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We’ll Be OK — By John Reed

We’ll Be OK Regular readers know I’m an optimist. Even as current events seek to turn our eyes downward, I remain convinced things will be ok in the long term. I believe the virus-related efforts at cleanliness and antiseptic procedures will help with other infectious diseases too. Maybe the flu and the common cold will…

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2020: A Tragic Year — By Tommy Purser

The year 2020 will be looked back on for decades to come as perhaps the worst year in the history of the country …. and in Jeff Davis County. The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the way we lived our lives as it raged and spread with millions of Americans facilitating the spread, as they viewed…

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Rehab — By Tommy Purser

While I have not yet decided what, if any, New Year’s resolutions I will make, if I had to make a list, at the top of it would be to continue at home what I have learned so far from seven rehab sessions over the last few weeks. I am rehabbing from a table saw…

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Make Me Smile — By Tommy Purser

An update from a decades old column I wrote: Things that would make me smile on Christmas day: A blanket of snow on the ground outside my window. A hot cup of coffee to cut the winter chill. The sight of flames dancing in the warmth of a roaring fire. Out of control laughter from…

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Christmas Wishes — By John Reed

Christmas Wishes There was a time when kids would behave for a least a few days or weeks so they would stay on Santa’s “good” list. The concept of certain behaviors meriting certain outcomes was learned early. Now apparently all you need to do is inhale to merit free college or $20 an hour burger…

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Elections of the past

The 2020 election has had me thinking a lot about how elections in Jeff Davis County were conducted 30, 40, 50 years ago, although my experience only goes back 47 years to 1973. In the 70s, 80s and 90s in Jeff Davis County, election tabulations were an event of great interest and significance among the…

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Public Criticism Was Improper — By Tommy Purser

The good wife and I have hosted two events in recent years that called for family and friends to come from out of town and spend the night. The first was a surprise birthday party for my 70th birthday, three years ago. The second was last year when we celebrated or 50th wedding anniversary with…

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Life Goes On — By John Reed

Life Goes On As I wrote here previously, the grand Washington merry-go-round has limited effect here, other than providing a profit for the printer’s ink sellers and whoever can figure out how to make money from sending batches of electrons from one computer screen to another. A few slices from local life last week: Driving…

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Lefty Purser

Word spreads fast in a small community so I suspect lots of you are aware of the fact that, for the second time this year, I tangled with a table saw. The first time it was just the index finger on my right hand but after several months I still only have limited use of…

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Dear Joe: Don’t Blow It — By John Reed

Dear Joe: Don’t Blow It Congratulations to the presumptive president-elect Joe Biden on his exceedingly narrow victory last week. He should not consider the results a “blue wave mandate.” Some 70 million folks voted against him, despite Trump’s polarizing personality; plus most of the under 30s in his own party don’t like or trust him…

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