Monthly Archives: March 2014

Check Out

Submitted by Jennifer Dollins:

This is the URL, if anyone is interested in joining this website – it is pretty handy, you can post messages to the community without going through me and there are 95 or so members already in our community. People outside our community cannot see our information. It’s similar to Facebook in a way, you can post classified ads, ask questions, tell about something going on – just about anything. If you have problems joining, let me know and I can fix it, but let me know your address – usually it has to do with the boundaries. j 


Coupland Civic Organization March 31 Meeting Will Be on Gardening

Submitted by Jennifer Dollins:

The Coupland Civic Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 31, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. Bonnie and Leroy Sladek, organic gardeners and owners of Old Thyme Gardens, will discuss the spring garden and answer questions. Bonnie and Leroy presented an informative and entertaining program on organic gardening to the Civic Organization last April, and we are happy to welcome them back.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7.



Broken Not Beaten

Submitted by Jim Huntington:

HiromiOn Friday Feb 15,2014  a sculpture that had stood in the sculpture garden for 7 years, was attacked by testosterone poisoned, alcohol fueled feral punks, doing their white trash version of the knockout game. They left behind little evidence save empty beer can and bottle and the destroyed sculpture. The sculpture was titled “Hiromi, Mon Amour” a takeoff on a 60s film title and dedicated to Hiromi Uehara, a brilliant young Japanese pianist.  One of the stones was anchored on a stainless anchor pin, like most of my vertical pieces and the other one was nested against it, with no anchor pin (my mistake). However, it took purposeful malevolent intent and work to knock it over and it broke when it hit the ground.

Of course it was heartbreaking to see one of my favorite pieces destroyed by miscreants, living a pathetic mutated existence at the expense of others but I strive to learn from mistakes and vicissitudes of life.

Refusing to be bowed by these maggots, I set about to reclaim and transform it into a horizontal piece and worked on it for several weeks. The new incarnation is titled “Broken Not Beaten”. I have always felt that my work has a life of its own and that I am merely the messenger, so I deal with what is given.


Of course, I hope for posterity’s sake that all the work I have at Huntington Sculpture Foundation survives me but the level of cultural insouciance, intellectual dissolution and moral degeneracy permeating society in general, leaves me to wonder about the fate of my life’s work. There is little I can do but make my sculpture and, as I always have, leave it in God’s hands.

This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Building Bridges

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

This Sunday on the hill in Coupland at St. Peter’s UCC…..we’ll take a visual, scriptural and contemporary look at Jesus’ visit with the Samaritan woman at the well and his offering of “living water” for her life and our lives. In the 4th Gospel, this is a profound shaping of the way Jesus and his followers shouild be experienced. Indeed, he is barrier breaking and bridge building, so apt for our own troubled and troublesome times…..from local to global and back again!

All are invited to come join the song, prayer, discernment and welcome! 10:15 a.m……. No matter who you are or where you’ve been on your life journey, you are welcome at St. Peter’s! Remember, God is still speaking, . . . !!!

samaritan woman

Coupland Zoning . . . Why?

Submitted by Jim Huntington:

Coupland Zoning Why ?

I have stated before that if our primary impetus to incorporate has been to “keep Coupland, Coupland” as well as to prevent annexation by outside community forces, curtailing our freedom with imposition of ordinances and regulations, why are we now considering shooting ourselves in the feet by doing the same thing volitionally?

If Coupland has not had or needed zoning in its whole history, what is the justification for imposing it now?

We have had ample evidence of government intrusion, coercion and over reach in our faces every day since 2009, from an out of control federal regime, run by the most corrupt, coercive, intrusive anti-constitutional president in American history.

We will be ostensibly creating the same situation here by introducing unnecessary circumscription of property rights and the right of individuals to live with a minimum of governmental intrusion at the community level, the first and last bastion for preservation of individual freedom.

Today, it’s zoning but how long till it’s decided that Coupland can dictate what color your house may be or what vehicles you can or cannot park on your own property or what height your grass must be trimmed…. you get the idea.

Once we start down the slippery slope of imposing controls, constraints and proscriptions on personal liberty and private property rights, there is no end to the potential damage and mutation which may accrue, to obviate what we supposedly incorporated to preserve: the basic freedom to be left alone by government.

As a dear old friend of mine, who was born in Quanah, TX said, “I want my government to sound like a mosquito doing pushups on a ball of cotton” and my apostrophe to that is, “… not like Jabba the Hutt , wheezing and belching as he consumes the landscape…”

Jim Huntington Feb 2014

[Publisher’s Note: Jim Huntington presented this statement to the Coupland City Council at its February meeting. He requested that it be published here. The Coupland Times welcomes opinions from other citizens on this and other issues of the day.]