Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, May 29, 2001
By Smokey Briggs
I can fix our
President Bush's various spending and budget proposals have come under
a lot of fire during the first few months of his presidency, from the right
and the left.
Taxes to faith-based charities are one point of contention. I admit that
I have a lot of heartburn over this idea.
No, I do not think it violates the separation of church and state clause
of the First Amendment.
But I do have a better idea.
No tax money to anybody, faith-based or not. Just give the money back
to me and the rest of the working stiffs that earned it and I will put it
where I think it belongs because it is my money.
I made it, and I want it.
I do not need some self-righteous, do-gooding, conservative or liberal
with a cause, to help me decide what to do with it.
I bet I could fix the entire United State's budget in an hour and cut
taxes by 50 percent at the same time.
No more foreign aid, period. The only thing we will do is send a platoon
of Marines to your country to run it for you if you cannot handle this on
your own. The Marines can hand out the candy bars in their rations if they
feel like it.
Or they can burn your huts down if you tick them off. We ran South America
like this for the first half of the 20th Century with no problems.
No more welfare, or any other type of government hand out. It is called
Sometimes you have to get two of them to make ends meet. If you have two
hands, two legs, and one eye then you need to work.
If there is no work where you live, then you need to move. If you do not
work, you do not eat.
Charity in the hands of politicians is not charity, it is vote buying,
and in the long run it stifles the productivity of a nation and kills the
opportunity that should be every Americans' birthright.
No more federal dollars for schools. States can tax for schools if they
want to. So can school districts. Kids were getting a better education in
the 1930s than they do today and we did not spend a tenth as much money in
No more federal dollars for any state program. State's can tax their own
residents to build roads and anything else that is needed.
Federal dollars have become the biggest blackmail device ever invented
to force state compliance with the worldview held by the elite few in Washington,
D.C., and that is one messed up view of the world.
The only federal money that should be spent within a state should be for
interstate highways and military installations.
In short, take the federal government out of the business of redistributing
the wealth of the nation as it, and the special interest groups it serves,
Well, that was pretty easy. Anybody else got a problem they cannot figure
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Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed at:
Border Patrol doing its job
It is a shame that people are dying as they attempt to cross the border
into the United States.
The U. S. Border Patrol is taking some heat over these deaths. According
to the Border Patrol, 106 people died while trying to cross southern Arizona's
deserts from September 1999 until September 2000. Fourteen died last week
after they were abandoned in the desert by the smugglers who promised to
get them into the United States.
The reason the Border Patrol is taking the blame is because it has cracked
down on popular crossing points in Texas and California. So, people are trying
to cross in more remote and dangerous areas.
Blaming the Border Patrol, however, puts the cart before the horse.
The Border Patrol is doing its job. Immigrating into the United States
without going through the proper channels is illegal. Until the United States
changes its laws to allow unlimited immigration, the Border Patrol needs
to continue to do its job to the best of its ability.
Allowing unlimited immigration is not the answer either. The ensuing flood
of people would overwhelm the existing infrastructure in the U. S. In a short
time the prosperity that draws people from Mexico, South America would be
replaced with the same kind of poverty that rules south of the border and
no one would be better off.
Less corrupt governments and sensible economic policies are the only cure
for that poverty.
Unlimited immigration, or immigration policies that only pay lip service
to border enforcement, are not the answer.
Unhappy with the chamber
With your permission, I would like to direct this letter first to the
Board of Directors of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce, and second,
to the community.
First, to the Board of Directors, how do you justify paying a person whose
top priority is not the Chamber? If Tom Rivera is such a vital asset to the
Chamber, then why hasn't he motivated you and the rest of the Chamber members
to double your membership as he has done for the Downtown Lions Club?
If he is doing such a good job for the Chamber, then why is the Lions
Club business more than he does for the Chamber from his office? Also, why
isn't he making himself more available to the community since he is an "employee"
of the Chamber?
At the last meeting, President Barbara Creager stated that the Chamber
had paid for his education and had made an investment in his ability. If
this is so, then why is he not using this education to improve the relations
of the Chamber with the community? If he does have such a good education,
then why have all the Chamber functions decreased in community participation?
Think about it!
Have you, as Directors, not noticed that many businesses prefer not to
be a Chamber member? Have you asked why? Many businesses and individuals
have not joined because of the present executive director. President Creager
Second, to the community, many of you have had dealings with the present
executive director with no good results. Please let the Board of Directors
and the President of the Chamber know about this. The present executive director
is always blaming the community for lack of appreciation in any Chamber activity,
but if only the community were better informed and treated better by the
executive director, maybe the community would support the Chamber activities.
Former employee of the Chamber
Family's vets receive Memorial Day tribute
On Friday, May 25, 2001 I was privileged to attend the graduation of
my oldest grandson, Justin Awbrey, in Andrews. His marine recruiter
was also there in full dress uniform. Justin chose to start his
adult life in the marines and has plans for college following his time in
the service. I was so proud to witness the ceremony and felt such pride
in his many achievements during his school years. I thought of the
many young men and women in our great country that have the same dreams
and plans for a wonderful future. I, also, thought of the many young
men and women from years past that chose the military service, or were
chosen to keep our country free from powers meant for destruction of
the government in our country, and gave their lives for this freedom.
The men and women who served our country, and came back with physical
and emotional problems for this freedom that we take for granted.
I can't imagine the fears my grandmother, Sadie Draper, felt when her
only son, Sam Draper, joined the marines during World War 11, when America
was forced into a war, or the fears of his wife and baby. Sam came home a
changed man. He had fought during the battles on Guadalcanal. Physically,
he experienced re-occurring bouts of malaria. Emotionally, Sam was never
the same man again. He became old and cynical and spent the rest of his life
looking for the peace he never found.
My parents, Jack and Cora Moody, saw two of their son's go into war zones.
The Korean War was over when John Roger was sent into that country to help
keep peace. In 1958, it was a dangerous assignment. He came home to us uninjured,
but much more mature and grateful to be a citizen of the United States. Claude
McKinley was nineteen when he was sent to Vietnam. He was one of the lucky
ones to come home. His family will never know what happened to him while
he was there. He chooses not to talk about it.
I wanted to pay tribute to these three great men. Because of them and
others, I live in a country free of war. I also wanted to pay tribute to
the other great men and women that fought for our peace. I feel humble in
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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