Heart broken

I see change already; I see the beginning to the end happening so fast here in our Last Frontier that it breaks my heart.

To many you won’t understand how a pipeline can break someone’s heart, but it has mine.

I am not used to seeing large trucks moving large equipment through town that makes all traffic stop; I am not used to seeing the barren land in Sunny Glen that looks like Coyanosa; and I am not used to seeing a train pull 42-inch large pipes across a scenery that has never seen such a sight.

For these reasons it breaks my heart to see that all the hard work, the voices who spoke, the people who poured their hearts out and to know that this “deal” was probably made long before any of us citizens who aren’t in local government ever heard of it.

People did everything they were supposed to do to bring attention to our local government the lies, the trespassing, the permits that weren’t filed, selling our water and so many other things.

Yet I know that money was all that was seen. And now those who were sitting there are seeing it? Why wait until it’s too late to speak up?

Don’t forget to educate yourself before you vote, something I am doing this year for sure. 

I mourn what Alpine was already. We have lost the Last Frontier and for what?

I hope all this money people are thinking we are getting, gets you what you want.

When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.

I fight still; I fight for business, for land rights and no pipeline!

Ashley Baker

40-year resident


Love Run

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated, volunteered and supported our successful Beef Love Run 5K in Valentine on Valentine’s Day. 

A big thank you to Miss Jessie “Peanut” Garcia, a Valentine ISD student, who designed the love stamp that was used on all our advertisements.

This year we registered approximately 94 enthusiastic runners and walkers from all over the state.

Each participant donated one pound of lean ground beef to The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County. Additionally, we were able to donate funds to the Valentine Community Center.

Our sponsors this year included Aufdengarten Cattle Co., Big Bend Trailers, Big Bend Telephone, Capital Farm Credit, Fort Davis State Bank, Lonnie and Sandy Flippen, HighWest Outfitter, Dr. Iris Korus, Liz Rogers, Albert and Maralea Miller, Mountain View Properties, Porter’s Thriftway, Printco, Sproul Family Ranch and Stubbs Cattle Co.

A big shout-out goes to the man of the town, Coach Lonnie Flippen for all his patience and love; Valentine’s Mayor Chuy Calderon, his wife Viola and son Mark for all their efforts; and the food pantry ladies.

Also, Amanda Dyer, Jill Miller, Bethany and Tate Brookover, Curtis and Sara Pittman, Ellory Aufdengarten, Staci Schoenfeldt and, of course, Liz Rogers and Chachi Hawkins. 

We thank you all and apologize if anyone was not mentioned. This could have never been this successful this year without all the “Love.”

Janna Stubbs, Debbie Aufdengarten and Jennifer Sproul

Beef Love Run 5K organizers

Democratic socialism

Democratic socialism is as American as apple pie, giving industrial tycoons like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts the opportunity to build massive fortunes in railroads, steel and American oil.  

Socialists in the early 1900s led movements such as women’s suffrage, child labor laws, consumer protection laws and progressive income tax.  

In 1916, Victor Berger, a socialist congressman from Milwaukee, sponsored the first bill to create “the old age pensions.” The bill didn’t get far.  

During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt persuaded Congress to enact Social Security. Today, most Americans, even conservatives, believe Social Security is a good idea.  

What was once a radical ideal has become common sense.

FDR’s other New Deal legislation that covered minimum wage, workers’ freedom to form unions and public works programs to create jobs for the unemployed were first pushed by American socialists.

During our history, some of the most influential activists and thinkers, such as Jane Addams, John Dewey, Helen Keller, W.E.B. DuBois, Albert Einstein, A. Phillip Randolph, Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King Jr., Eugene V. Debs and Gloria Steinem were or are Democratic socialists.

During the war, people confused democratic socialism with communism. Democratic socialists opposed the totalitarian governments of the Soviet Union, China and their satellites.

Democratic socialism is about democracy -- giving ordinary people a greater voice in politics and the workplace.

This is why Sanders says that the U.S. should learn from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. These countries have greater equality, a higher standard of living for the working families, better schools, free universities, less poverty, a cleaner environment, higher voter turnout, stronger unions, universal health insurance and a much wider safety net.

Joyce Wright