Commentary

Sat
09
Dec

Zeros in the News…

By Dr. Don Newbury

When my 105-year-old Uncle Mort dropped in the other day, he claimed to be on the verge of “dropping out” of a world he believes is moving too fast. He claims he is weary of much, beginning with all the strings of zeros encountered in the news recently.

“Trouble is, zero clusterswith commas fore and aft—are being lobbed at us two and three at a time,” Mort lamented. “What’s worse, jarring numbers larger than zeros are in front of ‘em, and they’re sucking the air out of the room.”

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Sat
02
Dec

Anchored in Galveston…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Surely, the passing of 75 years knocks the edges from the fib of a 15- year-old, as well as a military doctor who ignored height and weight requirements for a youngster on his second try to join the US Navy.

Eddie Janek, reared by his widowed mother during the Depression in West, TX, stood 5’1” and weighed 98 pounds. He had “enlisted” several months earlier, but when authorities learned he was underage, he was sent home. Soon, though, he hopped a train to Galveston—his home for the past 75 years. There, he “re-upped,” this time bolstered by “doctored” Catholic confirmation records. During four years in the Pacific, he landed at both Leyte and Peleliu, where he saw death “up close.” He distinguished himself during both WWII and the Korean War….

 

Wed
29
Nov

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

 

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and ate a lot of turkey, ham, sides and my favorite – pumpkin pie! I did – for the most part. I had to limit myself in what I ate this year and make sure I didn’t over do it. I’m proud to report – I did just that. I ate enough, and not too much.

 

This year, we hosted Thanksgiving for my in-laws. Since they all live in Levelland, they didn’t have to travel so far. When Jessica first told me we were hosting Thanksgiving, my first thought was the turkey! Listen, I’m a pretty darn good cook. I can cook or bake just about anything. But when it comes to a turkey, I want no part. I’ve never cooked a turkey, and will probably never try it. I’m pretty sure it would be the driest turkey ever.

 

Wed
22
Nov

FEMA briefs governor, vice president on hurricane recovery efforts

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence on Nov. 15 received a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Joint Field Office in the capital city.

Pence, in town for the Republican Governors Association conference, joined Abbott, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and state and local officials to discuss ways to improve federal and state coordination of resources. Abbott thanked Pence for “his commitment to the people of Texas” in the aftermath of the hurricane that struck the Texas coast in late August, bringing historically heavy rains, flooding and destructive winds.

 

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Sat
18
Nov

A Cup of Joe...

by Joe Gonzales

As you all know, the kids and I enjoy watching super hero movies. It’s our thing. Anytime a new one comes to theaters, we are there opening night. Well, when I say “we” I mean me, Diego and Emma. As I’ve told you before, Jessica doesn’t really enjoy these types of movies. And as for Clarissa, getting her to sit through an entire movie without making trip-after-trip to the restroom....well, that’s still a work in progress. This past Thursday night, Justice League premiered at movie theaters everywhere. I’ve had our tickets for this shown ever since they went on sale back in October.

 

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Wed
08
Nov

Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

The Astros won their fourth game in the best-of-seven Series against the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Nov. 1. It’s the first World Series championship for the Houston Astros in the 55-year history of the franchise and the first for a Texas team. Players wore “Houston Strong” patches on their uniforms in honor of those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s widespread devastation. More than one million fans lined the streets of downtown Houston Nov. 3 to see the players hoist the championship trophy during a victory parade.

 

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Sat
04
Nov

The Way We Were…

Dr. Don Newbury 

At a time not so long ago— when smiling was a frequent response to something said or done— we were more relaxed, feeling that much was right with the world. Sadly, smiles have pretty much abandoned faces around our shrinking world.

Today, if Abbott and Costello somehow reappeared on earth with their best verbal exchanges about “who’s on first,” there’d be quick searches for strait jackets instead of readings on laugh meters.

Most comments from “quotable” people, whether in the world of politics, business, sports or entertainment, are sharpedged. Gentle souls seeking restorative humor from yesteryear are in short supply….

 

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Sat
04
Nov

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

This past Halloween, I was able to mark something off my bucket list. Finally!

Time to get into nerd mode.

You see, for years, I’ve wanted my family to all dress up as characters of Star Wars.

And for years, it never happened. The kids would either want to be something else, or we just couldn’t find the right costumes.

But his year, it happened!!!

And it was awesome!!

Well, for me it was awesome.

I dressed up as Kylo Ren, Emma was Princess Leia, Clarissa was Rey, Deigo was Luke Skywalker and my lovely wife, Jessica, was Chewbaca.

 

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Wed
01
Nov

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I’m pretty sure, if you were to look up the meaning of the word – indecisive right now, right next to the definition, there’d be a picture of me.

Yup. Me.

Because right now, I know there are a lot of people who think I’m the most indecisive person they know or ever met.

Let me explain.

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Wed
01
Nov

Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state’s 150 House districts to be redrawn.

In September, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed the federal district court’s ruling. That allowed Texas to continue to use the existing maps while the redistricting case remains pending.

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