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Thu
07
Nov
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Time

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.

Thu
31
Oct
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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.

Thu
24
Oct
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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.

Thu
24
Oct
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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.

Wed
16
Oct
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Hooowdy!!

“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”
It is a popular bumper sticker and reflected by those of us that are not considered native. If you were not born in Texas, it is all you have to cling too. Having spent more than 2/3 of my life in Texas, I too can never be native and the best I can hope for is a bumper sticker to show my loyalty.
Texans are funny people, we really are. We have a lot of state pride and why not? It is the greatest state in the union; we all know everything is bigger and better in Texas.
The Texas State Fair opened their gates originally in 1886. In 1952 Big Tex, the beloved towering cowboy made his debut as the State Fair Mascot.

Thu
10
Oct
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All the other things the shutdown effects

I have been collecting national impact information regarding the government shutdown, I bet I have a few you did not know about.
You may not get to see the Deadliest Catch this season. Without government officials to set gaming quotas for the famed crab fleet in Alaska everyone is sitting on the dock. As the delay keeps fishermen on the dock, it could mean that you will not be enjoying crab on the dinner plate. As an avid watcher of the show, I can tell you that just a few days of a delayed start for those guys means trouble. Ice packs form north of the crab grounds and begin to move down to cover the fishing grounds. The fleet in 2011 was caught in a major storm forcing many ships to cease operations and occurring costly repairs. After the 2012 season, many in Alaska recovered but still many more were hit hard, a delayed start this year may just shut a few down for good.

Thu
03
Oct
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Ask what your county can do for you

You would think I would be writing this column about the government shutting down. You would just think that if you did not live in Robertson County where many would have you believe our local government has run-a-muck.
It has not.
While rumors fly and emails are emailed, the facts just seem to keep getting lost. Well there is a solution to the problem.
Robertson County Judge Jan Roe will address the public in a sort of state of the county address on October 7. She is asking that you submit any and all questions via email to [email protected].
So I get a lot of email regarding county government as well as all governing bodies in Robertson County. ISD’s, cities, water-boards, etc. and the one thing that always makes me stop and question the validity of a submitted letter to the editor is meeting attendance. Did the letter writer attend the meeting in question?

Thu
26
Sep
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Double dipping tax not a good idea

In open commissioner’s court, Bremond ISD made a request for a county sheriff’s officer to police the campus as well as special school events, i.e football games, etc. Citing budget shortfalls of the City of Bremond, the ISD is looking for a way to help protect the kids; in other words provide security at Bremond ISD. Normally a city officer could be hired by the ISD to supply security, according to open court, the City of Bremond’s shortfall will effect the city police department.

Here’s the deal. Bremond approached the county to help pay for an officer. The Bremond ISD would pay half of the sheriff’s officer salary, the county would pay the other half. Sounds simple enough, but not when you take a look at it from a tax payers prerspective.

Thu
26
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Margaret,
Thanks SO much for sending the two issues of Robertson County News.  I’m sending a scan of the “guess who” ad to my Sister, Diane, and Brother, Gary, in San Marcos. 

It still is quite a coincidence it ran the week that Dad passed away.  I’m sure he would have been amused at that.
Also appreciate the “50 years ago” article, which reported my inclusion on the Student Council.  Gee, I guess this November is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.  Hard to believe the time has gone so quickly.

Thu
26
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

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