Randy Keck's blog
The reaction to a column in another newspaper last week led me to think about our community, and how it was so misinterpreted by someone who moved into Parker County to publish a newspaper.
I have come to know Parker County in whole, and Aledo in particular, over 20 years of publishing The Community News. And the number one word that comes to me when I think of where I live is “community.”
Woven into the word and into the very fabric of where we live is “unity.”
After publication of this column last week, I was asked to share it online. I originally wrote it in 2007, but it seemed applicable to the last few weeks. I hope you enjoy.
Rainfall for 2015 has been WAY above average, especially after the last few years of drought, and I decided that a good investigative reporter ought to be able to find out why. But where do you go to check for such things?
I found the answers I was looking for at the Rainfall Division of the Heavenly Office of Answered Prayers (HOAP). Don’t ask me how I reached them – it’s a confidential source.
Celebrating today I am struck by the courage, wisdom and idealism of our founders about this time of year in 1776.
Courage because they must have known that simply declaring independence didn't necessarily make it so. They were fully aware that gaining independence would involve military conflict with one of the strongest armies on the face of the earth.
Wisdom because the principles upon which are nation are founded are timeless: all men (and women) are created equal. Giving the people a voice was at the heart of what has made our country strong.
Idealism because, again, they were willing to entrust this nation to the people. Certainly the type of democracy established made allowances for representation of states and of people, they were still willing to entrust the future to what people said at the ballot box, and not through force of arms.
Freedom is a wonderful concept. Let us celebrate our freedom this day, and also remember that freedom does not come without cost or sacrifice. Many have paid a dear proice to protect and earn the freedoms we enjoy.
So let us never forget that with freedom comes responsibility – they go hand-in-hand. It is not only appropriate to enjoy our freedoms today, but to accept the responsibility of handing them over to future generations.
As the founders said at the conclusion of the Declaration of Independence, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
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I am writing this message to let our subscribers know that you will probably not receive your paper in the mail this week until Saturday.
The United States Post Office in Aledo has implemented a new system that caught us off guard this week. I was informed two weeks ago that under the new system, we would not be able to mail our papers after 4 p.m. on Thursday. When our papers arrived at the post office at about 3:30 yesterday, the post office refused to accept the mailing because it was after 3 p.m.
This is yet another in a growing list of new procedures over the last year that make one thing entirely clear: the post office does not want our business.
An item is on the agenda for the Willow Park City Council's Monday, Nov. 15 agenda regarding the city's official newspaper of record. We anticipate that at that time, the city council will vote to change the city's newspaper of record from The Community News to the Weatherford Democrat. We will attempt to have the following statement read into the record during the discussion of this issue. However, it is unclear whether the statement will be allowed, so we put it here for the historical record.
For more than 15 years The Community News has proudly served the residents of Willow Park, working harder and longer than any other news source to bring news and information about the city to its residents.
Special Commentary from publisher Randy Keck:
This commentary is a highly unusual event for The Community News, but under the circumstances I felt that this information needed to be sent out before the next issue of our newspaper goes to press.
If you talk to Willow Park City Administrator Candy Scott, you may see bus tire treads running up and down her back. Another newspaper has been reporting stories that place the blame for Willow Park’s current budget problems squarely on her shoulders.
It is not the purpose of this commentary to critique the way our competitors handle their reporting; nor is it to delve into the reasons for Willow Park’s financial mess. But there is information you, as readers of either or both newspapers, should know.
Aledo First & 10 at Brenham 37
1 - Gray stopped for loss of 4 (2nd & 14)
2 - Pass to Michael Mann, gain of 17 - First Down at B 26
1 - OZEE KEEPER - TOUCHDOWN
1st & 10 at B 23
1 - 42 yard pass to Edwards to A 35
1 - Green carry to A 32 (Gain of 3, 2nd & 7)
2 - QB stopped for loss by Devin Davis (3rd & 8)
3 - New QB (Michael Buro) TD Pass to Edwards
Kickoff to Rob Blowers at the 22, returned to 36.
1 - Gray up the middle to 40, 2nd & 6
2 - Gray up the middle to 43, 3rd & 3
Back for the Third Quarter, with Aledo kicking off
Kick to B 7, Moore return to 22 (14 yd return)
1 - 6 yd carry, 2nd & 4
2 - Pass to Green for 14 yds, First Down at B 40
1 - 2 yard carry, 2nd & 8
2 - Incomplete pass intended for Edwards
3 - Pass to Michael Walker - measurement for 1st down, about a foot short
4 - QB Keeper for 2
1 - Troy Green stopped at line *** FLAG *** Holding on offense
(Penalty yardage to B 40) 1st & 21
1 - Screen pass - no gain (2nd & 21)
2 - Green carries to 45 (3rd & 16)
3 - Incomplete Pass (4th & 16)