We got a lot of things out of the social and civil unrest of the sixties and seventies, and thankfully a lot of those â€śthingsâ€ť havenâ€™t really stuck with us. On the other hand, some of the language has, which means a few of the concepts, or ways of thinking about things have become part of the landscape.
It has not been many years ago that persons thought of â€śdog showsâ€ť as some rare, exotic pastime indulged in by the wealthy folk back east or on the west coast. When I would mention spending my weekends in Dallas, Amarillo or San Antonio showing my pets, few folk had any comprehension of what I was doing. Times have certainly changed, to the point that most people know when Westminster will be televised, the AKC national (December) and the National Dog Show which always follows the Macyâ€™s Parade on Thanksgiving Day.
Jâ€™ever notice? Sometimes when things change unexpectedly it changes our whole way of doing. I remember about forty years ago when Uncle Herbert told me the absolutely unbelievable news that he couldnâ€™t find any gooseneck maize seed. This would be like not being able to find any hay grazer seed today. A major part of Uncle Herbertâ€™s farming livestock operation had been dependent on gooseneck maize every since he could remember. It was a lot of hard work from start to finish, but it produced a major portion of the feed for the horses, mules, cows, hogs, and chickens.
Following the recent storm that passed through the area on Wednesday April 22, the question has been asked about the outdoor warning sirens that are in the city and why they were not activated. We at the Sweetwater Fire Department would like the citizens of Sweetwater to know that we take the activation of the sirens very seriously. The National Weather Service in San Angelo has helped us come up with a protocol for activating them that we follow. This is in place to prevent complacency and have the public aware that they are only sounded when danger is imminent.
Wednesday will be the day formally declared as â€śEarth Dayâ€ť, a time designated several years ago as one for the inhabitants of our world, from whatever nation, to contemplate our impact on the globe, environmentally as well as in other ways. Started in the mid 1970â€™s, at a time when rabid environmentalism and peace marches were the order of the day, Earth Day celebrations have settled down â€“ almost into oblivion.
Our weather is moderating and spring is in the air. After weeks of temperatures and winds not conducive to outdoor activity, people are headed out again. The next sign of spring that will be seen around the County Attorneyâ€™s Office will be complaints concerning biting dogs.
Well, one thing you can say for sure about Ted Cruz, is that he definitely knows how to stir up a news cycle.
For the one person left in the free world (maybe living under a rock, in a subterranean, undiscovered world somewhere), who doesnâ€™t already know this, Ted Cruz, the junior United States Senator from Texas, has announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Talk about stirring things up.
A couple of days ago as I rode my bike around my part of Sweetwater, I noticed lots of birds chirping and bugs buzzing, water in the Santa Fe lake, and blooming trees and flowers. Spring is definitely in the air. However, spring doesnâ€™t always look like this in West Texas. There are springs where we start off very dead and dry, praying for no grass fires on a windy day. The difference between the two types of spring is the winter weather before.
One of the sights of spring that many of us enjoy is watching children play organized sports. While it is doubtful that any of the ones we are watching will become professionals, and only slightly less doubtful that any will finance their college education with the skills being learned at the ancient ages of five and six. However, the idea that these children are learning to work as a team, acting together toward a common goal, and accepting that winning is not always the result of hard work is one that should warm the heart of any adult who is watching.
Does anybody remember the political advertisement during Barack Obamaâ€™s original campaign for the Presidency about the 3 A.M. phone call? For those of you who donâ€™t remember, it went something like â€śItâ€™s 3 A.M., thereâ€™s a national emergency and the phone is ringing in the White House; who do you want picking up that phone?â€ť As I recall, there was then a pause at the end of the script (I think it was to give everybody time to shudder thinking how close Al Gore came to being the President during 9-11).