Commentary

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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Wed
28
Jun

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Over the past 37 years, I’ve forgotten many things.

The most popular for me being names.

I’m so bad with names. You’d think working for a newspaper I’d be better at that, but I’m not.

Nope.

But this past weekend, I forgot something else. Something that should probably never be forgotten.

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Wed
28
Jun

First Gulf storm of season elbows Texas

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — State emergency responders geared up for the first time this hurricane season in response to Tropical Storm Cindy, which came ashore just east of the Texas-Louisiana border on June 22.

Two deaths were attributed to the storm — one of them an elderly man found in a sand-mired pickup truck on Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula.

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Sat
24
Jun

A CUP OF JOE...

By Joe Gonzales

After quickly loading up the hideous cat luggage, we were on our way.

I fired up the directions on Google Maps, and we were off!

Again, I told the kids it was going to be a straight-no stops-drive to Rockport.

And again, 15 minutes in, they were hungry.

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Sat
24
Jun

Uncle Mort Hits 105…

By Dr. Don Newbury

It may be that my Uncle Mort and George M. Cohan, “the man who owned Broadway,” may not have as much in common as we’ve been led to believe. For years, Mort has claimed that he and the “Yankee Doodle Dandy” share the same birthday.

“Yep, July 4th was the big day for him and it still is for me,” Mort has bragged, until the world looked level.

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Wed
21
Jun

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

Governor signs 2018-2019, two-year state budget into law AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 12 signed Senate Bill 1, legislation that appropriates some $217 billion to pay for the state’s next two-year fiscal period. “I am once again signing a budget that addresses the most pressing challenges faced by our state. This budget funds a lifesaving overhaul of Child Protective Services, ensuring children in Texas’ foster care receive the protection they deserve,” Abbott stated in his proclamation.

 

“Even in a tight budget climate,” he added, “this budget prioritizes the safety and well-being of all Texans. It continues to fund our state’s role in securing the border, adding an additional 250 troopers to keep our communities safe. It funds the state’s natural disaster response costs to provide state resources when disaster strikes. And it better protects our law enforcement officers across the state by funding grants for bulletproof vests.

 

Wed
21
Jun

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Ladies and gentlemen, another vacation is in the books! Coming back to work is always the hardest part. Who wouldn’t rather be sitting at the beach instead of their office desk?! This year we made another trip to the beach. But unlike past trips, this time it was only me, Jessica and the kids. In the year’s past when we’ve gone to the beach, we went with other members of our family.

 

But this time, we decided to go alone. It’s not that we didn’t enjoy their company, we just wanted a family trip

 

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Sat
17
Jun

Flying America’s Friendly Skies…

by Dr. Don Newbury

Writing about both legs of a plane trip being among life’s most memorable experiences is unlikely. A medical emergency flying out and a fire engine on the return to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport helped to make it so.

I was en route to interview for an interim position at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. During American Airlines’ Flight 306 to Indianapolis, a flight attendant’s announcement was jarring. “We have a medical emergency. Is there a doctor on board…a nurse…any health professional?” (She stopped short of settling for anyone who’d stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.)

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Wed
14
Jun

Without the Cows, There’s No National Dairy Month 2017

By DARREN TURLEY

Since 1937, June has been either National Milk Month or National Dairy Month, a way to promote the drinking of milk and to observe the contributions by the dairy community. This year, the Texas Association of Dairymen would like to use the opportunity to recognize those who are really responsible for the dairy products we are celebrating – our cows.

Let’s face it, without the cows – without their milk – there wouldn’t be a National Dairy Month. So, on behalf of Texas’ dairy farmers, I’d like to share a little bit about how our dairy community cares for about 487,000 dairy cows that last year produced about 1.25 billion gallons of milk.

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Wed
14
Jun

Governor demands action, calls lawmakers back to Austin

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 announced a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin on July 18 to address issues that went unresolved during the contentious 140-day regular session that ended May 29.

Abbott explained why he thinks it necessary to order lawmakers back to Austin. “Considering all the successes of the 85th legislative session, we should not be where we are today,” he said. “A special session was entirely avoidable and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session. As governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count,” he added.

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