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in San Angelo Police Take Over Burpee Death Investigation
I just wonder what he was doing out at the lake? He was supposed to meet his wife at the gym at 6:00 and ended up way out there. Police do not suspect foul play at this time? Hmmm... OK. I know everyone is grieving for his family right now but this seems like the 1000 pound gorilla in the room to me.
I am so very sorry and am trying to remind myself that we at least know where he is and what happened to him, the not knowing is horrendous. He was a good kid/man and I wish him peace. May God bless you and keep you Rikki and Trevor.
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My Prayers go out to Rikki and Trevor. I can not even begin to imagine the heartbreak and devastation they are feeling at this VERY sad sad time. My heart is broken for them. Especially the very young Trevor. God, please wrap your loving arms around him, let your presence be known to him, and begin your healing on him as only you can do. Then please begin this same thing with with Rikki.
Also Lord, please forgive Random Pants for making such a cruel and insensitive comment. Help them to see the error of their way and guide them as they make a sincere public apology to the wife and son of this deceased soldier. Amen..........
Oh no, you called me names, what ever will I do? You're right, though; no worries. Your comment proves my point better than anything further I could say.
No worries Random Pants.
The great thing is that this service member served to protect your right to be ignorant and defamatory, while the meth-head served no purpose at all.
Nope. I stand by my original comment. Maybe it was the way the article was written but I just found the comment that his paychecks were going to stop strange. Had to ask myself and some others if it really works that way and the consensus was "no", but I suppose I could be wrong. No where was the family friend quoted in the article or was it indicated that a third party set up the fund. On top of that, the $5000 fundraising goal was over the top to me considering the cost of living in San Angelo and the fact that this soldier may have possibly gone AWOL. Sorry, my comment would have been said for any soldier in this situation, including my own spouse. I would not ask for money if s/he were AWOL, missing, whatever. I would not be okay with my friends asking for it. Everyone responds differently in stressful situations, but to me it would be wrong to pander at such a time. And nobody even implied that she "cashed out" or whatever words your moral outrage used to make a value - based judgement against me. I want everyone here screaming for an apology to think really long and hard if they would give money to that poor family down the street devastated by meth in the same situation. Heaven knows they don't have half the safety net this family does.
Nina, you seem to have a penchant for flaming. N'est pas?
Despite your ill attempt to derail this conversation, the final point is that a valuable member of our community was found - regardless by whom. Perhaps, you could be a valuable member of the community by using your words to make the world a better place.
...or continue your flaming
...but remember, karma's a *****!
I know this family personally, grew up with his wife, she was my best friend we all graduated high school together, how can someone so cruelly comment something to the effects that Rikki was trying to get money out of people? I'm appalled at people... The fund was set up by friends, and set up when he was still missing, I have no doubt in my mind she wasn't thinking about life insurance but how do I tell my little boy his daddy's never coming home again, or I'll never see my husband again. Prayers and love to you Rikki Burpee for your strength and service as an army wife to our country and to you Stephen Burpee for your service to our country!!
Interesting that it took regular people to find this man, after "searches by law enforcement." What did LE do, never leave the pavement out there? Unnecessarily tragic, to do a light look-over and leave it to the citizenry to find this vehicle.
My prayers and condolences go out to the loved ones of Staff Sergeant Stephen Burpee. As for the obviously ignorant comment made about insurance, I think that was a cruel and unthinkable thing to say. The most considerate thing to do would be to make a sincere apology to his wife and family.
I'm am so surprised foul play wasn't the first expectation of this! I know it's still being investigated and I pray they ask the RIGHT people about this situation. Family and friends get to get a better understanding of this horrible incident and a better peace of mind. This outcome is so sad and the search a friend and I did was emotional! This gentleman is going to be missed! I'm sorry for his family and friends.
in Cavender's Boot City is Coming to San Angelo
It's about time, been needing this for years! Associates at Blair's are so rude, won't shop there anymore. Maybe prices will be a bit more competitive now.
in POLL: Majority See No Benefit of Oil Boom
Having grown up in the Permian Basin, an oil boom is not a new thing to me. But lots of our citizens seem to be willing to adopt the premise that change and progress upset their sandbox! Since San Angelo has always relied on property taxes as the main source of revenue for schools and government, we pay a high rate of tax. That was just increased with the ISD taking away the Homestead Exemption. But now, lots of those taxing entities are seeing new, or increased alternative sources of revenue. Sales tax revenue, Hotel/Motel tax revenue and new facilities on the tax rolls to pay ad valorem taxes on what was previously unimproved land. Our City government seems to be carrying their problems right through the prosperity and I expect their needs will be more basic than providing the public with new amenities. The other two big collectors, the School District and the County, seem to be doing a little better, and because they have been very tight with their budgets historically, they will all likely need some time to fulfill internal needs before showing the public lots of new benefits. This is where the un-noticed benefit comes. If taxing entities all need more money to operate, they tax. If they have an increased flow of income, they can take care of their needs without tax increases.
I understand no level of prosperity can be counted on forever, and I've seen enough comments full of wisdom about just how long our local prosperity might be around and what will happen when it tapers off. But I've also seen booms and busts multiple times before, and so far the sun has continued to come up in the East in spite of it all. So, if you ask me, I'm benefiting from the oil boom because it is helping shoulder the responsibility that previously had only property taxes to sustain.
My prayers go out to the family and friends!
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