Commentary

Sat
07
Oct

Getting Out More Often…

by Dr. Don Newbury 

The admonition—one made by generations—urges others to “get out more often.”

I’ve made such suggestions many times in a spirit of good humor.

The older one gets, however, the more important it is to seriously consider such suggestions. They likely “fit.” As long as folks can “get out,” predictable results include both invigoration and restoration!...

 

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Wed
04
Oct

Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release.

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Sat
30
Sep

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

One week down, and one more to go.

Jessica is set to get back Friday, Oct., 6th from Houston. And that day can’t come soon enough.

We are still talking to her every single day, using face time.

The kids have been taking it well, but I know they are ready to have their Mom back home.

We’ve been hard at work fixing up the house since last Monday.

I made a quick stop at Lowe’s ACE Hardware here in Littlefield, and picked up enough paint for a few projects. Let’s just say, when Jessica gets back home next week, she’s in for a huge surprise.

 

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Sat
30
Sep

The World of ‘Isms’…

What we knew of “isms,” during days of our youth, was limited. There were many “isms” about which we were totally unaware, and that’s still the case.

Initially, though, we figured words ending in “ism” were bad “mocus,” and to be avoided whenever possible.

Old-timers complained of painful rheumatism; some of ‘em said they had “rheumatiz.” Years later, it dawned on us that the two terms are interchangeable. Astigmatism came into focus to expand our limited inventory of “isms,” and “communism” may have been our first “ism” word unrelated to health….

 

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Wed
27
Sep

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

Texas Press Association

By Ed Sterling

Governor extends aid for widespread needs caused by Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“As Texans continue to recover from this storm, I want to make it absolutely clear that the State of Texas will be there every step of the way. This disaster declaration extension will help ensure affected communities continue to get the resources they need to rebuild and return to full operation. Although the road to recovery will be long, Texas is fully committed to doing everything we can to assist those in need along the way,” Abbott said.

State disaster declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available, and Abbott said he would continue to renew the declarations as needed.

Wed
27
Sep

A Cup of Joe...

What an adventure it’s been!! While you read this, it’ll have been seven days without my wife. I told you last week she had to leave to Houston because of work for two weeks. Remember, I also said “I GOT THIS!” Well, so far, so good. My neighbor and friend Pam Bownd said it best on a Facebook post this week, “I haven’t seen ambulance, police, (the) fire department or CPS at the house, so I guess you are doing a good job.” Yes. None of those (thankfully) have paid a visit. So I guess we are doing good. Friday, Diego stayed in Levelland with his cousin, and the girls had the chance to hang out with me. I took them when I went to take football pictures at both the Sudan and Amherst football games. As usual, it cost me and arm an a leg. I’m telling you, those kids are either hungry or thirsty 99 percent of the time! They enjoyed hanging out with Dad, but soon, were both sleepy and ready to get home. The next day, it was time for ballet class.

Sat
23
Sep

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales 

What a week it’s been!

Earlier this week, we found out that Jessica was being sent to Houston for two weeks!

TWO WEEKS!

I’m not going to lie, I panicked at first, but so far (two days in) it’s been...good.

At first, I kept saying to myself, “I GOT THIS!”, because deep down inside, I really believe I can do this.

It’s funny how I needed to pump myself up to take care of my kids without Jessica, the same way I do when I get to the gym.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Excuses, excuses...I don’t have any for not writing a column the past few weeks.

I could say I’ve been busy, but that’s just life. Everyone is always busy with something.

So, I guess that could kinda, sorta, maybe be an excuse.

But you all probably know what’s kept me, or us, Jessica and me, busy the past few weeks.....THE STINKIES!!!

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Wed
13
Sep

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By Ed Sterling

Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN — As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered a series of announcements and proclamations related to catastrophic flooding and wind damage brought by Hurricane Harvey to more than 50 Gulf Coast and inland counties in late August and early September.

 

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Wed
06
Sep

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

By  Ed Sterling

 

Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake AUSTIN — Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

 

While damage estimates continue to increase, at least 45,000 people have moved to public shelters, more than 100,000 homes have been destroyed and the death toll is rising.

 

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