Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, July 16, 2002
By Peggy McCracken
One and one and one
can get the job done
Responsibility: reliability, accountability.
How many people do you know who accept responsibility for themselves,
their family, friends and community? Look at your neighbors. Do they keep
their property clean and attractive? Are their children well behaved? Do
they report to their jobs on time every day?
Are they trustworthy, stable, efficient, creditable, dependable, capable
Now that you've looked at your neighbor and found him or her wanting,
look at yourself. How do you measure up?
I took this little exercise last week after our Monday night prayer group
discussed the needs of Pecos. We concluded that if each of us would accept
our own responsibilities, the whole community would be a better place to
live. And a cleaner place.
Since noticing people who take regular walks past my place carrying plastic
sacks to gather trash along the street, I decided to accept my responsibility
to help keep Pecos beautiful and do the same. The first night, I spent all
my time on and near my own property. Recent storms had blown trash into my
alley, and rains had made the careless weeds into mini trees.
Next I gathered broken beer bottles, rolled newspapers, plastic containers
and assorted paper products from Orange Row, the drainage ditch that runs
past my property. I didn't make a dent in it with my one sack, so took two
the next trip. It didn't take long to fill two, either. That project is ongoing.
While delivering Vacation Bible School materials in the neighborhood,
I filled another sack in just half a block. No wonder Michael Benavides'
Keep Pecos Beautiful committee hasn't been able to make a dent in the trash
Here's my solution. YOU take the responsibility for YOUR block. If you
don't have a stash of plastic grocery bags, you can find several blowing
around. Pick up one and walk around the block picking up trash from the street
and right-of-way. See how far you can get before the bag is full, then drop
it in a dumpster and start another one.
When all the trash is picked up, look to see if the neighbors need anything.
Maybe you could shore up a fence, pull weeds from the alley or bundle debris
for Duncan Disposal to pick up. Notice the vacant houses. Maybe the owner
would appreciate your mowing the yard or boarding up a broken window.
No, it can't all be done in one day. But if each of us picks up a bag
or two full of trash each day, it won't be long before the neighborhood starts
to look better. And when each neighborhood looks better, the whole town will
Let's don't let the beautiful and expensive landscaping and brick sidewalks
installed by the Texas Department of Transportation frame an ugly town. Be
"Some people are so lazy they won't even lift a finger to feed themselves!"
Proverbs 19:24, NIV
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City Hall doors are open, and with good reason
Well, the doors locking the public out of City Hall are still standing,
but by order of the City Council the things will be open during working hours.
It was a narrow vote, 3 to 2, to even open the doors, with Councilmen
Terrazas and Tellez voting against chocking the doors open and Councilmen
Benavides, Valenzuela and Sanchez voting to open them up.
The supporters of the closed doors put forth one argument at last Thursday's
council meeting — Security.
Security for the city employees who work within City Hall.
If security is truly a concern then the council members who oversaw the
building of those doors and who walk through them at least twice a month
should be ashamed of themselves.
The doors offer about as much security as a screen door on a farm house
and would slow down a person wishing to do harm to someone within City Hall
like a gnat would slow down a semi-truck on I-20.
If the doors do offer a sense of security to the city employees then those
employees are in worse danger than they were without the doors because nothing
is more dangerous than a false sense of security.
If there is a true security concern, then the council should address it.
It should outline the security risks and create real security measures to
address those specific risks.
Does the water department need to be behind lock and key since it takes
If so, secure that area of City Hall.
Does City Hall need increased police presence?
Do the risks justify allowing city employees to arm themselves to protect
life and limb?
Anyone can shout that evil lurks around the corner _ that it is just a
matter of time before something bad happens. Time is on their side. Eventually,
someday, they may be right.
Unfortunately, free societies cannot keep everything under lock and key
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Especially not public buildings and public employees that citizens must
have access to so that they can go about living their lives.
But, as the flimsy doors suggest, the security issue was a smokescreen
to obscure the real issue.
The real issue is that someone wanted those doors in place and closed
to keep pesky citizens from bothering them.
Well, for now, citizens can again walk into City Hall and go in search
of the city employee they need or want to talk with.
That is how it ought to be.
Deep breathing technique may reverse emphysema
The recent letter in the Enterprise was, I thought, interesting. I
was addicted to cigarettes by the tobacco-devils for some 27 years and
had developed some degree of emphysema before I succeeded in kicking
the murderous addiction in 1971. I was 40 years old.
At that time a walk up even one flight of stairs would leave me breathless.
And, I was told by some in the medical profession that the results of emphysema
While this statement may be technically true, I discovered I could
surmount and overcome the effects of emphysema; to wit; I began jogging and
using deep "belly-breathing"; using this technique, you pretend you are breathing
into your stomach as you first inhale and only then do you let the air into
the upper portions of your lungs. While jogging, you breathe in this manner
to the count of say, 15 or 20 and then, you purse your lips and let the air
out slowly. This technique keeps the air in the lungs for a longer period
of time so more oxygen can be absorbed by the lung tissue. As I practiced
this breathing technique, I worked up the jogging 6 miles in an hour and
I was doing this 3-4 times weekly.
A few years later I had some chest x-rays made. The nurse took the pictures,
then as I sat in the waiting area, she returned saying: "we've got to take
more pictures, you've got long lungs!"
I realized at that moment that the deep breathing technique over the years
had stretched the lungs, giving them more capacity; and though the effects
of emphysema may be irreversible, as I heard so often, the effects can be
overcome and surmounted and one's breathing capacity feels as though the
effects have been reversed!
It does take genuine concentration and effort. And the same "belly-breathing"
can be practiced even as we lay down or sit; it really, really works!
W. M. KENNEDY
Congratulations Marcia on a job well done
I just wanted to write and express my feelings on the GOLDEN GIRL REVIEW
BOOK. Marcia Renshaw did an extraordinary job! So much time and energy
went into the process of publishing this book and Marcia did it solely
by herself with the help of her family putting the book together.
She always amazes me of her everending talent. To come up with all the
different borders and the creativity of each add was simply amazing.
We cannot begin to know the hours and the trouble she went through to
Design, create, type and bring together each page of this book to its final
I just wanted to CONGRATULATE MARCIA ON A JOB WELL DONE!!!!
I do not believe this book could have been more professionally done.
Thanks Marcia for all your hard work and dedication to this project.
Councilman saved the day
I wish to commend the wisdom and will to compromise demonstrated by
Councilman Frank Sanchez on the "open door policy."
His ability to see "both sides of dividing issue" and his recognition
of "petty symbolism" saved the day on July 11th.
The people have been heard and the people will react; "a closed door is
a closed door."
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