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Van Horn Advocate


October 20, 1997

Rick Smith

The Way I See It

By Rick Smith

Some good news and some shocking news


Prizes and promises
We had the pleasure of listing many outstanding people in our coverage of the contests in the Reeves County Fair. The winners of the livestock events and the homemaking and art categories are among the most talented and hard working people in the area.
Several local men attended The Promise Keepers gathering in Washington D.C. and returned feeling they had attended "a holy gathering of men." Others said they felt God dealt with them on improving racial harmony. Hopefully they brought something back wit
h them that will benefit the local community.

Children shock some teachers
I don't know if you noticed it or not because it was buried so deep in the story, but Rosie Flores' article entitled "Guidance classes open some eyes" revealed some shocking information about the lives some of our school children live at home. As part of
a life-skills guidance class at Bessie Haynes Elementary School some students were asked to write down what they argue about and what adults argue about.
According to the students, children fight about gossip, being first in line, name-calling and over toys.
The eye-opener was what these children said adults fight about in front of them. The number-one adult argument topic is not so surprising, money. The other topics listed that adults fight about in front of their children include drugs, alcohol, spouses c
heating on each other, child support, the type of beer purchased and when dad comes home drunk.
No wonder there is a growing juvenile delinquent problem with parents like these. I'm sure this situation is not unique to Pecos, but these lists from children give a unique insight into some of the causes of problems with our youth.
To top it off, Rosie said she was too embarrassed to write down some of the things these children listed.

Good deeds
Cara Alligood paid a visit to The Christian Home in Pecos and wrote an article about the good deeds these people are doing and the help they need. With the season of giving coming up it would be a good idea for us to keep in mind that we could help a lot
of people by donating items we no longer need to The Christian House. Give them a call at 445-2049.

Tough kid, helping kids
Talk about a human interest story, Jon Fulbright's article about Robert Cravey playing football for the Pecos High Eagles with a broken neck ought to qualify. Cravey apparently fractured a vertebrae in his neck during August practice, yet he went on to p
lay and make first string on the team. Now the injury has healed itself and he continues to play. Way to tough it out Cravey.

Enterprise effort recognized
Turning out a daily newspaper sometimes seems like a pretty hard grind for newspaper employees. Getting recognized like we did by the Associated Press Managing Editors association this week gives us a little encouragement to keep on keeping on. Congratul
ations to the whole Pecos Enterprise staff. The only way we can get the paper out is to work together as a team. Special congratulations to Fulbright for being on the ball so early in the morning the day the DPS busted the seven men headed to reinforce t
he Republic of Texas holdouts.

Editor's Note: Rick Smith is the City Editor of the Pecos Enterprise whose column appears each Monday. He can be e-mailed at
Voting yes allows manager to offer options for loans

Your Views

Letter to the Editor:
As the Manager of the Commercial Credit branch in Pecos, I talk to customers about loans every day. Some are looking for a way to get out from under their huge credit card debts. Other customers need a way to help pay college tuition for their children.
Many need cash to complete a home improvement project, to purchase reliable transportation or even pay medical bills.

Voting yes to the constitutional amendment lifting the ban on home equity loans will allow me to offer additional options to my customers and that's why your vote is so important. This is one of the most consumer-oriented pieces of legislation to be put
out for a vote by the people. Yes, it is good for my business, but it is also good for every homeowner in our state. It opens up an avenue of financial opportunities such as lower interest rates and tax deductibility that other Americans have enjoyed for

As a Texan, a business person, a homeowner and a consumer, I encourage you to vote yes for Proposition 8 on the November 4th ballot. It is time to lift the 150-year-old ban on home equity loans and allow Texans to borrow freely on the equity in their hom

Rosa F. Guerrero
1509 Missouri St.
Pecos Tx 79772
(Daytime Phone) 915 445 4985
(Evening Phone) 915 447 2303

Pecos Enterprise
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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