Commentary

Sun
09
Feb

High Above It All ...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Inside on TV news, talking heads described ravages of California wildfires raging across the landscape. Outside, my neighbor Josh was ready to climb into his pick-up, heading for his firefighting shift 40 minutes up the freeway. Fresh from hearing descriptions of modern firefighting technology, I asked him to explain so ordinary guys like me could understand. “Doc, you’d do well to keep it simple,” Josh answered, smiling. “Firefighters just spray the wet stuff on the red stuff.”…
 

 

Tue
04
Feb

Flying in the plane

Two hunters got a pilot to fly them into the far north for elk hunting. They were quite successful in their venture and bagged six big bucks. The pilot came back, as arranged, to pick them up. They started loading their gear into the plane, including the six elk. But the pilot objected and he said, “The plane can only take four of your elk; you will have to leave two behind.” They argued with him; the year before they had shot six and the pilot had allowed them to put all aboard. The plane was the same model and capacity. Reluctantly, the pilot finally permitted them to put all six aboard. But when the attempted to take off and leave the valley, the little plane could not make it and they crashed into the wilderness.
 
Tue
04
Feb

President’s address draws reactions

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst posted similar takes on President Obama’s annual state of the union address, televised live on Jan. 28. Perry said, “… Texas has shown that the way to economic prosperity and significant job growth is through individual freedoms and the free market. Tonight, we saw a president with the same old agenda and no real idea on how to govern.” Dewhurst suggested the president “should take a page out of the playbook for the Texas Miracle and cut taxes, slash spending, and reduce the regulations that kill jobs.”
 
Sun
02
Feb

Rhyme for high cotton time

By RON SMITH.
 
Typically, I try to inject a note of whimsy into the remarks to remind folk that producing cotton isn’t always just hard work and frayed nerves. Sometimes, farmers laugh. At our annual High Cotton Awards breakfast I have the honor of introducing the Southwest winner. Typically, I try to inject a note of whimsy into the remarks to remind folk that producing cotton isn’t always just hard work and frayed nerves. Sometimes, farmers laugh.
 
Wed
29
Jan

Perry touches on pot policy in international forum

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — With the end of his longevity record of 14 years as governor less than a year away, Rick Perry took part in policy discussions at the 2014 World Economic Forum Jan. 21-25 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Perry was the only U.S. state governor to attend the forum, the governor’s office said. Besides his headline-grabbing words suggesting a softer approach through drug courts on state marijuana laws, Perry said Texas is the place to be for companies seeking a business-friendly environment.
 

 

Sun
26
Jan

Ad Mad Man and the Super Bowl...

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
We are on the cusp of THAT DAY, Super Bowl Sunday. We won’t need reminders from camels tromping around to make sure we know what day it is. A grand majority of folks in the free world—as well as a big chunk of others in shackles—will put more serious pursuits aside, deeply interested—or appearing so—in the year’s ultimate sports spectacle. I confess to planning a “homegating” party--as opposed to “tailgating”-- with the promise of a big pot of queso. I cut a deal for Velveeta with my 101-year-old Uncle Mort, who drove around in his golf cart buying up all the cheese “before the Super Bowl hoarders get it.”…

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Sat
18
Jan

On the Matter of Mattresses . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
Goldilocks didn’t realize it at the time, of course, but she had it comparatively easy--lucky beyond measure-- to find the “just right” bed on the third try. Within mere seconds of trying out The Three Bears’ beds, she nestled comfortably, thinking—albeit erroneously—that all was right with her world. Today we are challenged by dozens of eye-crossing choices offered by many firms, some with big ads proclaiming whatever day it is to be the best day ever to purchase a new mattress. Our first one served us well for nigh onto 40 years—until it buckled 14 years ago. When they removed the mattress, a card fell out: “Re-Elect LBJ to the US Senate.”…
 
Sun
12
Jan

Handling teens

A wise old gentleman retired and purchased a modest home near a junior high school. He spent the first few weeks of his retirement in peace and contentment. Then a new school year began. The very next afternoon three young boys, full of youthful, after-school enthusiasm, came down his street, beating merrily on every trash can they encountered. The crashing percussion continued day after day, until finally the wise old man decided it was time to take some action.

 

Sun
12
Jan

US: A Nation Big on Words . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
We Americans are a wordy bunch, particularly after election to public office. At all levels of government, officials gain experience quickly in “proclaiming,” whether or not they’re any good at all in framing laws. Proclamations often are stacked on top of days, weeks and months already taken. No matter. Most of the thousands of documents are so issued to satisfy special interest groups. (All could be significantly shortened with lessened use of the word “whereas.”…)
 

 

Wed
08
Jan

Attorneys General fire off letter to Sebelius

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received a letter dated Jan. 2 from 10 state attorneys general, expressing concern over recent action related to the enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott signed the letter along with 10 other state attorneys general who united in claiming the federal Health & Human Services agency has proposed changes “that both compound illegal executive action and fail to protect the privacy of consumers using the health insurance exchanges.”
 

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