Commentary

Sat
07
Feb

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales

Well, they did it again. My telling you this probably makes Jessica and me look bad, but since I tell you everything else about my family, why not tell you more. Emma and Clarissa decided it was time for a haircut and they weren’t going to wait on us...again. The last time these two did this, I was at a basketball game and Jessica called me and told me what had happened. Just like last time, Jessica called while I was at a basketball game and told me Princess 1 and Princess 2 channeled their inner Beauticians and went to work.

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Wed
04
Feb

Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — On Jan. 28 the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budgetwriting Senate Finance Committee met at the Capitol. Financial figures for the committee to use as a guide come from the 10-member Legislative Budget Board, a permanent joint committee of the House and Senate that develops budget and policy recommendations for appropriations, completes fiscal analyses for proposed legislation and conducts evaluations and reviews to improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations.

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Wed
04
Feb

On the Road Again…

Memories dating back to World War II include “tourist courts”— forerunners of motels—and first spins of Roger Miller’s King of the Road—a 1965 song hit. The lyrics included the line, “rooms to let, fifty cents.” (Three years earlier, Motel 6 had begun, so named for its $6 nightly rate.) During childhood, I thought my late Uncle Gene, a hotel bellman, looked like the guy shown on billboards peddling Phillip Morris cigarettes. Gene worked at the 12- story Hotel Brownwood, a nowvacant structure that still gives my hometown the hint of a skyline. “Big-eyed” at his piles of coins at shift’s end, I was astounded so many people didn’t choose to carry their own bags. “When Crossbows are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Crossbows” warned a lobby sign, or maybe this was in another hotel….

Sat
31
Jan

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales

I realized two important things this past week. First, I’m in the wrong profession, and secondly, I’ll never complain again about having to pay a plumber after doing any type of work for me. Let’s start with the wrong profession breakthrough! Emma, our 5-year-old is a Daisy this year and gets to sell Girl Scout Cookies. Everyone knows about those cookies and how delicious they are. They kind of fall into that “betcha just can’t eat one category” because you just can’t. Jessica is Emma’s troop leader and this year they get to sell those cookies. I’m not accustomed to selling, just buying.

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Wed
28
Jan

How can a community be raised up?

The human instinct is to spread whatever news we hear whether it’s good or bad. Our community of Littlefield is going through some difficult times and I cannot ignore it; instead I should ask myself this question: How can I help to raise my community up? When I was praying over the article that I was to write for this week, I went to the Bible and I came across of the many times that people of Israel went through critical times.

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Sat
24
Jan

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales
 
Last Saturday, the wife and I  decided to take the kids out as a reward for getting good grades ontheir report cards. Like  very other decision, Jessica and I couldn’t make up our  minds where to take them and itcame down to the very last minute. arlier that week, I took the wife to a Japanese Steakhouse in Lubbock.
 
Wed
21
Jan

Great is God’s faithfulness

By Rev. Ruth Clendenin

The writer of Lamentations says, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations
3:21-23). For the past several weeks I have been greeting people with “Happy New Year” and have received similar greetings in return. The wish is clearly understood: I hope that things are well with you and that you are blessed in this
New Year.
 
Wed
21
Jan

Governor Perry ends tenure with final address to lawmakers

By Ed Sterling

Sat
17
Jan

Takin’ A Timeout

In this Sunday’s issue of the Lamb County Leader-News, you will find a story over our new local chiropractor, Kimberly Lorenz. She owns and operates Lorenz Family Chiropractic. I’m happy to say that I’m a patient, and I haven’t felt this good in a long time. Before I tell you anything else, I’ll tell you how I became a patient of hers. Around Christmas, I was helping Jessica with some laundry around the house. I walked into the laundry room, bent over to pick up some clothes, and that’s when it happened.

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Sat
17
Jan

My Uncle Mort’s New Year…

by Dr. Don Newbury

From time to time, readers send email or call to pose similar questions: “Is your Uncle Mort real?” My unvarying rhetorical response is: “Do you want him to be?” I sense their sinking feelings, let down by my failure to provide positive answers. I grudgingly admit that he is a figment of my imagination, but is a conjured composite of some of my actual uncles. Mort’s “escapades” have been chronicled here for more than a decade. I had taken little note of his “age” until a reader called to question how my uncle had managed to remain 92 years old for a half-dozen years? I’ve been more attentive to “age accuracy” ever since. I kick it up by one year every July Fourth—Independence Day for our country, as well as a reminder that Mort enjoys 365 “independent days” annually….

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