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March 11, 1997



By Peggy McCracken

Kings of the road

rest awhile in Pecos

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Ruth Stapleton hugged me just like I was an Escapee. No, not an escapee
from a mental institution, but an SKP (special kind of people) who makes
recreation vehicle living a full-time occupation. (Or is it a full-time

Escapees Inc. RV Club purchased Tra-Park in January. Ruth and her
husband, Jack, parked their RV here to get the business "on the road,"
and they'll stay for a few months. Escapee couples are trained to manage
the Rainbow Parks, as the RV campgrounds are called.

Along with Ron and Pat Loen, the Stapletons meet and greet travelers
when they pull into the parking lot and enter the office/store/laundry
near the airport. All four spend a lot of time in town, trying out
restaurants, locating good mechanics and getting acquainted with fun
things to do. Then, of course, they spread the word among their guests.

I hadn't thought of the RV park as an economic resource for the town,
but it sure is. Retirees have money to spend, and they require few
services. I guess they draw on the water supply and use some electricity
while they're hooked up at the park. But of course they pay for
utilities just like the rest of us do. And they drop a lot of cash at
grocery stores, filling stations, garages and restaurants.

And Wal-Mart. The Escapee magazine lists a Wal-Mart as the biggest draw
for club members. Everyone asks where the nearest Wal-Mart is located,
said Bud Carr, who is some kind of a boss in the organization.

Carr said Pecos was selected for a park because it is on I-20 and near
I-10, is about a day's drive from Rainbow Parks in three different
directions, and has room for expansion. They may remodel the old mobile
home sites into RV hookups, he said. I think there are more than 70
mobile home spaces in addition to the 40 RV hookups.

Perusing the magazine, I found three articles about trips into Mexico.
I had to laugh about descriptions of narrow roads and daring Mexican
drivers (something familiar to me). One lady said the hazards of driving
at night are too many to overcome. One hazard, she said, is the lack of
roadside parking. Cars that break down are parked on the road, and the
driver puts rocks around it to alert other drivers, she said. Then when
the car is fixed, the driver takes off without removing the rocks. What
a nasty surprise!

Retirees like to use their computers. Some use them to write articles
about their travels. But Ruth said Internet surfing is not a big thing
because most don't have a telephone hookup and Internet access. That is
just down the road, though, her husband said. Soon every RV park will
have a full range of high-tech services.

Where do they vote? I didn't think to ask that. Like the gypsies they
emulate, they seem to have no country.

"A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is
ruined." Proverbs 14:28, NIV.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Peggy McCracken is an Enterprise writer and editor whose
column appears each Tuesday.


Dress code solution worse than problem

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Dear Editor:
Recently, a new dress code was voted on and put into action at Pecos
High School and other areas, such as Carver. To my knowledge, this dress
code was enforced to cut down on distractons within the classroom and to
prevent the wearing of gang-related material. However, this new dress
code has caused distractions in the classroom between arguing parties.
The students have attempted protests on the policy of tucking in your
shirt, and other distractions that would not have happened if this new
dress code was not enforced. Are there not more distractions now than
before this dress code was approved?

I believe students should be at school to receive an education, not to
attend a fashion show. A student's mind is what needs to be at school,
not their shirt. If a few students are wearing excessively large or long
shirts, then punish them, not the entire school.

Parents, as well as some students, are taxpayers - people who pay
(school employees') salary. So why is it that the taxpayers are not the
ones who create the dress policy, or at least have a say in the outcome?

Please consider my issues and ask yourself, "What have I accomplished
in applying this new dress code besides a school of outraged students?"

Carver students, Reuben Mills (author)
Debra Avila, Araceli Armendariz, Christian Ramos, Jaime Levario, Juan
Aguilar, Even Mendoza, Becky Rayos, Gary Salcido, Sherrie Mosby, Lisa
Lujan, Angie Galindo, Andrew Dutchover, Amy Contreras, Angelica Orona,
Olivia Vasquez, Nancy Garcia, Liz Natividad, Chris Vasquez, Veronica
Tarin, Richard Maruffo, BJ Enmon, Gretchen Lara, Raquel Barreno, Betsy
Cardenas and Sandra Rodriguez

EDITOR'S NOTE: This was also sent to the school board.


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James Earl Ray trial could serve history

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The clock is ticking for James Earl Ray, the petty thief who confessed
in 1968 to killing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then began petitioning
almost overnight for a trial. The 68-year-old Ray is dying of liver
disease in a Nashville prison.

A Tennessee judge has ruled in Ray's favor after hearing arguments that
advanced electron microscopes can almost certainly show whether Ray's
high-power rifle was the one that killed King at the Lorraine Motel in
Memphis. Whether the 30.-caliber rifle was the murder weapon has never
been proven. ...

Trying James Earl Ray would be a time-warp for Americans who lived
through the most painful years this country has known since the Civil
War. Yet, if a trial is feasible, it should go forward in the interests
of justice and history alike.

-- The Herald-Sun of Durham, N.C.
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