Warren Domke

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. […]

Ideas with which we disagree

Have you ever read or heard something and simply dismissed it as “I don’t agree with that,” without reading any further? Okay. Don’t be afraid to admit it. I have, too. We don’t like disagreement, but disagreement can be healthy. How do we decide what to believe and what not to believe? A first step is to recognize the difference […]

Your newspaper—how it came to be

Sometime around 1950 I first saw a full-size newspaper printing press. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry had—probably still has—a rotary letterpress unit about the size of a multi-story house on display- -formerly it was used by the Chicago Tribune. I didn’t really know much about newspaper printing until I became a newspaper carrier in the 1950s. The Montrose Daily […]

Voting, a privilege and a duty

A s this is published we are beginning early voting in Texas for the November 6 General Election. I expect I’ll have already voted by this time. Many of us will take advantage of early voting and many others will wait until election day to cast their ballots. I’ve been interested in elections ever since I first began to understand […]

Southbound in Arkansas and…

Winding up a family vacation, we were driving home on an interstate highway in Arkansas, southbound, coming back to Texas. It was a typical summer afternoon with lots of 18-wheelers, and people in cars, pickup trucks and even a few motorcycles. But, then there was a problem ahead. Cars were pulled over and obviously someone was in trouble. So, I […]

I was a teenage radio personality


I have been asked how I wound up in radio broadcasting, so I guess I should tell the story. Back in 1957 in high school in Grants, NM, I was in my junior class play and my English teacher, who was also the director, gave me a leading part. (I think I was something of a teacher’s pet, but don’t […]

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