August 12, 2020 522 PM
I enjoyed reading the letters last week from Marjie Erkila and Larry Francell concerning changes to the FDISD mascot and Jeff Davis County name. But, let’s not make the same mistake and change the name or mascot to “honor” another person or people. Humans are not mascots and just plain respect demands not using humans as such. We live in a unique, beautiful area of the country. Naming the county with one of the nonhuman plants or animals that are unique to this area would better represent the special place this county is and why it is so loved. The late Lonn Taylor suggested this in one of his KRTS “Rambling Boy” episodes, so it comes from wisdom with a historical perspective.
Jefferson Columbus Davis
The emergency management/emergency services coordinator of Jeff Davis County suggested recently in a letter to the editor that we change the name of Jeff Davis County to Jefferson Columbus Davis County to reflect the name of a Union officer who served during the Civil War. The problem with that is J.C. Davis murdered his commanding officer, General William “Bull” Nelson, due to a gentlemen’s disagreement in 1862. Either the EMC/ESC doesn’t do research, or he doesn’t have a problem with murderers. In his letter, he also denounced the name of Presidio County due to its relation to Spaniards and the Spanish word for fortification. That ought to get the attention of all those of Spanish descent in Jeff Davis, Brewster and Presidio counties. And look out Brewster County, he’s coming for you too now. As I pointed out in a previous letter of mine, they look for problems where none exist, pretend to find them, then present ridiculous remedies. I would also ask, why is a public servant of Jeff Davis County openly and constantly involving himself in partisan political activities? One would think that would be a concern for those to whom he reports.
James R. Le Blanc
The Rotary Club of Marfa would like to say thank you to everyone in our community who helped support our golf tournament last Saturday. Your support makes it possible for us to provide college scholarships and leadership camp scholarships to our high school students and to serve our community in every way that we can. In particular, we want to thank our sponsors: Marfa National Bank, Livingston Insurance Agency, Big Bend Coffee Roasters, Marfa Realty, Skiles Properties LLC, Aster Marfa, Surber Ade, The Hotel Paisano, Livingston Ranch Supplies, Marfa Country Clinic, Boquillas and Beyond Mexico Missions, Cactus Liquors, Oscar & Cheri Aguero, Silla, Fowlkes Cattle Co., Action Heating & Cooling, Frontier Refrigeration, Lilliana Fields Architect, Moonlight Gemstones and Tom Jacobs/Vilis Inde. Thank you also to the folks who donated prizes for our raffle: Livingston Insurance, Celebration Liquor, Mona Garcia, Lajitas Golf Course, Joe Williams for the Cloudcroft Lodge golf package, Dan and Virginia Platt, Marfa Realty, Big Bend Coffee Roasters, Hotel Paisano, Skiles Properties LLC, Genevieve Bassham and Moonlight Gemstones. Last but certainly not least, all 56 golfers who entered the tournament in spite of COVID-19 conditions and the heat of the day to play a little golf and have a lot of fun.
Marjo Skiles, President
The Rotary Club of Marfa