Commentary

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.”
 
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.

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