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November 2013 Letters

TCP Talk

Letters and comments from our readers

Robert Seale

Native Plants

I’m a Comal master gardener and have been in charge of the past two training classes for new master gardeners. I loved the article [“Right at Home,” September 2013] by Gail Folkins on native plants in the landscape.

This is the most concise and well-targeted article I’ve ever seen on using native plants in the landscape. Any homeowner in the Hill Country would do well to study this article and integrate some of the plants into their home landscape.

It also presented the case for natives in a balanced way; not all nonnatives are problematic, such as crape myrtle, thryallis and trailing lantana. And some invasives would be hard to live without, such as Bermuda grass. But the article hits the bull’s-eye on the benefits of utilizing natives.

Lee Franzel | Pedernales EC

Comfort Café

Discovered Comfort Café [“Nourishment for Body and Soul,” September 2013] in Smithville. Have had family in Smithville for over 40 years but never heard about the café.

The hamburger with sticky potatoes is out of this world. Can’t wait to go back to try other items. “The Drunk Monkey” sounded so good but will try it next.

Four of us ate there and were amazed that only donations accepted for food!

The service is sweet and wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Johnnie Johnson | Austin

Washington County

As a former resident of Washington County and a Bluebonnet Electric Co-op member, I would like to comment on Eileen Mattei’s article [Hit the Road “Washington County,” September 2013]. Festival Hill and Royer’s Café are both in Fayette County and not Washington County. (They are “down the road” but some folks get rather touchy about their locations). Also, Antique Rose Emporium is in Independence, which is a rural community near Brenham.

Keep up the good work with the publication. I read it cover to cover.

Jim Lather | HILCO EC

Delicious Reading

Your articles are informative, historical, clever (and delicious) as well as safety-minded. We have passed them on to others.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Buras Sr. | Deep East Texas EC

Game Day

I would like to personally thank you for the coverage [“More than a Game,” September 2013] that you recently gave Texas Tech. What a nice surprise when I received my magazine and saw my alma mater on the cover along with the pictures and article. Living in South Texas, I am used to The University of Texas or Texas A&M getting the recognition for everything. I speak for my entire family who are Texas Tech alumni: Thank you.

Lea Surles | Medina EC

After reviewing your article, I noticed that there were no Longhorn fans at the Texas Tech game last year. However, I did notice a lot of Tech fans in your photographs giving the international hand signal for “loser.”

Hook ‘em Horns.

Marshall Capps | Southwest Rural Electric Association

Living History

I enjoyed your June 2013 article [“Engaged in History”] on Civil War re-enactors. It was timely and relevant as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war on our native soil that included more than 3 million Americans and cost the lives of an estimated 750,000 citizens, exceeding the total Americans lost in all other wars our country has fought added together.

As we remember this time in our history, re-enactors provide living history of those mostly young Americans who had lives that were only beginning, cut short so others could live free. I for one appreciate the re-enactors who teach us that freedom is not free today and was not free 150 years ago.

Pat Nowotny | Heart of Texas EC

Madam Sheriffs

In reference to your article in June 2013 [“The First Madam Sheriffs”] my mother, Ruby Covey, was appointed sheriff of Borden County in April 1937 to finish the term of her deceased husband.

Doris Selman | Granbury