Commentary

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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First, let me say to the two new members of the board congratulations. I look forward to working together with you to keep healthcare in this county, and the two others that we serve, as well as working toward a strong future within this region of Texas. Healthcare rules and payment structures change almost daily, it seems, as you will learn, and it can be difficult to navigate at times, but we will push forward together, learning as we go. You have embarked into an adventure in healthcare in a very uncertain time in history and it will take all of us striving together to move forward in a positive manner. Thank you for being willing to take on the challenge of keeping SMHD strong and growing.

2 CENTS WORTH

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Wow! It's kind of chilly in Aspermont, Texas this morning, Joe told me he wasn't getting outside until it go warm, he's a fair weather kid this morning. He was going to get out and pull down the tomato vines, but I told him if it got warm this evening he would have plenty of time, although it does get dark now quickly!!!!! We got out one evening last week and pulled some of them down. He had put those big wire cages around them and they got up to his waist so they are big vines. He's going to mow them down and put the vines back into the ground for the winter. I worked in the flower beds I already have blue bonnets up and some more flowers that will stay all winter and bloom early in the spring. Joe said, "Ok this is enough I'm ready for spring, I said okay but let's get rid of this virus too. We are so tired of all of this and I know all of you feel the same. The grandson and friend came from Lubbock and hunted out out the farm this past few days. They didn't have any luck this week, but Chris his friend, said, "That's okay Bryan I'll drive 200 miles for your grandmother's biscuits anytime, he said, 'Oh Carol I have died and gone to heaven, these are the best biscuits I ever ate !!!! I told him Chris you can make them they are just home made biscuits,he looked at me and said "You've got to be kidding, the only ones I know comes in a can!!!!" I chicken fried them some of their deer meat they had left with us last week, cooked pinto beans, creamed potatores and gravy, then made them brownies. Chris said, "Okay Bryan we are going to kill a deer this evening, this is wonderful." He wanted to know how I cooked it, said he was going to try it at his home. He said, "My wife does not cook I do all the cooking!!!!" I looked at Joe and he said, "Chris don't give Carol any ideas!!!!!" We enjoyed them they are blessings, both of them, nice young men and Bryan thinks Grandad hung the moon and put it up there, and that's wonderful. Joe and I have been walking twice a day since the days are so short we walk just before noon and just before evening. it gets dark so quick we have to hurry. He picks up every nail he finds in the back alley, and says, "I saved someone a flat!!!!" Yesterday when we walked he found a dime and he said, "Look Carol I'm rich I've got a dime!!!!!!! I have talked to all the folks and so far all of us are okay, this virus really scares us and especially so many of them are in the medical field, doctors and nurses, they are getting so tired. Visit with you again next week,.

Faces & Places

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“In the desire to protect the unfit from nature’s cruel consequences and to render the fit fitter, we have case (cast) a burden upon the fit which has rendered him unequal to the task. In allowing the unfit to reproduce their kind we are doing our best to lower the level of life.” Margaret Sanger ~The Meaning of Birth Control, (June 1929) Source: Margaret Sanger Papers, Library of Congress, LCM 130:111B

The Power of Democracy

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THE INFLUENCE OF PAUL BAKER

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Late in my sophomore year at Baylor I signed up for a history class with a popular professor. I wasn’t really enthused about that and one night during a dorm bull session, a student mentioned he had taken a course from Paul Baker in the theater department and it opened his mind. I was the type student that went to college to have fun and did plenty of that during my freshmen year. By the time we had that springtime confab in the dorm and I heard about Paul Baker I was beginning to think about learning something worthwhile. I was a business major and the courses didn’t interest me. So I dropped the history course and signed up for Drama 106, The Integration of Abilities. It changed my life.

CHECK YOUR MIRRORS

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Google’s creative team often highlights individuals or moments in history on its search page. You may have noticed this past week the animated clip recognizing the woman known as America’s first prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief.

Local, state leaders battle COVID

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Texas topped 1 million COVID-19 cases as some counties reimposed restrictions that had been loosened after this summer’s spike. Particularly hardhit El Paso extended its temporary shutdown of nonessential businesses, but the Texas Eighth Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday to block County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s order.

Old Glory News

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Oh my, today (Sunday) is such a lovely day following the terrible sand storm we had yesterday. One would not know it is November out in a horrible wind like yesterday.