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National political pundits are saying the presidential campaign is over
- Clinton has it in a cakewalk.
Judging from the polls, they may be right. States that have
traditionally voted Republican in presidential elections are leaning
toward Bill Clinton in this election. That includes Texas.
The problem is that there is a total lack of interest in this year's
presidential election as many people have become very cynical about
government and don't trust anybody. Ross Perot is not a factor and Bob
Dole hasn't done anything to excite people about his chances.
Dole would seem to represent more of the same old thing in government
as he has been there for what seems like forever. It's not that Clinton
is so well liked, it's just that the public doesn't have much of a
Another consideration is that the public doesn't want Congress and the
White House represented by the same party. They want checks and balances
which is an important consideration.
It remains to be seen if Republicans will maintain slim majorities in
the U.S. House and Senate. It could be real close as so many are
retiring from both those groups and others are said to be facing close
We share the concerns and are at a loss on making a recommendation on
who would be best for our country. The most important thing is that
people go out and vote for the person they consider the best choice in
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During Thursday's city council meeting the animal control issue was
brought up once again.
It seems that the City of Barstow is requesting aid with their stray
problem and are willing to pass an ordinance addressing it but need
They were requesting the local Animal Control Officer extend her
services to their community.
Health and Sanitation Director Armando Gil reminded council members
that in the past Toyah and Balmorhea have each sought similar aid, but
were turned down.
No action was taken on Barstow's request, as there were no members of
the Barstow council present to answer any questions that Pecos'
I realize that times are tight and that local council members are
striving towards servicing Pecos residents to the fullest, but I feel
that addressing the surrounding communities' needs, by the
transcendental theory so to speak, also falls into the same category.
What I mean is if we help out these towns, we in turn avoid any
further, possibly costly, instances to our community in the long run.
Take, for instance the stray problem.
If we don't help in securing the number of stray animals in these
communities, isn't it logical to say that it will eventually affect our
city, by either strays or the diseases and parasites they carry finding
their way here?
Or the fact that all these communities are so closely linked, we all
have family members in any one of the towns that local residents often
Maybe my theory is a bit farfetched, but I think we should really
consider helping out.
It's really frustrating for pet owners who painstakingly take care of
their animals and then have strays destroy the healthy conditions
they've tried to keep.
I realize council members are right in giving priority to the residents
of Pecos. I just feel that maybe other solutions need to be worked out.
I think I remember hearing that Barstow residents were willing to pay
for the service.
Maybe a part time position is in order, but then the issue on where to
keep so many animals needs to be addressed.
I know, I know. I'm just pointing out the facts.
Anyway, Councilman Danny Rodriguez pointed out the help that both
Monahans and Barstow extended to local students and residents who fled
the city during the 1993 chemical emergency when the Recovery and
Reclamation plant caught fire.
I think we need to keep that in mind.
On a different note I'd like to extend my apologies for not making it
evident in my previous article that I was aware that Monahans has always
marched to their home crowd, even while on another school's field and
clarify that they don't just do it in Pecos.
I actually didn't remember prior to the Sept. 20 performance.
Mari Maldonado is an Enterprise reporter whose column appears each
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