Commentary

Wed
06
Aug

Life Through Oil-Coated Glasses ...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Oh, No! Say it isn’t so. My Uncle Mort, who usually doesn’t stay on a single subject long enough to muster a significant “peeve,” is speaking to me again. He’s mighty disappointed that I didn’t mention—“privately or in print”—his July 4 birthday. “The date has passed and the whole blamed month is gone, too,” he added, whimpering lamely that he’s “trying to get over it.” (I’ve heard he’s been accusing me of “routinely writing of lesser things” than his 102nd birthday, and that whether he’s a “real” person—or a figment of my imagination—“really shouldn’t matter.”)

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Sun
03
Aug

WEATHER WHYS?

Q: What’s the coolest location in the U.S. during the summer?
A: The place with the lowest daily temperature in the continental United States is Mount Washington, N.H., which has an average July temperature of only 54 degrees, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. “But the problem is that no one lives on Mount Washington,” he explains.
 
Wed
30
Jul

Governor orders deployment of guard to border

By Ed Sterling.
 
Governor orders deployment of guard to border Tensions continued last week concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans — primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children — who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries. Those intercepted by the authorities are moved to detention facilities and processed according to federal and state protocols. On July 21, Gov. Rick Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard members to assist in Operation Strong Safety, a state law enforcement surge on the border, under the command and control of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Sun
27
Jul

Flipping Out Over Flip-Tops...

Somewhere between the admonition to avoid looks at gift horse’s mouths and the dangers of Greeks bearing gifts should be warnings about acceptance of gifts from offspring. This is particularly true if they are “far out” presents and/or are received at non-holiday/anniversary/birthday calendar junctures. At such times, offspring—in this case, our youngest of three daughters—flashes her best smile, gurgling something about “just because” at the same time. And just about every time such occurs, there’s a “cause.”…
 
Sun
20
Jul

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Dissection of notes found in the pocket of an old suit isn’t easy. Maybe they were scrawled during the lull in a wedding ceremony, or to jog my memory of a joke for later use. Anyway, it reminded me of a couple who “got hitched” many moons ago—back when gasoline prices were in single digits. She remembers ALL the details; he, almost none.

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Wed
16
Jul

Perry, Obama meet for border security discussion

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry on July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation.

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Sun
13
Jul

Where Strawberries are King ...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
In 1949, when Stilwell, Oklahoma’s “Strawberry Festival” was just one year old, crooners were applauded when they cut loose with Dear Hearts and Gentle People. They got extra points if referencing their own hometowns or the communities where they were appearing at the time. One such singer was Gene Autry. They “whooped and hollered” in his hometown that was named four times before they got it right—“Gene Autry, OK,” 200 crow-flight miles from Stilwell.
 
Wed
09
Jul

Panel gets input on influx of population at border

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors,” was conducted in McAllen on July 3. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw was among those who testified. He said unaccompanied Central American children are continuing to make the journey to the United States through Texas in record numbers.

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Sun
06
Jul

Summers with New Adjectives...

A half-century ago, the late Nat “King” Cole crooned about the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer. The lyrics probably “fit” US life in the early ‘60s, but hardly so today. Current summers seem jampacked. There are “wall-to-wall” activities, early ‘til late, particularly for youngsters. In this piece, we’ll zero in on boys and girls of summer, many of whom attend vacation Bible school early on, thus avoiding conflicts with vacations, sports leagues, and many other activities.
 
Wed
02
Jul

Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus earlier this month jointly announced authorization for the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend $1.3 million a week to fund security operations on the border. Two state lawmakers representing border districts commented on the situation last week.

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