Commentary

Sun
13
Apr

It’s About Time…

By Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations—you name it. Time, we’ve long claimed, is—or is not—on our side. It marches on, but sometimes seems to stand still. Though it deserves unending respect, its import is easily kicked to the side, like a soft drink can on life’s highway. Timing, some claim, is everything….
 
Wed
09
Apr

State responds to Fort Hood shooting

AUSTIN — A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the
Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself. The suspect, Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound reportedly after a female military police officer confronted him.
 
Wed
09
Apr

Cooking Away with Slow Cookers

“What’s for dinner?” This is a question asked (and heard) by millions of people each day. If there are no plans made for dinner, it is real easy to head to the restaurant, pick up something through the drive through on the way home, or call for pizza to be delivered. While that may be okay occasionally, research has shown that meals eaten out are often less nutritious than those prepared at home. From an economics perspective, eating out can definitely put a dent in the wallet.
 
Sun
06
Apr

Uncle Mort: For the Birds…

Personal experiences racked.
up across three-quarters of a century—including yips and yaps at lecterns spanning five decades—offer positive proof that many times, utter silence is preferable to spoken words. I was reminded of this age-old truth the other day when my Uncle Mort called. Upon his mention of a new-found interest in ornithology, the call—received in the morning hours of April 1--likely meant my 101-year-old relative was up to his old tricks--“spoofing it up” on April Fools’ Day.
 
Wed
02
Apr

Vietnam Vets’ Monument, at Capitol

Austin — Forty-one years after the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, the new Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was dedicated in a March 29 ceremony attended by a crowd of thousands, including veterans, active duty military, families, friends and relatives. Some 3,417 Texans died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam, according to the State Capitol Preservation Board.

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Sun
30
Mar

Marjorie Main, In Love and War . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Folks with dim memories of World War II recall the “coming home” of troops, and attendant triumphal celebrations that reverberated around the globe. Believers in democracy-- weary of Movietone newsreels’ gory war scenes at movie theaters, dismal commentaries on radio and troubling newspaper accounts--were ready for news of loved ones returning home—a place, someone said, where when you go there, they have to let you in. In the homeland, folk bought war bonds, accepted rationing and endured ultimate sacrifices in a unified effort requiring wide participation. For more than any other American military engagement, we stood stoically united.

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Wed
26
Mar

DPS creates center to protect children

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety on March 18 announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center within the agency’s Texas Rangers Division. The stated goal is to protect children through the collection and dissemination of vital intelligence, investigative support and cooperation with victim-assistance counselors by “providing support to local, state and federal partners on investigations related to missing and exploited children, the trafficking of children, child abductions and other high-risk threats to children.”

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Sun
23
Mar

Coaching Beyond the Game . . .

The stillest water at greatest depth has much in common with a recent retiree at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Dr. Chet Sample also runs deep, having provided exemplary leadership that encouraged scholarship ahead of intercollegiate athletics. That said, he’s as rare as a spotless leopard, helping students focus first on the goal of college graduation, then on athletics. Along the way, he earned the respect of EVERYONE--student athletes, parents, colleagues, alumni and the rest—even opponents on the basketball floor. On the big canvas of life, he painted potential in vivid colors, with scoreboards and statistics relegated to the background….
 
Wed
19
Mar

Many registered but few voted in primaries

AUSTIN — Looking back at the March 4 primaries, Texas boasted 13,601,324 voters registered in time to cast a ballot. An estimated 9 percent of the overall number of registered voters (about 1.3 million) voted in the Republican primary and 4 percent (500,000) voted in the Democratic primary. Run-offs between the top two vote-getting candidates in a number of contests are scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, the day after the federal holiday, Memorial Day.
 
Sun
16
Mar

All Pipers Must be Paid . . .

Bitter as the pill may taste, it is one each generation has a hard time swallowing: The piper must be paid. It’s a fundamental truth, muddled, of course, when “layaway plans” were trumped by credit purchases. “Buying now, paying later” is bait easily ingested, sliding down as smoothly as boiled okra in a gullet greased with WD-40. Further, ad people tempt with new pitches to dull our financial senses. Soon, I expect “come-ons” with no interest due until The Second Coming….
 

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