Commentary

Sat
04
Jan

On Matters of Disagreement . . .

By Dr. Don Newbury.
 
A dozen people—maybe more—have laid claim to the admonition we’ve all heard many times. For all I know, it may have first been stated by Emily Post, Amy Vanderbilt, Miss Manners or Little Miss Muffett. Anyway, it is well-worn: “We can disagree without being disagreeable.” That’s a possibility, of course, but there’s a much greater probability that the opposite—disagreement WITH being disagreeable—seems to be a way of life. Firestorms of disagreement rage in our country. Combatants have fangs bared, teeth gritted, knuckles clenched and weapons at the ready.
 
Wed
01
Jan

Dewhurst orders health services studies

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Dec. 20 delivered charges for the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services to tackle before the 2015 Texas Legislature convenes. Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, ordered the panel of nine senators to study what is being done by the state to enhance the health of Texas women. He also called on the committee to assess the effectiveness of programs designed to improve mental health for all Texans.
 

 

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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