Belated grad advice
by Chip Latcham
Jun 06, 2013 | 577 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Every cover of our newspapers so far this week has featured smiling faces of overjoyed graduates as they are handed their diplomas or prepare to walk across the stage.

But what’s next for these hundreds of Bee County teenagers?

By now they are exhausted from hearing well-meaning advice from learned educators and successful entrepreneurs.

Yet, from what we’ve learned as we viewed today’s headlines, it is apparent that they should:

• Wear sunscreen; it reduces skin aging.

• Not travel across the border to Mexico, even for a funeral.

• Get a job that offers good health insurance – quickly.

• Not ask the IRS for tax-exempt status, or anything else.

• Refrain from becoming a storm chaser in Oklahoma or try to escape a tornado in their vehicle.

• Remember, for those under age 17, there is a summertime curfew at night in Beeville against loitering.

• Not leave young children or pets unattended in parked cars during the hot summer months; the consequences could be tragic.

• Find a suitable role model – a parent, teacher, business or church leader – not a celebrity or politician.

• Not try to invent a bacon and egg sandwich on a donut.

• Not believe some White House officials will survive the IRS and AP scandals.

• Not count out the over-the-hill San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

And for those who don’t have enough sense to stay away from drugs, we understand they should check themselves into the Bee County Jail to sleep off a night of partying. Don’t worry about your drugs, paraphernalia and weapons; they will be safe.

– Chip Latcham
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