Commentary

Wed
03
May

GOP majority pushes ‘sanctuary city’ bill to passage in Texas House

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — During his “State of the State” address on Jan. 31, Governor Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called “sanctuary cities” to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: “Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey.”

In 2011, when Rick Perry was governor, he made the original call for such a ban. Last week, after more than a dozen hours of spirited floor debate and parliamentary maneuvers, the Texas House approved legislation banning so-called sanctuary cities.

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Sat
29
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

I had to take a step back this week while getting ready and set to celebrate Diego’s 11th birthday.

I couldn’t believe my little buddy was turning 11-yearsold.

I still remember the day I first walked into the Lamb County Leader-News, Jessica walked in right behind me carrying Diego in his baby carrier.

Where has time gone!

It seems like in just a blink of an eye, he went from little boy to almost a teenager.

 

 

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Sat
29
Apr

Fate of key transparency bills is uncertain; legislatoers need to hear from constituents

Committee must move bills for the House to vote 

 

AUSTIN — There’s no question that Americans — particularly Texans — are increasingly suspicious of government. Trust in government is at a dangerously low level.

That’s why virtually every candidate who runs for the Texas Legislature loudly proclaims that he or she is all for transparency and accountability. Unfortunately, campaign season is a distant memory at this point in Texas’ legislative session. Lawmakers have spent four full months in the company of lobbyists who are paid nicely to convince them that the interests of their clients are threatened by transparency.

Wed
26
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Last Monday was a long day. After many months of putting it off, my Mom, Esmeralda Gonzales finally decided to have knee replacement surgery.

She was set to undergo knee surgery a while back, but she canceled it.

I’ve never had any type of surgery, and I hope to God I never do. So I know why Mom was scared.

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Wed
26
Apr

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

By GRAHAM HENLEY and KATIE MANGOLD

Lamb County 4-H and the Lamb County Extension Office are expressing our “thank you to ALL of our volunteers” who give their time, talents, and gifts to help our 4-Hers “To Make the Best Better.”

We express our appreciation to our volunteers, during Volunteer Week, April 23-29, because Lamb County is truly blessed by volunteers, who help us reach our youth in a meaningful way.

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Sat
22
Apr

Good Times Under the Sun…

by Dr. Don Newbury 

The number of folks who enjoy cruising is growing markedly each year, and many serious cruisers will head for a cruise port at the drop of a hat—and they’ll provide the hat. Some provide the most obscure reasons to justify another vacation on the high seas. Sorta like imbibers who—before bending elbows—drag out the old line about it being five o’clock somewhere. (This excuse ranks ahead of the one about drinking “for health reasons.”)

Count us among that group—the cruise bunch—who figure there’s a cruise ship somewhere going, well, somewhere. After all, the vessel and its ports of call grab our attention, sometimes without much thought about the miles required to get there (Despite current examples to the contrary, we’ve never found the skies to be anything but friendly, and further enticements include “transFAREnt” plane tickets.)

Wed
19
Apr

Federal judge says again, Texas voter ID law is discriminatory

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi on April 10 ruled the State of Texas has failed to prove that the voter identification law was not written with discriminatory intent and purpose.

The ruling came in response to a charge by the New Orleansbased U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that Judge Ramos re-examine the evidence and her 2015 findings in Veasey et al., plaintiffs, v. Greg Abbott et al., defendants.

 

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Sat
15
Apr

Free Gas Not in the Cards…

Craig Murphy is a “pay it forward” kind of guy. If such courtesy were a corporation, his “giving back” nature might qualify him for the board of directors.

It’s simply the way he’s wound.

So, his friends weren’t surprised recently when it appeared he might be the recipient of a free tank of gas….

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Wed
12
Apr

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — After more than 15 hours of floor debate, the Texas House of Representatives on April 7 approved a balanced, $218 billion, state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019. During the debate, state representatives proposed some 378 amendments to the House version of Senate Bill 1, although many were tabled or withdrawn. The House version of the proposed budget must now undergo the scrutiny of the Senate, which passed its own $218 billion version on March 28. Members of the House and Senate will meet in a conference committee to reconcile differences in the two versions and finalize a budget that then can be sent to Gov.

Sat
08
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I’ve shared with you my ongoing walk with Christ.

It hasn’t been easy, but, in all honesty, I’m not where I need to be, but, more importantly, I’m not where I used to be.

Which for me, is where I want, and need to be at this point in my life.

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