Columns/Opinions

Thu
29
Oct

"Reel Reviews: ‘The Empty Man’ has striking plot once you get past cliché teenagers" by: Jessica Shepard

   Every time October and Halloween come around, movie production companies roll out a mess of horror and thriller movies aimed at older teen and adult audiences.
   Even with COVID-19 still lingering around the world there’s been more scary movies available this month than any other.
   In keeping with that tradition, I took a chance to watch “The Empty Man” in the hopes of being marginally creeped out by a movie that taglines teenagers as their main characters.
   I have to tell you that despite the slow start and sort of boring ending that this movie is surprisingly better than it is at first glance.
   Especially if you’re like me and watch trailers beforehand.
   Empty Man is rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, some sexuality and nudity and clocks in at 137 minutes long.
   And I have to tell you that it is too long to get to the point, but, sitting through it is mostly worth it.

Thu
29
Oct

"Teens learning to drive during Pandemic – Parents can help" From Gabrielle Washington, M.S. Matagorda County Extension Agent Family and Community Health

   During the pandemic, many teens have had to make changes in their plans to get their driver’s license.   
   With some driving schools closed due to COVID-19, more parents took over the responsibility of providing training.   
   One thing that has not changed is that motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for teens 15-to-19 years old in the U.S. and in Texas.  
   And it is not just the teen drivers at risk, it is also their passengers and younger teens, who are not even driving yet, that are at risk.  
   Driver inexperience is one of the main reasons that teens are more likely to be in a crash.  
   Setting guidelines and rules, parents can help make their teens safer drivers.  
   Parents have more influence over their teens than they may think. 

Thu
22
Oct

"Work on ups, downs of press box elevator" by: Mike Reddell

   Hey, there’s good news about the Memorial Stadium press box elevator. 
   The elevator has malfunctioned for two straight Friday nights following Blackcat games. 
   When the elevators act up, everybody up there – announcers, coaches, spotters, and radio – have only one avenue toward freedom and that’s to walk down the steep slope of stairs. 
   Perhaps that doesn’t seem like too big a deal, unless you have lower back problems. 
   And then there’s additional question why the elevators are acting up so quickly after the stadium construction was completed earlier this year. 
   The issue surfaced briefly at school board Monday night, only as a mention of it’s being worked on. 
   I hate long-winded repair explanations. 
   If you’re wondering how all of those people were in the towering, mile-high (not really) press box, it worked earlier in the day when everybody wanted to ascend. 
   Later, it didn’t go up or down. 

Thu
22
Oct

"Trying Razzoo’s for the first time ever yields delicious results" by: Jessica Shepard

   I recently went on an adventure to Rosenberg with my best friend Jessie and had my first-ever experience eating at Razzoo’s Cajun café just down the road in Sugar Land. 
   I know that you probably can’t believe such a confession, but, it’s true and I’m glad we were finally able to rectify my curiosity. 
   Plus, it seems a little weird to admit something out loud to our readers, but, it’s true. 
   My Cajun cuisine experience has been woefully underdeveloped outside of my uncle’s occasional gumbo from childhood memories. 
   Well, and that one time I tried fried alligator on a stick at the Texas Renaissance Festival – and that time made me want a bottle of barbecue sauce to make up for the dried out fare. 
   So, I was a little bit out of my depth and to be fair, I know it isn’t like, the most legit Cajun food ever, but, certainly was more than I was initially expecting. 

Thu
22
Oct

Vote for a solid investment strategy

   Election Day is just a week away. Will your situation change as an investor after the votes are counted? 
   Maybe not. No matter who wins, the financial markets may show some politically driven volatility, but that often happens around elections, and it typically doesn’t last long. 
   Still, sometime in the future, we could see election-related changes that could affect your investment strategy, such as a new capital gains tax rate or policies that positively or negatively affect companies in which you may want to invest. 
   In any case, while it may be a good idea to watch for these developments, your main emphasis, in terms of your investment decisions, should remain on your goals and what you need to do to achieve them. 
   At least once a year, review your portfolio carefully to make sure your investments are aligned with your goals. 

Thu
22
Oct

"We only have to make it two more weeks to the election" by: John Sample

   All I can say is that Nov. 3 can’t get here too soon.  
   I voted early and it took longer to walk in and out than it took to vote, which totaled less than 5 minutes.  
   That was at least accomplished but the political ads are relentless. I can only say that the amount of money being spent is astronomical.  
   It wouldn’t be so bad if the same ad wasn’t run every 15 minutes.  
   I’m at the point that I hardly care who wins - just end this. Now I know what psychological warfare is like.  
   As for the equity markets, it seems that earnings are not as important as stimulus packages.  
   I do believe that we need to help small business.  
   It does bother me, however, that there are hundreds of millions of unspent stimulus dollars from the previous stimulus.  
   Small businesses do need our help or they will be gone, if not already.  
   I do not see this as a positive for the equities markets.  

Thu
22
Oct

"Jesus is forever in business of picking us up when we drift and get down" by: Betsy Monico

   A precious fifth grader rallied us together Friday morning for our second Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) meeting. 
   Her announcements worked well and helped assemble a full house in the distance learning lab. We are ironing out some details still. We plan to start earlier and conquer one technology issue we encountered this week. Her determination has encouraged me, other staff, and the kids who attend. 
   She asked me to help her because I know her, she is in my homeroom, and she also knows I helped for years over at the junior high. 
   I found this old column today from several years ago and decided to share it for the week in honor of her and the other students still leading the way on their campuses. 
   “Friday mornings are one of my favorite times of the week. I hang out with a bunch of junior high kids at Fellowship of Christian Athletes, otherwise known as F.C.A. 

Thu
22
Oct

"God has done miracles before and he can do it again for you" by: Caleb Gibson

   Moses saw many great miracles during his life. He did great work following the Lord. 
   One miracle happened when he was unaware. He was a young baby, and the ruler of Egypt inflicted hard labor on the Israelites and was afraid of them because they had grown in number. 
   The Pharaoh called for the death of the Israelites newborn sons. Moses’ mother gave birth to him and hid him for three months. It gets difficult because she knows what the Egyptians will do if they find him. 
   The Lord works a miracle. She takes a wicker basket, covers it, and sends the basket carrying the baby down the river. She watches her precious baby go along the water alone. 
   The royal family sees the basket with the baby and decides to adopt him. Later they got Moses’ actual mother to nurse and take care of the baby. They even gave her wages for her work. 

Thu
22
Oct

"Reel Reviews: ‘Honest Thief’ brings the action for all audiences"

   So, I’ve been a fan of Liam Neeson since he popped up as Qui-Gon Jinn in “Star Wars: Episode 1-Phatnom Menace” in 1999. 
   And lately I’m used to him being the gravelly voiced middle-aged man with a particular set of skills that may be from military experience and lend themselves to making him a force to be reckoned with as he pursues some sort of vengeance. 
   That means I have to preface this with, if you’ve seen him as Brian Mills in the “Taken” trilogy, then he’s pretty much playing the same action thriller role in this film. 
   As long as you don’t have a problem with watching him kick butt for retribution and guaranteeing the safety of his loved ones, then feel free to bask in all his threatening glory in “Honest Thief.” 
   Honest Thief is an action thriller film directed by Mark Williams, from a screenplay by Williams and Steve Allrich. 

Thu
22
Oct

"Navigating seafood shops" by Nicole Pilson Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Hello Matagorda County! Hope everyone is doing alright and has their costumes picked out for Halloween (even if you’re just doing virtual Trick-o-Treating… if that’s a thing)!  
   Have y’all been making some meals with local seafood for National Seafood Month? 
   I sure hope so!  
   I know I have had a seafood-based meal at least once a week this month and it’s been great. 
   It’s given me the opportunity to go to local seafood & bait shops that I haven’t gone into before and try out new recipes with the local products.  
   I have also learned quite a bit this month about buying seafood. 
   If you are unfamiliar with local fish shops and they seem a little overwhelming to you, it’s okay.  
   They can be a bit intimidating at first with their ice stands of whole fish, shrimp, and frozen products.  

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