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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011

Dear Editor:

Here in West Texas everyone wants to be a cowboy. It's a demanding profession; great cowboys are fiercely independent, hard working individuals. The geat ones are experts. However, a great cowboy will tell you that he is only as good as his horse.There are those who desire to be a cowboy; they wish to be recognized as great cowboys, but they have no horse. In order to satisfy the recognition need, they find a current controversial issue and become an expert on the subject. They attend meetings, give presentations, and are passionate in their beliefs. This dedication is commendable, however, there is often a problem; the horse they are riding is not a real horse; it is only a "stick pony".Folks, get real! Focus on the valid quality of life issues i.e. education, health care, jobs. Let the "stick ponies" rest in the broom closet.

Alvin Dreyer

P.S.Two comments:

1. Several letters criticized early letter writers for non-attendance at the presentation. Perhaps they did not belong to the "elephant" group. Everyone knows elephants; we have seen them in the wild, in zoos, and at the circus. They are great magnificent creatures, however not everyone desires to be one or to be counted in the herd.

2. This subject, no matter on which side you stand, evidences that freedom of discussion is alive. The printed letters showed thought, logic, and reasoning; writers are to be commended.

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