Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, March 14, 2000
By Smokey Briggs
Shots from the hip
Some days there just is not a nice, compact, column lurking around in your
brain. (Some folks accuse me of that even on days when I thought there
On days like that, great column writers revert to short comments about
current events such as:
Gas prices soared to a national average of $1.59/gallon this week. This
is getting ridiculous. (I know, it's good for West Texas, but if things
get much better, I won't be able to afford any more prosperity). Maybe
now is the time to repeal the $.40 in state taxes we pay at the pump on
every gallon of gas. Also, didn't we win the Gulf War? If this is the result,
then we need to rethink our Middle East policy.
The Pope's "Day of Pardon" Mass asking for forgiveness for the sins
of the Catholic church throughout time is a nice thought, but mostly it's
silly. It's like saying you're sorry for winning in many instances (which
appears to be a growing trend among Western Europeans).
The apology also seems to be a step in the direction of a unified religion
- after all, if all religions are equal, what's the point of having more
And if you can't have a decent war about religion, just what is a justifiable
reason to go to war? Gasoline?
United States Secretary of Defense William Cohen visited the Vietnamese
capital yesterday. The Associated Press reported that he is the first U.
S. defense secretary to visit that nation, "since the Vietnam War ended
25 years ago in defeat for America."
Just for the record - we didn't get beat, we just didn't have the national
fortitude to win - and there is a difference. Our fighting men could have
won that one in two weeks if we had taken the hobbles off. Of course, Vietnam
would still be smoking.
The Associated Press also reported recently that beef is back on the
supper table in America. American consumption climbed 2 percent in 1999
with Americans eating an average of 66.2 pounds of beef each.
Sixty six pounds? That's all? The San Francisco-veggie-only crowd must
have really skewed the national average. At our house we measure beef consumption
by the side, not the pound.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and People For the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA) have gone to war against each other over a PETA ad that
encourages people to replace their milk mustache with beer foam. PETA's
argument is that milk is bad for humans and the dairy industry is cruel
to cows. MADD's argument, of course, is that anything with alcohol is bad.
It is simply heartening to see these two groups that typically spend
their time minding everyone else's business minding each others instead.
Personally, I like my milk and my beer ice cold. But sometimes I get
cold drinking it, so I put on a good fur coat.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of the
Pecos Enterprise whose column appears each Tuesday. He can be e-mailed
Use the whole train station for a train station?
There is an idea floating around Pecos that needs to be heard so here it
is _ lets use the old train station as a train station, rather than as
the home of the Rodeo Hall of Fame with a little space set aside for a
If Amtrak is going to make Pecos a regular stop, then Pecos needs to
make sure there are good depot facilities.
We need to make sure that Amtrak feels welcome, and more importantly,
we need to make Pecos as attractive as possible to Amtrak passengers. Who
knows, eventually Pecos might become something more than a whistle-stop.
If we play our cards right we might be able to create an atmosphere that
would entice folks to make Pecos a destination, or at least a one-night
Using the depot as a depot might be a step in the right direction. The
Rodeo Hall of Fame could be located in another building down the street
and give passengers a reason to walk down the street.
If a few folks walk down the street to the Hall of Fame, it might give
a business or two a reason to open up downtown.
There may be reasons this won't work. Maybe just sharing the depot between
the Hall of Fame and Amtrak is the way to go. But usually, sharing is an
unsatisfactory compromise for both sides.
Using the whole depot for Amtrak is a good idea, and it deserves investigating.
As we try to revitalize the downtown area, it might be Pecos' ticket on
the train to prosperity.
Resident unhappy with new sidewalks
In all the years I have lived in Pecos, I have need seen such poor
workmanship as the one now being done on the sidewalks and curbs on Hwy.
285. Even after the second time around. Having worked for a while around
concrete construction, I really fel that a few of us men could have taken
the crew of the Pecos Enterprise, which consists of mostly women and done
a whole lot better job.
Kick me in the head, but I though the old curbs were in a lot better
shape then the ones we have now. There were only a few places along the
whole road that needed repairs.
Boy, talk about tax dollars.
MAC ARTHUR B. PINEDA
Low flying jets leaving residents with pollution
This letter is to tell you that the low-flying jets are still going
strong over our home in souther Reeves County. The following is my documentation
of the number of flights and the approximate time the flights have occurred
by Fri., March 10 at 11:10 a.m.
Wed., March 01 noon 1 jet
Thurs., March 02 11:30 am 2 jets
11:40 pm 1 jet
Fri., March 03 12:02 am 1 jet
(We were not home Sun., March 5th _ 7th.)
Thurs., March 09 around noon 2 jets
8:30 pm 1 jet
Also, I certainly hope that some folks from southern Reeves County who
are having to contend with the pollution of noise and that black stuff
that comes out of the low flying jets as thy make their turn to head toward
the "target" and the little town of Toyah, are invited to go to Abilene
also. The residents of the town of Pecos were the ones invited and I understand
our commissioner Herman Tarin has a few spots delegated to him for other
folks. It seems to me that half from Pecos and half from the areas in the
county where the jets are flying would be a fair thing.
We'll see by next Friday I guess.
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