Mason County News
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 2, 2014
On Friday, the News office, along with just about every other store, business, office or establishment, will be closed in honor of Independence Day. There aren't many holidays during the summer months, and July 4th is a welcome respite from the doldrums and the heat. It's all too easy for us to treat July 4th as just another day off from work, an excuse to splash about in the water, drink too many cold beverages and eat far too many hot dogs.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
An open letter to Representative Mike Conaway,11th District of Texas. Mike, I received your glossy mailer, regarding the need to “Defend the Constitution”...from Abuse of Power by the Executive Branch. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, but I wonder about the timing of this heartfelt concern. Where were you, Mike, when your former employer was in the White House, engaged in the most egregious abuse of Executive Power in our history?
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 25, 2014
Last Friday, summer officially began. Even though school had already finished and graduation had already occurred, we still hadn't had the solstice yet, so we were only riding on the edge of the summer season. Then, right on cue, people started heading to the coast, to the river, to the mountains and to the parks. Even growing up as a farm kid, summer vacation was a special time.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 19, 2014
At the June 16 meeting of the Mason I.S.D. Board of Trustees, an interesting discussion occurred between the members of the board. The original topic on the agenda had concerned the district's nepotism policy as explained and interpreted by the law firm of Powell & Leon. That discussion quickly evolved into something more. The makeup of the student population of Mason I.S.D.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Updated June 12, 2014 1:15 PM
I have always been an optimistic and happy person. Even when life presented me with trials and tribulations, I was still able to find a reason to smile and to maintain a pleasant disposition. Even when dealing with unpleasant people or events, I tried to keep a smile on my lips and a sparkle in my eye. But, there is the reality of life that eventually begins to intrude.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Updated June 12, 2014 1:14 PM
The bright Texas sun can be harsh and glaring. In any photography class, one of the first things you learn is that midday is the worst time to take photographs, as the light comes from directly overhead and washes away all the details in the photos that you would take.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted May 28, 2014
For the last few years, I've found the graduation of the Mason High School seniors resonating more and more with my own life. The class of 2014 is the second graduating class that I've followed for their entire journey through the halls of Mason I.S.D. This year, there a number of the kids that I've been close to during their years in school, and they will be greatly missed. Our Mason County News intern, Jackie Drazan, will be difficult to replace.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 25, 2014
My head is spinning. For the last few weeks, it seems that there isn't even enough time to stop and catch my breath. And I'm just one person. From what I've seen, just about everyone in Mason is moving at a frantic pace, and all its citizens are racing about madly trying as best they can to keep up with the pace. Part of the hectic activity is directly tied to the end of the school year, which is now only ten days away from being done.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 15, 2014
This Sunday at First United Methodist Church, we're having our annual Senior Recognition Sunday. This is the day when we honor the graduates in our congregation and wish them well on their future endeavors after they leave Mason. It's always a fun service, filled with poignant recollections and humorous anecdotes about those graduates and their journey at FUMC. The Senior Recognition Sunday for 2014 has a very special and very addition to the normal celebrations.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • Posted May 9, 2014
~It begins when we are children. If something scares us or hurts us, the first words of comfort from our parents were almost always, "Slow down and take a deep breath." Medical personnel, particularly those treating trauma victims, often start out with the same advice to their patients. It's the first step to helping the patient to lower their pulse and respiration; but, I would counter that there is probably some emotional comfort in hearing those same words that our parents uttered when we n ...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted April 30, 2014
Dear Gery, The United States no longer qualifies as a democracy. That’s the conclusion reached by a study sponsored by Princeton University and published this month. Instead, the United States political system now conforms to the standards of an oligarchy, rule by a few wealthy, powerful people or corporations. Actually, the Princeton study merely confirms what surely everyone has been experiencing for decades.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted April 30, 2014
Everyone has one of those days, one of those weeks, one of those months,,,,, even one of those years! Life is rolling along with everything going so well that your prayers start including the line, "Why have you blessed me so much?" Every class is a breeze, every job task is easy, every relationship is perfect.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Regarding Budget Cuts, a letter to the editor from the April 16, 2014, issue: The letter regarding the budget passed by the US House of Representatives is disturbing. The disturbance arises not from the points made, but the tone used by the writer in making the points. The letter is filled with vitriolic comments from start to finish, directed at the House GOP, and Paul Ryan in particular.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 24, 2014
Monday evening, for the first time since December, we finally got a respectable measurement of rainfall. Of course, in rather typical springtime fashion, the rainfall was interspersed with hail and high winds. Texas and the midwest are notorious for rough weather during the transition into spring and summer. The warm Gulf moisture streams up to the north and northeast, then collides with cool, dry air moving down from Canada.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014 • Photos
Dear Gerry: I would like to take a moment to thank the people of Mason County for the opportunity and the honor to serve as your County Attorney for the past twelve years. As most of you are aware, I was required to resign from the County Attorney position to run for 452nd District Attorney.