Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, October 15 2002
By Peggy McCracken
Tuesday, October 15 2002
wear big hats
What woman has a closet full of hats these days? Not many, I'll bet.
I marvel at the variety of hats women wore back in the 1940s, when you
just didn't go out without something on your head. Tall hats, round hats,
big-brimmed hats, feathered hats _ whatever suited a woman's fancy was available.
In those days, women were scarce in the workplace. I suppose those who
did work outside the home felt obliged to wear a hat. Probably not one of
the feathery ones, but something tailored to match her suit. During World
War II, women probably wore some type of hard hat or cap to work in the assembly
line of an equipment manufacturer.
How did hats fall so far from grace? Was it the beehive hairdos, atop
which no hat could perch? Or just fancy hairdos in general that looked better
without a hat mashing it down?
I don't have much experience with hats. I can remember only two that I
owned. One was a beehive-looking yellow straw and the other was a black derby.
Neither got much wear. I just don't like anything on my head, unless it is
a 5X Beaver felt cowboy hat, which I never could afford.
If hats were in style nowadays, a woman would have to have a bevy of them
to represent all her interests. Some would wear a hard hat to work in traditional
male jobs. Others might need a cowboy hat for the range or a beret favored
by artists. A bowler would look good with a business suit, while a billed
cap would better suit the package deliverer.
Then for leisure, the well-dressed business woman might doff her bowler
in favor of a frilly topknot for a dinner date. If she had a club meeting
after work, she might pick a more sedate look with a single feather. Or choose
an eyeshade for a tennis match.
Whatever is on her head, any woman will agree that it is what is inside
her head that counts. We doff our hats to all our business women during this
special week honoring them.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the
Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works
bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31:30-31, NIV
EDITOR'S NOTE: Peggy McCracken is Enterprise business manager and
webmaster. Contact her at email@example.com
This crime deserves the death penalty
Just killing someone is not an evil enough act to invoke the death penalty
in Texas despite the portrayal of Texas as a place where spitting on the
sidewalk can be punished by hanging.
The murder must be aggravated by some circumstance before the state can
seek the ultimate punishment.
Such aggravating circumstances include: killing a fireman or policeman
while he is doing his job, or committing a murder while committing most felonies
such as burglary, robbery or arson.
With any luck the investigation of the murder of an 81-year-old man here
in Pecos will reveal some such aggravating circumstance.
If it does, the prosecuting attorney should seek the death penalty for
the person or persons who committed this crime.
Special thanks to several individuals, organizations
As President of the Reeves Co. Adult Leaders Association, I want to thank
several individuals and Organizations that have been helping with our
local programs. First I need to thank local Artist Jan Chandler for
the beautiful framed painting she donated. Her selflessness helps us
fund our projects.
Next I need to thank Mr. Mike Mason for his help in our 4-H shooting program
practice. He has tirelessly shown up at the shooting range every Thursday
evening for about 9 months and brings the skill, equipment, and knowledge
to keep a safe environment each and every time. When we begin competitions
in the spring I think everyone will be surprised at the results from this
man's painstaking teaching.
The Pecos Shooting Club has graciously provided use of their facilities,
ammo, ear protection, safety glasses, and Insurance. Also I want to thank
the Parents and Youth for their work in the 4-H concession stands at this
years Rodeo. Without your participation this would not work so well. If you
see these people give them a smile of Appreciations and a big pat on the
back because that is what they will give you.
Thank you and Muchas Gracias,
CECIL J. LEE
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