Commentary

Wed
17
Sep

Texas, Mexico exchange words

By Ed Sterling.
 
While the governor and group of trade-with-Texas promoters were in Japan and China last week, the 13th anniversary of the “9-11” terrorist attacks on the United States was broadly observed. Perry acknowledged the anniversary from afar and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who serves as acting governor when Perry is out of the state, also made a similar, solemn statement on Sept. 11.

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Wed
03
Sep

Court rules school finance system unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling.
 
When the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state’s school finance system, again. This task was made necessary on Aug. 28, when state District Judge John Dietz ruled the current finance system violates these four state constitutional standards: the state property tax prohibition and the education clause requirements of adequacy, suitability, and financial efficiency.

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Sun
31
Aug

Gathering with the Bears at the River ...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Baylor’s Bears, in football wars since 1898, are now back on campus, playing in the spanking new McLane Stadium that opens this fall across the Brazos River from Texas’ first higher education institution, founded in 1845. For the opener on Sunday night, August 31, BU scheduled an old Southwest Conference foe, Southern Methodist University. Arrivals by bus, car and boat were expected to overflow the $260 million stadium for the first game on campus in 64 years.

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Wed
27
Aug

WEATHER WHYS?

Q: What is a sea breeze?
A: Sea breezes occur most commonly during the summer afternoons, when the air over land is hottest, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. “Because land heats quicker than the ocean, air over the continent becomes unstable and rises to create a relative low pressure at the surface,” he explains. “The air at the surface over the ocean is then drawn in toward the lower pressures over land, creating an onshore wind. This sea breeze brings in much-welcomed cooler air to the cities near the coast during the hottest times of the day.”

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Sun
24
Aug

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales.
 
I’d be lying if I told you my wife and I aren’t ready for school to start up again. Summer was a lot of fun, but it’s time for the kids to get up early, go to school and have homework when they get home. They complain when they have to go to bed early. This year, all three of our kids will be going to school. Diego will be entering third grade, while Emma will be in kindergarten and Clarissa will be in pre-kindergarten.

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Wed
20
Aug

Littlefield looking to re-finance bonds

By JOELLA LOVVORN.
 
At a special meeting at noon Monday, the Littlefield City Council authorized the city manager to be the paying agency for the issuance of General Obligation Refunding Bonds Series 2014A. With the projected coupon rate of 2.84%, the city’s projection is that $1.5 million in savings will occur, and it will also take one year of payments off the cost of the bond. The bond will be paid off in 2029.

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Wed
20
Aug

Grand Jury indicts governor on 2 counts

By Ed Sterling.

A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.

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Wed
13
Aug

Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent, the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5. The figures are included in the Texas Education Agency report, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13.

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Sun
10
Aug

Foreign land owners must report holdings

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Cary Hanlin,reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction,” said Hanlin.

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Sun
10
Aug

Even on a Sunday ...

by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Masses of folks are in lockstep, completing daily routines with heightened speed, too often in fast-forward mode. Mostly, it is left to seniors to amble along, their lives ratcheted down by bodies unable to keep pace and/or people who take life in smaller bites. Some learn—usually “later than sooner”-that “rose-smelling” along the way is an admonition that, once attempted, results in repeated yearnings to inhale life’s best fragrances.

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