Commentary

Wed
01
Jan

A brand new year...

By Dr. Brian Hill, Sr. Pastor, First Baptist Church, Littlefield.
 
Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. In one sense, it is just another day at the beginning of just another month. But I challenge you to see it differently this year. Seize this opportunity to make a fresh start. If you are like me, you go – go – go through the end of the year and by Christmas, you are burned out and needing a break. Hopefully the holidays gave you a time to take a breath and rest. Now we look ahead to what the new year will bring. All the things we wish would have turned out differently in 2013, we now can work to make sure they do in 2014. But don’t rush past all the things that went well in 2013 – celebrate those things.
 
Sun
29
Dec

New Thoughts from an Old Guy. . .

Dr. Don Newbury.
 
I’m guessing my Uncle Mort’s “forward thinking” for the new year more likely is akin to “slumgullion stew,” or simply a “hodge-podge” of thoughts he’s carried forward to the new year. His ideas are a “mish-mash” of miscellaneous ingredients rolled together, some of ‘em dating back a half-century or so. Included in the current mulling of my 101-year-old kin are truths, halftruths, what he’s heard, what he thinks he’s heard, and “hoopla” about government health insurance. Altogether, they are light years away from reality. “Slumgullion” fits about as well as anything. Again this year, truth is stranger than fiction, and it’s growing ever tougher to tell ‘em apart….
 
Sun
22
Dec

A Christmas Story

GOD does work in strange ways. Beautiful story.... helped me understand that things happen for a reason The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve. They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.
Sun
22
Dec

Social Media’s Christmas Miracle?. . .

By Dr. Don Newbury.
Likelihood is great that airlines of the world--most of them maligned by flustered flyers venting their feelings when flights go awry--owe much gratitude to a single member of their flock. WestJet, a Canadian airline, has become a social media darling with a “feel good” Christmas video that has rocketed far to the right of “viral” on YouTube and other Internet sites. For five minutes-- brief and shining moments in multiple languages around the world--it’s reaping tears of joy from multiple millions of viewers. It has promoted a sense of “oneness” for 150 airline employees whose joint efforts made the miracle possible, as well as a “lean-back” kind of satisfaction for those who dreamed it up. Results include awakened sugarplum imaginations, as well as recommitment to seeking peace on earth, good will toward men….
Wed
18
Dec

Celebrate God’s Love

In love, God created mankind and the world, stars, planets,  animals, and all the resources we acquire from the ground. All this supplies man with his needs so that people can live and prosper upon the earth. After all, the minerals, oil, natural gas,
and the good farm land don’t really benefit animals. They are there for people to use for their needs. Cattle were created for 
man. Without man, who would tend them? So God created mankind for his enjoyment so that people could live in a loving 
fellowship with God on the earth.
 
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Sun
15
Dec

Laugh It Up

Anita Lobaugh of Littlefield sent this funny “True Story”, which she received from her sister-in-law at San Benito. Anita writes, “It says it is true - I believe it, it sounds a lot like me when it comes to the computer, or other things, now that I think of it. “I thought you might use it. We enjoy this column.
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Sun
15
Dec

On the Road Again. . .

By Dr. Don Newbury.

For the longest time, Americans by the millions were pampered and charmed by airlines in general. One ad urged us to “fly the friendly skies.” And we did, with pleasure. The horrific 9-11 tragedy changed everything. Suffice it to say that folks who formerly chose to fly when facing trips of 150 miles or more have upped the number greatly, say to a minimum of 300 miles….
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Wed
11
Dec

Dear Family,

Just wanted to write you a letter to tell you about the joy that  we experienced this year. 2013was a great year for our family. 
The year began with a presidential inauguration. Now I know that will make half of our family happy, I’m just not sure
which half.
 
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Fri
06
Dec

Wherefore Art Thou, Simpler Stage?...

In his play, As You Like It, debuted some 410 years ago, Will Shakespeare said “all the world’s a stage.” We can only guess whether theatre audiences nodded in agreement or shook their heads vigorously to object. Most of them likely were ambivalent, much like “players” on the world’s stage today, when we face more issues than anyone cares to count. So let us consider an addendum to his quote: “and cameras as well as microphones.”…
 
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Wed
04
Dec

Candidates line up for party primaries

By Ed Sterling.
AUSTIN — Texas’ primary election is set for March 4, 2014, and the list of candidates for statewide office is largely settled, with Dec. 9 as the filing deadline. Most recently gaining notice was state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor on Nov. 23. Van de Putte has 22 years of experience as a state lawmaker — eight years as a state representative and 14 years as a senator. She serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations. Van de Putte and her colleague Sen. Wendy Davis, DFort Worth, who is seeking the Texas Democratic Party’s nomination for governor, form the nucleus of an effort to end a 20-year Republican sweep in statewide elections. Also seeking the Texas Democratic Party’s nomination for lieutenant governor is Seadrift Municipal Court Judge Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal.

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