We recently subscribed to 2 small town newspapers. The Comanche Chief is based in Comanche, a town of about 4 thousand souls which is about 100 hundred miles from where we live. The Junction Eagle is published in the town of Junction, Texas, which is about 180 driving miles away (in a different direction). These weekly papers are now delivered to our mail box each week. (We were familiar with these 2 towns by having passed through each by car in recent years, and we actually stayed over night in Junction a couple of times.)
Each paper carries local news for their region, but also highlights news from the state capital city of Austin. But, it is noteworthy what one can read in the letters to the editor of these papers, and in the regular columns by the papers’ writers. The readers and staff writers are not calling for revolution, but rather reasonable approaches to reform. There is no hatred for the country in their words. In the small towns, folks are mostly concerned with operating small businesses and doing their daily jobs. There is not the obsession with polarizing ideology that one finds in so many big cities. People going about there every day lives do not have the inclination to pursue utopian social engineering schemes. Perhaps, common sense is more common out here away from the cities. My point here is that there are alternative points of view, and different ways of living.
Let’s acknowledge what we all know (for many, by personal experience) to be true of life in the cities in the US. The cities are very crowded. It is quite expensive to live in them. And, crime (both violent and property crime) is always a very real concern. The quality of life is not so good in American cities. Now, with the chaos and anarchy in the ideologically governed cities, it would not surprise me if many residents threw in the towel and left for the suburbs, or even for the small towns in the coming years.
We, my wife and I, visited Comanche yesterday. Gasp – there was a stone monument to Confederate soldiers, and it had not been toppled nor vandalized! We doubt the peaceful citizens would welcome or tolerate the senseless destruction going on in the cities. (You cannot erase history by burning books or destroying statues.) It was a pleasant day trip, and we will be posting some images of the town shortly.
Every electoral map found online shows this divide or dichotomy in the US. The cities throughout the country vote heavily for the Democrat party. The rural areas vote for the other party, the Republicans. Neither party is to our liking, as we are independents. But, it is instructive to note this difference between urban centers and out in the country. For many voters, I think they are voting against the other side more than voting for their party. When confronted with 2 evils, many folks opt to vote for who they think or feel is the lesser of the 2 evils. Of course, the problem with that, and with accepting the 2 major corrupt parties, is that one is still voting for an evil.
Let us now share a few relevant images before ending this post. These papers are peculiarly Texan at heart. These even have their crossword puzzles in the shape of the state of Texas.
This is the building that houses The Comanche Chief newspaper in Comanche, Texas. The paper was established in 1873.
We took this shot of the upper part of a sign or plaque on the wall that tells a little of the history of the newspaper.
Let us take a look inside now. The office also sells some books on local history and culture. One of the office staff was kind enough to duck out of the way for me to get this picture.
Here is a recent edition of the paper. (The local demonstrations were peaceful.) The hysteria over the Corona virus has impacted the local economy negatively. The county historical museum remains closed until July 1st.
Here is the other paper we subscribed to, The Junction Eagle (published since 1882).
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