Columns/Opinions

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10
Mar

"It’s time to shine our own Spotlight" by: Eugene Davis

   The Oscar ceremonies were noteworthy for a number of reasons, but the biggest news was the Best Picture award for the movie, Spotlight. 
   Chronicling a team of Boston newspaper reporters on the quest for answers in a child sex abuse scandal, it has given us another way to broach the most distasteful subject of all. There are children in our community who are still being sexually abused as you read this and we all have a role to play in protecting them. 

Thu
10
Mar

"Try to bring in those who feel left out" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   This past weekend for Mass we had the reading of the prodigal son. 
   I know I have written about the prodigal son before and how the father of the story could be considered the prodigal father. Reason being that the father was so generous in everything he gave to the son even though some may have thought the son didn’t deserve it. 
   Some of us might have reacted like the older brother did and be angry that his brother was receiving so many blessings after living a life of sin and he who tried to do everything right received nothing.

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Thu
10
Mar

"We must do our best to show we stand with God" by: Betsy Monico

   I have been driving around for over a month in a “marked” vehicle. 
   It has been marked with an Andy Bonner sign because my dad was and is running for county commissioner. 
   I must confess I have been a better driver. 

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Thu
10
Mar

"Righteousness is a gift from God" by: Caleb Gibson

   One of the most important parts about reading God’s word, is allowing the Bible to interpret the Bible. 
   In the case of righteousness, the Bible explains that it is a gift. Romans 5:17 says that, “by the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness we will reign in life.” 
   First we know it is a gift. The second part is the fact that it is a real righteousness. 
   This gift is not something in the clouds, we are right with God.  
   Think about this for a second, are newlyweds, “positionally married?” No they are literally married. It is a marriage that stands as fact.  
   We have right standing with God which allows us to stand before God anytime of the day and talk to Him.

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Thu
10
Mar

"Paddlers to rally for threatened streams" by: Willie Younger

The one thing you will quickly notice when visiting our state’s rivers, bays and lakes is that; paddling isn’t an outdoors activity reserved exclusively for the young, bold or beautiful. 
   Basically, anyone possessing a desire, modest physical ability, and a working appreciation of water/boating safety can comfortably enjoy this fun on the water in a kayak or canoe, or on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). 
   Yep! Even a storm-tossed old water dog like me can experience a grand paddling adventure, and safely do so on just about any day of the year with the mild climate and alluring waters found in our corner of Texas! 

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Thu
03
Mar

"Columns sometimes an inner monologue" by: Jessica Shepard

   I have friends, old and new that are always asking me about my writing. 
   There’s the basic ones about why I do it and how can I manage it. 
   Then there’s others a bit more abstract asking me how I come up with my topics or manage to piece together something so random and sporadic. 
   That’s when I have to explain the differences between column, or opinionated writing and news writing. 
   The easiest way to do that is to reference column writing is to tell them my column ideas are more of a “stream of consciousness” rather than a planned out sort of blurb. 

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Thu
03
Mar

"Letter to the editor: Thanks for making dedication possible"

   I wish to take this time to thank John O’Brien and the Van Vleck school board who made it possible to dedicate the Van Vleck Baseball Field honoring my son Joseph Timothy Ros (aka Joe Ros). 
   He was No.10 on the first baseball team Van Vleck had in 1987. 
   The ceremony was very heart-warming and beautiful. My daughter-in-law Ashley Ros gave a beautiful speech about Joseph and stated the different actions each of the four children had from their father. 
   She is a very fine, strong lady. 
   My beautiful daughter Regina Densmore stayed by my side all day. 
   My grandson Justus and his wife Alyssa came. 
   My other grandson Paxton couldn’t make it as he was in college to finish up becoming a fireman. 
   I am so very proud of the family God has given me and God bless them. 
   Thank you all my friends and family that came for the special occasion. 

Thu
03
Mar

"Take heart in small advances in market" by: John Sample

   Well here we are with the political process visiting our fair state. Super Tuesday allows Texans to participate in the madness of the primary election season.  
   I would like to say I am agnostic but I felt that not voting was just not right. 
   I wish I could say that I felt good about voting but I happen to reside in a county where you actually only vote in one primary. This is not a duel party situation. 
   It has been this way since I was born back in 1950. At that time voters only concerned themselves with the Democratic Party and then in the 80s it changed to Republican.  
   You win the primary and you have effectively won the election. There are token opposition candidates in the fall but it is pointless, no matter the protestations of those card-carrying Democrats. 

Thu
03
Mar

"God doesn’t condemn you: Why should you condemn yourself?" by: Caleb Gibson

   Romans 8:1 tells us, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” 
   These words, “no condemnation,” explain to us that we are free in Christ. 
   Notice the present tense in the word, “now.” 
   This verse is telling us that, “There is now no condemnation” it is speaking of a very present place we are in.  
   This no condemnation is not just for heaven, it is no condemnation at this hour. 
   What does it mean to be in Christ? 

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Thu
03
Mar

"Focus on Jesus, not what’s going on around you" by: Betsy Monico

 My husband cooked steaks tonight. We all sat down at the table and enjoyed a delicious meal together like a big, happy family. 
   Our nice and rather quiet meal was totally interrupted when my son suddenly and without warning pounded on the table.  
   It was so loud and so unexpected that I nearly did a backflip off of the bench.  
   True, I am the jumpy one in the family, but his loud outburst startled us all. 
   After pounding on the table like a mad gorilla, he stood up. 

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