Thanks for FES ‘Oscars’

It can sometimes seem that we live in a world that is more divided than united. Yet, living in Fredericksburg affords us many opportunities to be reminded that we are, in fact, part of a wonderful and caring place, held together by a common belief in doing good for others.

Here’s just one example from last week.

To encourage a love of reading, the librarians at Fredericksburg Elementary School planned and hosted an “Oscarsstyle” party for children at the school who had voluntarily read extra books and completed projects related to those books.

The “Oscars” event was highly anticipated, at least in our household: The promise of a real limousine ride; a threecourse seated dinner; an Academy Award statue for your achievement and more.

Several members of the community shared their time and talents for this event — the limousine driver who circled the block at least 20 times, the Boy Scout troop that served the meal and cleaned up afterward, the members of a local book club who made dinner for almost 100 people, the professional photographer who took photos on the red carpet of each student, and, of course, the staff and teachers at FES who helped organize and host the event, line the red carpet and pretend to be the media and paparazzi, and stay hours after school to ensure these little Oscar winners felt incredibly special.

A huge thank you to all who were involved! And thank you, also, to the Fredericksburg Education Foundation for accepting the librarians’ proposal and providing the grant to help make the night even more special.

Allison McDade


Above the law

Throughout our lives, we have heard the expression “No one is above the law.” Being a retired police officer with over 30 years of service, I am intimately familiar with what this means, an adage which I and many others have lived by.

About four years ago, this expression became much more prominent. Almost daily we heard that “No one is above the law.” This was predominately directed at the President, Vice President, Supreme Court Justices, Attorneys General and other Republican leaders by the Speaker of the House, Minority Leader of the Senate and other members of the house and senate. The mainstream media picked up this mantra as it was voiced often on many news shows and appearing almost daily in their publications.

No reasonable person can refute the meaning of this adage. However, we have come to learn that it no longer applies to everyone. Millions of illegal and undocumented aliens have unlawfully entered America and continue to reside here illegally. They continue to elude law enforcement, ignore court appearances and commit other crimes while taking advantage of all our country offers. Democratic leaders, mayors and governors of sanctuary cities and state, aid and abet their criminal activity. Remember we have been constantly reminded, “No one is above the law.”

Many supporters of these illegal aliens claim the immigration laws are unjust and therefore need not be obeyed or enforced. I can tell you from personal experience that literally every criminal protests their arrest because laws are unjust and unfair.

We are a land founded by the belief in the rule of law. We need to remind those who abuse this cornerstone of our democracy that “No one is above the law.”

David Plavidal


Cleaning up

A few years ago, our city spent some money to hide our water treatment lake from public view. As useless as I feel this expenditure was, it tells me that “appearances” are important to some people. And I can accept that.

I would like to shed some light on an ugly aspect of the local area that does not get the attention it deserves, or maybe I am just not aware of any efforts at cleaning up the mess. I am talking about the numerous incidents of dead deer laying beside our roads, and not just country roads.

Just last week, a doe was laying beside Eagle Street. How many remember the deer laying on Main Street across from McDonald’s a few years ago? A couple of weeks ago, I drove from Eberle Lane to Beyer Road on Ranch Road 1431, and counted 19 deer skeletons in that five miles beside the road. There are many more examples I am sure.

Fifty years ago, our county had a deer population of about 140,000; today it is almost a quarter million. During this same time, deer harvest allowances have not changed to compensate for proper management.

When my ancestors hunted here, the proper management was to harvest very few does. With the eradication of screw worms in the 1960s, that drastically changed. But our mindset and deer harvest philosophy and policies have not.

Cleaning up this issue is not simple, but not that complex either. But we will never make progress if we continue to ignore it. Maybe we can have Gillespie County declared as a Managed Land Deer Program county, and MLD tags could be picked up at the courthouse by anyone hunting in the county. Is anyone willing to really attack this issue?

Tom Marschall



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