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Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Smokey Briggs


By Smokey Briggs

Turn on the

water or else

"Mexico won't give us any water."

Huh? Did my ears quit working?

Apparently my ears are still functioning but our federal government is not.

According to Associated Press farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are watching their crops whither in the fields for lack of water because Mexico refuses to release the water it is required to release under the treaty between the United States and Mexico.

All the while, our government sits on its hands and shrugs as though we as a nation are powerless to prevent this absolute theft of water and livelihood.

Apparently, the most powerful nation in the world is going to allow no small number of its citizens to be deprived of their livelihood by a nation that could be whipped by two wagonloads of the Texas National Guard on a Sunday afternoon.

That is pitiful.

If we have not lost all since of manhood, not to mention fortitude, in this country Mexico will be issued an ultimatum _ Start pouring some water into that river or we are going to extend the borders of the United States another 15 miles much as we did in 1846 when you ticked us off the last time.

Then we will own the whole stinking river and Mexico's farmers can try to figure out how to make crops grow using dust and spit.

To further add insult to injury, the guy running the federal government used to be the governor here.

Democrat or not, this would not have happened when Lyndon Johnson was sitting in the White House.

I can hear that conversation.

"Mr. President, the Mexican government has refused to abide by the Treaty of 1944 and our farmers in the Valley are going bust without that water."

"Are the bombers in the air?"

"Yes Mr. President."

"Very good."

Well, we do not have LBJ in the Whitehouse so maybe Texas will have to solve this problem by herself.

Somebody round up a couple of wagons and lets turn that faucet back on.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of the Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed at:

Our View

Federal loans to airlines a bad idea

National airline companies are crying foul over possible delays in federal loans to help the airline industry over the slow travel months that have followed September 11.

In particular U. S. Airways, one of the nation's 10 largest airlines is claiming that any such delays will force the company into bankruptcy.

If the government promised the loans on a certain date, then the loans need to be available on that date.

However, the loans were a bad idea to begin with. Realistically, the airline industry is probably going see an overall reduction in passengers.

Flying today is not nearly the convenience it was before September 11. Shorter flights that used to shave hours off of the same distance if driven no longer offer those savings in time that offsets the hassle of having to rent a car and pack lightly.

Especially for the family vacation crowd, driving looks a lot better than it did in August of 2001.

With the federalization of airport security and full compliance with new federal regulations, it is doubtful that airline travel will regain the level of convenience it once held in the near future, if ever.

The results will be fewer passengers. Fewer passengers dictate fewer flights. Fewer flights require fewer companies.

Probably the airline industry should naturally shrink.

It certainly should not be artificially propped up with tax dollars past the money already promised.

Your View

Local resident prefers local doctor

Dear Editor:
About two years ago, after suffering from headaches constantly for a few months, I had my eyes checked by Dr. Gann. He prescribed glasses and not only did my headaches go away, I could see! But I broke the glasses and did without for a while. Since Dr. Gann cost considerably more than the stores in Odessa (the ones that say for $69.00 two pair) I went to Odessa, got a pair (one set) for $225.00 and can see a little better, but not much.

For me, I would rather pay $500.00 and be able to see, than to have spent what I did and not see. Sometimes good ole hometown people care about you when big city don't.


Out-of-town officers express gratitude to helpers

Dear Editor:

I attended services for Sergeant Jaime Rodriguez as the supervisor of the Honor Guard/Color Guard on Monday, May 20th. In the assignment for Honor Guard/Color Guard were officers of the Odessa Police Department (Honor Guard/21 Gun Salute and trumpet player), Ector County Sheriff s Office (Color Guard) and civilian Bag Piper from Midland. I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the members of the unit, to make a heartfelt "Thank You" to people we do not know all the names of that came to our aid. During this very stressful duty to honor a brother officer, were opportunities for the people attending the services to serve many of us in our time of need. While waiting on grave side services to began, one of our officers became faint due to the heat, humidity and long wait. Women and men waiting in the cemetery came to the aid of the Honor Guard/Color Guard by checking on everyone and passing out water to make the wait more comfortable. The concern and compassion shown by these very nice people was very comforting to all of us. The members of the Honor Guard/Color Guard requested some type of public thank you be made because we do not know who these fine people were but the kindness will not be forgotten.

Additionally, I would like to thank the restaurants that stayed open to feed the many officers that attended the services. I know many of these restaurants close after lunch time and reopen for the dinner time but made a difference that day to many people by showing West Texas Hospitality to all that would spend a bit more time in their town.

Again, thanks for making our stay in your town even more meaningful by kind people showing their support to others in a time of need. A visit to Pecos will not soon be forgotten.

Captain, Support Services Bureau
Odessa Police Department

Drug problem

Dear Editor:
I had a "drug" problem when I was a young person and teenager.

I was "drug" to church on Sunday morning.

I was "drug" to church on Sunday night.

I was "drug" to church on Wednesday night.

I was "drug" to Sunday school every week.

I was "drug" to Vacation Bible School.

I was "drug" to the family altar to read the Bible and pray.

Those "drugs" are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack or heroin. If our children had this kind of "drug" problem, wouldn't America certainly be a better place?


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