary Boase, David Schramm and James Reed for the wonderful job they did repainting our front fence, front porch, back porch, patio and deck. Everything looks new and makes such a difference in our home.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Don't judge a book...
Dear Editor: Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when state representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Response to 'Blame game'
Dear Editor: It’s not drug cartels telling Central Americans their children won’t be turned away at the border, it is the actions of this administration with its refusal to secure the border and its unilateral rewriting of immigration law. As has been shown, this president and his administration have for some time lied about the security of the border and immigration enforcement.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Sick and tired
Do you remember hearing Hillary Clinton screaming, “I am sick and tired of people who say if you debate or disagree with this administration somehow you are not patriotic. We should stand up and say, we are Americans and we have a right to disagree with any administration.” Nancy Pelosi said that the swamp needed to be drained and I agree, but I see she and Senator Reid are still splashing around in the slime.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Our officials care
I take serious exception to Mr. Jay Cloward’s letter, “Big city, no care” (7/8/14) in which he states that it almost looks like the city wants to become a for-profit company and Weatherford has “become a city too big to care.”
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: What’s so good about President Obama?
I’m proud to live in an America where our great president has passed a health care bill, after five presidents (Republican and Democratic) over the last 50 years tried and failed. I want my America to be a place where not only the rich can receive affordable health care by all citizens alike. Here’s to you, President Obama. It saddens me to hear disrespectful and pernicious comments about the man who holds the highest office of our great country. I hope that good people all across Parker County will join me in prayer for our elected leadership.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Big city, no care
The City of Weatherford officials have deemed it necessary to increase costs of utilities and taxes so more pet projects can be paid for. This comes from a city that collects money each month for storm runoff during an extended drought.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Hobby Lobby ruling
“It’s a free country!” How many times have you heard that statement?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Supreme Court decision
Regardless of what the US Supreme Court proclaims, corporations are not persons. They have special laws by which they must abide and laws that benefit only them.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Immigration
Why are tens of thousands of children suddenly entering the country from Central America? If it is due to the president and Democrats in Congress’s attempt to give immigration status to the children who were brought into this country illegally by their parents years ago, why isn’t there a flood of Mexican children crossing our southern border? Why just kids from three Central American countries?
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