Commentary

Wed
05
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well, we survived the weekend with no Jessica!

It was tough, but we made it.

Clarissa waited to get really sick Friday afternoon while I was stuck inside the courtroom covering a trial.

Thank God I have great co-workers who took care of her and made sure she was okay while I was gone.

I call them co-workers, but these people are more like family.

 

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Sat
01
Apr

Senate panel OKs budget for upcoming two-year period

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019 cleared the first in a series of hurdles when the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved committee substitute Senate Bill 1 on March 22.

The legislation next moves to the full Senate for consideration. “This budget remains a work in progress, but we will continue our work to make the most of every dollar, meet our priority needs and keep Texas moving in the right direction,” said Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, RFlower Mound. “This committee left no stone unturned looking for savings, examining our budget drivers and looking for ways to make smarter use of our limited resources.”

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Sat
01
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales  

Once again, my Dad skill were put to the test this week.

And it was okay with me.

You see, the wife, my love, Jessica, went on Women’s Walk this week at the Amherst Christian Retreat Center.

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Wed
22
Mar

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Last week, I took a break.

A much needed break.

It was the first time I had ever taken some vacation days during Spring Break.

The reason why?

My kids.

Don’t ask me why, but a couple of weeks ago, it hit me. Emma walked into the room, and the features on her face seemed to be different.

She was growing. I stared at her for a moment and realized my little ones were growing up.

After staring at Emma, I took long looks at Diego and Clarissa and came to the same conclusion...they are growing, fast.

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Sat
18
Mar

Teachers and Honor Rolls…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Teachers and Honor Rolls…

I face Old Glory, hand over heart, extending respect to educators wherever they serve, and at whatever “frazzle” level they are. Hopefully, their heads are above water in the “tides of March,” or victims of “ides” attributed to the same month.

Some are smiling at the prospect of spring break coming soon. And there are sniffles from the noses of others who have just finished this respite. Reality sets in as countdowns begin toward the school year’s end.

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Wed
15
Mar

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve churned out a “Cup of Joe” column for the Lamb County Leader-News!

I’d like you to believe that I’ve been so busy I just haven’t had the time to write one.

Like I said, I’d like you to believe that.

Okay, I’ve been a little busy, to be honest. But I should have made the time.

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Wed
15
Mar

Federal court panel rules against Texas redistricting plan

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Three of Texas’ 36 congressional districts are unconstitutional because of racial or political gerrymandering, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled on March 10.

The judges ruled 2-1 that the districts’ boundaries, drawn by the Texas Legislature in 2011 and 2013, violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Sat
11
Mar

A Reach for the Stars…

By Dr. Don Newbury

 

When folks strive greatly to take from life what matters most— learning along the way that it’s mostly about giving—phrases like “giant strides” or “standing tall” come into play. It seems “Texan to the core” to do so.

Sometimes, though, along comes someone who learns early on that noteworthy accomplishments also can accrue from taking smaller steps, reaching higher and working harder.

Such was a delightful man named Richard (Dick) Collins, a favorite by any measure. On graduation day in 1948, he and 23 classmates proudly accepted diplomas at Chillicothe, TX, High School. Under four feet tall, this oldest of five children endeared himself to his family, school and the community, a pattern that defined him throughout life. He loomed large in giving back.

 

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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