Commentary

Wed
01
Nov

Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state’s 150 House districts to be redrawn.

In September, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed the federal district court’s ruling. That allowed Texas to continue to use the existing maps while the redistricting case remains pending.

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Sat
28
Oct

Long Distance, Information…

by Dr. Don Newbury 

Early in the 66-year marriage of Dr. and Mrs. Seale T. Cutbirth, she was named “Mrs. Texas.” At his memorial service recently in Brownwood, the 88-year-old physician was remembered for contributions to his community, church and family.

Leaning on common sense, deep Christian faith and unending energy, the family physician/ surgeon did what had to be done. Typical days began before the rising of the sun, ending long after it surrendered to darkness.

More than once—when time was of the essence—he performed neurosurgery while consulting with specialists in major medical centers by telephone, sometimes when the surgery was in progress....

 

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Wed
25
Oct

Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials — either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or from property damage caused by the hurricane — can create an online list for donors to access.

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Sat
21
Oct

Taking a Stand…

Dr. Don Newbury 

The current standing/kneeling/sitting controversy—played out by a sliver of our population but on the minds of most Americans—seems to have no end.

Most of us yearn for bygone days, when allegiance could be paid and reverence shown, if only for the sake of civility and respect, whether or not we were in total lockstep agreement.

Sadly, “agree” in some quarters has become a dirty word. Somewhere, a tear rolls down the face of Kate Smith, who drew all of us to full attention with her marvelous solos of “God Bless America.” Countless times these renditions elicited tears from the masses of a thankful nation….

 

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Sat
21
Oct

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

Since the beginning of this school year, both Emma and Clarissa have been asking me to have lunch with them at school.

I haven’t had the chance to have lunch with them, because I usually had something else going on. But this day, I pushed that all to the side and made time.

Emma wanted me to take her pizza, so she could share with friends, but instead I took her something from Sonic.

Although, I’m sure she could’ve eaten an entire medium pizza herself if I let her.

 

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Wed
18
Oct

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

If you’ve read my columns since the very beginning, you might remember the very first one I ever wrote.

It involved Diego, and his losing a tooth.

Well, the tooth fairy, instead of cash, left him a can of tuna underneath his pillow.

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Wed
18
Oct

State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

The Texas Education Agency, acting on orders from Gov. Greg Abbott, is spearheading the effort in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The task force will develop a list of tiered supports and resources that can be used by school leaders to address the mental health needs of affected staff, students and families.

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Sat
14
Oct

That Little Light of His…

by Dr. Don Newbury 

For several days, I’ve started off humming a certain tune extracted from memories of Vacation Bible School days. (At times, I have broken into song, but retreated quickly to humming—or sometimes whistling—upon my wife’s mention that a continuance of the off-key noises, however joyful, threatens to ruin her day.)

Mine is a modified version of “This Little Light of Mine.” A more accurate title would be “That Little Light of His.”

Such tiny illumination in the darkness pitched around 5 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning prevented a serious accident….

 

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Wed
11
Oct

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

This past Saturday was such a great day!

Like any other day in our lives, it was hectic from start to finish.

Jessica’s plane was set to arrive in Lubbock that morning at 10:30 a.m. Plus, because stuff always works out like this, Emma had her first soccer game of the season at 12 p.m. Did I also mention it was Clarissa’s birthday?

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Wed
11
Oct

Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Emergency Management Commission is working with county judges and mayors to secure funding and resources requested by those local officials.

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