Commentary

Wed
05
Sep

Texas leaders call for new trade agreement to include Canada

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The White House last week announced a preliminary new trade agreement had been secured between the United States and Mexico.

While details of the pact are forthcoming, the White House said the agreement would “create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, protects American intellectual property” and “is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.”

 

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Sat
25
Aug

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

 

Well it’s done! The kids first week of school is in the books! I’m happy to report that it went great, and the kids loved it. Diego really enjoyed it. I was nervous about him playing football this year in junior high, but he’s really excited about it! Each day this week, from what he tells me, they were given equipment each day. Tuesday, he had to stay after school. So I’m sitting at my desk trying to get this past Wednesday issue of the Lamb County Leader-News to the press, when I get a text from him. I thought it was odd because he usually calls me when he’s ready.

 

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Wed
15
Aug

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

WHOA!!

That’s all I can say about the 72 hours I spent during my Walk to Emmaus this past weekend.

I sat and thought of how I’d try to explain what I witnessed this past weekend. Explain how it changed me.

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Sat
11
Aug

The Last Straws…

Dr. Don Newbury

Rodney Daingerfield took great delight in self-deprecation, striving always to be regarded as the least respected guy on the planet. The late comedian played it to the hilt, laughing all the way to the bank.

There’s a new guy on the “poor me” stage, and I’m talkin’ real life. The nameless guy is insistent that his investment portfolio is limited to only two stocks—Facebook and plastic straws.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I love all the Lord of the Rings movies. I can (I’m serious) watch all three back-to-back-to-back. It takes an entire day, but I’ve done it on more than one occasion.

Why am I telling you this? Well, like Frodo and his long quest to destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom, I felt that way this past weekend while taking our kids school supplies and school clothes shopping.

 

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Sat
04
Aug

The Last Straws…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Rodney Daingerfield took great delight in self-deprecation, striving always to be regarded as the least respected guy on the planet. The late comedian played it to the hilt, laughing all the way to the bank.

There’s a new guy on the “poor me” stage, and I’m talkin’ real life. The nameless guy is insistent that his investment portfolio is limited to only two stocks— Facebook and plastic straws.

 

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Thu
02
Aug

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

 

Select panel considers approaches to mass shooting prevention AUSTIN — A special interim committee of state lawmakers met July 24 at the Texas Capitol to further explore what can be done to prevent mass shootings like the one that resulted in 10 deaths and 10 injuries in May at Santa Fe High School.

Testimony before a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security centered on “red flag” laws, in which a law enforcement entity or family member could petition a judge who may then order that a potentially dangerous person temporarily be prohibited from purchasing or otherwise acquiring or possessing a firearm. More than a dozen other states have enacted red flag laws. Such laws allow a petitioner to present evidence of previous behaviors that demonstrate a public safety risk, such as:

 

Sat
28
Jul

Whistle-Blowers Fading Away…

By Dr. Don Newbury

“He ‘takes after’ his dad,” oldtimers used to say about young boys in their formative years. I didn’t hear the expression often, because much of whom the late T. J. Newbury was, I wasn’t.

Limited to an 11-year public school education, he was a common laborer, spending most of his adult life in helping folks “stay connected” to natural gas in their rural Brown County homes. He fixed pipelines, and kept things civil even during rare service disruptions, when customers sometime threatened to forego natural gas.

 

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Sat
21
Jul

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well folks, last week, Emma’s birthday was a success!

She had a great time, and got a lot of presents, one present she’s been begging us for, and some spending cash.

To start it off, her Aunt Stephanie, my sister, took her shopping, to a movie and out to eat.

Her other Aunt Corinna, kept her for a few days and did the same. Shopping, movie and dinner.

The kid had a blast.

My two sisters spoiled her rotten, so that left us (her parents) with a tough task ahead of us – do better than the aunts.

 

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Sat
21
Jul

THE IDLE AMERICAN

A Look Back at Losses…

By Dr. Don Newbury

It will be the focus of books yet to be written, and of songs yet to be sung. Rarely does drama equal that of the rescue of a dozen Thai youngsters and their coach. They were assumed lost until flashlights revealed life and fearless rescue team members shared the good news. Voices around the world “seconded the emotion.”

Humanity immediately seemed closely woven; pettiness that too often divides was ignored. Instead, we waited for news that there might be hope.

Survival odds seemed tiny, but bravery, commitment and cooperation led to a “rope of hope.” The world pulled together, and millions prayed….

 

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