Commentary

Wed
02
Aug

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I was reminded last week, again, that I’m not as strong and young as I think I am.

As some of you know, I’m still hitting the gym five or six times a week, and still trying to lose more weight.

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Sat
29
Jul

Can I Get an Amen?…

By Dr. Don Newbury

With so much surveillance going on in this country, it won’t be long before we’re able to spell the word, even if it is contrary to the old rule of “i” before “e” except after “c.”

Videos of protestors and other “assorted angsts” dominate the news these days, so one might reasonably ask if there is any good news.

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Wed
26
Jul

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

 

Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills AUSTIN — The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other matters. At the urging of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate moved quickly to pass legislation continuing the function of the Texas Medical Board and several other healthcare related state oversight boards through 2019.

 

Sat
22
Jul

A Stop at the Wrong House…

It is a story from decades ago that I’ve retold countless times. Its punchline—wadded up into a few words—sums up the conundrums that hit us daily with tornadic force.

Allow me, please, to set it up: At a country shack—one that could easily be a “poster house” for poverty—a government guy knocks on the door.

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Wed
19
Jul

Abbott gives lawmakers initial marching orders for special session

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on July 10 issued a formal proclamation for the special session that begins July 18, directing the Texas Legislature to extend expiration dates for the Texas Medical Board and other state boards that regulate psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers.

Abbott said he plans to issue a supplemental proclamation further directing lawmakers to pass another list of items he previously announced. The areas of legislation would:

— Reform laws governing ad valorem property taxes; —

Increase average salary and benefits of Texas teachers;

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Sat
15
Jul

The More Things Change…

Authorities usually offer specifics when asked about origins of expressions. “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” however, is not one of them. Attempts to pinpoint its first use are baffling to some and invite “waffling” for others.

Most linguists agree that the idiom began as a French expression in the mid-19th century.

Hardliners maintain that its genesis is biblical, birthed by the scripture about “nothing being new under the sun.”…

 

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Wed
12
Jul

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well, Emma decided to move back home this week.

Finally.

I explain.

A week ago, Emma had been begging us to let her stay with her Aunt Ti, which is my older sister Corinna.

Emma loves staying with her Aunt and will do so any chance she gets. I can’t blame her.

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Wed
05
Jul

Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18.

Abbott said lawmakers first must pass a “sunset bill” to extend the life of the Texas Medical Board and then tackle a 19-item list of other issues in the monthlong session. Abbott’s list is a pretty close match to a list of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priorities. Here are a few of those items:

- Legislation to reform property taxes, by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, and Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton. “Skyrocketing property taxes in this state are unacceptable, and Texans need reform right now,” Abbott said.

 

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Sat
01
Jul

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

We’ve tried it before and it didn’t work out.

It was just too much.

What am I talking about?

Owning a pet.

It’s a long story.

Here goes.

About a month ago, Hammy – my Mom – the kids’ grandma – you get the point, got a kitten.

As soon as the kids saw it, they went crazy. They fell in love with it and had to have one.

But there was one problem, they were allergic to them – or so we thought.

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Sat
01
Jul

Who You Gonna Call?…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Not so many years ago, when children were asked to do household chores, they might register resistance with beginning letters of four words—“TNMJ.” (That’s Not My Job.)

Such requests made these days might just as well be directed to telephone poles, since most children have “buds” in their ears, choosing to listen to sounds more soothing or entertaining than parental verbiage.

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