Duval County Picture (San Diego, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 50, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 10, 1997 Page: 2 of 27
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Ss: Telling Iti
r“ Like It Is
to let facilities contiaae to far a a
Now the district may be able to tnmm
float $5JmiUoa for a aew school high sc
Itshoaldase that money wiadyaad arel
bnild a brand
r piece ef any school dtatrkt
The school board shoold
dedicate itsdf to baiiding a facility
the community wifl be prond of and
that will be the envy of vhMng
The district shonid reprogram
the remaining $2 million of its
How Do I Offend Thee? —
How do I offend thee? Let me
count the ways ...
The current era of political cor-
rectness has given birth to so many
innovative ways for Americans to
offend each other that the possibili-
ties for mutual discord now seem
Increasingly, we have grown
accustomed to hearing the exclama-
tions, “How DARE you!?” or “I
resent that,” or “I am offended,” as a
knee-jerk response to any thought,
word, tradition or public action that
does not suit us.
But it's becoming downright
tedious to tiptoe around all the peo-
ple whom our words or opinions
might offend, and it seems to me the
whole effort is taking more energy
than it’s worth.
I grew up in Virginia, close to
George Washington's Mount
Vernon estate; for most of my
younger years, the cabins on the
estate were clearly marked “slave
cabins,” for the benefit of inquiring
tourists. In time, however, a group of
angry citizens insisted Mount
Vernon change the word “slave” to
“servant,” because they found the
word “slave” singularly offensive.
No one, they asserted, could ever
own another human being. So down
went the sign, and up went another
with the words “servants’ cabins.”
This sign worked for several
years, until another group of citizens
claimed to be offended by the word
“servants.” George Washington did-
n’t pay “servants.” they insisted. He
owned slaves. George Washington
shouldn’t look like a benevolent
employer of paid servants, when he
was really the buyer and seller of
human beings, and they thought the
sign should be corrected. The last
time I visited, the sign again read
How long are we going to dance
this kind of going-nowhere two-
Many women are offended when
men do not hold doors open for
them, because they view this as a
lapse in good manners. Other
women, however, have rudely
elbowed and even verbally insulted
men who open doors for them.
because they are offended by what
they view as sexist male condescen-
sion that presumes women cannot
open doors for themselves.
Last Christmas, I heard about one
little boy who wrote “Merry
Christmas!” in large letters on the
classroom bulletin board, as a part-
ing message to his classmates before
the holiday break. But another child
reproved him loudly in front of the
other children, claiming she was
offended by the “Merry Christmas”
message, because her family did not
Even more incredible is the
kindergarten teacher who was taken
to task by the school principal for
insisting her students say “please"
and “thank you” in the classroom.
Apparently, one student's mother
had complained to the principal that
this teacher was “teaching values" to
the children, and that making chil-
dren say “please” and “thank you”
was offensive’to the mother's own
value system. (Can you guess who
the principal supported here? She
supported the offended mother.)
Where does this end? At* we real-
ly going to operate in fear of the
people who make these asinine
claims of personal offense?
We’ve got AIDS on our
doorsteps; crazy militia groups orga-
nizing in the next town; international
terrorists capable of packing hydro-
gen bombs beneath their cuticles; a
large percentage of the nation’s
young children living in deep pover-
ty; and prisons so overpacked with
criminals we can only afford to keep
the VERY criminally insane behind
Shouldn't society's petty “offens-
es” be treated as nothing more than
laughable throwaways? We could
him many of our serious and legiti-
mate problems around overnight, if
we would take all the angry and liti-
gious energy we now use up being
offended by each other, and decided
to redirect that energy toward the
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Wednesday, December 10, 1997 Page 2
Volume 12, No. 50
DUVAL COUNTY PICTURE (ISSN-0894 4989) is published weekly,
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TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION
school. The facility csaM he
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That Is not good financial
new school. The old high school
coold be osed ass JaaiorMgh school
sod the janior high school caa be
It isa boikliag that houses nreny
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SfD School Choir Schedules
Wed., Dec. 10
Fri., Dec. 12
Tue., Dec. 16
Ths., Dec. 18
Fri., Dec. 19
8th Grade Choir at La Hacienda Nursing
8th Grade Choir at Special Ed. Conference,
BJJH Activity Center
Archie Parr Choir at S.D. High School
Christmas Assembly, H.S. Auditorium
8th Grade Choir Concert, BJJH Activity
Archie Parr Elementary Christmas Program,
S.D. High School Auditorium. (BJJH Choir
will join Parr Choir in Finale: "Silent Night/
Noche De Paz/Stille Nacht)
Archie Parr Elementary Caroling, Town
7th Grade Choir Musical - "Scrooge",
During BJJH Carnival, BJJH Activity
Center (2 shows)
NOTE: When scheduling allows, a few 7th Grade Choir membes
will join the 8th Grade Choir during some of their performances.
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Footprints In The Sand
/ dreamed that I had died.
The Lord and I walkedside by
side, leaving two sets of foot-
prints in the sand. Ahead in the
distance, I could see the pearly
gate of heaven. I took onelast
glance behind me, wanting to
remember all the footsteps I
had taken through Ife. Behind
me, over the smooth and easy
paths of my life's journey, ther
were two sets of footprints in
the sand. But where the road
was steep and difficult to travel,
there appeared only one set of
footprints. I asked the Lord this
question: "Lord,! believed that
you would walk by my side
through my life, during easy
times and difficult times. But
during the hard journeys, I see
only one set of footprints.
Why?" The Lord answered,
"My child, I was with you all
through your troveb, but along
the most difficult paths, /
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Waste Disposal Well Permit
Smith Tmm Disposal Inc . P O. Box 1655. Freer Teiai 7RT57
is applying to the Railroad Commission of Texas for a permit to
dispose of produced salt water or other oil and gas waste by well
injection into a porous formation mot productive of oil or gaa.
The app I ican t proposes to dispose of oil and gas waste into the
Number 2-, The proposed disposal y^l is located imiles Raxi of
Freer. Texas in the Loma Novia Field, in Duval County. The waste
water will be injected into strata in the subsurface depth interval
from 2850 to 3600 feet.
LEGAL AUTHORITY: Chapter 27 of Texas Water Code, as
amended. Title 3 of the Texas Natural Resources Code, as amended,
and the Statewide Rules of the Oil and Gsa Division of the Railroad
Commission of Texas.
Requests for a public hearing from persons who can show they
are adversely affected, or requests for further information concern-
ing any aspect of the application should be submitted in writing,
within fifteen days of publication, to the Environmental Services
Section, Oil and Gas Division, Railroad Commision of Texas, P.O.
Box 12967, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711 (Telephone: 512/
TO ALL CITIZENS OF
SAN DIEGO, TEXAS
The City of San Diego, Texas will hold a
Public Hearing to address the proposed 1998
City Budget The Public Hearing is scheduled
for 6:30 pjn., Thursday, December 11,1997 at
the City Hall Council Chamber, 404 S.
Mier, San Diego, Texas.
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