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What if corporations actually told the truth

You’re really lucky. I actually started this off as a serious diatribe on separation of church and state. But honestly, the best summation of that whole premise is the idea of what happens when … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Last evening, July 23, 2016, I attended the regular meeting of the Fort Stockton Independent School District. This was the first time I have attended a school board meeting.  I … more

Memorable visit to Fort Stockton

Dear Editor, I’m writing to express how satisfying my New Year’s Eve was in Fort Stockton. I pulled into town for the night on my way home to Covington, LA, from Silver City, NM, where … more

Thinking Out Loud

Time for a normal presidential candidate According to one pundit, the current crop of leaders-of-the-free-world-to-be all look like they just bit a pickle except Rubio. And he’s looking a little … more

Sadness for those who grieve, but joy returns

Two people were buried this last week that I thought a lot of, and would like to have known better.  There is a certain amount of resignation to the death of those we love when it happens at older … more

An embarrassment of fluffiness is on its way

Have you ever had a person you just thought the world of, to the point where you couldn’t resist embarrassing or annoying them whenever possible?  It’s kind of like when you’re playing at … more

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to take a minute and tell you that you and your staff are doing a great job. I really enjoyed the Feb 25 edition. In particular, I like the following articles: The one on Lance … more

Thinking out loud about Independence Day

Stood outside at 4 a.m. this morning, letting the cool desert wind ruffle my hair in the darkness, and thought big thoughts, while the small ones skittered around in the wind trying to keep their … more

Things I don’t think, for a change

There are a lot of things I don’t think should happen in this life. There aren’t many of them I can do a lot about, but if I can influence just one person to change their mind… well, it won’t … more

Private property rights take center stage

If you are a citizen who believes in constitutional rights to private property, be prepared for outrage. I've included, verbatim, an excerpt from the Texas Utilities Code, Section 121.001 on a … more

Overhaul broken foster care system

How many children in foster care have to be abused and retraumatized before the state finally realizes it has a problem? On March 9 a group of dedicated employees from the Texas Department of … more

Thinking Out Loud

Thinking about polls, right or wrong I took a poll, and Clinton and Trump, the major parties’ front runners for president of these here United States, both have major issues. If you believe the … more

What the Pope’s visit means for Texas

After Pope Francis visited Mexico last week, his message should resonate across the border and throughout the great state of Texas. We have so much to learn from the Pope's guidance, particularly … more

Winning the fight for $15

Millions of low-paid Americans rang in 2016 with a raise as a handful of state minimum wage increases went into effect on the first day of January. Many of those raises are a barely noticeable 15 … more

It’s a dangerous world in here, people

I’m really getting tired of being told I’m doing everything wrong. And I do mean everything. And no, I’m not talking about my husband. I can tell he thinks I’m doing something wrong when he … more

Pioneer under fire: Slammed in Monahans paper

I’ve never written an opinion column in my life, but last Thursday, I read a villainous article slandering The Fort Stockton Pioneer and felt bothered enough to publish my own personal opinion on … more

Every child has a chance — you

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) has been in the news lately for failing to protect children in the state’s care. If we only focus on this issue when it is in the news, it can be easy to miss … more

Dear Editor,

We represent some of the affected landowners [in the condemnations brought by Trans-Pecos Pipeline], and you are right — they are being railroaded. Unfortunately, under Texas law the condemnation … more

Finally realizing I’m someone’s mother-in-law

We all have a habit of identifying ourselves as someone’s someone—and this is multiplied in small towns. I couldn’t count the times I walked in a store and heard, “Aren’t you Miz Barron’s … more

Thinking Out Loud

Why Valentine’s Day matters to wives, too I’m trying to be better about thinking ahead a little when I’m writing for y’all, and this is fair warning that one of the twistier holidays is … more
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