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Friday, May 30, 1997


By Mac McKinnon

Area offers tourists
a variety of activities

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I've made note a number of times in this space about the many things
there are to do in this wonderful area of ours.

Many of the things to do were listed in a special section we published
in yesterday's Enterprise which we view as a guide to tourism. Many
tourists come through our area each year.

I've come to realize that many of our own residents don't take the time
to enjoy what our area has to offer and may not be fully aware of all
those things.

I want to point out two special activities that are available that are
easily overlooked.

One is the Midland Community Theatre. There is also the Permian
Playhouse, the Globe Theatre and several other such activities that are
lots of fun and close by in Midland and Odessa. A number of area cities
also have theatre groups.

But, I want to write today about something coming up at the Midland
Community Theatre which is recognized as one of the best small theatres
in the nation for its wonderful facilities and good productions.

Starting tonight through June 14 will be a mystery thriller for the
entire family entitled, "Angel Street."

This is the story of the Manninghams who live on Angel St. in the 19th
Century. The play was first presented in 1945 as Gaslight and was made
as a movie the following year starring Ingrid Bergman as the frail wife
and Charles Boyer as the too kind husband.

At the start, all appears to be peaceful. However, Mr. Manningham, a
suave sinister and handsome man, is slowly torturing his gentle, lovely
wife into insanity under the guise of kindness. The story goes from

The director is an old friend of mine, Carl Beery Moore, who is now the
drama instructor at Greenwood High School. He formerly helped at the
Colorado City Playhouse where I knew him well and grew to respect his
tremendous talents in the theatre.

I'm not familiar with this particular play but it sounds really good and
knowing Moore, it will be a real thriller.

Cost for tickets is $10 per person on Friday and Saturday nights, $8 on
Sunday thru Thursday.
Another very entertaining night can be had watching the Midland Angels
play baseball. This is close to being on a par with major league
baseball as most of the players are only a step away from the big
leagues and they are putting forth their best efforts to get to that
high plateau.

Tickets are not very expensive and it is fun for the whole family as
there is a very wholesome atmosphere.

Don't forget that Reeves County night at the ball park is coming up June
14. A number of free tickets are available by registering for a drawing
at the Pecos Enterprise - no purchase necessary - and other merchants
also have tickets available.
I should make a correction of a previous column at this point. In
writing about dental health recently, I mentioned Pecos had two dentists
involved in general dental care. However, I wasn't aware until later
that Dr. Elvia Reynolds is also now doing general dental care.
Previously, he was doing speciality work. My apologies to him for this
Editor's Note: Mac McKinnon is editor and publisher of the Pecos Enterprise. His column appears on Friday.


Garcia applauds board for zoning decision

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Dear Editor:
This letter is written in response to an article which appeared in the
Pecos Enterprise, May 20, 1997. It was titled: "Board missed the ball on
zoning ordinance."

While I agree with the undeclared author on the fact that we need more
businesss in Pecos. I do not belive that a bingo gambling parlor is the
answer. Add to that the addictiveness that results from arcade
games...The high shcool is about two blocks away from the proposed bingo
gambling parlor. Crockett Middle School is about six blocks away. There
is also a Christian church one block away. Our children would definitely
be adversely influenced.

Moreover, the author states that "our" churches have state sanctioned
permits to run bingo games and sell beer on church property. The author
did not name the "our" churches. I can only say that the church which is
a block away from the proposed bingo gambling parlor does not
participate in that type of activity. So children who worship there do
not "get their first experience of what is right and what is wrong" in
that church, nor in any of the local Christian churches.

Board, each one of you can hold your head high. Thank you for taking a wise stand. Speaking for myself, the signal was crystal clear.



Mid-life crisis affects all the family

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QUESTION: What does a man experience during a full-fledged mid-life

DR. DOBSON: Dr. Jim Conway has written a book called Men In Mid-Life
Crisis (David C. Cook), which I highly recommend.
In it, he identifies four major "enemies" that plague a man entering
this stressful period.

The first is his own body. There is no doubt about it; that guy they
called "Joe College" just a few years ago is now growing older. His hair
is falling out, despite desperate attempts to coddle and protect every
remaining strand.

Then he notices he doesn't have the stamina he once had.
He begins getting winded on escalators. Before long, words assume new
meanings for Ol' Joe. "The rolling stones" are his gall bladder, and
"speed" (which once referred to amphetamines or fast driving) is his
word for prune juice.

The cells in his face then pack up and run south for the winter, leaving
a shocked and depressed Joseph standing two inches from the mirror in

To summarize this first great concern of the mid-life years, a man
approaching 40 is forced to admit: 1.) He is getting older; 2.) The
changes produced by aging are neither attractive nor convenient; 3.) In
a world that equates human worth with youth and beauty, he is about to
suffer a personal devaluation; 4.) Old age is less than two decades
away, bringing eventual sickness and death.

The second enemy facing a man in his mid-life years is his work. He
typically resents his job and feels trapped in the field he has chosen.

The third enemy that rises to confront a middle-aged man is, believe it
or not, his own family. These stormy years of selfdoubt and
introspection can be devastating to his marriage.

Such a man often becomes angry, depressed and rebellious toward those
closest to him. He resents the fact that his wife and kids need him.

The fourth and final enemy of a man in mid-life crisis appears to be God
himself. Through a strange manipulation of logic, man blames God for all
rebellion and anger.

Let me give this latter point the strongest possible emphasis. One of
the most common observations made by relatives and friends of a man in
mid-life crisis reflects this sudden reversal of personality and

"I don't understand what happened to Loren," a wife will say. "He seemed
to change overnight from a stable, loving husband and father to an
irresponsible rogue."

This man's problem is basically spiritual in nature. As his system of
beliefs disintegrated, the result was a rapid and catastrophic change in
lifestyle which left his family and friends in a state of confusion and
shock. This pattern has occurred for thousands of families in recent

QUESTION: How should I respond if my child says, "I hate you!" when he
is angry?

DR. DOBSON: If my child screamed his hatred at me for the first time in
a moment of red-faced anger, I would probably wait until his passion had
cooled down and then convey this message in a loving and sincere manner:

"Charlie, I know you were very upset earlier today when we had our
disagreement, and I think we should talk about what you are feeling. All
children get angry at their parents now and then, especially when they
feel unfairly treated. I understand your frustration. But that does not
excuse you for saying, 'I hate you.' You'll learn that no matter how
upset I become over something you've done, I'll never tell you that I
hate you. And I can't permit you to talk to me that way.

"It hurt me for you to say that you hated me, just as you would be hurt
if I said something like that to you. You can, however, tell me what
angers you, and I will listen carefully.

"You are free to say anything you wish to me, but you will never be
permitted to scream, call names and throw temper tantrums. If you behave
in those childish ways, I will have to punish you."

These questions and answers are excerpted from the book Dr. Dobson
Answers Your Questions. Dr. James Dobson is a psychologist, author and
president of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
the preservation of the home. Correspondence to Dr. Dobson should be
addressed to: Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, CO
(c), 1982, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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