Commentary

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….
 
Wed
12
Mar

Freedom

By Andy and Meghan Melton Trinity Church Littlefield.
 
My heart has been so pressed to share how God our Father sees His children. As I was seeking the Heart behind this tugging in my heart, I realized many people don’t realize who they are in Christ. When I received Jesus as my Savior, I would spend so much time asking for Him to forgive me. I even remember being tormented because I feared I wouldn’t remember one of those sins and not ask forgiveness. Isaiah 54 was a life changing revelation for me. I encourage you to study this chapter in Isaiah on your own, but let me share verse 14 with you. It says “In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.” I tell you one thing, I didn’t feel like I was established in righteousness.
Sun
09
Mar

‘Flappables’ Twisting in the Wind…

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
One can determine much about a man by observation, taking note of the way he dresses and carries himself. Overalls--like “duded-up” western wear -- can easily deceive, however. Overalls carry no guarantee that the guy farms, nor do boots and chaps necessarily mean the man wearing them has ever mounted a horse.
 
Wed
05
Mar

Court rules on same sex marriage

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — In the final week before Tuesday, March 4, Primary Election Day, candidates put on final pushes in hopes of getting enough votes to be their party’s nominee for the general election in November. A ruling by a San Antonio federal court on Feb. 26 moved a hotbutton issue front and center, giving candidates a last-minute opportunity to delineate their stand. In a case brought by two samesex couples, San Antonio U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declared unconstitutional the Texas law and a related state constitutional amendment that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of out-of-state samesex marriages.
 
Sun
02
Mar

Let’s Hear It for Butterflies…

by Dr. Don Newbury
 
Let’s face it. When national leaders agree to attend summit meetings, we don’t expect many tangible and/or desirable results. More likely, whatever proposals are on the table will cost billions, take great chunks of time and eventually run off the tracks. Additional probable results include ill will, insincere apologies and/or posturing, not to mention much media window dressing. Often, leaders wish they hadn’t even called the summit. It’s rare indeed when biblical admonition gets much traction. One that comes to mind immediately is Isaiah’s quote from the Lord: “Come, now, let us reason together.”…
 
Sun
23
Feb

It’s Round-Up Time in Texas . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
 
For the longest time, “roundup time in Texas” meant “headin’ up and movin’ out” cattle. Cowboys atop horses undertook the
massive undertaking. They paid special heed to the “young ‘uns”--“little dogies,” if the song lyrics are to be trusted. (NOT doggies, “dogies,” long “o.”) Whoops, hollers and thundering hooves were sounds of excitement, all of this happening “when the bloom was on the sage,” harmonized by the Sons of the Pioneers.…
 
Wed
19
Feb

Candidates showing differences

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Counting down to Primary Election Day on March 4, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis remain the presumptive frontrunners for governor in their respective party races. For lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio stands alone as the Democrat vying for that powerful office, while Republican primary voters will have a field of four candidates to choose from in that race: incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; Jerry Patterson, land commissioner; Todd Staples, agriculture commissioner; or Dan Patrick, chair of the state Senate Committee on Education. While agreeing on most issues, one popular way those four Republican candidates seek to differentiate themselves is by publicizing lists of endorsements by various political action committees and other special interest groups.
 

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