West Texas News from San Angelo
in Pipe Hauler Turns into Passing Traffic, Ford Focus Crushed on U.S. 67 North
How does everyone know that her car had a lien on it, it may have been paid for? My money says that at the time she was more concerned about her child than the car.
in San Angelo Receives 5/100ths of Rain Monday
There is only one true 'Murican god and that's god. Our water woes are the result of the dark one...SATAN! God could give us water if he wanted to, but Satan does not want us to have it so they fight over it. Prayer is the only weapon against Satan. Because god obviously isn't powerful enough to make it rain without our being on our knees and pleading. Only then will 'Murican god care enough about us to vanquish evil and make it rain on us.
in Harley Crashes in Sunday Morning Motorcycle Excursion from Midland
Praise the lord she wasn't hurt worse.
in Fly, Back, Breast, Free: Coach David Hague Trains Generations of San Angelo Swimmers
One of my favorite coaches while attending Central High.
Great guy (and, with Val, great couple), great coach, great asset to San Angelo. Many of my father's happiest times were going to Master's events with David and Steve Boster all over the world.
in Police Officer Focuses Effort on Problem Areas Affecting San Angelo's Youth
Dumpsters, porta potties, clothing, toiletries, food provisions--all amenities which cost money. If I wanted to support human beings with limited senses of responsibility, I suppose I'd have children.
Runaway teens? Sounds like a case of parents dropping the ball, or not having the wherewithal or maturity to pick it up in the first place. The fallout of child neglect or lax parenting should not be society's burden to bear. If I own a business or stretch of land, I don't see how I'm responsible for turning my property into a squatter's haven for panhandling, drug use and public toilet.
Mentally ill? Again a family issue, POSSIBLY a state issue but definately not my issue. I fail to see how the common citizen/business owner should be seen as the last resort when it comes to destitute, psychotic individuals.
Addicts? These folks are probably the worst of the bunch, as I could possibly entertain a kid's story of a tumultuous home life or ponder the possibility of mental illness -- not so with willing, self destructive drug addled garbage. Sure these people "do whatever it takes to get by", and it usually takes victimizing the community or abusing entitlement programs to satiate their selfish needs. I've nothing against people who want to waste their lives laying drunk in their own vomit or digging the imaginary meth bugs from their sore covered faces -- so long as they're doing all this wonderful stuff and suffering the consequences on their own dime.
I'm dumbfounded by the "someone, somewhere, sometime, somehow" logic, which suggests that very REAL problems can be solved with hypothetical, faceless saviors with seemingly inexhaustible resources and time. WHO provides, WHERE do these provisions come from, WHEN does this plan of action take place and HOW and by what means will we set this charityfest into action?
I've problems and concerns of my own as do other self sufficient people in the community. We don't owe anyone a free lunch, spare change, restroom facilities, a place to get high, land to prop up a tent city and certainly not a backback of goodies as if they were overgrown kids off at camp.
in Sebring Collides With Train Near 12 Mile Bridge
to respond to the above, why? the newspaper is just trying to sell papers. They don't bother with good stories like these because the paper thinks they will be old news and uninteresting after printing deadlines delay the stories from being delivered to your doorstep for many hours or a day or more. that is why newspaper is a dying news form. Local tv news is similar it takes a while to get a crew out to a site to cover a news story, then edit it for broadcast, and finally you have to wait for 6pm or 10pm to see the story. That is why sanangelolive.com is great, its the fastest way to get the news and the coverage is uber fresh.
in Two Horses Die After Leaving Local Bar
I get it the guy has had problems drinking and driving before. But, where is the logic? You can still get a public intoxication charge or injure yourself or others while riding your horse drunk. Think about the chance of two horses becoming untied at the same time and wandering off. That is fishy. Sounds like some jerk untied them as a stunt or joke and let them wander off. The moral of the story... call a taxi if you cannot drive or walk home from the bar...
a) People aren't praying hard enough
b) People are praying to the wrong God
c) The almighty in question has an interesting sense of humor--dropping 7 inches of rain in Mississippi in a two day period while Texas reservoirs have lost 240 billion gallons of water over the past 12 months.
First, you can continue to call them "transients", or bums, or hobos, or whatever makes you feel better. San Angelo wants to act like a city of 100,000 residents doesn't have a homeless population. It does. And if you know anything about the homeless in America, most of them start out as runaway teens, and/or are mentally ill. They're victimized on the streets. They're addicts. They do whatever it takes to get by. And since we closed all the psychiatric hospitals years ago, and no longer consider homelessness a crime, or arrest people for vagrancy, most cities in Texas have figured out a way to co-exist with them. There's a matter of enforcing existing laws, and keeping people safe. I understand that. But forcing them to move their camps from place to place isn't an answer. I guess if you harass them enough you can force them to move on to Austin or San Antonio? That's the humane thing to do, isn't it? How many are parolees, dumped into west Texas halfway houses by TDCJ & FBOP? What, if anything, can be done to transition them from living in a tent on the Concho back into society? Or are they just disposable? I'm the furthest thing from some bleeding heart liberal, but you're talking about these people like they deserve to be executed for being poor and displaced. Do you know that in 2013, for the first time in our country's history, 1 million public school children were classified as homeless? Do you know how many homeless people are actually employed but can't afford housing? If you want to pop them on misdemeanors for littering or crapping all over the place, get it on. Or we could put a dumpster and a Port-a-Potty down there. Are any of the charitable organizations aware of them? Could they benefit from some clean clothes and a freaking toothbrush...or some toilet paper? Do they use the soup kitchen? Do we know anything about these people except that they're down on their luck? If nothing else, buy them a backpack, fill it with goodies, and tell them to hit the road.
Keeping locals kids out of there is a complete separate problem, and should be policed differently. San Angelo has had a youth drug problem since I was a kid in the 1970's.
Why is it that this is the only place these stories can be read?
Of course they pass through at a high rate of speed...such is life out in the county. Those RR cross bucks sign mean stop, not fly across and hope a train its not coming.
As littles as it was it was still a blessing. Hopefully a sign of things to come.
in San Angelo Rumor Mill: Insider Lends Insight on New Walmart(s) Question(s)
James Gill, I would suggest this country is great despite the workings of the free market. The state and federal governments have, to a large degree, protected the average worker from the cannibalistic depredations of the free market capitalist on our soil. That is not to say workers in the United States have a reasonable chance at the "American Dream" but at least they aren't subjected to the effects of actual free market labor. You want to have a better understanding of the free market, look at the exploitation of children and laborers in Southeast Asia. What we experience in the United States is a significantly diluted version of your cherished "free market."
Furthermore, your blind support of a faceless, profit-hungry entity over the the individuals with small businesses who actually make up our community is what is wrong with this country. You state Walmart is a better option because they offer you a product for a slight discount, yet you fail to consider the detrimental effects of that discount. In the same breath, I imagine you rail against the moocher underclass that relies on government subsidies to put food on their tables. Here is a newsflash, those government subsidies are keeping Walmart's prices low for you. So, assuming you pay taxes, you are subsidizing your own discount so Walmart shareholders can have a little larger dividend. I hardly call that capitalism.
Headliner sounds like something from back in the day. Two horses die after leaving local bar, two drunk solders and prostitutes still missing!! (:
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