Columns/Opinions

Thu
26
Mar

"Finding our way through the darkness before the dawn" by: John Sample

   Years ago I used to watch the Twilight Zone on TV and last week on a road trip to Alabama, I lived that show. 
   We are entering a new period both financially and socially. 
   The markets moved back to levels that we have not seen since 2016. The Trump bump is long gone. The question is where we go from here. 
   I see this ending faster than most predict. 
   The real problem is the cure will be worse than the disease. 
   We will see an enormous number of families with no savings pushed into financial ruin. 
   I understand that we must stem the spread of the virus but the cost will be huge.The stock market will serve as a measure of what is happening, but individuals in small towns are the soldiers who will be the casualties. 
   We are in the middle of a two-three week period before the number of cases reduces. 
   People already are restricted to their homes trying to work by means of the internet. 

Thu
26
Mar

Know the 4 uses of cash

   It’s important to have cash available for your everyday spending and the inevitable rainy day. 
   But to contribute to your long-term financial success, you’ll want to follow a more comprehensive cash strategy.
   First, you’ll need a few months’ worth of living expenses in a checking or cash management account to meet your everyday spending needs, such as your mortgage, utilities, groceries and so on.
   You can also use cash to establish an emergency fund to pay for things like major car repairs or a new furnace.
   You’ll want to keep the money in a liquid, low-risk account.
   And if you have a short-term savings goal, such as a wedding or a vacation, you might want to set up an account specific to this goal to prevent dipping into everyday spending or an emergency fund.

Thu
26
Mar

"Viewpoints about life today from all ages of community" by: Betsy Monico

   What my local community is grateful for: I suspect yours may be the same! 
   Cristal - Thankful for my family, friends and Thankful for our health
   Jan - So many things, but today I’m grateful that my husband and I enjoy being together!
   Everything, having a family, a house and being alive. Airen age 11
   “My family, a place to live, and food.” Aaron age 10
   I’m thankful for life, health, strength, family, and most importantly for God’s unconditional love for humanity, TGBATG, Karen 44
   Angie - People who are willing to put themselves at risk for the well-being of others, a healthy family, hardworking people who come together during difficult times, and seeing GOODNESS in people.
   Amy - My 6 year boy’s extra hugs, kisses & I love yous since we are stuck together so much! My teenage daughter’s willingness to help around the house (probably because she is bored - but I’ll take it) 

Thu
26
Mar

"An essay about life in a Corona vacation" By Steven Reis

   EDITOR’S NOTE: District Attorney Steven Reis is well known for his Christmas stories.
   In this story, he tells about shopping in the time of quarantine.

   “Keep your distance!”
   She said it without a smile as she pushed her shopping cart through the aisle.
   The 40-something-old dour-faced woman directed it to a lady who was working the gardening area of WalMart. The admonished worker stopped abruptly, let the shopper pass, then went about her business. She flashed me a smile (unlike the severe shopper) as I entered looking for marigolds.
   I watched the shopper’s back as she navigated her way into the main store.
   “Seriously,” I thought, “YOU came to WalMart where half of our small town have to shop and then chose to be rude to someone who HAS to be at work…”

Thu
26
Mar

"How to observe, but not harm, Matagorda County sea turtles"By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   When you think of sea turtles, do you think of tropical islands and clear, blue waters? 
   Do you ever associate these charismatic creatures with Matagorda Bay? 
   A lot of people may not realize it but- yes! - We do have sea turtles here in Matagorda. 
   If you’re lucky you might see some green sea turtles swimming along the seawall in Palacios. 
   Albeit a rare spotting- even the endangered, Texas state turtle, the Kemp’s Ridley, can be seen around the Matagorda Peninsula. 
   It is such a treat to catch a glimpse of these marine animals!
   As the sea turtles go about their day searching for food or a nesting area, they sometimes find themselves on the business end of a fishing rod. 
   For a lot people this can feel like a precarious situation; people are oftentimes too nervous to call wildlife authorities if they have accidentally caught a turtle. 

Thu
19
Mar

"Journalism in the time of Coronavirus Pandemic" by: Mike Reddell

   I’m proud of the role I play as a journalist today. 
   It’s important to accurately report on events tied to the spread of the awful coronavirus (COVID-19). 
   And I’ve always seen my job as someone who archives Matagorda County history. 
   Certainly the coronavirus pandemic will be part of this county’s history. 
   The sad loss of lives, jobs, businesses, disruption of society in every facet and, in some cases, permanent change are all part of this story. 
   A parallel, of course, is the 1918 pandemic flu that claimed more lives than World War I – or the Black Plaque. 
   We’re recalling the 1918 event on history page for next few editions. 
   When you live in a rural county like Matagorda, as confusing and somewhat overwhelming as this coronavirus ordeal is, most of us several days ago had a hard time thinking we would be swept into this melee. 

Thu
19
Mar

"Self-quarantining requires people to have your back" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, I know there’s a little learning curve for citizens to socially distance themselves in the wake of COVID-19 reaching Matagorda County. 
   And there’s been plenty of jokes about it on social media, too. 
   After all, many of us still have to go to work and aren’t able to take extended time off to quarantine ourselves. 
   That’s what “social distancing” is – self quarantining! 
   To be completely honest, I’ve always been a bit of an introvert and have no problem self-quarantining myself at home. 
   Sometimes, I don’t even leave my room and just spend my time reading, crafting or playing a videogame. 
   Close friends of mine are having trouble finding activities to keep their children occupied now that they’re out of school. 
   Plus, districts statewide have suspended sports and extracurricular activities, too. 

Thu
19
Mar

What’s the difference between short and long-term investing?

   As you go through life, you’ll have short-term and long-tern financial goals.
   And you’ll need different investment strategies for each.
   So, for example, for a short-term goal such as saving for a down payment on a home, you’ll need to look for low-risk investments, because you’ll want to be pretty sure the money will be there when you need it.
   So, you might want to consider mutual funds consisting of short-term corporate or government bonds, certificates of deposit, money market accounts and U.S. Treasury securities.
   But when you’re saving and investing for a long-term goal, such as a retirement that may be far into the future, your chief goal is to accumulate as much money as you can.
   So, you’ll need a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stock-based mutual funds, in your IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts.

Thu
19
Mar

"Giving the Lord thanks and praise through the day" by: Betsy Monico

   This column has never taken a political path or ventured down the road of current events, outside of this local community. 
   My areas of expertise in life are quite limited. I am good at things involving kids, dogs, purple martins and choosing meaningful books to read out loud. 
   Even though our television has been locked on the news and I am somewhat informed about what is going on with the Coronavirus virus, I will not delve into it. 
   It has quickly become a complicated web of questions revolving around health issues, political views, and even religious opinions. 
   Here in Fairfield we are about to begin week two of an extended spring break. 
   My kids are excited, but also disappointed. 
   They like school, the social time it provides, and spring sports. I love the mandatory schedule and visiting with my little friends. Some of our students truly want to be at school more than home. 

Thu
19
Mar

"Reel Reviews: ‘The Hunt’ has plenty of gore, lame storyline" by: Jessica Shepard

   Usually, boredom and a lack of a lot of new releases makes it hard to decide what to watch and review for our readers.
   This week, there’s the added bonus of COVID-19 infection fears and using “social distancing” to protect myself and other moviegoers from catching the virus.
   Timing led me to catch an early morning showing of “The Hunt” – a movie I had barely heard of, let alone was terribly motivated to see.
   The Hunt had had a slow opening weekend at just over $6.4 million worldwide with a run time of about an hour and a half while being rated  R for strong bloody violence, and language throughout.
   The movie features some pretty creative death scenes and racks up a body count faster than expected.
   The Hunt is a thriller film directed by Craig Zobel and co-written by Damon Lindelof.
   The film stars Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts and Hilary Swank.

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