Commentary

Wed
08
Mar

House, Senate approve bills to protect children in foster system

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Both houses of the Texas Legislature last week passed bills to improve the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for emergency action to improve child protection programs.

Tasked with protecting children, elders and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation, the DFPS, part of the Texas Health and Human Commission, has attracted attention in recent years for inadequate funding and staffing to meet obligations.

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Sat
04
Mar

Retailing at the Crossroads

By Dr. Don Newbury

Retail wizard J C Penney would have been confounded by the tightrope-walking required in today’s world of retailing. He likely never dreamed of 140 JCP stores closing in one fell swoop.

Onward/outward/upward marked his insight. He credited a strong commitment to advertising for much of his chain’s success.

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Wed
01
Mar

Federal judge sides with plaintiffs in Planned Parenthood case

AUSTIN — Texans who rely on Planned Parenthood as a medical care provider won’t have to seek those services elsewhere, pending an upcoming trial. In the lawsuit titled Planned Parenthood et al. v. Texas Health and Human Services Commission, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin on Feb. 21 granted a preliminary injunction to prevent the Texas Department of Health and Human Services from eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in the state’s 2017-18 budget.

 

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Sat
25
Feb

Wonders of the World?…

By Dr. Don Newbury

With the rancor running rampant in the world today, it’s remarkable that the Seven Wonders of the World are staying stitched, at least so far.

This day, I cite three personal “wonderments,” none of which rises to the level of minutia. They have long been bewildering to me. Perhaps you’d prefer making your own list.

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Wed
22
Feb

Paxton files brief in support of president’s immigration order

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a legal brief supporting President Trump’s executive order for an immigration crackdown.

In his Feb. 15 brief with a San Francisco federal appeals court, Paxton defends President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”

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Sat
18
Feb

A Commotion at the Cemetery…

by Dr. Don Newbury 

Sounds at the general store in the Thicket tend to be predictable. Most likely heard after weekday refills of coffee are consumed is the shuffle of dominoes. Four geezers usually are seated at the game table by 8:30 or 9:00. Menial chores—described as pressing upon arrival— suddenly become trivial.

As the game begins, they laugh about threats of bodily harm to be inflicted if any player is caught cheating. Further, they agree that if a pesky fly becomes a bother, the “high domino” drawn will determine who has to fetch the swatter.

They are, you see, clustered purposely in their own little world, as if cares and chores are put away in “one of these days” files….

 

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Wed
15
Feb

Legislation banning sanctuary city policies clears hurdle

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 8 praised the Texas Senate’s approval of legislation to ban sanctuary cities, an item on his priority list for the current legislative session.

Senate Bill 4 by Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, passed after 16 hours of floor debate on a 20-10 partyline vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats in opposition.

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Wed
08
Feb

Governor raises four issues to emergency status

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31.

In exercising his prerogative as governor, Abbott presented a short list of emergency items for lawmakers to enact during the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature:

- Improvements to Child Protective Services;

- A ban on sanctuary cities;

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Sat
04
Feb

Education at a Gallop…

By Dr. Don Newbury
 

They’re mere “blips” on the screen of educational innovation, now in a handful of major cities. Their name sounds like a house number, and youngsters therein are challenged to “dig deep” as a core of teachers—largely volunteers—help children 6-18 express themselves through—of all things—writing.

 

These store front centers (for want of a better word) are attention-grabbers, front to back. “826,” after all, isn’t a usual name. The first was San Francisco’s 826 Valencia St. It opened in 2002. If passers-by aren’t “grabbed” by the numbers, small letters on the sign help. It reads: “independent pirate supply store.”

 

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Sat
04
Feb

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales
 

I told you a few issues ago about my moment of clarity I had with God.

 

For those who might have missed it, it was during a trip to Levelland on a very foggy morning.

 

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