Letters to the editor:

Staff reports


I’m a fan of Aledo-born and -raised country music artist Suzy Bogguss.  Suzy recently performed to an appreciative audience at Aledo’s Rhubarb Festival.  I was wondering if your readers would be interested in following her travels during her current summer vacation tour of the Southwest (in an RV with her husband, son, son’s friend and two dogs).  She is doing frequent webisodes and weblogs from the different locations on her itinerary.  Might you consider (if you aren’t already) directing Suzy’s fans to check in on her fan website to follow her progress?  I believe this web address would provide the necessary information:


I’m glad Suzy is embracing these new ways of reaching her fans, and I know for myself it is endearing that she is willing to share her vacation travels with us.  She has said it has been a dream of hers to relive her early days of touring the West in her Chinook trailer.  This RV is a little more spacious, although there are more people sharing the accommodations.

  Thanks for your consideration. I hope a mention of it in the local press would pique readers’ interest. I myself find it very interesting.


  Joe Hawkins,

 Oklahoma City

Letter to the editor:

Fair Days-Oh the memories!

Randy and I took our two year-old grandson, Rydge, to the fair on Wednesday. We wanted to see Cole Thomas’ heifer and steer for 4-H. As I was standing there with the two year old I thought “If this were 20-25 years ago it would not have been safe to have Rydge in the cattle barn.” You see we had kids in 4-H, Amy and Abby at the time and for seven years we ran the Country Snack Shack on the fair grounds. I remember almost every morning at 5 a.m. when I went in to start the coffee I would see John Attig running after a big steer. Then came his dad, George Attig. This wasn’t just one year but year after year. I chuckled every morning and thought what a site. There were some pretty wild cattle in those years, but made for entertainment in the mornings. Along with cattle escapades there were barns full of noisy sheep, squealing hogs and crowing roosters. I guess all little children back then did survive cattle on the loose, etc. The memories of a great fair such as Mercer County will always bring a smile to my face.

Laura McGinnis

Illinois City