Commentary

Wed
25
Feb

Governor gives lawmakers his list of budget priorities

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget. In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend, reduce, and eliminate unnecessary taxes and fees. Ensure government supports job creation and is accountable and transparent.”
 

 

Sat
21
Feb

Jim Hogan: Election Doesn’t Get his Goat…

by Dr. Don Newbury
 
I am tempted to “wax Churchillian” in describing Jim Hogan. He’s a man who raised eyebrows in Texas with his strong—albeit unconventional—campaign that resulted in a strong runner-up finish in the recent Commissioner of Agriculture election.

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Wed
18
Feb

SHERIFF’S REPORT

 
Sheriff Gary Maddox has released  a report on the activities of the Lamb County Sheriff’s Office from Feb. 6 through Feb. 15, 2015. As of Friday morning, Feb. 12, there were 54 inmates in the Lamb County Jail. Jailers served 916meals to inmates during the past week.
 
Wed
18
Feb

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

 
By Ed Sterling
Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto  AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to  President Obama that urges the nation’s chief executive “to reconsider his threat” to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline. “With one stroke of a pen, you have the power to give thousands of Americans the shot at a goodpaying job that will help them providefor their families and get ahead in a tight economy,” the letter says.
 
Sat
14
Feb

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Sat
14
Feb

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales

Diego learned this week that he should never, ever, ever enjoy any type of punishment we impose on him. Ever. Last week my son brought home his third six weeks report card from school. Diego has been a straight A student this entire school year, up until this last three-week report. Everyday after Jessica picks up the kids from school, she comes by the office. The kids run in and give me a hug, then search my office and the entire building for candy. Grata keeps our snacks in the safe, and that’s usually the kid’s second stop.

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Wed
11
Feb

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

 

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budget-writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an estimated $4.5 billion for all of those “general government” functions and an increase of $200 million has been proposed for 2016- 2017.
 
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….

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