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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 • Posted October 2, 2014
I'm not good at sitting for long periods of time. Ironic, really, when you consider that part of my job has me sitting in Commissioners' Court for two to three hours, City Commission for two to three hours, or School Board for an equal number of hours. I suppose it's somewhat easy to make myself sit through those meetings as I know I have an obligation to watch governmental goings on and report back to my readers when there are issues or items that need to be brought into the light, or that ne ...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted September 25, 2014
Joey Avalos is a 9 year old boy who suffers from Autism, ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Insomnia and has a rare Chromosome Deletion. He is currently undergoing medical treatment and visiting many specialists to determine if he has other medical diagnosises. While he appears to be a healthy boy, he has something going on that doctors can not yet diagnose.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted September 25, 2014
I live in the sleepy little hamlet of Katemcy, far on the northern county line. You can get to my house by taking Katemcy Road from either RR 1222 or Highway 87. I usually use the Highway 87 route when I have to go to Brady, while the 1222 route is the normal way out.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 17, 2014
To Mr. John C. Copeland, In response to your letter “Post Office,” I find myself needing to educate the readers as your letter is mostly inaccurate. First, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) are two completely separate entities. Furthermore, NAPUS is not a union.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 17, 2014
The newspaper is a unique business. While a business, it is also charged with providing a public service to the community in which it is located. Like all businesses, we try to determine the needs of our customers, and then we figure out a way to provide the things that will meet those needs.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 11, 2014
Lethargy. Ennui. Malaise. Pick a term, they all point back to the same symptoms. We all, at some time in our lives, seem to wander into the backwater eddies of life. We go from being decisive, determined and full steam ahead to muddled and out of focus. I know that everyone has their moments, so I'm not worried that this is something that just affects me.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
Dear Mason, For the past 15 years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve as Adjutant/Finance Officer, Commander, and most recently, First Vice Commander, of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 here in Mason. Throughout these years, the American Legion Post and I have been supported by the local Mason community with generous donations of time, money and best wishes.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
Answer me this, Batman. How is it possible that the United States Post Office, losing billions of dollars a year, afford to hold a National Convention for its Postmasters in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which also losing billions of dollars due to the evaporation of the casinos there? My simple answer is this – they have decided to move their attention from Puerto Rico and Anchorage Alaska to a community that is going down the toilet….. The cost for this “foray” is $250 a pop for just g ...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
Dear Gerry, I would like to thank Kathryn Martin for writing to you about the Microsoft nuisance. I thought he was just calling me and that made me a little nervous. Kathryn Martin’s assessment of the threat that can result from these calls is very real and should be taken seriously. The man’s first call to me was quite ridiculous as he made mild overtures to me.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 4, 2014
As a long time visitor, I have always considered Mason to be the “gem” of the Hill Country. But lately, the luster is dimming. While in town for the Rodeo, I noticed the neighborhoods around the beautiful town square are overrun with feral cats and have houses whose yards are littered with discarded household items and junk cars and some are in disrepair.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 4, 2014
Dear Gerry Please alert your readers to this scam that has recently appeared in Mason and has been around the world since 2009. The scammer, who may be a man or a woman, who may or may not have a foreign accent, calls your home, asks for you by name, and posing as a computer security professional from “Microsoft” claims that your computer is at risk and that he can fix your problem.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 4, 2014
Let me begin by thanking everyone for the outpouring of sympathy and support after losing my canine companion of seven and a half years, Dozer Fitzgerald Gamel. That little miniature Dachshund had more fans, friends and supporters than I could ever have imagined, and he will always be missed. Your cards, emails, flowers and memorials mean more to me than I could ever possibly convey. I realized very quickly that I not only wanted to get another dog -- I needed another dog. I began by looking ...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted August 28, 2014
I'm not known for long term commitments. The longest I have been in a relationship is nine and a half years. The longest I've had a dog is seven and a half years. And, prior to this job, the longest I stayed with one profession was ten years. On September 1st, I will begin my 14th year with the Mason County News.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Gerry, After reading the MC News August 6th article about Willow Creek Cafe, I wanted to expand its more recent history. James and Cindy Morris moved to Mason in 1995 and bought the Schmidt building from the Metzgers, who had operated a computer business there. The Morrises did renovations in January of 1996 and opened Willow Creek Cafe on Round Up weekend of that year to a brisk business.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Dear Editor: How many cats are too many? While looking out my dining room window, I can frequently count upwards of 25 different cats. And that’s from my dining room window alone. Although I genuinely like cats and as a kid had several of them as pets, I feel that 20+ unvaccinated, feral cats are way too many for one city block, especially for a city block that’s just across the creek bed from the school playground. I’m told by municipal employees as well as other residents that the cit ...