Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
By Smokey Briggs
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
The best Boss' Day ever
Generally, I hate canned, made-up holidays. Every year we get a few more
from the gee-whiz marketing boys on 5th Avenue.
It's getting to the place that there are not enough days in a year for
all the add-name-here-days: Secretary's Day (oops I mean Administrative
Assistant's Day), Grandparent's Day, Freckle Day, Left Handed Painter's
Day, Get Anybody a Card Day, Bad Hair Day_ the list goes on forever.
All of these days are flimsy excuses for a special day created solely
into guilting some large portion of the population into buying another
portion of population stuff.
The greeting card industry probably invests millions in R & D designing
the most heart wrenching, guilt causing events.
Which brings us to Boss' Day.
I did not like Boss' Day when I was a non-boss and until recently I
was not fond of being on the other end.
As an employee I thought it would be more aptly called, Mandatory Suck-up
Day. Everybody would get together and try to come up with something to
buy for somebody they did not really know, and whom they did not really
want to buy something for.
It always cost everybody in the shop a couple of bucks and I would have
rather plunked what represented the earnings I had traded an hour of my
life for on something more meaningful, like a couple of cold ones or a
In the least you had to spring for a corny card with some made up sentiment
that was usually a far cry from the truth.
"To a wonderful Boss on Boss' Day" signed, all the peons.
What you wanted it to say was something like, "To our boss. You continually
amaze us by remembering to breathe by yourself," signed, all the guys that
carry you on their backs while you loaf and take all the credit and flirt
with the cute gal up front.
And if you have a good boss it is still no good. He doesn't know if
you really mean it, or if you are just sucking up hoping for an extra twenty
come Christmas bonus time.
Well, most of the time.
My first year here at the Enterprise, my staff got me the obligatory
card and flower. It was very nice. But I did not know them and they did
not know me. I suspected they felt obligated to do something thanks to
the guilt/fear factor inspired by the marketing guys still on 5th Avenue.
(I wonder what they get their bosses on boss' day? Maybe another ten ideas
for ways to bilk bucks out of the unsuspecting and well meaning).
Anyway, I got another nice card the next year. Both times the card and
little sundry gift were very nice, thoughtful, and totally unnecessary.
Honestly, the whole thing embarrasses me.
Or it used to.
This year I had managed to miss the fact that it was The Day again.
I was heading out the front door on some very important mission (lunch)
when it became obvious that my ever so subtle staff was stalling me. (The
second time they tripped me I got the hint).
Then I caught a glimpse of a cake.
I finally got it when one of my staffers handed me the card.
I was embarrassed. These folks have families to feed, mortgages, and
car payments - more important stuff to spend their money on than getting
me something on a made up day.
Then I got the present.
It was a big gift bag.
Inside was the nicest, most thoughtful boss' day gift I can imagine.
Real thought and caring had gone into selecting this gift/gifts. People
that knew me and cared about me had picked this stuff out. I was flattered.
Inside was a package of chewing tobacco (my brand), a new issue of Shotgun
News, a bag of beef jerky, a six-pack of not-so-cheap beer (cold) and an
almost dirty magazine - kind of a Redbook for men.
These guys know me well. And they care.
I still felt embarrassed. It's not necessary. I get my reward every
day we put out a good newspaper and make payroll.
But I admit to feeling truly honored. Touched even.
Even when I discovered that my carefully stashed six-pack in the company
fridge had been pilfered that afternoon.
I suspect the press crew.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of the
Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesday. He can be e-mailed at:
First Choice needs to be the power provider for PBT-ISD
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD needs to keep buying power from Texas-New Mexico
Power Company/ First Choice.
First Choice is the newly formed partner company to T-NMP that will
sell electricity under in the deregulated market while T-NMP will maintain
the physical infrastructure needed to deliver the power to the customer.
With deregulation the district and everyone else can shop around for
the cheapest price on electricity.
At the last school board meeting the point was made that the school
district could save about $45,000 by switching to Energy for Schools, a
consortium of school districts that have pooled together to buy energy
at the lowest possible price.
While the district might save $45,000 initially, it may very well lose
that much or more in the long run.
In fact we may be guilty of strangling the goose that laid the golden
egg if we cut First Choice out in a shortsighted attempt to save a few
A few questions must be answered before a decision to switch power providers
If the school district goes with the cheaper provider, what effect will
it have on local T-NMP/First Choice employees? Will offices close? How
many students, now and in the future, will the district lose if those jobs
Of course, there is a domino effect. In an economy the size of ours,
the loss of even one decent job is felt. Every business in Pecos has plenty
of practice cinching up its belt a notch every year. Most are running out
We cannot take a chance on running good jobs out of our community without
taking a real hard look at the situation.
Saving $45,000 may not look so good if we run $100,000 in salaries and
five or ten school-age kids out of Pecos.
When you add up the potential losses, the move may very well end up
costing the district, Pecos, and Reeves County.
At the same time T-NMP has been a good corporate neighbor. You cannot
find a local event or group that does not receive support from T-NMP. From
the West of the Pecos Rodeo to donations to numerous civic groups, T-NMP
and its employees sow time and money back into this community.
The school district does not exist in a vacuum - it exists within the
community. Before the district starts buying power from a non-local provider
the school board needs to take a hard look at the real dollar costs to
the district, and the intangible costs to this community.
Local citizens feel zoo needs to be cleaned up
My name is Rachel Lujan. I am 14 years old. I am writing to you to
complain about the zoo. I really think it would a good idea if someone
would clean up that zoo.
My sisters HATE going there now because it is an eyesore to see those
animals in capitivity in such an ugly place. That bear doesn't even have
a big enough cage to roam around. All you did was throw in a brick house
with 3 walls and a small little tub as a bath or whatever it is.
Do you even clean that water? The animals there look SO sad.
It is pitiful.
If we want Pecos to have a good name, at least make the place look better.
The zoo is a good place to start. Make these animals look happy. Make them
feel more important and less like unimportant to society.
That's all I'm asking for.
Local band director appreciates his loyal staff
I don't intend to have a weekly editorial. However, since my arrival in
Pecos, I have found that almost everyone has an opinion about the band
program. In this atmosphere I want to be very clear on what my positions
Some have interpreted my last editorial as being an indictment of Mr.
Goff. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Being the head band director in a small town is a very difficult job.
It remains to be seen whether I can do a good job here. As I have told
the kids my past performance means nothing now in Pecos. What matters is
where we are right now. I do not want to get into specific issues about
the band program in the past because it serves no purpose.
Before coming to Pecos I had heard from many sources about Mr. Goff.
I could have used this second hand information to form an opinion about
him. I believe this would have been unfair. God has never formed an opinion
about me with second hand information. He has not only given me second
chances but as many chances, as I need. Let me tell you what I have found
from forming my own opinion based on my own experiences.
I believe that the only reason Mr. Goff is still working for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
I.S.D. is because he loves his family very much. This fact immediately
makes my opinion of him very high. The facts about last year are a very
sensitive issue for him and his family. In spite of what must be enormous
personal feelings about last year I have found him to be professional,
loyal, and competent. He has mentioned to me that he may not come back
next year. I believe that this would be a terrible tragedy for Pecos, the
band, and me.
Good teachers are hard to find. Good band directors are even harder
to find. Whatever else may be, I have personally observed that Mr. Goff
is a very good musician. He cares about the students like they were his
own and he harbors no hard feelings towards any of our students.
I feel very blessed to have a co-worker that I can trust personally
and professionally. I would be hard pressed to replace Mr. Goff on my staff
with anyone equally qualified and I apologize to him and his family if
my last editorial inferred anything other than my heart felt gratitude
for his help so far this year. I want to do everything in my power to put
last year behind us so that Mr. Goff can feel comfortable about staying
here in Pecos and helping me build the Eagle Band into the kind of program
we all want.
MERLE E. LENFEST
Director of Bands
Pecos Barstow Toyah ISD
Navy member reads local news on internet
I was quite surprised to see that you have sustained your publication
of the Pecos Enterprise on the net. I totally kept myself informed about
what was going on at home by logging on to your site. I even bookmarked
Sometimes on this mighty NAVY vessel I tend to miss home and where I
was raised and wonder what is going on. If you could send me an email on
how to subscribe I would greatly appreciate it.
Last thing, I would like to wish the whole community of Pecos a Happy
Thanksgiving and may god bless all my family and friends there especially
my mom and dad, Mr. & Mrs. Edel De La Garza, since I will not be around
for the holidays.
Thank you Pecos Enterprise for your news up-to-date.
GSM3 SEIJAS HERMAN J.
Several local athletes deserve recognition
We, the coaches of the Pee Wee football team the Vikings, would like
to commend and recognize several of our local high school students and
The young men that we would like to acknowledge are Tony Trujillo, Abel
Lopez, Freddy Torres, Mathew Levario, Joey Ortega, Robert Natividad and
These young men have assisted us in coaching our Pee Wee football team
this season and have done a great job. These athletes go to school all
day attend football practice then come to our Pee Wee football practice
to help with our practice. If, you have never been involved with our high
school athletes and student trainers you are missing a treat. These young
people, male and female are very respectful and want to be involved in
the community. It is a joy to watch these young men work with these fifth
and sixth grade students.
Another point that we would like to bring to light is that our student
athletes are being taught respect and responsibility. Athletic director
Bubba Williams and all his coaches, junior high through high school, should
be commended for the job that they are doing with the young people of Pecos.
If you talk with a football player, volleyball player, baseball player
or whatever sport that student is involved in, you will receive the utmost
respect from that student.
Yes, everyone wants to win but winning will never take the place of
what our athletes are being taught by the coaches of Pecos. We ask the
above named athletes if they would assist us in coaching our team, and
they have done a great job.
The same goes for any sport, if you ask, knowing our students they would
be more than happy to help you with the up and coming Pecos Eagles, Nowadays,
when you hear something about a high school athlete, it is always negative,
but you never hear the good things that these young men and women do.
Again, we would like to thank the above named students and hopefully
with their help we can go forward and continue to win in the Pee Wee playoffs
in Ft. Stocklon.
We would also like to congratulate the Pee Wee Cowboys who will also
be attending the playoffs in Ft. Stockton and Mr. Randy Baeza and all the
Pee Wee board for having another successful season.
Thanks for all your help, the athletes and coaches of Pecos, you have
PAUL S. DEISHLER
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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