Commentary

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.
Sat
30
Nov

Who was that kid?...

By Dr. Don Newbury.
He was, almost certainly, a young man whose name we’ll never know. Perhaps age 10, he was nondescript, like a background figure in a Charlie Brown comic strip. He sought not to make a name for himself, but rather to help out--not “paying it forward,” but “paying it up and down.” My wife and I, among the 3,100 guests disembarking from the week-long maiden voyage of Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Sunshine, were back in New Orleans. It was time to face the “real world” after a few days of “good old summertime” in the Caribbean.
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Wed
27
Nov

The Spirit of Cooperation, part 2

By Marco A. Colina,
 
When the bomb fell in Japan (Hiroshima) a large part of the country was left in ruins. The government asked the people for the spirit of cooperation and after long hours of work at their jobs, they worked several hours without pay and that’s the way Japan recovered in a record time. The United States is called “The American Dream” by the rest of the world. A large percentage of persons go back to their country after saving some money. I believe that this is one of the reasons the statement made by President John F. Kennedy, became so famous, even up to today.

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Fri
22
Nov

Musings in November...

By Dr. Don Newbury.
It is, by many measures, the most delicious season. The general populace—both serious diners and others in the amateur ranks--dream of Thanksgiving dinners. They waken salivating, comforted by assurances that within hours—or certainly days—aromas wafting from ovens are announcement enough that turkeys and other holiday fare will soon be served. For the sports-minded, the November scene is likewise heralded, and for the hardcore fan, it is might near as sacred. It is the “put up or shut up” time for contenders, and “wait’ll next year” cries for pretenders.
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Tue
19
Nov

Give thanks in all things

By Dr. Brian Hill,
 
What are you thankful for? Your family? Your health? Your job? This community? This time of year is the time we set aside to remember our blessings. We pause and offer thanks for all the things that God has given us.

 

Tue
19
Nov

Governor reacts to health care porposal

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — President Obama’s announcement last week proposing an alternative to insurers canceling health insurance plans that no longer meet the federal “Affordable Care” law’s requirement to cover basic benefits like prescription drugs or doctors’ visits drew fire from Gov. Rick Perry. Insurers could offer customers the option to renew their 2013 health plans in 2014, without change, allowing them to keep their plans, the president said.
 

 

Sat
16
Nov

Breaking News: No End in Sight

by Dr. Don Newbury
 
Biblical instruction is clear: We are NOT to grow weary in well-doing. Across generations, it’s easier said than done. On life’s landscape today, “bad-doing” holds the upper hand. As to weariness, Americans are bone-tired of “breaking news” barrages. Such openings are common to virtually all electronic newscasts….
 

 

Wed
13
Nov

Where is your anchor?

By Rev. Ruth Clendenin, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Littlefield.
We have anchors. We have people, places, experiences that keep us grounded. We have practices that bring us back from whatever orbit we’ve been launched into. When life begins to fall apart, our anchors keep us firmly attached so that we don’t find ourselves adrift in a swirl of chaos. The NRSV says that our hope in Jesus Christ is “a sure and steadfast Anchor” (Hebrews 6:19). Eugene Peterson calls it “an unbreakable spiritual lifeline” (Hebrews 6:19, The Message), and we cling to it for dear life.
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Sat
09
Nov

A Birthday Well-Earned…

by Dr. Don Newbury
 
Our citizens, in general, wait--too patiently, too quietly--for a big dose of indignation. Used to, folks usually spoke of “righteous indignation.” Today, most would consider other kinds--hopeful that a few righteous ones might slip through, jarring us from our lethargy. 

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