Public records not always intack

In last week’s article I wrote of Danny Tarver who is running for public office. Tarver was arrested for Theft of Services, a Class B Misdemeanor that later was plead to a Class C Misdemeanor. What was missing from his public records is the fact that the Class C was eventually dismissed.
Tarver came to my office this week with claims of the dismissal, and in truth, I like most reporters go on court records as fact, and the fact is, the court records showed the conviction for a Class C Theft.
The missing court record, the dismissal record, was lost in the system and never posted to a website, or updated to Tarver’s file. Tarver spent most of the day on Wednesday, before press time at the Brazos County Courthouse searching for his dismissal. Clerks in that office could not find it and in fact sent him to other places, but to no avail. Tarver himself was just about convinced that the record did not exist, but then chance would step in and a wrong could be undone.


Public office means public trust

Call me hopeful, but I believe that if a person is going to run for public office, no matter the office they should be considered pillars of a community. A person with ethics, of moral value and the foresight to understand that if you have a criminal record you should not throw your hat into the public office ring.
Before I get to the meat of this article, I ask you, as a resident of Robertson County and a citizen of the United States, are you willing to vote for a person if they have a criminal record?
I can only answer no. I believe that if a person has a criminal record they cannot serve the public trust. A convicted person, I do not believe, has the moral fiber that I require to be in office. I do not believe a criminal of any status has the ability to serve my family, my friends, and the residents of the county, state and country where I live.


New year filled with resolutions

Are you one of those folks that make a New Year resolution, only to break it a few weeks later. That’s me in a nutshell. I cannot tell you how many times I have failed my New Year resolution. I just seem to get busy and forget to get it done.
As each new year passes, I would like to think my conviction to a New Year Resolution is stronger than previous years, but still the results are the same. Not this year!
I think I have found a New Year’s resolution, well project really, that I can accomplish. It is called the 52-week savings plan. This takes all year to accomplish, but once you do, the payoff is nice.
Here’s what you do.
1. Go get a jar and put a lid on it.
2. For the first week, put in $1
3. For the second week put in $2
4. For the third week, put in $3
… and so on.


What the Duck?

I bet you think this week’s column is going to be about Duck Dynasty, the A&E reality show that in recent days has undergone a public outpouring of support due to one of the main characters outspoken behavior. If you don’t know about this story then you are either living in a cave or like me, just don’t care. What I do care about is freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
Let me fill you in. Phil Robertson, a hunter, family man and the entrepreneur behind the brand Duck Commander gave an interview to GQ Magazine. Duck Commander is a license brand of hunting gear, everything from duck calls to camouflage wear. Long before the television network A&E brought the Robinson family in to the national spotlight, Phil and his family were doing quite well with their product sales.


Nation mourns loss of Country Music legend

The country music nation lost an icon this week, and I lost an influence. Ray Price, 87, succumbed to pancreatic cancer and passed away on Monday according to his agent in Nashville.
On November 6, 2012, Ray Price confirmed that he was fighting pancreatic cancer. Price told the San Antonio Express-News that he had been receiving chemotherapy for the past six months. An alternative to the chemo would have been surgery that involved removing the pancreas along with portions of the stomach and liver, which would have meant a long recovery and stay in a nursing home. Said Price, “That’s not very much an option for me. God knows I want to live as long as I can but I don’t want to live like that.”


World history up for auction

It was a racial thing, a fact that was never disputed.
In 1936, an African American set the world on fire, and upset the plans of a dictator.
Adolf Hitler, in 1936, planned to show the world the pure dominance of his superior “Aryan race.” Hosting the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, Hitler’s propaganda machine had begun well in advance, including loud speaker services through the streets of Germany and forced opening ceremony attendance.
Upon entry to the stadium at the beginning of the games, the Americans were the only nation not to dip the flag at the passing of the review stands. An act of defiance that echoed through the commentators of the first televised games. In that group of athletic Americans was an African American from Cleveland Ohio, his name was Jessie Owens.


Newspapers keep history safe

In 1963, several shots rang out through Dealey Plaza in Dallas that shocked the nation and for my parents, stopped time. There have been too many of these moments in history that has stopped time, 9/11, Columbine and in 1963, the assassination of the United States 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Pictured is the November 28, 1963 edition of The Hearne Democrat that has been living in our vault for 50 years. November 22, 1963, the day of the assignation, was a Friday. The Hearne Democrat was a Wednesday newspaper, this was the first local newspaper after the assassination and featured on the front page is a photo of the President and Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson. I just thought you might like to see how your newspaper presented the news.

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Daylight savings time has come and passed and every year the time changeover really messes with my internal clock. I have an internal clock that is pretty accurate. I can tell you within five minutes the time without use of a watch. I’m not bragging, it is just something I have always been able to do.

Twice a year I have to reboot that internal clock and this year was difficult. Here’s the story…

I know that on Sunday at 2am the clocks go back an hour. No problem. To reboot my internal clock I have to find a good clock, one that has been reset and look at it for a few days. But the glitch came about when I realized, I did not know if a clock was good or not. I’ll explain.

These days, clocks reset themselves. My computer reset itself, my truck, my bedside alarm(that threw me off, I had no idea that silly little clock would rest itself), the microwave and many other digital clocks reset themselves. A few however did not.

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Cameras are everywhere

It is safe to say that cameras are everywhere. With today’s technology, the quality of cell phone camera meet the required specifications for today’s newspaper printing. This was not always the case.

Back in “The Day,” I remember building ads in what would now be called “the old way.” Literally if the picture of the bananas for the local grocery store ad was too big, graphic designers would have to venture to the dark room and reshoot a reduced PMT (Photo Mechanical Transfer) image, cut it out and glue/wax it down.

Local photographers would venture in and out of the newspaper darkroom. In those days having a job at the newspaper meant having access to a free darkroom and chemicals to process your film. Being the local photographer also meant that you were considered the best in the area, a bit of a status symbol. This status would often lead you, a photographer, getting the lions share of the weddings and portrait photography jobs in the community.

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Anonymous Rumor Control

Part of this job, the job of newspaper publisher, is rumor control. But if you think about that for a minute, how many rumors could possibly be flying around Robertson County that would catch the attention of the local newspaper.

You would be surprised at how many anonymous letters, emails, phone calls and smoke signals we receive every week. Ok, maybe not smoke signals, but you get the point.

Sometimes it is nothing more than a simple misunderstanding, but on occasion the rumor, if allowed to swell, can damage a person’s livelihood, their family reputation and their children.


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