Commentary

Sat
24
Jun

A CUP OF JOE...

By Joe Gonzales

After quickly loading up the hideous cat luggage, we were on our way.

I fired up the directions on Google Maps, and we were off!

Again, I told the kids it was going to be a straight-no stops-drive to Rockport.

And again, 15 minutes in, they were hungry.

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Sat
24
Jun

Uncle Mort Hits 105…

By Dr. Don Newbury

It may be that my Uncle Mort and George M. Cohan, “the man who owned Broadway,” may not have as much in common as we’ve been led to believe. For years, Mort has claimed that he and the “Yankee Doodle Dandy” share the same birthday.

“Yep, July 4th was the big day for him and it still is for me,” Mort has bragged, until the world looked level.

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Wed
21
Jun

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

Governor signs 2018-2019, two-year state budget into law AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 12 signed Senate Bill 1, legislation that appropriates some $217 billion to pay for the state’s next two-year fiscal period. “I am once again signing a budget that addresses the most pressing challenges faced by our state. This budget funds a lifesaving overhaul of Child Protective Services, ensuring children in Texas’ foster care receive the protection they deserve,” Abbott stated in his proclamation.

 

“Even in a tight budget climate,” he added, “this budget prioritizes the safety and well-being of all Texans. It continues to fund our state’s role in securing the border, adding an additional 250 troopers to keep our communities safe. It funds the state’s natural disaster response costs to provide state resources when disaster strikes. And it better protects our law enforcement officers across the state by funding grants for bulletproof vests.

 

Wed
21
Jun

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Ladies and gentlemen, another vacation is in the books! Coming back to work is always the hardest part. Who wouldn’t rather be sitting at the beach instead of their office desk?! This year we made another trip to the beach. But unlike past trips, this time it was only me, Jessica and the kids. In the year’s past when we’ve gone to the beach, we went with other members of our family.

 

But this time, we decided to go alone. It’s not that we didn’t enjoy their company, we just wanted a family trip

 

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Sat
17
Jun

Flying America’s Friendly Skies…

by Dr. Don Newbury

Writing about both legs of a plane trip being among life’s most memorable experiences is unlikely. A medical emergency flying out and a fire engine on the return to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport helped to make it so.

I was en route to interview for an interim position at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. During American Airlines’ Flight 306 to Indianapolis, a flight attendant’s announcement was jarring. “We have a medical emergency. Is there a doctor on board…a nurse…any health professional?” (She stopped short of settling for anyone who’d stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.)

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Wed
14
Jun

Without the Cows, There’s No National Dairy Month 2017

By DARREN TURLEY

Since 1937, June has been either National Milk Month or National Dairy Month, a way to promote the drinking of milk and to observe the contributions by the dairy community. This year, the Texas Association of Dairymen would like to use the opportunity to recognize those who are really responsible for the dairy products we are celebrating – our cows.

Let’s face it, without the cows – without their milk – there wouldn’t be a National Dairy Month. So, on behalf of Texas’ dairy farmers, I’d like to share a little bit about how our dairy community cares for about 487,000 dairy cows that last year produced about 1.25 billion gallons of milk.

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Wed
14
Jun

Governor demands action, calls lawmakers back to Austin

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 announced a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin on July 18 to address issues that went unresolved during the contentious 140-day regular session that ended May 29.

Abbott explained why he thinks it necessary to order lawmakers back to Austin. “Considering all the successes of the 85th legislative session, we should not be where we are today,” he said. “A special session was entirely avoidable and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session. As governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count,” he added.

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Sat
10
Jun

When Life Gets Serious…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Commencement exercises, like holiday movies watched countless times, usually are fairly predictable. After all, printed programs get us back on track in case of the wandering of minds.

Some of the best “mindwanderers” are faculty members who know the subplots— some of them winding and tangled—that are unique to certain graduates.

One such recent program was at First Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, where 22 candidates received graduate degrees from B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. Towering over them was the commencement speaker, Dr. Darin Wood, pastor of First Baptist Church in Midland…..

 

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Wed
07
Jun

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

State budget awaits final approval from governor

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott as of June 4 had not signed Senate Bill 1, the 2018-2019 state budget finally approved by both houses of the 85th Texas Legislature on May 27. SB 1 appropriates $216.8 billion in total spending for the state’s budget during the 2018-19 biennium.

A long wait for Abbott’s signature may fit a pattern. The governor did not sign the 2016-2017 budget until June 20, 2015, the final day for him to approve or veto legislation. The governor has the power to veto line items in the bill, instead of rejecting it wholesale.

 

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Sat
03
Jun

Leg-Pulling Long Gone…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Back in the 20th century, kids— as well as adults who sometimes acted like them—seemed destined to “make their own fun.” Not too much in the way of “time-passing” was in play if it cost anything, thus fertile minds were often in “creative mode,” if only in the sharing of jokes and stories.

Many times conversations began with, “Did you hear the one about…?” Sadly, these words rarely are heard anymore.

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