Morgan school

Some time back I was looking at the large blow-up photographs in the halls of the Centennial building, and I saw a mention of the Morgan School. The Morgan School?  

We know that the Hispanic kids went to the Centennial School, and the Anglos went to the Central School, according to the pre-1969 wisdom. But who went to the Morgan School?

When in doubt, you turn to the Archives of the Big Bend in the Sul Ross Library. All became clear. It was the black kids who went to the Morgan School. All three or four of them in Alpine.

So we did not need to build a big, huge building for three or four kids. We bought a small existing building from -- get this -- MorganGordon! Obviously someone who needed only a first name.  

And we learn that Morgan Gordon was the father of Lewis Gordon, our late (and sorely missed) Alpine chef! And the Gordons were already black, so there would be no difficulty sending the black kids there. Wonderful how things work out.  

But 1969 was the year of integration, as old Mr. Gallego once told me. So the Morgan School was torn down. a

Just as well -- it was not actually a historic structure like the wonderful "castle" that once rose up north of the tracks. Just a small wooden building.  

And now you know.

Peter Chase


Nativity thanks

Two additional names slipped from my fingers as I was typing our "Live Nativity thank yous!”  

They are Scott Wassermann and James Bonsell. Thank you, gentleman!

 Brad and Karen McGuire


Property rights

Private property rights: Do the people of Texas have any? The answer is NO!

The laws in Texas have been twisted by big corporations (oil and gas) to allow them to take people's private property without due process of the law.

It doesn't matter that it's a for-profit company saying that their project is a utility. They threaten property owners with a lawsuit that THEY can afford, but that the landowners cannot, so that the landowners have to submit to having their land surveyed against their will.

They squeeze the landowners so that they get nothing for having their property destroyed. A for-profit corporation shouldn't have that kind of power. The government should protect the landowners against them and it does not, especially here in Texas.

The unconstitutional taking of private property should be foremost in people's minds. It doesn't seem important until it's your property, and someday it could be your property under attack. Companies like Energy Transfer Partners force projects like the Trans-Pecos Pipeline on communities. We have no way to fight back.

These companies are worth billions and they can afford to change the route so that it doesn't impact so many. If they weren't able to use eminent domain these companies would be forced to negotiate with property owners instead of using threats and taking property for less than fair compensation.

The people of Texas should be worried because it could happen to anyone. The land you think is yours can be taken in a heartbeat.

If nothing else concerns you about the pipeline, this should make you sit up and take notice. If it's not this pipeline it could be the next one. 

Karen Nakakihara


Super heroes

Alpine ISD serves approximately 1,070 students. Texas has more than 5 million students in its public schools.

That is 5 million young minds, ranging from about 5 years old to about 18 years old, and our state is attracting even more. Every year, across the state, our student population increases by about 85,000 additional students.

Those impressionable young people depend on the adults in Texas to provide for them. They need shelter and food and nurturing and an education.

Who will step up to see that ALL the children, not just the ones in our own households, have what they need in our schools?

In Alpine, seven outstanding individuals have offered to help and serve on the Alpine ISD Board of Trustees. In Texas, more than 7,200 generous people have offered to help.

These are people who receive no pay for their dedicated efforts. These are people who not only volunteer, but also go through the process of standing up for public education.

They are locally elected school board members. They are your neighbors, and they care.

These public servants donate their time and talents to ensure that ALL our children have the best public schools we can provide. These people sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large.

And make no mistake about it, the whole community benefits from good schools.

Each January, we pause in our regular activities to say thank you to these dedicated volunteers.

We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy on behalf of our children.

Our local school board members are truly heroes for our schools. Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January by expressing your support and gratitude to our school trustees. We are indebted to them.

Becky Watley, superintendent

Alpine ISD

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Karen- I couldn't agree more with your sentiments. I'm so glad that there are those in this community that are not only paying attention to- but talking about the issues we face. There is a disconnect here, and it leads back to ignorance (not stupidity) because there are those of us that would turn a blind eye to things and let them happen. When it is too late, we won't be able to use our voices- stand up now!

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