Commentary

Sat
17
Dec

Memories at Christmas Time

By Dr. Don Newbury
 
'Tis the season to reclaim memories. Thanks be to God for treasured recollections, and for His giving us the discernment to call pleasant ones into play from days gone by. And why not? To dwell on unpleasant ones is gain for no one. The ones we value greatest are as welcome chestnuts roasting on an open fire, or rides across fields in a one-horse open sleigh. (That said, I think I could be equally happy in a sleigh drawn by two horses, or even four.)
 
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Wed
14
Dec

Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.

 

Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates parimutuel racing, since December 2015. Because Abbott nominated Pablos during a legislative interim, the Texas Constitution requires the Senate to conduct a confirmation hearing and vote on the appointment during the first 10 days of the next session of the Legislature. The 85th Regular Session of the Legislature is scheduled to convene on Jan. 10. Confirmation would make Pablos Texas’ 111th secretary of state.

 

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Sat
10
Dec

Words: Helpful or Hurtful?...

by Dr. Don Newbury

 

 

Not so long ago, lots of folks— the ones still writing and reading longhand—gave little thought to what the future might hold for the English language. Many were more worried about dialects that will disappear when death claims the last handful of aging tribal users.

 

 

With social media and a culture given to haste 24/7, both verbal and written communications are being reduced to abbreviations and symbols. Forward-thinking people may legitimately wonder if the English language is on its way out.

 

 

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Wed
07
Dec

Board sets state funding limit for next 2-year budget

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers will have just under $100 billion to use for the non-constitutional spending portion of state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.

 

The 10-member Legislative Budget Board, which is charged with adopting a spending limit, met on Dec. 1 and accepted the figure of $99.897 billion recommended by Ursula Parks, director of the LBB. The amount is based on a projected growth rate of 8 percent in the state’s economy. The current 2016-2017 state budget for “non-dedicated” appropriations — funding that’s not mandated by the state constitution — is $92.5 billion.

 

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Wed
07
Dec

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales

 

I’ve realized that some of the best conversations I have with my kids, are the ones we have when I pick them up from school.

 

Emma and Clarissa are always hungry. No matter what.

 

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Sat
03
Dec

Texas African American History Memorial unveiled at Capitol

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial. The 32-foot-wide, 27-foot-tall bronze monument by sculptor Ed Dwight features images of African- Americans in Texas from modern times going back nearly 500 years.

 

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Wed
30
Nov

Our Nation, America, has elected a new president

By Marco A. Colina

 

This occurs every four years, and there has never been a onehundred consensus for the win. Personally, I share that in occasions that the one that I vote for has won, and sometimes he does not. Now, what should we do? 1. Pray. There is no weapon that is more powerful than prayer. I believe that there is not a greater responsibility than that the leader of a nation has. There is a passage in the Scriptures that is very clear about our position concerning our government. I Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all that petitions, prayers, inter-cession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

 

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Wed
23
Nov

Takin’ A Time out

By Joe Gonzales
 
This Thursday I will try my best to not put myself in a food-induced coma. I’ll try. When you have two families to visit in one day, you tend to eat a little more than you probably should have. That’s the predicament I seem to find myself in every single Thanksgiving. “Joe, you’re not going to eat a lot. You eat a little bit here and a little bit there.” Five hours later.
 
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Sat
19
Nov

Memories of ‘Roughing It’…

by Dr. Don Newbury 
 
Reflections at Thanksgiving abound, and participants gaining most from the season are of one accord—filling their hearts with precious memories of loved ones and friends. We cherish warm remembrances, including those that made us laugh then—and make us laugh now.
 
For many, there are happy thoughts of times in the great outdoors, perhaps now decades old. Some are memories of “roughing it” by folks whose daily lives are far more akin to “smoothing it.”
 
Such are the memories of Dr. and Mrs. Lanny Hall of Abilene. The couple has made life smoother for the masses—he as a three-term state legislator who later served 27 years as president or chancellor of universities, and she as a wife, mother and community leader. (He served at Wayland, Howard Payne and Hardin-Simmons. He was twice president of HSU, where he now is chancellor.)…
 

Sat
19
Nov

Takin’ A Timeout

by Joe Gonzales 
 
Well, next Thursday, on Thanksgiving, I’ll be turning 37 years old!
 
My gosh time just flie by!
 
I remember when I turned 21 years old. I thought I was the king of the world. I had it all figured out.
 
Life that is.
 
Fast forward to now, I’m getting older, and I know more than I did then, but you still learn things every single day.
 
Life throws curve balls, but you learn to deal with them. And in turn, this makes you a stronger person.
 

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