The “They” Sayers

Do “They” run your life?  When “they” speak do you obey their command?  When “they all” decide how to accomplish something do “we all” need to follow?  I say nope.  If you listen intently you might hear the cracking of the shell of the egg “they” have … [Read more...]

Where in the heck is Yaak?

After an evening watching the realty show ‘Mountain Men’, Shelley and I decided that we had to leave our home for the summer at Waitts Lake and find the area where Mountain Man Tom Oar calls home. The reality show is about five individuals who live of … [Read more...]

I Need a Mail Blocker

I sewed a little embroidered cross stitched picture with little flowers and a saying that reads, “Who Plants a Seed Beneath the Sod, And Waits to See Believes in God.”  I bought the kit when I was still in the newlywed state of mind in the 1970’s from … [Read more...]

What if they came to our town?

The situation on our border with Mexico is unbelievable. How could our own government ignore the laws and just let everyone in? Those people who we trusted to protect our boarders and our towns. I do hear the cry to “Help the Children” but we aren’t h … [Read more...]

I Wish Someone Had Told Me

As a rule, even when communicating unpleasant information, Southern ladies use words that are as sweet as the tea they sip on the front porch. My grandma, however, believed that the most effective way to communicate unpleasant news was by speaking … [Read more...]

How much time does public service take? As much as you can give…

[Editor’s note: Mayor Litman has agreed to run a monthly column with the Mesquite Local News to assist in answering questions and concerns the community may have. You may submit questions to Mayor Litman by emailing him at or b … [Read more...]

This week in History July 14th – July 20th

July 14th 1906; Walter Barieu was set free from jail. Walter Barieu had been in prison for shooting Tom Logan. (Logan: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman) July 17th 1908; Rio Virgin Telephone Company named. Cottonwood … [Read more...]

Group targets right-wingers for fun and profit, mostly profit

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently published a report loosely based on the standoff at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Bunkerville titled “War in the West: The Bundy Ranch Standoff and the American Radical Right.” It was duly reported by the … [Read more...]

1854: The United States at a Crossroads

In the late 1840’s and early 1850’s the United States faced two sets of choices. The first set, and the one public opinion most focused on, was ideological: slavery versus abolition. The northern abolitionists demanded an immediate end of slavery, … [Read more...]

Suitcase Mishaps

I love to fly.  Of course I mean in an airplane.  I use to think I would also like to test my nerve by skydiving.  Stepping out of a plane at ten thousand feet soaring through space like, well like a rock.  Then I woke up from that dream, thankfully. … [Read more...]