Commentary

Wed
21
May

We all want rain...

By Marco A. Colina.
 
I was at a pastors meeting in Lubbock and the speaker spoke about the water crises that the Panhandle is living. We remember the crises that happened three years ago. The water deficit is 32 inches. I don’t know if you believe in God, what religious group you belong to; we should all cry out in unity to the only one that can give us the inches of water that we need: God.

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Sat
17
May

Kids: ‘Thumbs Up’ for Cruising. . .

By Dr. Don Newbury.
 
The dots could have been connected quickly by a two-year-old, during the few weeks or months between pacifier-sucking and iPhone text-messaging. Predictably, my mental connection of the dots stretched over a few hours. We came out at the same place, however—that the upcoming cruise would include an inordinately large number of children. Never mind we arrived at this conclusion slowly—as we say in Texas—by “blind hog luck.”

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Wed
14
May

Decision upholds prayer in public meetings

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Governmental bodies’ right to begin meetings with a prayer — so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination — was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted to the decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al. “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the longstanding and constitutionally protected right of governmental bodies to begin their meetings with prayer,” Abbott said.
 
Sun
11
May

Most is ‘Right’ with the World . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
It was a source of amusement—for folks outside my family, anyway—when my 27 fellow seniors “honored me” during our final year at Early High School in 1956. I was elected—unanimously, I might add—“most likely to remain left-handed.” I felt a slight sting, my folks frowned and my brother Fred feigned sympathy, laughing about it when out of our hearing.

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Wed
07
May

Toyota picks Plano for headquarters

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Toyota Motor Corporation on April 28 announced its decision to locate the headquarters of Toyota Motor North America headquarters to Plano. Toyota said the move is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.” Within the next three years, Toyota’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing and corporate operations will relocate to a single, state-of-the-art campus in Plano, just north of Dallas.

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Sun
04
May

Peanut Pushers on the rise. . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
He would be proud indeed to know of expanded use of peanuts resulting from his research in the field almost a century ago. He’d likely shed tears, however, upon learning they’re now linked to allergies, obliterated in fields by rampant wild hogs and plagued by nematodes that are up to no good. I fully believe, though, that the late Dr. George Washington Carver—the only child to reach adulthood of a dozen born to a slave couple—would smile about advertising efforts in New York City’s Times Square and by a newspaper guy in Dublin, TX. Both give legumes their due.

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Wed
30
Apr

Officials jump into river boundary issue

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — When a temperamental river with mud banks and sand bars defines the border between two states or two countries, there’s a natural potential for conflict between humans on both sides of it. And so, a 140-acre plot of land along the Red River border between Texas and Oklahoma became a growing news topic last week. That particular plot is within some 90,000 acres of land along a 116-mile stretch of the river that has some people worried about federal tinkering with border.

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Sun
27
Apr

Dentists-- and the Judge--know for sure

By Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Until now, it’s been a teapot-sized tempest, bubbling on the edges of awareness, but when two corporate behemoths square off and a federal judge steps in, the issue heats quickly to full boil. Dentists across the fruited plane—and beyond—are smiling. They may even decide to renew their professional oaths. In the blue corner is dental floss (Johnson and Johnson) and in the red corner is Listerine (Pfizer). After swishing for awhile, flossing hourly and considering briefs from dueling attorneys, the referee—Manhattan Federal District Judge Denny Chin—has ruled.
 
Wed
23
Apr

City of West receives additional grant

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on April 16 granted a request by the city of West for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts in the West fertilizer plant explosion that occurred April 17, 2013. Fifteen people were killed in the explosion, more than 160 were injured and more than 150 buildings were reported damaged or destroyed in the town of about 2,800 people, 20 miles north of Waco.
 
Sun
20
Apr

When Braking News Was Fragile…

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
The lesson, hammered by countless journalism teachers for century(s), was intended to be cattle-branded into minds of aspiring writers who would go forth to inform readers about what’s going on in the world. And it was emphasized that “getting it right” was preferable to “getting it first.” In recent years, of course, so many new ways to “get it first” hog the spotlight, with accuracy often languishing somewhere in the shadows.
 

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