The Copperas Cove Public Library has long been, according to former Cove library volunteer Sarah Michaels, “not your typical library.” And she is not far from the truth.
I usually don’t begin this column on a high note, because the discussion of crime in our city is neither elating nor a thing to be celebrated. This week, however, it pleases me no end to write of the just reward for a man convicted and sentenced for child sexual abuse.
Count your many blessings — name them one by one. What a blessing to serve with a great team of board members and superintendent in Copperas Cove Independent School District. Our school board members in Copperas Cove are Bob Weiss, Inez Faison, Jim Copeland, Mike Wilburn, Doug Cook, Dr. Karen Harrison and myself. Along with Burns, our team of eight has a common goal; To foster a culture of educational success for every student in our district. We are currently working with more than 100 community members to develop and institute a new road map (strategic plan) for Cove ISD.
January. The first month of a new year. The month when everybody makes their resolutions. Most common resolutions heard are: “I’m going to lose weight.” “I’m going to stop smoking.” “I’m going to eat healthier.” “I’m going to start exercising.”
This week was a busy one for Cove police, as has been the case lately. Because of our general status of being a town built for family living, where serious violent crimes are rarely committed, we Covites rarely hear of our police department’s SWAT team being deployed. It is good that we have a well-trained SWAT team able to respond to volatile situations in this and nearby communities.
Amanda Palmer is a pretty interesting person. Many are intrigued by her erratic, theater-girl ways and commitment to living bohemian at any costs. (She is known to sleep at strangers’ houses while on tour.)
Have you ever had a loss shake you to your core? A loss you thought you could handle, but when it happened, you realized you honestly just couldn’t deal with it? I recently experienced two such losses, so close together it was like a one-two punch to my soul. I still haven’t picked up the shattered pieces of my heart.
I remember when Copperas Cove was considered a “one horse town,” with one traffic light, a couple of restaurants, no alcoholic beverage outlets and very little crime. It was indeed a city built for family living.
Way back in my freshman year of college, when I was at Central Texas College before I transferred to the University of Texas, I was in a theater class.
Oscar Wilde wrote, “In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism.” — “The Soul of Man under Socialism,” February 1891.
I am taking a page from Barbara Walters’ annual “fascinating people of the year” list, and have selected the most fascinating people from my stories in 2014. In no particular order, here are my choices:
The number of assaults on family members continued to mount as reports climbed this week during the height of the holiday season. Four assaults involving family/household members were reported to police this week alone. Add these four crimes to the dozen or so reported in recent weeks and we have a very disturbing statistic for a city as small as Copperas Cove.
Happy New Year, bookworms.
It is apparent that violent assaults increase dramatically during the hottest of the summer months and during the winter holiday season. One need only peruse this and other past crime reports to see this troubling trend indeed exists during these periods.
Since Christmas has passed and the new year is just around the corner, many trends or fads are now up in the air on the question of continuance in our lives. Trends include the body wrap/corset training (which is somewhat painful sounding) to the get-rich-quick scams that flooded Americans in deeper debt.