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Rick Smith

Monday, May 11, 1998


By Rick L. Smith

Nothing stays the
same forever

Someone once said that the only thing that stays the same in
life is that sooner or later everything will change.

Change sometimes is brought about by outside forces and is
forced upon us. Sometimes we initiate change ourselves and
attempt to shape our fate. Most of the time change is a
combination of both.

Many of us try to control our destiny by laying out plans of
what we are going to do and how we are going to make it
happen. Sometimes those plans come off without a hitch. Much
of the time outside forces bend and shape our destinies and
bring us to points we had not planned to visit.

The oil bust in the 1980s changed many plans for West
Texans. For the most part the bust made life harder. The
City of Pecos is still struggling to recover from the
economic depression that fell on the area in the 1980s.
Some people here have given up and when more negative things
happen in their lives they just say, "That's the way it is
in Pecos."

Other people in Pecos are trying to change things for the
better. Some remember how things were and want to bring back
the good times to Pecos. Others may not remember better
times here but they know that things can be better than they
are now. Wherever their motivations come from, they are
united in that they want Pecos to become a better town for
their families and friends.

Those seeking to bring about change in Pecos will no doubt
accomplish most of their goals with time. Things will get
better, even for those who do not believe Pecos can improve.
Some people will bring about change here and that change
will affect everyone.

So whether you like it or not, sooner or later everything

Now is a time of change for me. This is my last week in
Pecos. Actually, I'm spending most of my last week here
helping out at the Monahans News while the editor is on
vacation. But I should be back at the Enterprise for my last
day on Friday. Unless things change.

I've had plenty of good experiences working in Pecos for the
past year and a few not so good. I've made a few friends
and, as happens in the newspaper business, I've made a few
people mad at me.

I can't say for sure that I'm going to something better
because I don't know for sure. Sometimes you just know it's
time for a change and that's the way it is for me now.

I wish everyone in Pecos good luck and plenty of change for
the better. May your lives be exciting.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Rick L. Smith is the city editor of the Pecos
Enterprise. He can be e-mailed at:

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