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Fri
06
Jun
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The War on Common Sense

Listening to news programs, particularly the yakity-yak-my-view-is-the-only-right-view programs you might come away with the idea that there is a war on everything.

Most of the time, someone is for a certain “war” because of some political advantage it will give him or her in the public’s eye.

Is it just me or have you noticed people will create a war on something just to get in the limelight? They are not against something they just know someone is; that someone is someone that goes to the polls and votes, and they want their vote.

The greatest war going on in our society today is the war on common sense. There, I said it. And I stand by what I said. There is a tremendous attack on common sense in our society today.

I must confess that common sense is not as common as it once was and perhaps never was. I like to think that somewhere along the line a few good people have entertained common sense.

Fri
06
Jun
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We all just know better

We all know better. If you live in Robertson County, you know where the police in Calvert are sitting, everyday with speed detectors. There are only two ways into town, and lets face it, they are on one end or the other, all times of the day and night.

Since I know better, I really can’t complain, well except for a few minor issues. This past Sunday I was headed to Dallas when Calvert Officer Mike Hoyt pulled me over for speeding. He was a nice enough fellow, set about doing his job, but offered little explanation for the obvious speed trap that Calvert has become, only stating that there were no speed traps in Calvert.

Well, here is where a lot of folks and I can quickly disagree.

Several businesses offer a 10% discount if you present your speeding ticket at the checkout counter. The Rusty Duck, the local wine / beer pub in fact offers two free beverages if you present your speeding ticket. Now what is that saying about the lack of a speed traps in Calvert?

Thu
22
May
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Letters to the Editor 5/22/2014

To whom it may concern:

I have lived in Hearne, TX for 6 years now. I have found it to be relatively quiet until recently. The tragic events that surrounded the death of Pearlie Golden on May 6, 2014 have shaken this small community and have caused a potentially volatile situation. As a resident and as a mother, I feel that it is imperative for the inflammatory speech and threats of violence to end. I feel that only one side of this story is being told though, and there has been a disturbing bias in the media. That is why I am writing this letter.

I want to begin by stating that I have never had the opportunity to meet either Ms. Golden or Officer Stem. I am praying for all involved along with their families. I can only imagine what they are going through, and I hope they find peace no matter what the outcome of the numerous investigations that are currently ongoing.

Thu
15
May
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Letters to the Editor 5/15/2014

Dear Editor,
SHAME on the officials in Hearne TX for firing the police officer who shot and killed an ARMED 93 yr old woman when SHE was the one who first held the gun on the policeman!!!!!!!!!! Do people think that because she was 93 that she could kill the officer?

I recently had a ride-along with a sheriff’s deputy here in my county and they could face death each and every time they go out! They try to keep us safe from all the idiots out there with loaded guns, knives, etc.....and you fire the man!!!!!!!! Would you feel better if he had not shot her and she had shot him to death?????

Thu
15
May
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Emotional draining week

Often times I find myself emotionally attached. I have been accused of taking things personally and getting to involved. It is because I really do care about the people of this community. I care about the community as a whole and as importantly, I care about our combined prosperity. So as many would expect, in this column, I will write my feelings regarding the recent situation in Hearne. Take it or leave it, this is my opinion and this week in Hearne has been some of the most difficult reporting I have ever done.

First and foremost, our hearts go out to the Golden family. It is our deepest sympathy that this tragedy befell a life-long resident of 93-years. To the family she leaves behind, know that God has a plan and his path is the righteous path and his plan is for all of us. I love history and never had the chance to meet Miss Golden. The stories I bet she could tell about this city, county and the people of the past I can only imagine.

Thu
08
May
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Letters to the Editor 05/08/2014

To editor of Robertson county Robco News, Dennis Phillips

Last week, I received a phone call from Rep. Bill Flores asking me to join a town hall meeting. He said to press #3 on my phone if I wanted to ask a question. I tried, but the only questions he took were set ups for talking points. It was the same situation when I attended a town hall meeting at the Bush Library with farmers from Mumford. We wrote down our questions, and someone chose the ones that Rep. Flores wanted to answer. They were mostly targeted for the tea party. 

Thu
08
May
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Nothing personal, it’s just policy

Elections in Robertson County have proven, at least for myself, to be a stressful time. From the day I arrived at this newspaper, we were launched head first into a county election that was as heated as I have ever seen, and I have covered some very heated elections. 

If there is one thing every candidate or support group wants from the newspaper is free publicity. This request generally arrives in the form of a “Letter to the Editor” from a person that is supporting a candidate.

Over the many years, I learned these types of “Letters To The Editor” were in fact, advertising. Let’s think on that for just a second. If you support a candidate and send a “Letter” of support to the newspaper, should we really run that letter as an opinion-based open letter to the public? That practice would be misleading to our readers and will not happen at this newspaper.

Thu
10
Apr
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Shamu is no dolphin caught in a tuna net

With the release of the independent film “Blackfish” more attention has been given to the treatment of Killer Whales held in captivity by amusement parks such as SeaWorld. Blackfish’s director Gabriela Cowperthwaite was looking to make a difference with her riveting tale of the death of SeaWorld killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau. The release of the film was intended to spotlight the treatment of Killer Whales in captivity, but SeaWorld took it personal.

Perhaps they should have. The movie features a SeaWorld Killer Whale named Tilikum, a whale that is blamed for three deaths and is still a main breeder whale for Sea world.

Tue
01
Apr
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You want to jump off what?

In recent news, four men BASE-jumped off the new One World Trade Center building. If you are unfamiliar with BASE-jumping it is a daredevil type act in which you leap from a tall standing structure, deploy a parachute, and float to the ground.
In the world of BASE-jumping, the higher or more famous the structure, the cooler you appear to other BASE jumpers and thrill seekers. Now while the word “BASE” describes the type of jump, it is also an acronym — B.A.S.E. that stands for the four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump. Building, Antenna, Span (bridges) and Earth (cliffs).
Once a jumper has conquered all four categories, with proof of the jumps, they can then apply for a base number. As if that was not enough a new category was created as the thrill seekers joined in on the fun, night BASE-jumping. As it sounds, to jump from the four categories during the night will gain you another spot in the BASE jumpers log.

Thu
27
Feb

US second overall in Sochi

I have gotten a sense that the 2014 Winter Olympics was not as well attended by US viewers as the previous Olympic games. Was it due to the fact that there was no real celebrity present? Shaun White competed, but fell short of a medal. In fact, Shaun looked more like a business man then a snowboarder.
The host country of Russia came out on top in both gold medals as overall medal wins. Russia fell short in the one event they hung their hopes in, hockey. That honor of gold, in the most traditional sport, went to Canada. Russian President Vladimir Putan went so far as to stress his disappointment with the Russian men’s hockey team.
As for the US men’s hockey, so close, but so far away.
The Women’s Hockey team did a great job, just losing to Canada in the medal round, but still securing silver.

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