Commentary

Sat
25
Oct

Takin’ A Timeout

By Joe Gonzales
 
I should have listened to my wife. Wow, I can’t believe I just said that, and I really can’t believe I’m putting it in writing. This year, Emma and Clarissa were old enough to take part in soccer. Also, I decided I would coach again. So I decided to sign them up. Jessica told me they were still too young, Emma, 5 and Clarissa, 4, and I was just going to get frustrated trying to get them to listen to me.
 
Sat
18
Oct

Love in the Abstract and Concrete …

We non-celebrities of the world—and there are millions of us—are fueled by whirling curiosity about show business folks of glitz and glamour abiding comfortably in luxury’s lap. On familial matters of the rich and famous, we are happily outside the loop—some of us further outside than others. Citizens old enough to have observed, heard about or experienced life for multiple decades, thrive on accounts of relationships—even if they are bittersweet—like the one between the late Henry Fonda with his daughter Jane.
 
Wed
15
Oct

Ruling prevents state from enforcing voter ID law

An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14. In the case, Marc Veasey et al. v. Rick Perry et al., Ramos ruled the law was enacted with a discriminatory purpose and an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African- Americans. Ramos said the law places an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that is, in effect, a poll tax. “Plaintiffs,” she wrote, “have thus demonstrated that every form of SB 14-qualified ID available to the general public is issued at a cost.”
 
Wed
08
Oct

Frontrunning candidates appear in debate forums

By Ed Sterling

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor will be witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week. Fellow state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, opponents in the race for lieutenant governor, faced off in Austin on Sept. 29. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott competed on stage in Dallas on Sept. 30, each striving to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry as the state’s chief executive.
 
Sat
04
Oct

A Hot Time in the Thicket…

Friends who have known my 102-year-old Uncle Mort for decades say he’s a walking contradiction and as stubborn as a billygoat. His brain churns out— as Aunt Maude puts it—“more ideas in a day than some men in a lifetime, and some of ‘em are good.” When we talked the other day, he detailed an upcoming event in the thicket he’s calling “The East Texas World-Championship Lick- Off.” Winner of the hot pepperlicking contest will be awarded a tow sack full of the world’s hottest peppers.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Spread the Word of God ...

The makers of movies, TV shows, and other forms of entertainment occasionally will drift into a philosophical discussion on the meaning of life. In most cases, the authors will confess that they either can’t find any meaning to life. That is to say, many seem to feel that there is no meaning to life, and that people should make the best of their life and define the meaning of life on their own terms.
 
Sat
27
Sep

Greatness Without Acting Like It...

By Dr. Don Newbury.

Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A founder who died recently at age 93, dined with my family when he visited Brownwood, TX, to speak at Howard Payne University chapel services in 1993. I was HPU president then, somewhat surprised he had accepted our invitation. Upon his arrival the evening before, my “timbers were shivered.” Without hesitation, he accepted our invitation for a country breakfast featuring my mother’s biscuits.

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Wed
24
Sep

Davis, Abbott answer questions

AUSTIN — With less than six weeks until election day on Nov. 4, the first of two scheduled gubernatorial debates was held in the Rio Grande Valley city of Edinburg on Sept. 19. Democratic Party nominee for governor Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, and Republican Party gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general, fielded questions from Carlos Sanchez, editor of The Monitor, a daily newspaper in McAllen, and Telemundo’s McAllen news anchor Dalila Garza. Abbott and Davis responded to questions for 60 minutes on topics such as border security, economic development, education and education funding, abortion and visions of the future.
 
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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