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to the editors
Disrupting traffic at the
WE AT THE HEMPHILL COUNTY Sheriffs Office are asking for
your help. Anytime that the sirens go off or we put an emergency out
over the radio, the phones start to ring. At times we log over 30 phone
calls in just a few minutes. Most of the time, there is only one dispatcher
handling the dispatch during any emergency and they have to call
another employee in to assist with the phone traffic load.
Usually by the time the second one arrives, the traffic is slowing
down and the dispatcher is way behind on logging the important times
and information that actually occurred in calling out the fire depart-
ment, ambulance service emergency rescue people and other officers to
assist. Then the people involved in or related to the emergency come in
and want accurate information on what happened to their loved ones.
Please do not call at these times. The dispatcher handling the
emergency also has to handle airport traffic, Roberts County radio and
their 9-1-1 as well as our 9-1-1, the fire phone, fire and EMS pagers,
county radio traffic as well as Sheriff Officers’ traffic, the teletype, any
calls they need to make involving the emergency, DPS radio traffic,
cellular calls and other emergencies that arise.
We don’t mean to be rude or short. But we plead with you: Do not
call at these times!
Thank you for your help in this matters.
A. DEAN BUTCHER, SHERIFF
An education crisis
TEXAS SCHOOL CHILDREN MAY SOON BE ASKING: “Where is
my teacher?” or "Who will be my teacher?”
Education in Texas is facing the worse crisis in the history of the
state. Teachers are leaving the classroom to pureue careers in which
they are paid salaies that will enable them to support their families, as
well as receive insurance benefits. College students, who would truly
love to teach, cannot afford to pursue a teaching degree knowing they
will not be able to provide for their families.
Texas ranks 35th in the nation in teacher’s salaries and Texas ranks
50th in the nation in its contribution (6%) to the teacher’s retirement
fund. Although the state pours huge amounts of money into the ERS
retirement fund (raising it again in the last legislative session), it ignores
the TRS, which has not been improved in 22 years! Also, teachers are
not provided with any insurance benefits unless their local district picks
up the tab.
On March 1, Texas teachers are having a legislative rally in Austin.
Teachers, your superintendents received letters in January of 1998
requesting that this day be set aside on your 1998-99 school calendar to
enable you to attend this rally. Hopefully they did this. If you are not
being given this day like many schools are, please take a personal day
and be in Austin to help your fellow educators make Texas legislators
aware of the crisis school children and teachers are facing. Contact your
legislators and set up a meeting with them March 1 to discuss these vital
issues. Impress upon your legislators that the state must fully fund any
increases and not keep putting the financial burden on the backs of the
local school districts.
Parents, come and help us rally, too. Please write letters, as well as
call, your legislators to support your children’s teachers.
Let’s have a great rally on March 1 at 10:00 a.m. on the South steps
of the capitol. See you there! If you need mere information about this
rally e-mail httpyAvww.lcc.net/~penpaW or call 254-968-3662.
First Grade Teacher for 25 years
Stephenville, Texas 76401
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By Louis Dubose in The Texas Observer
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flsKED HIS OPINION of the mildly partisan
J«Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, Adlai Steven-
son responded that he had “always found Saint Paul
appealing and Saint Peale appalling." It’s difficult to
imagine Governor Bush coming up with a line that
memorable. It’s also difficult to imagine Reverend
Peale taking credit for resurrecting the campaign of
any president with whom he had prayed, predicting
the election of yet another—or for that matter, re-
counting a dialogue he recently held with God. (“God
said, ’James, you’re praying with a greater maturity
now.’ I said, ’I don’t understand. Lord.’ He said, 'You
were like so many others....’") You might not buy the
fundamentalist argument that we live in End Times.
But it’s hard to argue that we do not live in Odd
James Robison is a fundamentalist Christian
preacher who lives in Arlington His television rou-
tine always includes an attack on Roe. v. Wade, the
Supreme Court decision guaranteeing women the
right to abortion. Robiaon claims he is the child of a
rapist -and that his mother would have sought ont
an abortion fifty-six years ago, had Roe v. Wade been
In the years since that fateful misstep, he has
organized an overseas mission system, taken his ser-
mons to the airwaves, so Influenced Ronald Reagan's
public policy that Reagan’s aides (Robison says) told
him how much they resented his influence, and min-
istered to George Bush, elder and younger. Even by
the standards of the televangelists of the eighths and
nineties, his preaching tends to the histrionic.
On the morning of the inauguration he was
preaching to the converted—including the entire tap
of the Republican ticket, carried into office two
months earlier by George Bush; Comptroller Carole
Keeton Rylander, Land Commissioner David De-
whurst, Ag Commissioner Susan Combs, Attorney
General John Comyn, Lieutenant Governor Rick
Perry, and the Governor himself. Also present waa
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Ezzell, Nancy & Brown, Laurie Ezzell. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 109, No. 57, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 11, 1999, newspaper, February 11, 1999; Canadian, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth746400/m1/4/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.