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Cleaning Out the Inbox (Real and Mental)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 • Posted May 6, 2009

Lots of little things to run through this week. Oddly enough, this is one of the first weeks I've had in a while that has absolutely nothing scheduled, and that makes me a bit nervous! Oh well, everyone needs breathing room.

Truancy Cases

The San Antonio Express-News had a front page Metro article about a truancy case in Mason. When asked, I told folks that we do not cover truancy cases. Additionally, a story on such school issues is title from the beginning since the folks up at the school can not comment on much of anything.

The Express-News article did a good job of presenting the side of the parents/students; but, made it look a bit flimsy on the school's side. When the school district can not comment, that's what it's going to look like every time.

We're still sticking by our decision not to cover a truancy issue.

Casey Callahan

In an unrelated matter up at the school, we learned that Casey Callahan would be leaving to take a position in Thorndale. This was not an easy decision for Mr. Callahan; but, it is one that makes sense professionally.

Casey thinks of Mason as home, and leaving will be tough. Thorndale is getting a sharp, caring and compassionate guy, and we will miss him in Mason.

The Meaning of Friends

I was reminded this last weekend of why we enjoy our friends. I joined Sean, Ken and Peanut in cleaning out a 12-foot deep concrete stock tank. This is hard, smelly work, and not something you would think of a entertainment for a Saturday evening.

But, take four friends, splashing mud on each other, throw in constant banter and laughs, and suddenly work isn't so bad. Afterwards, Sean and Terri fed all of us out at the house, and even washed up the mud-splattered clothing.

It doesn't get much better than that.

Swine Flu

Reports this morning indicate that Mexico's cases are on the wane, while U.S. cases have probably not yet peaked. I've heard lots of people blaming the media for blowing it out of proportion; but, it just might have been their coverage that got people to start being safer, thus lessening the severity of the flu here at home.

In doing some research, I found that in earlier pandemics (1918, 1972), there was a light outbreak in the spring, a lull through the summer, and then massive outbreaks in the fall. Now that we know of the existence of 2009 H1N1, maybe the fall months won't be as scary as they might have been. And, we have yet one more scary threat out there to be worried about, if we choose to focus on that.

I don't.

Jatelyn Waite

Finally, I join the entire community in extending my prayers and best wishes for little Jatelyn Waite. She had a tumor rumoved from her brain, and it was diagnosed as Stage 3.

Now, she and the family began the courageous march to defeat this disease. There are lots of opportunities to help (see the front page) and I encourage everyone to do what they can. If you're not sure what to do, then simply add she and her family to your prayers, you can't give more than that!

It’s all just my opinion.

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