Commentary

Wed
04
Apr

JOE RANGEL CRISTAN

Joe Rangel Cristan, 65, of Littlefield died April, 1 2018 at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Littlefield. Burial will be in Littlefield Memorial Park in Littlefield. Arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield. Joe was born Jan. 22, 1953 in Littlefield, to Jose Cristan, Sr. and Felicita Rangel Cristan. He married Rosa Cristan on Sept. 10, 1970 in Littlefield. Joe worked as a feed yard manager throughout his life at Sudan Feed Yard and other feedlots in the area. Preceding him in death are his parents; four brothers, Eusebio “Conejo” Cristan, David “Gallo” Cristan, Daniel “Corcho” Cristan and Felipe Cristan; four sisters, Santos Cristan, Yolando Cristan, Lucia Vasquez and Irma Gonzalez.

Wed
04
Apr

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

 

Question to appear on upcoming census stirs opposing viewpoints AUSTIN — Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 decennial census be asked if they are citizens of the United States. When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross responded in the affirmative last week, Cruz said, “I applaud Secretary Ross for honoring this request by my colleagues and me. It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide-ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy.

 

A question on citizenship is a reasonable, common sense addition to the census.” On March 28, state Sen. Sylvia R. Garcia, D-Houston, who chairs the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, took issue with the question. “Adding a question on citizenship at this time would only seek to fan the flames of fear and distrust in the Census, further risking depressed response rates,” Garcia said

 

Sat
31
Mar

Tomorrows and Yesterdays…

Dr. Don Newbury

In his 40-year career as a National Weather Service meteorologist, he spent most of his time predicting the near future. As a retiree, he’s studying “the far back,” immersed now in learning of a much-ballyhooed highway a century ago.

Genesis of the latter of Fort Worth’s Dan Smith began with a bike ride on abandoned pavement between Aledo and Weatherford, and discovery of an old “Bankhead Highway” street sign.

His head swimming with questions, Smith began his research, fascinated by one Asa Rountree, an Alabaman. Rountree pushed for construction of the nation’s first coast-to-coast, all-weather highway. By both “hook” and “crook,” he slithered into gatherings he organized in many states. He managed to “keep the pot bubbling” for a southern highway from Washington, D. C., to San Diego, California….

 

Wed
21
Mar

Appellate court’s ruling on immigration law draws reactions

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 13 praised a ruling by a panel of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholding a new state law that bans sanctuary cities.

The Legislature enacted Senate Bill 4 in 2017 to set a statewide policy of cooperation with federal immigration authorities’ enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

“I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,” Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes. Dangerous criminals shouldn’t be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes.”

 

Sat
17
Mar

Easter Upon Us…

By Dr. Don Newbury

It’s a heart-shaped grave marker in the May, TX, cemetery for a not-quite 15 year-old girl who fought the good fight. On one side are Jesus’ words from the Book of John: “I am the resurrection and the life…whoever believes in Me shall never die.” On the other side are engravings of a dog and panda bear.

Those closest to Katherine Marie Hester during her short life—one darkened by health complications beginning at birth—understood love’s depth for her Lord, family and friends. She also loved her Jack Russell terrier Rosie, and was fascinated by pandas.

Thu
15
Mar

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

 

More Texans than usual cast ballots in primary elections AUSTIN — In early voting,

Texans participated in greater numbers in the state Democratic primary than the Republican primary, but on Election Day, March 6, the Republican turnout exceeded the Democratic turnout by half a million votes. Primaries historically have been light-turnout affairs. This time, about 10 percent of the state’s 15 million registered voters cast ballots in the Republican primary and about 7 percent in the Democratic primary. In contrast, in March 2014,

7 percent of the state’s 13 million registered voters cast ballots in the GOP primary and 3 percent cast ballots in the Democratic primary

 

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Sat
10
Mar

As the World Darkens…

Dr. Don Newbury

When the word “culture” is heard these days, one does well to think of buttermilk, whether or not it “does a body good.”

Even though our understanding of buttermilk is exceedingly vague, it seems degree-worthy when compared to our comprehension of current world culture that is cratering all around us.

Throw life like a bloated paintball against the canvas—be it global or otherwise—and the resulting image seems void of discernment. Warm “fuzzies” are not to be gleaned from sky images. There’s no resemblance to childhood memories of spotting of bunnies in the clouds. More likely, we imagine rough-edged question marks. Or, maybe lumbering vehicles—veering off course with wheels falling off—as dark clouds loom....

 

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Wed
07
Mar

Abbott orders action to ensure safety on juco campuses

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for immediate action to ensure the safety of Texas’ junior college campuses following a Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Abbott’s order came in a Feb. 28 letter to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes. He issued a similar order addressing the safety of all Texas schoolchildren a week earlier.

Abbott outlined steps to be taken by the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

 

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Sat
03
Mar

A Ford in His Past…

by Dr. Don Newbury

“One thing for sure,” a reader mentioned the other day, “most of your columns are centered on your own ‘back when’ memories.” An easy counter is that just as many pieces are written about their “back when” recollections.

Some of the most poignant accounts are from folks 90 or more years of age. Engage them in conversation, however brief, and they’re apt to flip back memory calendars to the 1930s, when the Great Depression gripped our land.

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Wed
28
Feb

Governor orders action to address safety at schools

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 21 sent a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the multi-fatality shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school on Feb. 14.

Abbott listed steps for Morath and other state education leaders to take to respond to and prevent such tragedies, including:

— Catalog and share all available information from the Texas School Safety Center on school safety programs and distribute this information to all school districts, charter schools and education service centers across the state;

 

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