Mason County News
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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.
, Editor
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.
, Editor
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.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
Hi Gerry, Let the hunger games begin. The House GOP just passed Paul Ryan’s Budget last week. They are cutting food stamps of course. They couldn’t care less that a vast majority of food stamp recipients are children. I guess Ryan wants them to work in factories just like they do in China if they want to eat.
, Editor
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 18, 2014
The Easter season this year comes much later than usual. In true Hill Country tradition, that did not stop the temperature from dropping below freezing on Tuesday morning, send folks in the vineyards and peach orchards scurrying to deal with the threat. For we Christians, this is the holiest of weeks.
, Editor
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 9, 2014
Monday evening, the sky over Mason County darkened. Lightning flashed, thunder roared, pea size hail rained down, and then the sky cleared once more. Since January 1st, the official rainfall is just over half an inch. That averages out to under 0.20 of rainfall for each of the first few months of the year.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
Gerry, I was puzzled when I read "City Corner" in the March 26, 2014 edition of the Mason County News. It struck me as odd that there are a few people who are pushing various special interests in a village as small as Mason. I contacted Mayor Hinckley and discussed my questions with him. I understand that some people would like to power their homes with solar panels and that others would like to see a nursing home in Mason, as well as more tourism.
, Editor
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014
The Young Adult Sunday school class at church has been using a study guide recently called "Hurried Families." Normally, I'm the teacher for the Junior High/High School class and would not have been part of that class; but, last Sunday, all my kids were helping with the pile-on luncheon that was going to served after the 10:50 service, so John Palacio invited me to sit in with the group. I think the study looks to be an interesting and thought provoking look at how we have allowed all of our f ...
, Editor
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 27, 2014
When I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to take art lessons from Ramona Kelso. I remember Aunt Bert McLemore dropping me off at Ramona's studio, and for the next hour, I learned about shading, perspective, color and composition. Ramona was infinitely patient, had a wicked sense of humor, and genuinely loved helping others discover their own artistic talents. My exposure to art in Mason at that time was pretty much limited to Winchester and Remington, with the occasional bluebonnet landsc ...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
In February, a “Rasmussen Reports” national telephone survey found that just eight percent (8%) of likely U.S. voters rated the job Congress was doing as good or excellent. Sixty-six percent (66%) thought Congress was doing a poor job. Yet, incumbents Congressman Mike Conaway and Senator John Cornyn will, more than likely, be handily re-elected.
, Editor
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 24, 2014
Last Friday, I headed down to Houston with a couple of the gang for our annual Stock Show & Rodeo visit. For Sean and Ken, it was the 23rd year, for me,,, well, not so much. During their many years of visiting Houston, they've established a rather broad network of friends and connections.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 12, 2014
To the Citizens of Mason County: Last Tuesday, the statewide turnout for the primary elections was about 13.3% of registered voters (9.6% Republican, 3.7% Democratic). However, in Mason County 45% of the registered voters turned out to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary. There were only 4 counties in the state with higher turnouts than Mason, but there were 400 or less votes in each of those counties.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 12, 2014
Do you know what Ted Cruz did last week along with 41 Republican senators? He blocked a veteran’s benefits bill which would have given our vets better health care along with job training and education benefits. Ted as a member of the party of NO basically just turned his back on all our vets.