Columnist has the wrong ‘view’

Dear Mr. Smith:

On Christmas even I sat on my porch reading your column until it came to the comment about the best view of a mountain. While I have nothing against Dell City, Smith's comment was wrong. In my opinion, the best view of mountains in Texas is in West Texas. My view includes Twin Sister's Peak, Ranger Peak, Cathedral Mountain, Paisano Mountain and Mitre Peak. Big and Little Haystacks are well over 5,000 feet.

Perhaps on your next visit to West Texas you can come to the most magnificent part and mountainous part. The Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park are magnificent. McDonald Observatory sits upon one of the highest mountains in Texas.

Anyway, enough said. Perhaps next year you will change your observation. I enjoy your columns and, as you said in your last one, it was not your best.

Wishing you a better informed 2005, Jerry Johnson

Editor's reply:

I knew there had to be other mountains hiding somewhere in Texas, and, as I said, I haven't been to every section of Texas YET. I'll try to get over to the Big Bend area in 2005 and maybe sit on your porch and enjoy the view.
Ron Smith, Southwest Farm Press Editor

Drop me a line, but directions first

Dear Mr. Smith:

I think I have a better fishing hole than yours. However, I want to be sure about a thing like that. It's absolutely necessary to be sure about those most important things.

Here's what we should do. I'll send the directions to my fishing hole and you send the directions to your fishing hole. We can go check it out and swap data to make sure which hole is the best.

You send yours first.

Richie Brotherton

Editor's reply:

What a deal. Can't resist.

I'll tell you about the place where we caught about 160 sand bass in one day: Grapevine Lake, over the bubblers near the dam. I'll even tell you the bait we used, mostly blue Lil George lures with an occasional bite on a black one. Caught a few on Rattl' Traps and a few on Rooster tails but 80 percent hit the blue George.

I know that sounds like a fish tale, but have I ever led you astray before? I have a favorite largemouth and smallmouth spot on Lake Bridgeport, but I have to get your information first.

Or better yet, let's just go fishing.
Ron Smith
Southwest Farm Press Editor