Commentary

Sat
06
Jan

Challenges of Childhood…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Childhood illnesses in the mid-20th Century were rarely treated by physicians who practiced medicine. Instead, mothers practiced home remedies with abandon. Many among us can remember times when the treatment was worse than the illness, as well as accompanying psychological damage that won’t let go.

Youngsters cringed at hearing parental diagnoses. What now is regularly called an “upper respiratory infection” was then a chest cold, “crud,” croup, or sometimes “epizootis.” Perhaps what moms depended upon most often was castor oil (or black draught) for tummy disorders and Vicks VapoRub for what we called “bad colds.”…

 

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Wed
03
Jan

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I hope everyone had a happy New Year celebration this past weekend.

Ours was good. We hung out with some friends and ushered in the New Year with a lot of laughs.

This year, I didn’t have much of a resolution for the new year.

The last one I made, which was to lose weight, I did it. It was probably the first New Year resolution I’ve made and stuck to it.

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Wed
03
Jan

Texas waits for Senate agreement on disaster aid funding

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 21 released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ preliminary passage of $81 billion in disaster aid to Texas, several other states and Puerto Rico.

Abbott called the House’s 251- 169 vote in favor of the aid package “a step in the right direction” but added that “more needs to be done to ensure the funds Congress provides address the critical needs Texans are enduring from the largest natural disaster in our state’s history. We look forward to working with the Senate to improve the disaster funding to ensure it addresses the acute needs of Texans.”

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Sat
30
Dec

THE IDLE AMERICAN

By Dr. Don Newbury

Rarely is “pensive” used as a descriptive for my 105-year-old Uncle Mort. In the hours unfolding from an old year to a new one, however, he grows silent. This is the claim of his bride, Maude, who repeated wedding vows with him 80-something years ago.

And, when Maude makes a claim, it is a take-it-to-the-bank kind of truth. She became beholden to Mort in an odd sort of way. She’d never mentioned her reaction to his proposal for marriage, but—in a manner of thinking— it was an offer she couldn’t refuse.

 

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Sat
30
Dec

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Folks, as I write this, I feel like   I have one foot in the grave. Really  Well, it hit me. I have the flu. After all the bragging I did to anyone who would listen, I finally became ill. And it couldn’t have been something simple like a cold. It had to be the FLU!!! There are five things I absolutely hate. Listen, I know hate is a pretty strong word, but I really do hate these things.

 

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Sat
23
Dec

God Bless Us, Everyone…

By Dr. Don Newbury

To some, it could be a Cinderella story. Djimonii Jackson, a Howard Payne University senior, was featured in the parade and at the football game as the 2017 Homecoming Queen. Snappily dressed and flashing a disarming smile, she charmed effortlessly. She was escorted by her godfather, Michael Thomas, and also present was her mother, Marsena Alexander, all from Beaumont.

When we headed home early the next day, we saw Djimonii in her “grubbies,” dragging out huge bags of trash from Veda Hodge Dormitory. How could this be, my wife and I wondered.

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Wed
20
Dec

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Wow! I still can’t believe we are this close to Christmas!

It seems like just yesterday we were leaving my family’s house after just celebrating Thanksgiving.

But nope, next Monday is the day. Probably my most favorite day of the year.

For the most part, we’ve finished our Christmas shopping.

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Wed
20
Dec

Abbott asks Rangers to investigate reports of misconduct

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by Texas Juvenile Justice Department personnel.

On Dec. 13 Abbott sent a letter to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw requesting the investigation.

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Sat
16
Dec

Abbott picks TCEQ to manage Clean Air settlement funds

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas’ participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

The trust was established in 2016 and early 2017 by the settlement of certain federal Clean Air Act claims against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche related to the car companies’ use of “defeat devices” to pass emission standard tests. As a participating state, Texas must develop a draft mitigation plan outlining how it would spend its $209 million share of the settlement funds in efforts to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.

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Sat
09
Dec

Zeros in the News…

By Dr. Don Newbury

When my 105-year-old Uncle Mort dropped in the other day, he claimed to be on the verge of “dropping out” of a world he believes is moving too fast. He claims he is weary of much, beginning with all the strings of zeros encountered in the news recently.

“Trouble is, zero clusterswith commas fore and aft—are being lobbed at us two and three at a time,” Mort lamented. “What’s worse, jarring numbers larger than zeros are in front of ‘em, and they’re sucking the air out of the room.”

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