Opinion

Going Back Home To Merkel

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There must be a strong pull for people who grew up in Merkel, left to have successful careers, then returned to their hometown. I met a bunch of them recently. They are confident, poised and happy to be back home. One is a former NASA scientist who is now writing poetry. Another was a real estate mogul in Austin who returned to Merkel and opened two restaurants. Roger Moore had an award-winning advertising agency for 25 years, and then came home to manage Merkel’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.

On the Edge of COMMON SENSE Rhino Love

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Dr. Fosse, once of Pretori, told me about Martha and Arthur, two star crossed rare white rhinos. In a governmental gesture of goodwill, South Africa agreed to ship Arthur to Tanzania to mate with Martha. Brilliant veterinarians, competent game management officials, long winded reproductive specialists and the press discussed at length the procedures involved and the benefits that would accrue with these international relations.

Good Hands

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One of the lessons I hope we have learned from the virus crisis is that human hands can’t be replaced by computers. When it comes down to life’s real necessities, we need human hands: hands on steering wheels, hands on wrenches and tools, hands restocking grocery shelves, hands administering all forms of health care from shots to testing to bathing to intubating to changing sheets and mopping floors; human hands branding calves and butchering our meat, planting and harvesting crops, baking bread, milking cows. Sure today machines and computers help, but someone’s hands have to steer, push those buttons, repair glitches, maintain, and make decisions. When electricity fails, human hands continue.

Ranger Gets Governor Off The Hook

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Under the pretext of compensating him for the theft of his horses, Mexican soldiers lured a Rio Grande rancher to their side of the river on Jan. 12, 1914.

Shepherds Of The Flame

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The 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York were perhaps the most thrilling for Americans. It was the year the US beat Russia in hockey. “I can still see goalie Jim Craig’s face looking for his dad in the spectator crowd, draped with an American flag,” says Gene Deutscher of Temple, one of the torchbearers who carried the flame to the games.

A Cowful

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Grandpa Tommy’s dad used to say “A cowful is a substantial quantity.” According to my research, the rumen on a mature cow can hold up to 300 pounds. And by anybody’s standards that is quite a bit.

Small Town Newspapers

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I’m concerned that our national media is turning this country into a bunch of radicalized discontents. We all THINK we know exactly what’s going on and who is telling the TRUTH, but we only KNOW what the national media is feeding us, mostly BS. Because I’m very OLD, I have lived through crisis after crisis, end of the world after end of the world, so I figure these new ones will also blow over too . . . once the politicians and media have milked it dry.

letters to the editor

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• www.MountainDispatchNow.com Editor: A quick look back at 2020: What a year! Families spending a record amount of time together, faith and spirituality growing again, all time stock market highs, global carbon output at record lows, rivers running clean again, peace and quiet returning after the chaos of recent years, the star of Bethlehem returning to powerfully remind us of a Christmas time where ‘Silent Night’ had real meaning, a new found contemplation of what life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means, a new clear understanding of the concept of free-will and the individual rights upon which the United States was founded, and critically important reminders of the necessity of good health, healthy lifestyle choices, exercise and taking care of yourself - just a few examples of a remarkable and blessed year. But wait, didn’t the Media tells us that essentially the world was ending, that every day the national and global situation was catastrophically worse? They told us that we can finally see “Just how much we have taken for granted?” I think they were speaking of Constitutional Right: Life (self determination and free-will), Liberty (freedom from oppression, control, fear and mandate), and the Pursuit of Happiness (the ability to provide, for yourself and family, to make a living, to enjoy life).