Warren Domke

I wasn’t always a Christian

Years ago, when I was working as a caseworker in a public welfare program, a lady who was a client thanked me for being a Christian. I shook my head, but I was happy to have helped her. It was my job. The difference between then and now is that I truly am a Christian now. Oh, I grew up […]

If you can’t say something nice…

His name was Francis James Westbrook Pegler, but he was best known as Westbrook Pegler, his byline. I am old enough to have read some of his syndicated columns. He was notorious for attacks on public figures including Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman as well as John F. Kennedy. In 1938 Time Magazine said of Pegler: “…Mr. Pegler is […]

Great news or fake news, which is it?

I ’ve been a newshound just about as long as I can remember. Once I learned to read I read just about anything I could get my hands on: Newspapers, magazines, books, milk cartons—everything with print and words on it. And I listened to radio and television newscasts. By the time I was in junior high school I was hungry […]

One afternoon in Chicago

This is a favorite story for me. It speaks to innocence of children and how we might have been a little bit nicer as children than as adults. And maybe it fits the holiday mood. I lived my first six years in Chicago. Chicago in the 1940s had the big red streetcars that roamed the streets of the city and […]

Christmas away from home

Many of us have family members who are away from home in military service during these coming holidays, and many of us—who are veterans—have been there and done that. My first Christmas in military service was in Japan with a wife and baby son. It wasn’t bad, because the ones I was closest to were with me. We were there […]

The World War II veterans we know…

The recent passing of President George H.W. Bush reminds us of our dwindling number of World War II veterans, the men and women who served so many decades ago who survived to tell about it. Mr. Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as president. There were several World War II veterans in my family. One aunt […]

Space—our greatest frontier…

As a child of the 1950s, I was a fan of space travel almost from the time I could first read the comic strips. And plenty of those were about space. There was Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Brick Bradford and even Alley Oop got in the act at times. (Seriously!) And there were space movies. “It Came from Outer Space,” […]

The day America lost her innocence

Most people who witness history never realize what its impact will be. That comes later. I was 22 years old and was in my senior year at New Mexico State University on a Friday in November. We were getting ready for our Thanksgiving break. It was a nice morning and a nice day, but by the end of the day […]

Me a columnist—one year later

I t has been a year since my first column appeared on these pages- -a good time for me to reflect on what I write and why. Being a lifelong reader, it was natural for me to become a writer. In grade school, I always had a library card and the library was like a second home. I don’t remember […]

The day tragedy struck Atascosa County

I f you lived in Atascosa County on October 12, 1999, you will probably never forget the events of that day and how they affected people around the county. I was a part-time news reporter for radio station KBUC and presented two morning newscasts each day. My 7 a.m. newscast was done live, while my 8 a.m. newscast was taped. […]

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