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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010 7 Just A Thought I did the very best that I could do By RICK KRAFT I. was looking through a magazine of CD's available in a CD club I belong to and I came across an album that caused me to pause. It ,is by musician John Mellencamp and is entitled, "The Best That I Could Do." It is a com- pilation of Mr. Mellencamp's songs from 1978 to 1988. Obviously, as you can tell from the title, it is a collection of his best works. It made me think, "If I created a compila- tion of my best efforts, what would be in- cluded?" I then began thinking how this con- cept really applies to our day to day life. What is the best that you can do? What if you were expected to sign your name to everything you do? What if any job, task, or responsibility you did had to be completed with, a single line at the end and your signature certifying the quality of your efforts? Now stick with me. For example, you have been asked to perform a task at work that will take about an hour to perform. You perform the task and then you report back to your boss that you have completed your responsibility. He hands you a note card for you to complete. The Rick Kraft question is a personal choice that reveals much about you. When I put on a pair of pants for the first time there is often a slip. of paper in the pocket that says something along the lines of "Inspected by No. 48." I read the note and then throw the slip of paper away. Do you ever wonder why the small slip of paper is in- cluded in your cloth- ing? I have no idea who inspector number 48 is or where he or She lives. Obviously, what is happening is the com- pany who makes the pants, as a method of checking its world, has a series of employees with numbered slips of paper who, as part of their job description, are to study the article of cloth- ing to determine if it is satisfac- tory to leave the production cen- ter. The act of placing.a slip of paper into the pocket is a means of quality control, a means of say- ing to the ultimate consumer that someone has taken time "to exam- .ine the article of clothing they just bought and approved it be- ing shipped out the door. Your best may not hold a candle to someone else's half effort. Your best is not measured by the re- card says, "I DID (the task) TO suits another person may accom- THE BEST OF MY ABILITY." plish. and has a place for you to sign We each have different skills your full name underneath the and talents. I am not talking statement. Can you honestly and proudly sign the card? Or, you tuck your two young children in at the end of the day and when you walk out of their bedroom your spouse hands you a card that says, "MY PARENTING TODAY WAS THE BEST I COULD DO." with a sig- nature line for you to sign. My question to you in the above ex- amples is, "If you were honest with yourself would you be able to sign such cards or would you have to modify the language?" Clearly, how you answer this about setting a benchmark of be- ing the best in the world at what you do. Somewhere in our com- munity or maybe even in your business is someone who is the best at any area you might come up with. Whatever you do for a living, there is someone some- where in the world and probably even in our community who does it better. For example, my best at bak- ing an apple pie would be a far cry from someone else's half ef- fort. Someone else's best effort to write a motivational letter may LE( IAL NOTICE HUGE SELECTION! NOTICE OF NAMES OF CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE; DESIGNATION OF POLLING PLACES; PRECINCT BOARD MEMBERS; AND NOTICE OF ELECTION SCHOOLFOR PREClNT BOARD City of Lordsburg n connection with the regula municipal election to be held on March 2. 2010 and pursuant to 3-8-30 NMSA 1978: A, Notice is hereby given that the following qualified electors are candi- dates for public office of the City of Lordsburg. The candidates are listed in the order that they will appear on the ballot as determined by the drawing by lot. 1. For the office, of Mayor, for a four year term: Arthur Clark Smith - Frank M. Rodriguez Salvador M. Diaz. Jr. 2. For the Office of Councilor for Position 1 for a four year term: Angel L. Lopez Melvin E. Phillips Alex V DeLaGarza Arturo V. Talavera For the Office of Councilor for Position 2 for a four year term: Raul Escobar, Sr. Elias Ruiz. Jr. Eduardo D Lopez For the Office of Councilor for Position 3 for a four year term: Alfredo "Freddy" Morelos. Jr. Donald C. Smith Eddie Esquivel 3. For the office of Municipal Judge for a four year term: David Arredondo William F Ellis B. Notice is hereby given that the following polling places shall be used for the conduct of the regular municipal election to be held on March 2 2010: 1. Voters in Consolidated Precincts 1, 2, and 3 within the municipal boundary shall vote at the James H. Baxter Civic Center, 313 East 4 t" Street 2. Voters in the Absent Voter Precinct will vote in the Office of the Municipal Clerk at 409 West Wabash Street. C. The following Precinct Board members have been appointed: 1 Judges in Consolidated Precincts 1, 2, and 3: Berna Armabula 1209 So. Animas Street Clerks in Consolidated Precincts 1, 2, and 3: Maria Alba 213 Mt. View Road Carlos Bejarano 500 East B Street Graciela Dominquez 404 Randall Street Alternates in Consolidated Precincts 1, 2, and 3: Translator In Consolidated Precincts 1.2 and 3: Berna Arambula 1209 So. Animas Street 2. Judges in Absent Voter Precinct: Clara Aguilera 412 East 9 th Street Clerks in Absent Voter Precinct: Luz Marquez 308 East 4 t" Street Socorro Vargas 1412 So. Copper Street Alternate in Absent Voter Precinct: D. Notice is hereby given that a Precinct Board Election Training will be held on the 25 th day of February, 2010 at the Lordsburg City Hall at 409 West Wabash Street in Lordsburg, New Mexico. The school will begn at 10:00 a.m.. The school is open to the public. Dated this 2  day of February, 2010. /s/Irene A. Galvan f512c Municipal Clerk not be as good as a half effort by me. The test of doing your best is not relatedto what anyone else does. It is an inward thing; it is between you and yourself. It may be that the only one who knows if you gave your best is yourself. I am talking about doing your best. You cannot do any bet- ter than your best. You can chose to do less than your best, there is a wide spectrum between your worst and your best. Further," do- ing your best is not measured by whether your efforts are a success or failure. Obviously your best efforts would increase the likeli- hood of success, but your best efforts might also result in fail- ure. That is alright. Even in fail- ure, if you can look at yourself in the mirror and say, "That was the best I could do," even though the event was a failure, you are a suc- cess. In everything that we do, we ought to do it with such a pas- sion to do it fight and to do it to the best of our ability so that when we are done, we aren't nee- essarily able to say "I did it per- fect" or "I did it better than any- one who ever lived," but that we can say, "I di d my very best" or - "It was the best that I can do." We need to seek and obtain excellence as we do the absolute best that we can with what we have. The first step towards per- sonal excellence is to focus on being the best you can be. Then, expect the best, give your best and in turn, you will receive the best. Perhaps the most splendid adliievement of all is the continu- ing quest to surpass yourself. My challenge to you today is.for you to give the best that you can do. No one can make you reach this standard except your- self. It is a choice that you make. Even if no one else knows, you know when you don't give your best. Your best is not measured by success or failure, your best is not measured by what the person next to you does, your best is not mea- sured by anyone else's expecta- tions of you, your best is givmg 100A at what you do regardless of results or what the World thinks. It is being sold out on what you put your name on. At the end of the day, when you put your head on your pil- low and when you review the day that you have just completed, can you honesty sign off on the day after the statement 'qdid the very best that I could?" Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell. New Mexico. 88202 - 0850. We Will Help You Keep More Of YOUR MONEY! WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL f., TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. BOOKKEEPIN 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy LOUIE RODRIGUEZlPasadena, Texas The Southern Pacific Train Depot, Lordsburg, early 1950s. The structure was demolished in the 1980s. Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel I)rive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author. and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Lack of housing? Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the articles about there being no housing here for the Border Pa- trol Agents and school employ- ees My house is for sale and I know of 3 other houses in a 4 block area here that are for sale. I contacted a local realtor to sell my house, but this realtor never showed up or give me a call back. My guess is they don't want to sell houses here. It is not the lack of housing that keeps the Border Patrol Agents and others out of here. it is the fact that there is nothing here. The Mayor and the others should be trying to get some business in here, and if they want to build something they should build a mini mall. I have a house for sale, it has been for sale since October, and everyone that I have talked with states the same thing "There is nothing is Lordsburg". Judith Ritchie Lordsburg Agreed Dear Editor: I would like to add my com- ments to the housing issues in support of last week's letter to the editor by Teri Wright. l'also have a newly remod- eled house for rent. I also first contacted the Border Patrol office and sent them a flyer on the house. I have received one re- sponse which did not materialize into an agreement, principally due to the price. I was told that a lower rent could be gotten in Deming. My asking price is not overstated for the house in Lordsburg or the area. In addition, the answer I got for the lack of more mquiries was that the officers prefer to live in a larger city than Lordsburg. This is perplexing because if the people that are accepting the jobs in Lordsburg are not willing to become part of the community how can they expect the city to offer the services that they would like to have? This is not just a problem for Lordsburg, to solve. The Border Patrol must stress the importance of their officers liv- ing here so the community can grow and prosper. The services and rental units will not be pro- vided if they are not used by the people and agencies that are com- plaining they are not. available. Lordsburg and Hidalgo County leaders should not be try- ing to encouraging more housing development if they cannot get a commitment from the Border Pa- trol that the unit will be rented. There are already houses avail- able that are not being rented. Sincerely, Chuck McGhee Lordsburg PIEP,,CIhI6 Located inside the Cottage House, 214 E. Motel Drive. Lordsbur Dad, Auntie Donna, Uncle Yogi, Tia Gloria. Darian. Demetria. John R. Ir. & all your Family New Trends in Methamphetamine Use eThere is emerging evidence that methamphetamine is being administered increasingly via the intravenous route. Injecting this drug puts the user al increased risk for engaging in behaviors {both sexual and non-sexuab that could increase his/her chances of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other infectious diseases. eMethampbetamine is not usually sold and bought on the streets like many other known illicit drags. Users report 'that they obtain their supplies of methamphetamine from friends and acq amtances. It is typically a more closed or hidden sale. prearranged by "networking" with those producing the drug. Often is it sold "by invitation only" at all night warehouse parties or "raves". *Because methamphetamine can be made with readily available, inexpensive materials, there is great variation in the processes and chemicals used. This means that the final product that is sold as "Methamphetamine" may not be methamphetamine at all. but rather a htghly altered chemical mixture with some stimulant-like affects. Uncertainties about the drug's sources and the pharmacological agents used in its production make it especially difficult to determine its toxicity, and resulting consequences and Symptoms. oMethamphetamine is often dangerous combinations of other substances. including cocaine/crac k. marijuana, heroin and alcohol. Ihi nssage biught to y*u b For more information  BORDER AREA MENTAL HEALTH call 575-542-9477 SERVlCl;S. INC. Artu LAVE City P00)siion 1 Marc ,2010 Let's KEEP wori00ing TOGETHER for Lordsburg.t I 'i/r" ] ,PAID BY'CANDIDATE