Columns/Opinions

Thu
07
May

"In times of trouble, stay on Lord's path" by: Betsey Monico

   I carefully composed my entire column on a notepad yesterday sitting in the sun at a ballpark in Temple.
   It was pretty good. It was finished.
   Everything was ready to type until I had a run-in with a big truck on I-35. 
   What happened totally made me changed my mental gears and change my plans for what I was writing this week.
   It went down like this. 
   I was driving. We were singing along and doing a bit of dancing as usual. 
   All of a sudden there was an aroma in the air that was not our half-eaten Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.
   It was stronger and way more funky than the two little softball players I had in the backseat. 
   It was a hefty odor and smelled like the Buffalo Sale Barn did when I was a little girl and frequented there.
   About that time something started to hit my windshield. 
Thu
30
Apr

Letter to the editor: Don't leave a position blank

Dear editor,
   Every vote counts as was made apparent to me during the last Bay City election.
   I was privileged to take part in a recount of one of the positions on the ballot and found approximately 300 ballots were left unmarked for that position. 
   On most all positions were marked with the exception of this particular position.
   If those 300 ballots had been marked I am sure a winner would have been announced on election night. 
Saving the city the cost of the runoff.
   In a state or national election it is understandable to mark the ballot for certain positions if you don’t know the candidate what they stand for. 
   But in our city were we have two radio stations, two newspapers and where a lot of people talk, there is no reason why somebody should not know about the candidates.
Thu
30
Apr

"Superhero drama always fun to follow" by Jessica Shepard

   Tuesday was National Superhero Day.
   Unfortunately, I didn’t get to celebrate it quite like I wanted to because we were on production deadline.
   But, I plan on rectifying that this weekend.
   The Avengers: Age Of Ultron already hit theaters mostly worldwide last week.
   The U.S. is lagging behind a bit and we will have to wait until Friday, May 1.
   Still, that’s not as bad a China; which gets to start showing the film May 12.
   Already the film has raked in over $200 million dollars and counting in 44 different markets.
   AMC Theaters in Sugarland has screenings on Thursday, April 30 starting at 7 p.m. and I am trying my hardest to be first in line for that event.
   I’m also trying not to have a fangirl moment, but, it’s difficult for me.
Thu
30
Apr

"New stock titans replace the old" by: John Sample

   Well folks, my plans, like the stock market, got a quick revision this week, so I am back at the keyboard of my trusty laptop. 
   That unfortunately means that I will drone on longer than last week. Rest assured you will learn little more.
   I am going down a path that I often don’t follow. 
   I am taking this course as we are at a point in the market with the indexes across the board at record levels. 
Thu
30
Apr

"It's important to think about the world we leave to future generations" by: Rosario Resendez

   I like country music. In my opinion country music has some of the best lyrics in music.
   Not all songs do, there is that occasional song that is made just for fun or that other song that makes you shake your head when you hear it, yet overall I like the music.
   Now I really like the older music,the country music I would hear when I was young. 
   I'm a little biased, when I think about country music,that's the music era I think of. 
   Music from George Straight, Clint Black, Alabama, Alan Jackson and so on.
   It's the same for a lot of music that I listen to.
   I prefer the older music than the newer one.
   I prefer "old tejano" to the new stuff they have right now. 
   Maybe I'm just getting old.
   Now that I have satellite radio, I can listen to the older country music and I heard a song I hadn't heard for a long time from Alabama. 
Thu
30
Apr

"It's time to do away with the 'line' in car, in life" by Betsy Monico

   I spend a great deal of time in the car with my kiddos. 
   Like most moms, I consider one of my job titles taxi driver. I have always loved to load up my crew though and go somewhere. 
   When my oldest two were little, I would drive them around my neighborhood in Dallas to get them to sleep so I could rest. 
   I remember being so sleepy that I barely could make it around the block and back home much less unload them. 
   I took a few naps right there in my driveway with the car still running.  
   I gave up on riding the next two around because it became an impossible task to get them all four of them asleep at the same time. 
   All of the car seats were sold in garage sales a few years ago, so our road trips are much easier.
   Everyone loads up their own junk, and I just grab my purse and a bottle of water. 
Thu
23
Apr

"Print, web battle over legals" by: Mike Reddell

   One issue newspapers have fought over the years is keeping legal notices on our pages.
   Yes, they are revenue for us, but our argument goes well beyond money.
   Every legislative session, there are bills – this go-around there are several – which would allow local governments entities to place legals online.
   Where online? It could be anywhere, some lawmakers propose putting local notices on the state comptroller’s website or others on the newspaper’s website.
   Most newspapers will put legals on their websites, but most have the same objection as I do.

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Thu
23
Apr

"Losing AC ot humidity" by: Jessica Shepard

   After nearly four days full of rain off and on, the sunshine is more than welcome. 
   And while it’s true that it doesn’t rain all the time, the weathermen would have you thinking differently. 
   From Wednesday afternoon on, we’re looking at a double whammy of rainstorms.
   This includes thunder, lightning, gusts of wind and the fear of losing power. 
   We actually lost power here at the house last Saturday night. 
   Most unfortunately for me I was in the middle of fiddling around with the theme on my personal blog. 
   The absolute worst part was losing the air conditioning.
   Luckily it was well after midnight and we had the fans going all day. 
   Still, the moment everything stopped I was immediately aware of just how humid the house could get without circulation.
Thu
23
Apr

"Politics, economy, trends all require investor's attention" by: John Sample

   I am attempting to drag myself into the age of Info Tech as I am writing this column on my iPhone.  
   To prove how improbable this endeavor, I must admit that my phone is of the 4 version versus the 6.  
   I tend to find something I like and then stay with it until it finally fails. This sounds somewhat like the trading theory of buy and hold. 
   Trends are changing so quickly today that investors cannot afford to sleep on their investments.  
   Companies like Kodak become insignificant overnight. 
   Lazy investors are protected from themselves by purchasing ETFs that mirror indexes such as the S&P 500 indexes. 
   These indexes are updated with new stocks added and others eliminated. 
Thu
23
Apr

"When we ask God's help, we should let go, allow him to handle it" by: Rosario Resendez

   “Good morning, I will be taking care of all your problems today. Relax, God.”  
   I see this saying all over the place, on coffee mugs, on wall hangers, on Facebook.  
   Today, as I was sitting and eating dinner, I looked up and saw it again on one of the posters hanging on the wall.  
   The difference was this sign added one more sentence.  
   It read, “Good morning, I will be taking care of all your problems and troubles today. I do not need your help. Sincerely, God.” 
   The sentence about God not needing our help changed the whole saying for me.  
   How many times do I go to God about things that are going wrong in my life or the troubles that I’m going through and I then try to change things on my own? 
   It reminds me of another story that I read a while back.  
   It went something like this: I took all my problems to God for Him to figure out.  

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