Commentary

Sat
03
Jun

Leg-Pulling Long Gone…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Back in the 20th century, kids— as well as adults who sometimes acted like them—seemed destined to “make their own fun.” Not too much in the way of “time-passing” was in play if it cost anything, thus fertile minds were often in “creative mode,” if only in the sharing of jokes and stories.

Many times conversations began with, “Did you hear the one about…?” Sadly, these words rarely are heard anymore.

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Sat
27
May

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I can’t believe it, but another year of school came to an end.

It seems like just yesterday we were dropping off Diego, Emma and Clarissa for their first day of classes.

Diego was nervous entering the last year of elementary.

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Wed
24
May

State budget bill moves forward as conference committee agrees

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Senate and House budget conferees met frequently last week and on May 20 managed to reach compromise on a $218 billion state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.

However, Senate Bill 1 must gain final approval from both the House and Senate in order for the budget to continue on to the governor’s desk. But as pressing a matter as the budget may seem, the bulk of time in weekend floor debates was used on a variety of other measures, such as property tax reform, municipal annexation, school bathroom accommodations for transgender students and religious conscience considerations for government employees.

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Wed
17
May

Legislature grinds toward May 29 close with much still to accomplish

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — With a mere two weeks remaining until the end of the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers have not yet finalized a state budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

The Legislature’s 150 House members and 31 Senate members can work around the clock, if need be. Their only absolutely required accomplishment in the 140-day-long session is to produce that budget and put it on the governor’s desk. If they don’t, the governor will call them back for a special session.

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Sat
13
May

Countdown to Greatness…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Folks given to dreaming some 500 years ago could never have imagined the many dozens of major historical occurrences linked to Galveston Island from then until now. Keep in mind that many historians believe the island was discovered in 1519, so it’s time to begin planning celebrations for the coastal playground with the 500th anniversary at hand.

A major milestone in September, 2018, will be a welcome prelude to the celebration. That’s when Carnival Cruise Lines assigns its newest and largest vessel, Carnival Vista, to Galveston.

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Wed
10
May

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

House joins Senate in passing constitutional convention measure AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives on May 4 approved Senate Joint Resolution 2, a measure calling for a convention of the states, as contemplated and enabled by Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The state Senate on Feb. 28 originally passed SJR 2, authored by Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury.

Every member of the House and Senate who signed as a co-author or co-sponsor of SJR 2 is Republican, and no Democrat voted in favor of the resolution. Last week, after the House approved an amended version of the joint resolution, Governor Greg Abbott said: “Today marks an important step toward restraining a runaway federal government and returning power back to the states and their respective citizens as our Founders intended.” In his Jan. 31 State of the State address, Abbott listed passage of such a measure as one of his emergency legislative priorities.

 

Sat
06
May

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Can you believe that school is almost over?

Didn’t it just begin? Well, it sure seems like it did.

The past couple of weeks I think Diego, Emma and Clarissa have already caught the summer bug.

Well, to be fair, Diego is still looking forward to school, but his sisters, that’s another story.

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Sat
06
May

Uncle Mort and Horse Sense…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Horse sense—my 104-yearold Uncle Mort maintains—is much more than stable thinking. As a charter member of the “spit and whittle club” at the general store in the thicket, they weigh the world’s weightiest problems, often with wild abandon.

If only two geezers show up, arguments are common, but not much is settled. With three or more present, however, it’s a quorum.

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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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