Commentary

Wed
06
May

State Capital

House, Senate produce disparate versions of tax relief  Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how tobring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Speaker Joe Straus lauded the preliminary approval of House Bill 31, legislation to reduce the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent, resulting in a $2.66 billion revenue decrease, and House Bill 32, legislation cutting  the franchise tax paid by many  businesses by 25 percent and resulting in a statewide revenue decrease of $2.56 billion. Both bills  were written by House Ways and Means Chair Dennis Bonnen, RAngleton, along with several members credited as coauthors.

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Sat
25
Apr

Mort’s Theory of Everything...

My Uncle Mort’s screeching to a stop on his golf cart isn’t a rarity; seldom, however, does he leave the motor running. I thought this meant his visit might be brief. It was briefer, but several minutes beyond briefest. “I’m the luckiest guy in the thicket,” my 102-year-old kin bragged, “The two-hours-only shoe sale coincides with Maude’s kick-off of spring cleaning. So I ducked out of work, volunteering to fetch her some new sandals in town. The sales guy asked me her shoe size; I told him Maude says she wears a size 9, but a 10 feels so good, she usually buys 11’s.” Good fortune followed my uncle to the thrift store, where he found a like-new pair of brogans for $3. And they gave him a buck for the ones he’s been wearing for 20 years. I guess my kin are, uh, “summer- ized.”…

Sat
18
Apr

Hospital Board schedules meeting at noon Tuesday

A regular meeting of the Board of Managers of the Lamb County Hospital will be conducted at noon Tuesday, April 21, in the Education Room of Lamb Healthcare Center, 1500 Sunset in Littlefield. The board will be consideringnine agenda items: 

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Sat
18
Apr

Golf King Feeds the Hungry?...

Norm Hitzges, a pioneer in sports radio, is to Dallas airwaves what colorful writer Blackie Sherrod was to newspapers. He’s  a beloved icon respected by athletes,coaches and fans alike. Deeply analytical and as hardworking as they come, he has a  track record of excellence that sets  him apart in a field dominated by younger broadcasters. At age 70, Norm is the dean of Metroplex  ports broadcasters with a big following  during his two-hour talk show each weekday at 10 a.m. on KTCK, 1310, The Ticket 

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Fri
10
Apr

Life’s Ups and Downs…

Dr. Don Newbury
 
I have reached that place in life that virtually all that I see, hear or do reminds me of something that’s already happened, often decades ago. As an example, when whisked to the top of a skyscraper recently by state-of-the-art elevator, I thought of its association with music we liked to joke about in another century.
 

 

Sat
04
Apr

House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The committee’s chair, state Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, and the 27-member committee’s work earned the praise of House Speaker Joe Straus, who said HB 1 is “a responsible, disciplined plan that sets the right priorities for a growing state. It addresses education and transportation, it increases transparency and it will allow the House to provide meaningful tax relief.” 

 

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Sat
04
Apr

Marching On….

Who among us has not participated  in shenanigans associatedwith April Fool’s Day, either as a perpetrator or an unwitting victim?  I sense only “ayes” in response. Remembrances of long ago foolishness typically are warm and welcome, even if we were “pie-inthe- face” victims, perhaps responding with lip-quivering—or maybe even tears—during realtime “pranking.

 

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Wed
01
Apr

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales
 
“Did you see that,” Jessica asked me as we were driving home from Lubbock this past Sunday night. It was around 3 a.m. and we were headed back to Littlefield after a date night that included a nice dinner and movie.
 
Sat
28
Mar

School Board sets special meet March 30

The Littlefield ISD’s Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Central Administration Office, located at 1207 East 14th Street in Littlefield. Following the invocation, they  ill conduct a discussion of superintendent pplicants.  

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Sat
28
Mar

Dements to Timid Texans . . .

Dr. Don Newbury

Concern shouldn’t rise to the  level of secession from the union, but adopted Texan Tony Romo— as well as home grown luminaries Willie Nelson and Matt McConaughey—failed us miserably. The trio squandered opportunities to shore up Old West images on Jimmy Kimmel’s TV show aired nationally for an entire week from Austin during its South by Southwest Festival. I mean there were “slam dunk” chances for these guys—and others— to “slather up” all things Texan. In retrospect, it was mostly Kimmel and his crew leading the “up whooping” at the movie/music/ technology SXSW event that brought beaucoup visitors to Austin. 

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