Commentary

Sat
27
Aug

Takin’ A Timeout

by Joe Gonzales 
This past Wednesday night, I decided to try something new. That something new was Zumba. Okay, here goes. Currently, I’m trying (again) for a healthier me. Actually, both the wife and I are changing up a lot of our bad habits in hopes of dropping a few pounds and getting ourselves in a little better shape. It’s not easy, and it takes dedication to stay on the right path. This past week or so, Jessica and I have been helping to keep each other accountable during our quest to be healthier. Plus, Derek, our sports editor, and his wife, Marissa are doing the same.
 
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Wed
24
Aug

Texan diagnosed with Zika illness after returning from trip

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A Texas resident who recently traveled to Miami, Florida, has tested positive for Zika virus disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Aug. 15. The traveler, an El Paso County resident, sought testing after becoming ill. This is the first Texas case to be linked to travel within the continental United States. The case will be classified as “travel-associated” and is being investigated for more details, the DSHS said.
 
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Sat
20
Aug

Uncle Mort Ticked Off...

By Dr. Don Newbury

 

We can all agree that dullness—particularly for the “Jacks” of the world—is a predictable result when we’re wallowing in unending “work ruts.” Such scenarios rarely crop up in my Uncle Mort’s life, ‘cause at first “scent” of toil, he “sniffs it out.” Like a shifty football running back, his end runs and careful sidesteps usually work.

 

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Sat
13
Aug

On Dreams of ‘Iron Horses’...

By Dr. Don Newbury
 
Perhaps dream-sizing today of century-old happenings should be linked to individuals with king-size visions of what can be. We can’t get our minds wrapped around ideas of such dreamers whose unbounded optimism and rolled-up sleeves led to projects of grandeur. Before automobiles, before area oil discovery, and a full century before wind turbines turned lazily in the west Texas winds, cotton and cattle undergirded the economy. Visionaries came up with $200,000 in 1906 to birth a railroad. It was a short line, to be sure, but not to be short-lived. 
 
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Wed
10
Aug

Parties to campus-carry lawsuit to return to court

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Three University of Texas professors are seeking a temporary injunction “to at least retain the option of maintaining their academic classrooms as gunfree zones when classes start again.” In a motion filed in connection with a federal lawsuit filed July 6, the professors are asking the court to bar enforcement of the law when the UT fall semester begins Aug. 24. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief in opposition. 

 

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Wed
10
Aug

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales

 

What an adventure we had this past Saturday! Okay, it wasn’t that great. With school right around the corner, it was time to shop for school clothes. There are not a lot of things I dislike, but out of the two or three things I do dislike, shopping is at the top of the list.

 

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Sat
06
Aug

Construction Ahead... and Behind

By Dr. Don Newbury

 

It’s enough to make grown men cry. This goes for grown women, too, as well as others licensed to drive in this land of the free and the home of roads under construction. (Okay, throw in the unlicensed drivers, too.) Weeping may be the least we can do. Health professionals confirm that gnashing of teeth and grabbing for flying insects that aren’t there—as well as unintelligible babbling—are symptoms on a lengthening list.

 

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Wed
03
Aug

State rolls out revised women’s health program

AUSTIN — A women’s health program is in effect and ready to deliver more care to more women statewide who are 15 to 44 years old and whose income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, in a joint announcement on July 25, said they expect the “new and improved” Healthy Texas Women program to serve some 300,000 women, while earlier programs served 270,000 women. Participation for minors will require parental consent.

 

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Sat
30
Jul

Fifty Years and Counting...

By Dr. Don Newbury
 
A few friends from 50 years ago still remember our wedding day—August 12, 1966. The occasion is a conversation starter when we gather. Brenda and I smile, our memories quickly rekindled by unlikely occurrences at the ceremony. Friends and kin remember it for obvious reasons. It rained hard in Alpine, TX, that day. Gullies gushed through the arid land, where ranchers joke about occasional six-inch rains—when drops land six inches apart. During the storm, lightning danced across the sky, one bolt striking First Methodist Church… 
 
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Wed
27
Jul

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling
 
Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law AUSTIN — Texas’ voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20. In striking down the law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, the Fifth Circuit said it disproportionately and negatively affects African-American and Hispanic citizens’ right to vote.  
 
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