Commentary

Sat
15
Oct

Takin’ A Timeout

by Joe Gonzales 
For me, the gas gauge in my pickup is different from everyone else’s. E means ‘enough’ and ‘F’ means, ‘Far’...in that I can drive far. For years, anytime Jessica rides with me in my pickup, the first thing she looks at is my gas gauge. “You need to put gas in your truck.” I usually reply with, “I have more than enough” or “don’t worry about it, I have more than enough fuel!” Folks, for the past 12 years, I’ve always been right (for the most part).
 
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Wed
12
Oct

Sudan City Council to meet Thursday

By Joe Gonzales

 

A regular meeting of the governing board of the City of Sudan will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Sudan City Hall, 111 East First Avenue. They will be considering 14 agenda items.

 

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Wed
05
Oct

Time for a change...

By Tanner Wilson

 

I absolutely love the changes in the air. Feeling the cool breeze has been refreshing for my evening walks, plus the radiant sun puts a glow on the changing leaves. Most people don’t like change. I have heard the only person that does like change is a baby with a dirty diaper. But even though we tend to resist change, many people feel that if they could simply change their job, their house, or their spouse, then they would find happiness.

 

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Sat
01
Oct

Takin’ A Timeout

by Joe Gonzales 
Jessica always says I never listen to her, and I always tell her the same thing. I listen all the time, every time. After what happened Thursday night, I might need to rethink that. For the past few days, Jessica told me there was a spider inside the sun room of our home. She said I needed to kill it.
 
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Wed
28
Sep

State of Texas may withdraw from federal resettlement program

By Ed Sterling
 
 AUSTIN — Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State’s refugee plan by Sept. 30. In a Sept. 21 letter to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, State Refugee Coordinator Kara Crawford gave official notice of Texas’ intention to withdraw from the program. A news release from the governor’s office said the letter was in response to the federal government’s “unwillingness to approve Texas’ updated state refugee plan, which would require national security officials to ensure that refugees do not pose a security threat to Texas.”  
 
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Sat
24
Sep

Takin’ A Timeout

by Joe Gonzales 
This past Friday morning, I wasn’t fast enough. Let me explain. For the past month I’ve been riding my bike each morning before work, and then again that same evening. For the most part, my bike rides have been fairly safe, but Friday morning, that all changed. I’ve been chased by dogs before, and believe it or not, I either out ran them or they quickly gave up trying to take a bite of my leg.
 
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Wed
21
Sep

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales

 

Well, here’s a quick update on my healthier lifestyle...it’s going. I don’t understand why it took me so long to realize that eating healthy and working out really made you feel that much better. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked out in the past, but I’ve never been this dedicated before. Right now, the biggest difference I feel besides fitting into smaller clothes is my stress level. 

 

 

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Sat
17
Sep

Takin’ A Timeout

by Joe Gonzales 
As always, I waited until the last minute to do something. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been meaning to sign-up Emma and Clarissa for soccer. I knew the deadline since it was in the newspaper, and I work at the newspaper. But that didn’t matter, I missed it. I realized this Wednesday evening, and hurried up and called Ben Diaz, the league president. In case you don’t know Ben, he’s a pretty cool guy. I look past the fact that he’s a Texas Longhorn fan and consider him a good friend.
 
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Wed
07
Sep

Education chief announces fines assessed to testing service

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Aug. 23 announced the Texas Education Agency will fine the company that delivers and administers STAAR® — the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — with $5.7 million in liquidated damages. Morath also directed the company, Austin-based Educational Testing Services, to invest $15 million for a total of $20.7 million. The $20.7 million, according to the TEA, “addresses various logistical issues encountered by students and school systems during statewide STAAR administration in the 2015-2016 school year.”

 

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Sat
03
Sep

Once a Man, Twice a Child…

by Dr. Don Newbury

 

Historians disagree on the source and date of the expression: once a man and twice a child. My vote goes for Plato’s version penned in 400 BC. I—and many others—chuckle about the truth that lies therein—and the importance of its recognition by each generation. In the here and now, I have been struck directly between the eyes with the impact of the expression’s personal application.

 

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