Commentary

Wed
31
Jan

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

 

This past Sunday, we mixed things up a little. Let me explain what I mean. Friday, after a long day of work, I headed home and planned on pretty much just being lazy and watching some television. That plan never seems to work because the kids are always ready to do something. But this time, all three of our kiddos, Diego,

 

Emma and Clarissa, wanted to be lazy also. So, all three sat in front of the television to start their weekend off. Jessica had to work a little late, and I decided instead of being lazy, I’d better get myself to the gym. So I did. As I was getting set to walk out the door, I received a message from our good friend Brittany Richardson, inviting us to a Bible study

 

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Wed
24
Jan

Hurricane recovery efforts continue with much still to do

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 17 extended for 30 days the state disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, which pounded and flooded the Gulf Coast and moved deeply inland, spreading its destructive power.

As long as Texas families are fighting to recover, they can rest assured that the State of Texas is fighting with them,” Abbott said. The 60 counties listed in the declaration will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild, the governor said.

Abbott, who remains in regular contact with congressional leaders and the Trump administration, said he has continued to request funds to rebuild Texas. On Jan. 19, Abbott said he shared Hurricane Harvey survivors’ aggravation over that fact that much-needed continuing federal disaster aid for Texas is bogged down in Washington politics.

 

Sat
20
Jan

Times ‘Squared’ on New Year’s Eve…

By Dr. Don Newbury

 

Officials charged with safekeeping and maintaining order at Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve must have been sweating, even if the weather outside was frightful. The mass of humanity—estimated to number in excess of one million people—surely could have been forgiven had they chosen to celebrate indoors.

 

But, when the role was called up yonder in the “Big Apple,” they were “there.” Critics contend, however, that all were NOT accounted for, nor did they wish to be. The planners groaned at the unlikely prospect of the ball failing to drop. Except for the World War II years of 1942 and 1943, the ball has dropped annually since 1907. To make sure it did this year—at least rumors claimed—they hired Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant to drop it….

 

Sat
20
Jan

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well, once again, something we could’ve done without, reared it’s face once again at our house – THE FLU! Last Sunday,

 

Emma was her normal self pretty much all day long. Later that night, that changed. But we didn’t think too much about it. Around 9:30 p.m., she walked into our bedroom and told Jessica and me she wasn’t feeling well. She said her throat and head hurt.

 

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Wed
17
Jan

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

DPS acts to prevent violent confrontations at capitol AUSTIN — Enhanced security measures have been implemented at the state capitol complex and grounds, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Jan. 11.

 

According to the DPS announcement, “It has been observed that some individuals or groups seek violent confrontations during protests and equip themselves for physical combat. To ensure the safety and security of the general public and those who seek to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest, effective immediately, certain items may be prohibited from the capitol grounds unless worn or carried by a licensed peace officer.” Open-flame torches, gas masks, helmets, pepper spray and shields were included on a list of more than 20 prohibited items provided by DPS

 

Sat
13
Jan

Extending a Coaching Trail…

by Dr. Don Newbury

At their wedding 52 years ago in their hometown of Bangs, TX, Virginia and Lowell Bishop repeated “old school” vows. When she murmured the “whither thou goest” commitment, however, she gave little thought to the “whither thou stoppeth” milestone.

Now, she’s not sure. Combined service for the career educators totaled 75 years (her, 38; him, 37) when they retired in 2001. Having taught in Gatesville, Monahans, Bangs and Abilene schools, they returned to Bangs, ostensibly for retirement. There, she began part-time work for Music in Motion, a Plano, TX, company, and he started raising cattle, which became a full-time job.

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Sat
06
Jan

Challenges of Childhood…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Childhood illnesses in the mid-20th Century were rarely treated by physicians who practiced medicine. Instead, mothers practiced home remedies with abandon. Many among us can remember times when the treatment was worse than the illness, as well as accompanying psychological damage that won’t let go.

Youngsters cringed at hearing parental diagnoses. What now is regularly called an “upper respiratory infection” was then a chest cold, “crud,” croup, or sometimes “epizootis.” Perhaps what moms depended upon most often was castor oil (or black draught) for tummy disorders and Vicks VapoRub for what we called “bad colds.”…

 

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Wed
03
Jan

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I hope everyone had a happy New Year celebration this past weekend.

Ours was good. We hung out with some friends and ushered in the New Year with a lot of laughs.

This year, I didn’t have much of a resolution for the new year.

The last one I made, which was to lose weight, I did it. It was probably the first New Year resolution I’ve made and stuck to it.

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Wed
03
Jan

Texas waits for Senate agreement on disaster aid funding

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 21 released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ preliminary passage of $81 billion in disaster aid to Texas, several other states and Puerto Rico.

Abbott called the House’s 251- 169 vote in favor of the aid package “a step in the right direction” but added that “more needs to be done to ensure the funds Congress provides address the critical needs Texans are enduring from the largest natural disaster in our state’s history. We look forward to working with the Senate to improve the disaster funding to ensure it addresses the acute needs of Texans.”

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Sat
30
Dec

THE IDLE AMERICAN

By Dr. Don Newbury

Rarely is “pensive” used as a descriptive for my 105-year-old Uncle Mort. In the hours unfolding from an old year to a new one, however, he grows silent. This is the claim of his bride, Maude, who repeated wedding vows with him 80-something years ago.

And, when Maude makes a claim, it is a take-it-to-the-bank kind of truth. She became beholden to Mort in an odd sort of way. She’d never mentioned her reaction to his proposal for marriage, but—in a manner of thinking— it was an offer she couldn’t refuse.

 

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