Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 95, No. 35, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 12, 2003 Page: 1 of 10
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10 Pages, 1 Section, 2 Inserts seminoie (Gaines county), Texai 79360 02003 Wednesday, February 12,2003
By Dustin Wright Precinct 2 Commissioner Craig the consideration, went on to say that the previous Court did vote to Lopez went on to state to the ‘There is a very great concern
Gaines County Commiss- Belt, who voted against the that the decision was made in a appropriate $50,000 for building Commissioners that in his opinion among the people of this county
ioners voted 3-2 against the proposal. “It was put off for what previous court and that it was not materials towards the house and the current house is suitable about the way that their tax money
proposal of advertising for a bid on reason 1 don’t know, but it is not an easy decision. that all of the precincts had men housing. is used,” said Hunter. “And mosi
materials for the golf right. Something should have been “The man was promised available to help with construction. “We didn’t vote to build a new were very dissatisfied.”
superintendent’s house during the done at.the time of hiring (Scott adequate and suitable housing by “I feel that we need to keep house,” said Judge House. “The Scott Nichols, the goll
Court’s regular meeting held Nichols).” the Court,” said Garrett. “Or he our commitment to him (Nichols),” Commissioners’ Court can not superintendent for Gaines County
Monday morning at the “It’s not an easy decision on would have not quit his other job.” said Garrett. “Because we didn’t make a promise.” Golf Course said th&t he had nc
Commissioners’ Courtroom, with my part,” Belt said. “I know the “This is not something but for say we would build him a new Prior to the discussion and comment at this time about the
County Judge Judy House voting pros and cons, and I feel it is a great the benefit of Mr. Nichols and for house, but when I got to checking vote of the advertising proposal, the situation,
against the proposal after a 2-2 tie. injustice on me having to make a the golf course as a whole,” Garrett on double-wide trailer houses, Commissioners heard from Robert Local Emergency Plan
on to say. moving houses and quite possibly Hunter, who expressed his concerns Robert Barrett, the Emergency
Garrett then went on to state buying the house he is living in and of the housing. Management Coordinator for Uk
various things, this seemed like the In his presentation. Hunter county, came before the
best course of action.” presented a list of 545 signatures Commissioners with a revisec
Precinct 1 Commissioner of county residents who were Local Emergency Plan for the
• Robert Wood, who also voted in opposed to the housing proposal. See Memorial... Page 2
favor of the advertisement, stated ^ B| ■ fMM
that the four finalists that were T
interviewed by the Court considered
“Since this is a county facility
Pjj I think to
1 think the people in my part of (he
a problem with
him a house because we loid him t.
fi P of Precinct voted against the
■ I } proposal, stated to the Court that the . **M'**omJL*M+
.Ak lounty a,rcady has an exi8ti* WHITE WATER RAPIDS ,
r | J' *. - * * , . . . This Are hydrant, located at the comer of Southwest 4* St. and
%W , . 1 “1,nlc we ncedc<1 to Southwest Ave. F was just one of several hydrants that were flushed out
JMIBhII ground rules from step one,” said Monday afternoon In Seminole. The hydrants are flushed periodically
Lopez. “We as a Court dropped the thoughout the year to test that the hydrants are working property, just in
mJ/M ball.” case of an emergency situation.
have taken care of this matter when Commissioner Ray Garrett of
it was presented to the Court,” said Precinct 3, who voted in favor of
Trustees Call May 3 Election
and Appoint Election Judges
Seminole ISD Trustees called as the Early Voting Judge. Business Manager; Allan Bryson,
for a May 3 election for the at-large Contract Extensions Director of Supporting Services;
seats of Bob Cosby, Paul Odgen and In Executive Session, the Pat Winters, Director of
Kevin Chiles during a regular board considered and approved Technology; Army Salinas,
meeting held Monday night held at contract extensions for Mark Beaty, Director of Athletics; Linda Wright,
the Seminole ISD Administration Director of Instruction; Johnny Hill, See School Board Page 2
,.,.rn“rs; Wounded Seminole
Trustee Rob Bowers absent from ________W____•_ _
Appointment of Election
Seminole Police Lieutenant Darrell Hobbs, wounded in a shooting
A LEAGUE OF ‘THEIR* OWN
incident January 26 that also resulted in the death of an 18-year-old
Seminole Maiden softball player Sara Jo Chiles and Seminole ISD Superintendent Doug Harriman are pictured Carroll Haralson was voted on Seminole woman, is home after spending several days in Covenant
together shortly after the ceremonial first pitch of the first ever Seminole Maiden softball season. Superinten- and appointed as the Election Judge Medical Center following the shooting.
dent Harriman threw out the first pitch, while Chiles caught Harriman’s throw. Full results of the Maidens first for the May 3 election by the board, Hobbs still has to travel to Lubbock once a week for treatment
double-header against the Odessa High Lady Bronchos will be available in the Sunday edition of the Sentinel. whiie Carole Ehrlich was selected but he had recovered enoueh to be released from the Lubbock hosnitaL
You Just Say 'Huh?'
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Vol. 95 No. 35
By Lynn Brisendine
Somethings in the headlines and on
the screens these past few days make a
person sit back and go "huh?"
The Iraqi war deal gets stranger and
stranger. Monday stories were being aired
saying France, Germany and Russia were
fomenting plans using both the United •
Nations and NATO to thwart the U.S. war
plans. The kicker in the deal, the thing
that made us go "huh?," is that these
nations did this without consulting us.
They are using an organization we began,
„ funded and backed with military might for
decades to defend against communism,
specifically armed intervention from the
Now the main nation making up that
"old evil empire," Russia is using our
coalition against us.
All of this comes on the heels of
some frank talk last week that these
"allies" have some explicit and interesting
ties with Saddam. The finger of accusation
is mainly being pointed at France. In fact
one TV "expert" on the near east, an
internationally renowned businessman
and talking head from Pakistan on Fox
network, said some tough things about the
He claims the French are worried
about what we will find out should we take
Iraq and depose the despot. He said that
the European nation along with its
conspirators .have done some strange
things to ensure continued cash flow from
business dealings and the important oil
flow for energy purposes from Saddam.
The alleged dealings could be construed by
the Bush administration as collusion with
a terrorist state.
All of us remember President Bush's
proclamation, "If you're with them (the
terrorists) you are against us." France,
Germany and Russia aren't becoming
confirmed 'peaceniks' as much as people
doing good business with a bad guy. And
they are worried about two things. The
first being a loss of lucrativedealings with
Iraq. And second the possibility of losing
face with the U.S. If not worse.
Now comes Iran, another member of
the "Axis of Evil" wanting to make deals
with us. Huh? The mad mullahs are
offering their help in the possible coming
war against Iraq. They have made some
statements that they would provide aid and
safety to any U.S. pilots unlucky enough to
be shot down and land near or in their
The amazing part of this is that
while they shout anti-American slogans
calling us vile names, they turn around
and make overtures our way. Perhaps their
hatred of Saddam takes precedence over
their hatred of the American Satan. The
enemy of my enemy is my... the friend of
my... I get so confused...
Speaking of anti-American demon-
strations brings up one of the segments of
the most recent television showings of 60
The reporter aired tape of a huge
crowd setting fire to American Flags and
hoisting anti-American placard. The
Crowd was close to the third member of the
President's "Axis of Evil." In fact the
crowds were some miles away from what
could be the scariest member of the hated
bunch, North Korea. The demonstration,
however, was south of that noxious place.
It was in South Korea, in Seoul. A nation
which exists simply because we choose
they live on, seems to be more afraid of
their cousins than they fear losing our
friendship. We lost over 30,000 of our ‘
soldiers, who died, keeping them free. We
spend millions a year, keeping them free.
They badmouth us and I ask, "huh?"
They burn our flag and call us
names. The reporter asked the command-
ing general in South Korea his thoughts
on the matter. He sat straight, looked
serious and said we need to stay in Korea.
He was thankful that the United States
remains above the fray and thinks globally
and strategically about who we back and
who we fight. He said, unequivocally, that
we should stay in Korea. We should stop
any invasion and we should defeat North
Korea if it comes to that. We do this to
allow them the continued freedoms to burn
our flag and say uncomplimentary things
about us. That was just one of the telling
points of the interview.
At that point the reporter looked at
the general and said, "So, how do you feel
about the South Korean's burning our
flag?" The general's "all business exterior"
began to fade. He slumped in his chair. He
fought and lost a battle with tears. It was a
meaningful and touching moment. He
didn't like it one bit. He immediately took
back control of his emotions and said, "I
don't like anyone burning my flag." He has
At that moment I thought to myself
that it was a good thing I don't make
foreign policy. Because, I would be
tempted to pull our troops from harm's
way and let the Korean peninsula regroup.
We could go back in a few years and see
what has happened. Except that won't
work. The North Koreans (who are certain
to take over) wouldn't allow a free press
access to their newly concurred territory.
And they wouldn't allow anyone to bum
their flag in a public protest.
All of this gets pretty simple, really.
Every one of these nations can decry the
United States because they know we will
take it and go on about our business. We,
(unlike all the rest) are above the name
calling and insults.
But, I've been thinking about this for
a few days now. And it came to me that we
could get back at France. Let's exile
Michael Jackson to that friend of our
enemy, or enemy of our friend... I get
The (once famous for singing and
dancing) 20th century super star was
filmed during his (real) life last year and
the information coming our way about him
is strange, to say the least.
It is apparent after watching only a
small segment of the hours long event that
this guy needs professional help. It also
made it clear that if super stardom and
millions of bucks buys you that kind of a
life, then thank goodness I'm a no talent
kind of guy.
Sending the former pop star wierdo
to the French would suit him and them
and us. Last week's chiller about Jackson
was another news story which had us
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