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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 • Posted July 15, 2015
A note of thanks to all that helped with Round-up Weekend activities and the hours of planning and labor. 1. This year's parade route is the original route used for many years. It was changed because of some obstacles that presented problems for the floats. Those have been removed, so the original route was used again. 2.
, Editor
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 • Posted July 15, 2015
During this last weekend's Round Up, I had the opportunity to talk with several folks. It was interesting to hear their different stories and to discover how Mason had fit into their travel plans. It takes only a quick glance at a map of the state of Texas to see that Mason isn't really on the route to most major destinations.
, Editor
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 • Posted July 8, 2015
Mason's annual Round Up is a virtual homecoming celebration for our community. For the adults in attendance, much of their time and attention is spent helping to coordinate the many events, or in welcoming home children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for a weekend of rodeo events, parade activities, arts and crafts fair, stick horse races, and perhaps even a turn around the dance floor at the "Slab." We adults sometimes become so jaded that we no longer see the fun and wonder in Round ...
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 • Posted July 8, 2015
Dear Gerry: I’m surprised by the tone of your editorial regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. You seem to think that, because there are people who believe that the court made law with its ruling, those folks are ignorant of the way our system works. You admonished your readers to learn more about the system so you could take their opinions more seriously. My husband is a lawyer, licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the US, the very court that made this dec ...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 • Posted July 2, 2015
A REALISTIC UNCONVENTIONAL Special Operation Command training exercise is coming to Kimble County July 15th through September 15th and the planners tell us it is to help the Government gain a betterunderstanding for future missions oversea. The Mission Statement on the official JADE HELM 15 document (easy to look up) states: MASTER THEHUMAN DOMAIN, training in unfamiliar terrain, social and economic conditions, operating around communities where anything out of the ordinary that the public spo ...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 • Posted July 2, 2015
To the Editor: America's Tipping Point..., Genesis 2:27... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. How have we as a Nation, become so arrogant to think that God will stand by, and not judge us, as harshly as He did with Sodom and Gomorrah?
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 • Posted July 2, 2015
It’s just over a year now since I first came to Mason County. Travelling down from the Pacific Northwest, we’d spent some time in Big Bend Park, and then headed north through a number of counties taken over and all but decimated by fracking. I shudder to recall the ugliness that region had been reduced to by irresponsible companies whose industrial trash was literally everywhere, blowing where tumbleweeds alone ought to have skittered with the wind.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 • Posted July 2, 2015
Dear Gerry, A Mason lady recently told me of an experience she had which touched my heart. She’d found an injured cat less than a week earlier. The cat was nice, so she figured it was someone’s pet. Having gone through the normal channels and come up with no owner, she was first at a loss as to what to do next.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 • Posted July 2, 2015
During the last week, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a couple of rulings that, to put it mildly, elicited some strong reactions. They reaffirmed, 6-3, the right of the federal government to provide subsidies to participants in the Affordable Care Act if the state where they resided had failed to establish its own exchanges for their citizens.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • Posted June 24, 2015
CLEAN-UP AROUND THE SQUARE Having recently been in the UK and Scotland, and other previous visits to Europe, I was reminded of the community pride of shop owners in maintaining the area in front of the shops and businesses. Before store opening hours, shop keepers and owners are sweeping the sidewalks and watering the flowers so as to maintain a cleaner and more pleasing entrance.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • Posted June 24, 2015
Dear Gerry: Reminder to your readers: ENEL’s Mason Mountain Wind Power project didn’t leave Mason County but the Opposition to it is still here, also! This is written on Sunday, the 21st, and on the way to church I was listening to our local radio station KHLB. The song that happened to be playing was by Loretta Lynn and it had the words: Livin’ In God’s Country … Let’s Keep It That Way.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • Posted June 24, 2015
Dear Editor: This letter is to address the idea that the Cityof Mason needs its own police department. The reasoning I have heard is that with the City of Mason paying $282,000/ year to the county, it would be better served to have its own department. So, consider what other small cities in the area are spending on their already established departments.
, Editor
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • Posted June 24, 2015
It's a phrase that is loaded with cautionary vigor - "just stay out of it." It's usually uttered as cautionary guidance when you've gotten yourself stuck in the middle of an uncomfortable situation. It is an urging to not allow yourself to have to take sides in such situations. Very few of us ever actually listen to that advice. We get involved in marital problems of our friends, even when we know that the result will be either actually taking sides, or being perceived as having taken a side.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 • Posted June 19, 2015
Jet airliners began commercial passenger service in the late 1950s with the unveiling of the Boeing 707. I was in my late teens at that time and I remember distinctly how the jets formed contrails in the sky as they passed over at 30,000 ft. The contrails in those days faded out a short distance behind the jet and left no visible trail in the sky.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 • Posted June 19, 2015
Gerry, Mayor Hinckley's City Corner column in the June 10, 2015 issue of the Mason County News mentions for the second time in recent months the city's desire to regulate water wells on private property. This sounds benign and beneficial, but it is just another attempt by government to control people by controlling their assets.