Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX


August 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Aug. 11, 2013

The Index welcomes letters to the editor on a variety of topics. We reserve the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste. Letters should be concise and to the point. They must be signed and include the author’s address and phone number for verification. We will accept only original letters – no form letters. Letters that do not conform to this policy will not be published. Deadline for submitting letters for Sunday publication is 5 p.m. Wednesday, or via e-mail by noon Thursday. Submissions may be dropped-off, mailed, faxed or sent electronically to editor@mineralwellsindex.com.

Good Top 10 story, but wrong

Dear Editor,

Clint Foster’s excellent list of Top 10 quarterbacks in college football is well written, well thought out, and a great opening to the season about to start. But it is also wrong.

You cannot dismiss James Street as an honorable mention. Especially not when the list includes Andre Ware, Don Meredith and Graham Harrell. I have nothing against those three, but neither did they produce anything like what Street did.

And how can you ignore Peter Gardere and Randy McEachern? Gardere beat OU all four years. When he was walking off the field after his senior win, the Sooner fans began chanting: “Graduate. Graduate.” You cannot top that.

And McEachern #6, who came in on a desperate third down after the starter and backup went down, proceeded to get a first down, then a win against the Sooners. Then later, and most of all, somehow managed to marry Jenna McEachern. Talk about a lifetime win!

Thanks for the article though. Great to get the talk started.

Yours very truly,

Robert M. Jones


Don’t dig yourself into a mess!

Dear Editor,

Enbridge operates crude oil and natural gas pipelines throughout the United States, including your area. Our pipelines are part of a network of more than 20 million miles of underground utility lines that span across the country. Many of your daily activities―like taking a shower, driving a car, surfing the Internet, watching television and heating your home ―are made possible by this important network of utility lines.

Unfortunately, these underground lines are often damaged. In fact, underground lines are damaged close to 175,000 times per year―or approximately once every three minutes―and the number of unreported near misses may be even greater.  Damage to underground lines may result in injury, property damage and hefty fines.  So remember, when you are working in the dirt, don’t dig yourself into a mess! Instead, call 811 before you get started.

811 is a fast, free service paid for by pipeline companies and other utility companies to protect you and your community. Make the call from anywhere in the U.S. to connect with a local one-call center.  Be sure to allow two-three business days for a professional line locator to mark the underground utilities in your digging area so that you can safely dig around the marked underground lines.

Aug. 11 has been proclaimed 811 Day. I encourage everyone to use the national one-call number before every soil-disturbing project, no matter how big or small. Even in cases where it is not required by law, having underground lines located before excavating is an important step in protecting yourself, family and friends and your property.

Danny Bull

North Texas West District Manager



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