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Friday, May 16, 1997


Mac McKinnon

Kudos to Enterprise
sports writer, editor

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I hope everyone took note in Friday's paper that Pecos Enterprise
managing Editor and Sports Editor Jon Fulbright received an award from
the Pecos Athletic Booster Club for his work in publicizing the efforts
of local athletes.

Also recognized at the All-Sports Banquet for their work in the media
was Ronnie Daniels, Johnny Terrazas and Art Corrales. They work for the
radio station and do a good job.

In addition to the two titles I mentioned that Jon has, he also wears
many other titles in our office, one of which is critical in that he is
one of our computer gurus. I'm sure I just about drive him crazy with
what little I know about computers.

I tell him what I want to do and then leave it to him to achieve the
impossible. Then he does it. He is also the wire editor, in charge of
special sections and the list goes on and on.

We recently added a new person to our staff, Rick Smith, who is city
editor, to take some of the load off of Jon in handling local news and
directing the staff.

I don't know if the people of the community realize just how much Jon
does in working with local athletes. He covers them all and works day
and night and weekends doing it. He's the only person who keeps up with
standings of all the peewee leagues and he is well known throughout West
Texas for keeping stats on all local sports. He helps out the local
radio with that information as well.

He supplies stats to just about everyone in West Texas as well as some
statewide publications as well. He is a walking encyclopedia of Pecos
sports and the people who have participated, even those most people may
not notice.

If you see a kid on the high school baseball team, more than likely he
can tell you what kind of ball player they were in little league.

He has an incredible memory and I'm glad that he has finally been
recognized by the community for his work.
Another person who some people might know or have heard of with
local connections is Dr. H. B. Cooper, brother of Marjorie Duke of
Pecos. Cooper was featured on the cover of Lands' End Direct Merchants
magazine for April 1997 under Miracle in the Desert - How plant
biologist Dr. H. B. Cooper coaxes white gold from California's clay.
Have you ever gone out of your way to rent or go see a movie because
it won an Academy Award or two or more? I don't often get to see movies
before they get nominated for an Academy and I've used those nominations
and awards for guidelines on what to see.

That's not always a good idea. Such was the case this last weekend when
I rented Fargo which won several Oscars. What a dud. In other words, I
didn't like it. For one thing, the story line about a man having his
wife kidnapped so he could collect ransom money from his rich
father-in-law is kind of worn out and the film itself was rather
predictable with some bad actors.

Plus, the film I thought made fun of Scandanivian people as they were
always saying Yaa, Yaa. That word is common for Swedes, Norweigians and
the Danish but they don't overuse it as it was in the movie.

Editor's Note: Mac McKinnon is editor and publisher of the Pecos
Enterprise. His column appears on Friday.


New trench would be costly to citizens

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There is still some consideration being given to digging another trench
at the Pecos Landfill for disposal of what is called Type IV refuse,
mainly building materials.

The cost of such a proposal ranges from $110,000 to $126,302 with yearly
operation to cost about $47,000 if one employee works there and $67,242
if two employees work there.

If such a trench is built, city officials have said it is hoped the cost
can be absorbed. However, WesTex Waste has proposed having a transfer
station to transport those materials to their Odessa site for $30 a ton.
The city would pay a reduced fee for their refuse from demolition of
condemned buildings.

Depending on the use of the trench - the amount of refuse dumped - it
would last from five to seven years.

City Council members are said to be wavering on whether or not to have
such a trench with a few people wanting it done so they can dump
construction materials free of charge.

We don't believe such a trench is necessary. We've gotten out of the
trash business for the most part and believe that's the way it should
be. It was believed when the current landfill was developed that money
could be made from taking refuse from other cities and the cost to our
citizens would be reduced. However, that has not happened.

The life of the current landfill for accepting Type IV refuse is said to
be six to eight months. After that point, it is our feeling we should
get completely out of the business and leave it to experts.

Our citizens are now paying far too much for trash pick-up, and we
should not even give serious thought to something that could add to that


Reader enjoys web

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Thanks for putting yourself on the web. I can read y'all in Dallas.
It's good to be able to read about the ole home town.

Steve Balog, Jr.


Insensitive husband can change

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QUESTION: My husband is somewhat insensitive to my needs, but I believe
he is willing to do better if I can teach him how I am different from
him. Can you help me communicate my needs to him effectively?

DR. DOBSON: First, let me tell you how not to handle this assignment. Do
not resort to what I would call "bludgeoning technique," which includes
an endless barrage of nagging, pleading, scolding, complaining and

Here's an example of how that approach sounds to an exhausted man who
has come home from work moments before: "Won't you put down that
newspaper, George, and give me five minutes of your time? Five minutes -
is that too much to ask?

You never seem to care about my feelings, anyway. How long has it been
since we went out for dinner? Even if we did, you'd probably take the
newspaper along with you.

"I'll tell you George. Sometimes, I think you don't care about me and
the kids anymore. If once, just once, you would show a little love and
understanding, I would drop dead from sheer shock."

Obviously, that is not the way to get George's attention.
Instead, you should look for opportunities to teach your husband during
moments of closeness and understanding. That instruction requires the
proper timing, setting and manner to be effective.

1. Timing: Select a moment when your husband is typically responsive and
pleasant. Perhaps that will occur immediately after a evening meal, or
when the light goes out at night, or in the freshness of the morning.

The worst time of the day is during the first 60 minutes after he has
arrived home from work - yet this is the usual combat hour. Don't lumber
into such a heavy debate without giving it proper planning and
forethought, taking advantage of every opportunity for the success of
the effort.
2. Setting: The ideal situation is to ask your husband to take you on an
overnight or weekend trip to a pleasant area. If it isn't possible to
get away, the next best alternative is to obtain a baby-sitter and go
out to breakfast or dinner alone.

If that is out of the question, then select a time at home when the
children are occupied and the phone can be taken off the hook.

Generally speaking, however, the farther you can get him from home,
without cares and problems and stresses, the better your chance will be
to achieve genuine communication.

3. Manner: It is extremely important that your husband does not view
your conversation as a personal attack. We are all equipped with
emotional defenses which rise to our aid when we are being vilified.
Don't trigger those defense mechanisms.

Instead, your manner should be warm, loving and supportive as possible
under the circumstances. Let it be known that you are attempting to
interpret your needs and desires, while taking his emotional state into

Postpone the conversation if he is under unusual stress from his work,
or if he isn't feeling well, or if he has recently been stung by
circumstances and events.

Then when the timing, setting and manner converge to produce a moment of
opportunity, express your deep feelings as effectively as possible. And
like every good Boy Scout, be prepared.

QUESTION: Do you think children between the ages of five and 10 should
be allowed to listen to rock music on the radio?

DR. DOBSON: No. Rock music is an expression of an adolescent culture.

The words of teenagers' songs deal with dating, broken hearts, drug
usage and love-love-love. This is just what you don't want your
7-year-old thinking about.

Instead, his world of excitement should consist of adventure books,
Disney-type productions and family activities - camping, fishing,
sporting events, games, etc.

On the other hand, it is unwise to appear dictatorial and oppressive in
such manners. I would suggest that you keep your preteen so involved
with wholesome activities that he does not need to dream of the days to

These questions and answers are excerpted from the book, Dr. Dobson
Answers Your Questions. Dr. Dobson is president of Focus on the Family,
a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the home.

Correspondence to Dr. Dobson should be addressed to: Focus on the
Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. (c), 1982, Tyndale
House Publishers, Inc.

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