Commentary

Sat
13
Dec

Turkeys in the News…

by Dr. Don Newbury

Turkeys, I suppose, are unaware that their “jobs” in life are to gobble down granular foodstuff in a timely manner that will render them prime menu targets for us to gobble down—particularly at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. They do so with little fanfare— save the one that is “spared” by presidential decree. Chicken—the meat Chick-fil-A’s advertising cows urge us to eat more of—make far more “news” if only in ads throughout the year. But turkeys? Not so much. Mostly, we use their name in derisive manners. When we label others as “turkeys,” they may consider themselves put down.

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Wed
10
Dec

Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States
 
Sat
06
Dec

A Place in the Sun…

Perhaps the most nagging question left unanswered after five wonderful days in San Diego is this: Where could San Diegans choose to vacation that would rival the wonderment available year-round in their own backyards? It is a magical place by any measure, whether one is seeking the grandeur of nature, man-made attractions or a culture where community pride assured the natural beauty of beaches long before zoning laws decreed so.

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Wed
03
Dec

“Anticipation... is keeping me waiting…”

You can almost hear the smooth voice of Carly Simon as she croons this most under-appreciated Advent carol. “We can never know the days to come, but we think about them anyway… ” OK, it’s not exactly an Advent song. But Advent is about waiting and anticipating what is going to happen. Some of the scriptures that have been connected with this season call us “to keep watch” and “to stay awake” (Mark 13:24-37).

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Wed
03
Dec

Suspected shooter dies in confrontation with police officer

By Ed Sterling

Police responded to reports of gunfire in the capital city’s downtown area around 2 a.m. on Nov. 28. An estimated 100 shots were fired in about 10 minutes, hitting buildings including the Mexican consulate, police headquarters and the federal court building. No pedestrians, motorists or building occupants were reported injuredin the incident.

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Sat
29
Nov

Just Follow the Bouncing Ball...

by Dr. Don Newbury

Time was, when urged to “follow the bouncing ball,” we did so willingly. Hopping from syllable to syllable, the ball was helpful as we sang along—or maybe just hummed—during cartoons at Saturday movie matinees. And didn’t we willingly “sing along with Mitch” (Miller) on his weekly TV Lately, though, the general population has opted to say “phooey” to bouncing balls—essentially the same response as for many other rules, laws or requests. Who among us has not ripped off the mattress labels warning us not to? Nevermind they are meant to protect consumers. We rip away—perhaps because we can—stubbornly bowing our necks, clinging to ever-diminishing independence….

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Wed
26
Nov

Traveling with children for Holidays? Remember to use car seats properly

By Mandi Seaton

With Thanksgiving and Christmas soon approaching, families will be traveling by car and airplane to visit with friends and relatives. This is a good time to stop and think about having your child in the proper car seat before you begin to plan your trip. Although parents always want to protect their children, studies show that nationally, 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. For a car seat to best protect your child, it must be one that fits your child, fits your vehicle, and is one that you will use correctly every time you travel. Choose the right seat for your child’s age, size, and development; and choose a seat that will fit properly in your vehicle.

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Wed
26
Nov

Perry, Abbott react to Obama’s action on immigration

By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama on Nov. 20 announced his decision to take executive action on immigration because Congress has not acted on immigration reform to address the presence and inflow of undocumented residents. “In order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation, these undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and unlawful permanent residents would have to: Have been here 5+ years, pass a background check, pay taxes,” according to information posted by the White House.

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Sat
22
Nov

Hair “Do” or Hair “Don’t”?...

Life has afforded numerous awkward moments during which I have felt “dumbstruck”—a harsh description to heap upon oneself. I considered writing “awestruck,” but I’m a card-carrying member of senior citizens who are “tired and sick” of youngsters, who—during both inhales and exhales—describe everything in the universe as being “awesome.” Reversing “sick and tired” slightly lessens the embarrassment of admitting repeated, selfdeprecating foul-ups that seem to have no end….

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Wed
19
Nov

5 ways to give thanks ...

Littlefield’s First United Methodist Church
 
It’s that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The smell of fall is in the air and the smoke is slipping out of the chimney. It is time to give thanks. There are many ways that this can be done, but I thought I would give you 5 ways to give thanks. Something to think about.

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