Commentary

Can you think of a better place to invest?

Neighbor Grover sez many a farmer knows a bumblebee is faster than a John Deere tractor.

We let a guest column by a wonderful writer occupy our space here last week, so here's a couple of belated comments:

• Congratulations to Coach Jeff Miller, his staff and his Tigers on their fine 8-3 season and third straight playoff appearance. The Tigers had much going for them this year, and the injury loss of four seniors who occupied 5 of the 22 starting offensive and defensive positions really affected the last few weeks. But injuries are part of football and the team never backed off 100 percent effort.

Jeff has always paid tribute to his players as being "quality kids who give it their all." Kids generally give their all when they've got quality coaching staff/role models. Jeff and his fine staff have brought much-needed stability and success.

• That brings us to basketball and—thanks to that new high school gymnasium provided by taxpayers—Coach Dusty Loewe's Tigers will host a tournament this week, Thursday through Saturday.

RHS once hosted 16-team boys and girls tournaments through the 1960s and 1970s, and even had some smaller tourneys into the early 1990s. But the facilities over a half-century became cramped, and teams opted to enter tourneys at towns with newer facilities.

Now it's our turn again. If you toured the new high school at the dedication, you know what an outstanding facility it is, from science labs to library. If you haven't done so, please do. It's quite an investment in our young people, and what better place to invest?

• Rockdale Rotary Club's annual "Coats for Kids" drive continues. Needed are new and clean, gently-used coats and jackets of all sizes: Pre-K through high school. You can drop them off at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Many of you have already done so. Chamber President Denice Doss said the coats are being delivered as they arrive to the school nurses who distribute them to needy students.

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Follow ing came v ia cyberspace so we can't attest as to the authenticity, but the message is certainly a good one.

Reasons to keep an open mind about the opinions of others:

• "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."— Popular Mechanics, 1949.

• "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."—Decca Records, rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

• "The w ireless music box has no imaginable commercial value."—David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urging for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

• "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."—Ken Olson, Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

• "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."—Western Union internal memo, 1876.

• "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"—H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

• "Heav ier-than-air f ly ing machines are impossible."—Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

• "If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."—Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3M Post-It notepads.

• "The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."—Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, 1873.

bill@rockdalereporter.com


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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