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Thu
12
Apr
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GUN CONTROL

By Scotty Daniel

Not long ago, in a suburb of London, about 3 AM, a resident spotted a burglar creeping up the hall toward his bedroom. Without hesitation he reached for his pistol in the nightstand and shot the burglar, not killing but disabling him.

The crook sued him for damages and the state convicted him for illegal possession of a gun and sent him to prison. Remember, English citizens are not allowed to have guns!

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Thu
05
Apr
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DEALING WITH TERRORISTS THE WEST TEXAS WAY

By Scotty Daniel

As long as we insist on maintaining the “moral high ground”, we will NEVER win the war on terrorism! We’re in a conflict in which we absolutely INSIST on playing by the rules- against a maniacal enemy who have NO rules!

After the Boston Bombing the news media and politicians spent days and weeks trying to determine why these men did what they did. They want to know 11WHAT AMERICA DID” to make these brothers so angry with us.

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Thu
05
Apr
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Question to appear on upcoming census stirs opposing viewpoints

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 decennial census be asked if they are citizens of the United States.

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross responded in the affirmative last week, Cruz said, “I applaud Secretary Ross for honoring this request by my colleagues and me. It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide-ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy. A question on citizenship is a reasonable, common sense addition to the census.”

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Thu
29
Mar
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MY FRIEND HERMAN HEINKLERGood

By Scotty DanielGuest Columnist

Early on in my Air Force career I was assigned the additional duty of Squadron Flying Safety Officer. When I went off active duty and joined the Air Force Reserves my records followed me and I was then assigned Squadron Flying Safety Officer for the Reserve Squadron. Because of my experience level, I was soon selected to be Chairman of the Flight Safety Committee for the airline, a position I held for 10 years. During that time, I attended several International Flight Safety Seminars.

One of the friends I made at those meetings was Herman Heinkler, one of the pilots representing the German airline Lufthansa. As our friendship grew, we discovered how closely our lives paralleled even though an ocean apart and on opposite sides in a war. His family lived on the outskirts of Berlin and we lived on the outskirts of Houston

Thu
29
Mar
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Bombing suspect ends own life as officers approach him

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The primary suspect in a string of terrorist-style bombings died in his pickup truck on March 21. Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, of Pflugerville, detonated explosive devices in his truck on an Interstate 35 access road in Round Rock as two law enforcement officers approached the vehicle on foot. One officer was injured in the explosion.

The other officer reportedly fired a rifle at the suspect. Intensive search and surveillance operations began on March 2, when a bomb later traced to Conditt exploded and killed an Austin man who picked up what appeared to be a normal package delivered to his residence. Similar packages exploded in the Austin area on March 12, one killing a teen and injuring his mother, and another injuring a 75-year-old woman. On March 18, two men were injured by a tripwire-triggered improvised explosive device in Austin.

Thu
22
Mar
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway-Holland

Well it was cloudy this morning floor. I thought maybe it would cloud up and give us a good rolling thunder and rain for us, but the sun came out and the clouds left. All of us really need rain, the fire danger is getting worse, scares me to death when we travel the country roads and see all of the high grass.

Joe and I had company one evening this week, our friends, Joe and Jan Douglas from Victoria, came and stayed all evening. We really enjoyed them, always do, they are a fun couple. Joe teases him all the time about catching bass fish, and Joe Douglas in turns tells Joe he doesn’t know what a good fish a bass is. In fact, I got my licenses last week so Joe and I could go catfishing as soon as doctors gets through with me. Maybe we can catch some Texas Catfish.

Thu
22
Mar
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ALMOST COURT MARTIALE

By Scotty Daniel

In the mid to late fifties, the cold war was “white hot” ......... the Suez Canal was blockaded and Russian Tupolev bombers were constantly teasing the DEW Line, (a string of early warning radar stations built along the Arctic Circle of North America). As the Russian bombers approached it was not known if they would reverse course or continue on their course to destroy America. Sometimes they would enter a holding pattern and loiter for a few hours. At each SAC (Strategic Air Command) airbase, the Klaxon horns would sound and the Alert Flight Crews would dash to their B-47’s and begin starting their engines and preparing for their possible strike mission in Russia.

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Thu
15
Mar
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Nostalgia…With a Purpose

By James Decker

“I miss the good old days here.” In conversations about rural communities, some variation of that comment comes up often. We live in the present and we plan for the future, but we view our town through the prism of the past. It’s no real secret than many of our rural communities, and rural America at large, are worse off today than they were 10, 25, or 50 years ago. As a result, our goal for the future is, to some extent, to be what we used to be. Yet, I ask: which part of the “good old days” were good?

Thu
15
Mar
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COULD THIS REALLY HAPPEN?

By Scotty Daniel

In early 1956, I had only been at Dyess AFB for a couple of months when a B-47 of the 10th Bomb Squadron, which I was assigned to, crashed on takeoff killing all three crew members. I was assigned as escort for the Aircraft Commander to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. I had never been to a military funeral so the Caisson, bearing the flag draped coffin being pulled by six black horses and a flight of four B-47’s flying the “missing man” formation overhead and the multigun salute were breathtaking. I learned later that Major White, during WWII had celebrated his 19th birthday at Aviano Air Base, Italy as an aircraft commander flying B-24’s to bomb the Polesti Oil Fields and had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. The cemetery occupies 642 acres and is now home to 400,000 American veterans. The rows and rows of perfectly placed crosses and headstones representing many different emblems of belief seemed endless.

Thu
08
Mar
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State closes issue with Kent County EMS

By Jeff Hurt

Amongst the other county business during last week’s meeting, the commissioners learned that the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) issued Kent Co. EMS the requested variance and subsequently closed its investigation.

The county requested a variance and held a public hearing relating to a complaint filed against Kent Co. EMS regarding a vehicle accident occurring back in July. Since that time, county and state officials have been working with one another in order to remedy issues with the service while acting in the best interest of the community.

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