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Readers praise Odessa High's FBLA success

To the Editor: Once again, students at Odessa High School demonstrate that small schools rule! Congratulations to the FBLA for its state and national achievements this year. Another fantastic job! Kudos to your advisor, Terri King. The support from...

 

Battery-free cell phones? Really!

SEATTLE – Cell-phone users are excited that the prototype for a battery-free cell phone might mean they could cut the cord to their chargers in the future. But the developing technology also may be a boon for the environment. Developed at the...

 
 By Wyatt Fraas    Opinion    July 20, 2017

When should farmers retire?

Retirement from a farm business may not mean moving away or giving up on mentoring the next generation, but it does entail transferring management decisions to someone else. It can be a gradual or sudden process. It may be driven by long-term goals,...

 

Letter to the Editor: Is testing emphasized today over teaching?

To the Editor: Many years ago, before 1940, most states had students take a test when they finished the eighth grade. If they passed the test, they could go on to high school. If not, they could keep trying to pass it until they were 16. When they...

 

Letter to the Editor: Changes coming for Crab Creek Coffee Haus

To the Editor: The next few months will be interesting at Crab Creek Coffee Haus. In July, I start working full time at Odessa Drug. Bonnie, Barbara, Rochelle and Elizabeth will be holding down the fort from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. I will be opening...

 

Letter to the Editor: Response to previous writer on gun control

To the Editor: In response to Patricia Bates letter regarding the U.S. gun culture: She states that congress can stop the violence simply by the laws they can pass, yet we already have laws prohibiting murder and assault. What further laws is she...

 

Letter to the Editor: CMR's contradictions on health care puzzle writer

To the Editor: Is it window dressing, bait and switch, or kabuki theatre? Our Representative for the 5th District in Congress, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is sponsoring legislation to provide three more years of funding teaching health centers to draw...

 

Letter to the Editor: U.S. gun culture decried; rep. is called to account

To the Editor, Has there been enough killing? It doesn’t matter if it was one of 20 children and seven adults killed at Sandy Hook, the recent shooting of six Congressmen or any of the 93 daily deaths (average) from guns. No one in our nation...

 

Letter to the Editor: Siegel throws hat into ring for mayoral race

To the Editor: Why am I running for Mayor of Odessa? Well, first off, I think we should have pride in living here and want to make this town a better place to raise a family in. Last year, no one ran for this office. Why not? Don’t you have city...

 

Letter to the Editor: Writer tells banking story of May 19, 2017

To the Editor: On my bank’s website it says, “Work with a local loan officer to customize a loan for you.” Oh, I was inspired because I wanted a $2,000 piece of equipment. I love banking online, because all my information is at my fingertips....

 

Letter to the Editor: Commission on voter fraud needed or waste

To the Editor: Based solely on his belief, the President created a commission to investigate the voter fraud of 3-5 million illegal ballots cast for Hillary Clinton. He has asserted that he would have won the popular vote were it not for these...

 

Ask Dr. Universe

Dear Dr. Universe: How do viruses affect animals? – Gianni, 10, Cayman Islands Dear Gianni, Our planet is home to more than seven million amazing animal species. While we have our differences, we also have something in common: We are all made up...

 

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Odessa's FBLA students, advisor, helpers

To the Editor,  Kudos to the FBLA and advisor Terri King for the excellence of the FBLA’s presentations and achievements!  They all are so fortunate to live in a small, rural community that cares so much about its youth.  Whether they realize...

 

Many physicians said to prefer single-payer system

Dr. Keith Paredes has seen it more times than he’d care to recall: A woman, bleeding heavily, comes to the ER. She needs an urgent surgical procedure, maybe even a blood transfusion, from a condition like untreated fibroids. She’s there because...

 

Letter to the Editor: Writer laments political hypocrisy on health care

To the Editor, The 5th Congressional District has around 696,000 people, with about 324,000 working-age adults. For all the people’s hard work, the mean income for almost 100,000 households hovers around $47,000 a year. However, it takes around...

 

Letter to the Editor: Poverty in 5th District should be addressed

To the Editor: Oh, the hypocrisy of it all. Our President Trump and his great unflinching supporter, our Congressional Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, promote the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a bill that would throw millions of...

 

Pastors' Corner

Much happens around Easter. Adults hide eggs, and children hunt passionately for them and the candy they hold inside. People spend significant amounts of money on that candy, as well as other gifts...

 

Constitutional amendment would prevent income tax

Former 13th District Senator Harold Hochstatter used to say, “The issue isn’t the issue; who decides the issue is the issue.” Right now, that is never more relevant than when talking about a state income tax. In Olympia, Democrats will tell...

 

Letter to the Editor: Former residents proud of OHS student success

An open letter to principal Jamie Nelson, science teacher Jeff Wehr and the OHS science project students: We are so impressed with your first place wins. [Editor’s note: See April 6, 2017 edition of The Odessa Record.] Once again, Odessa students...

 

McMorris Rodgers says she backs Trump agenda

To the Editor: She said what? Yep, on national TV, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers said of President Trump, “I trust him. He is shaking things up.” Well, we must agree that he is shaking things up by cutting 3 million from meals on wheels...

 

Letter to the Editor: Aliens have rights under Constitution

To the Editor: Section 1 of the 14th Amendment guarantees due process and equal protection of the law to all persons in the United States. Numerous Supreme Court decisions have consistently defined “person” to be any person, citizen and alien...

 

Letter to the Editor: Current problems said to originate long time ago

To the Editor: Mr. Trump inherited a mess! The problems are not just from Mr. Obama! The immigration problem started prior to World War II when people were needed to work in the fields as men and women were needed for war effort. Our infrastructure...

 

Letter to the Editor: Economy now sure to improve, says writer

To the Editor: Upon reading all the comments and letters from all the Democrat supporters claiming the Republicans were holding up progress all these years, we have finally got the safest and best country to live in. Now since have President Trump...

 

Letter to the Editor: Illegals lack of rights under the Constitution

To the Editor: Under the powers of Congress, Section #8, Subsection #4, Congress has the power to make naturalization laws (laws that state the requirements a foreigner must meet in order to become a citizen of the United States). These have been in...

 

Letter to the Editor: Deportation efforts go to extremes, says writer

To the Editor: Sara Beltran-Hernandez, 26, was recently arrested in a Fort Worth, Texas hospital where she was waiting for brain surgery to remove a tumor. She must have been such a serious threat to national security while waiting for surgery or...

 

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