Commentary

Wed
09
May

Paxton leads multi-state lawsuit challenging DACA program

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on May 1 filed a lawsuit against the federal government to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia joined Paxton in the lawsuit.

Paxton and the other attorneys general urged the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to declare DACA unlawful and to stop the federal government from issuing or renewing any DACA permits in the future.

 

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Sat
28
Apr

A Rotten Day…

by Dr. Don Newbury

Ya can’t fix stupid.” It’s a line tossed about daily with abandon.

In my case—and this is an admission made “frog-throated” and typed with shaky fingers—I plead guilty.

The sting is even greater when our judgment—in certain moments when efforts are squeezed to save a few bucks—is sorely lacking, maybe totally absent. Sequentially, I “flubbed.” One would think I’d never traveled before….

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Wed
25
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Time, slow down!!

Please!

I can’t believe it, but this Friday, April 27h, Diego is turning 12 years-old.

12!!!

I’ve said this before, and it still feels like it was just yesterday.

 

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Sat
21
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

This past Wednesday, I had the chance to go on another ride-along with a local law enforcement officer.

This time it was with Littlefield Police Officer Jayce Anstead.

This was the third ride-along I’ve been able to go on, and it was just as enjoyable as the past two.

 

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Wed
18
Apr

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

Officials see room for improvement in criminal history reporting

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton on April 11 sent a joint letter to eight state criminal justice agencies and associations, urging them to review their processes for reporting criminal history to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or “NICS.”

The NICS checks available records on persons who may be disqualified from receiving firearms. Abbott and Paxton said a recent study found that only 68 percent of arrests in state criminal history files nationwide were reported to the NICS. But Texas’ overall rate is 84 percent, with a 95 percent reporting rate for arrests within the past five years.

 

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Wed
11
Apr

Decision to send troops to border draws mixed reactions

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on April 4 welcomed the announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen that the federal government would deploy some 4,000 National Guard personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist in stemming the flow of illegal immigration.

“Today’s action by the Trump Administration reinforces Texas’ longstanding commitment to secure our southern border and uphold the rule of law and I welcome the support,” the governor said. “Going forward, Texas will continue to implement robust border security efforts and this partnership will help ensure we are doing everything we can to stem the flow of illegal immigration.”

Wed
04
Apr

JOE RANGEL CRISTAN

Joe Rangel Cristan, 65, of Littlefield died April, 1 2018 at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Littlefield. Burial will be in Littlefield Memorial Park in Littlefield. Arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield. Joe was born Jan. 22, 1953 in Littlefield, to Jose Cristan, Sr. and Felicita Rangel Cristan. He married Rosa Cristan on Sept. 10, 1970 in Littlefield. Joe worked as a feed yard manager throughout his life at Sudan Feed Yard and other feedlots in the area. Preceding him in death are his parents; four brothers, Eusebio “Conejo” Cristan, David “Gallo” Cristan, Daniel “Corcho” Cristan and Felipe Cristan; four sisters, Santos Cristan, Yolando Cristan, Lucia Vasquez and Irma Gonzalez.

Wed
04
Apr

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

 

Question to appear on upcoming census stirs opposing viewpoints AUSTIN — Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 decennial census be asked if they are citizens of the United States. When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross responded in the affirmative last week, Cruz said, “I applaud Secretary Ross for honoring this request by my colleagues and me. It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide-ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy.

 

A question on citizenship is a reasonable, common sense addition to the census.” On March 28, state Sen. Sylvia R. Garcia, D-Houston, who chairs the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, took issue with the question. “Adding a question on citizenship at this time would only seek to fan the flames of fear and distrust in the Census, further risking depressed response rates,” Garcia said

 

Sat
31
Mar

Tomorrows and Yesterdays…

Dr. Don Newbury

In his 40-year career as a National Weather Service meteorologist, he spent most of his time predicting the near future. As a retiree, he’s studying “the far back,” immersed now in learning of a much-ballyhooed highway a century ago.

Genesis of the latter of Fort Worth’s Dan Smith began with a bike ride on abandoned pavement between Aledo and Weatherford, and discovery of an old “Bankhead Highway” street sign.

His head swimming with questions, Smith began his research, fascinated by one Asa Rountree, an Alabaman. Rountree pushed for construction of the nation’s first coast-to-coast, all-weather highway. By both “hook” and “crook,” he slithered into gatherings he organized in many states. He managed to “keep the pot bubbling” for a southern highway from Washington, D. C., to San Diego, California….

 

Wed
21
Mar

Appellate court’s ruling on immigration law draws reactions

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 13 praised a ruling by a panel of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholding a new state law that bans sanctuary cities.

The Legislature enacted Senate Bill 4 in 2017 to set a statewide policy of cooperation with federal immigration authorities’ enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

“I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,” Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes. Dangerous criminals shouldn’t be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes.”

 

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